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Quote Left The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind. Quote Right
Quote Left Unable to create a meaningful life for itself, the personality takes its own revenge: from the lower depths comes a regressive form of spontaneity: raw animality forms a counterpoise to the meaningless stimuli and the vicarious life to which the ordinary man is conditioned. Getting spiritual nourishment from this chaos of events, sensations, and devious interpretations is the equivalent of trying to pick through a garbage pile for food. Quote Right
Quote Left Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf. Quote Right
Quote Left War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society. Quote Right
Quote Left The cycle of the machine is now coming to an end. Man has learned much in the hard discipline and the shrewd, unflinching grasp of practical possibilities that the machine has provided in the last three centuries: but we can no more continue to live in the world of the machine than we could live successfully on the barren surface of the moon. Quote Right
Quote Left We have created an industrial order geared to automatism, where feeble-mindedness, native or acquired, is necessary for docile productivity in the factory; and where a pervasive neurosis is the final gift of the meaningless life that issues forth at the other end. Quote Right
Quote Left Modern Man is the victim of the very instruments he values most. Every gain in power, every mastery of natural forces, every scientific addition to knowledge, has proved potentially dangerous, because it has not been accompanied by equal gains in self-understanding and self-discipline. Quote Right
Quote Left I would die happy if I knew that on my tombstone could be written these words, This man was an absolute fool. None of the disastrous things that he reluctantly predicted ever came to pass Quote Right
Quote Left Today, the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the private toilet. Quote Right
Quote Left To curb the machine and limit art to handicraft is a denial of opportunity Quote Right
Quote Left The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture. Quote Right
Quote Left By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed. Quote Right
Quote Left The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity. Quote Right
Quote Left The very people who shudder over the cruelty of the hunter are apt to forget that slaughter, in the grimmest sense of the word, is a process they entrust daily to the butcher; and that unlike the game of the forests, even the dumbest creatures of the slaughterhouse know what is in store for them. Quote Right
Quote Left Now life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures ... Quote Right
Quote Left Only entropy comes easy. Quote Right
Quote Left However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson: Nothing is impossible. Quote Right
Quote Left Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past. Quote Right
Quote Left 'One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence.' Quote Right
Quote Left The cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live. Quote Right