Works of art could lift experience out of the commonplace to a realm of meaning that, for me, would otherwise be unreachable.
— Lebbeus Woods, “Why I Became an Architect - Part 2”
It can communicate before it is understood.
— T. S. Eliot via The Imaginative Argument
If you want to undermine the premise of the project, if you do it intelligently, it’s fine.
— Michael Meredith
It is our provence as art historians to look back and put ideas into context.
— Nicole Elder
The form controls the forces; and the more clearly the designer can visualize these forces the surer he is of his form.
— David P. Billington, The Tower and the Bridge
The present does not exist. Only the past and the future exist, and we have a duty to them both.
— Gilbert Highet, Man’s Unconquerable Mind
He is most truly alive when he thinks.
— Gilbert Highet, Man’s Unconquerable Mind
I have no memory of this place.
— Gandalf, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
What were you thinking about?
— Terry Benedict, Ocean’s Eleven
I like the idea of someone who’s got a gang, a crew.
— Wes Anderson, "Interview with Charlie Rose, 2004"
“I don’t know why they’re numbered in this arbitrary way, but perhaps it’s to give one to understand that the terms of an infinite series can be numbered any way whatever.”
Then, as though thinking out loud, he went on.
“If space is infinite, we are anywhere, at any point in space. If time is infinite, we are at any point in time.”
His musings irritated me.
— Jorge Luis Borges, “The Book of Sand"
The ultimate pleasure of architecture is that impossible moment when an architectural act, brought to excess, reveals both the traces of reason and the immediate experience of space.
— Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and Disjunction
For whom the present was scarcely more than an indefinite rumor.
— Jorge Luis Borges, “The Man on the Threshold"
Son of a bitch, I’m sick of these dolphins.
— Steve Zissou, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
It occurred to me that this might be the bed used by the resident of the house, whose monstrous anatomy was revealed obliquely by this object in much the way the anatomy of an animal, or a god, may be known by the shadow it casts.
— Jorge Luis Borges, “There Are More Things”
If it could be argued that the discourse about art was art and thus could be exhibited as such, the theoretical discourse about space certainly was not space.
— Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and Disjunction
Calm, collected, German.
— Steve Zissou, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
In truth, the more he is an artist, the more he seeks aid in Chance but ultimately domesticates it, directs it, and solicits it; but he also makes choices within it, accepts it but rejects some of it.
— Umberto Eco, “The Form of Disorder,” Pidgin Magazine Issue 9
Some places are like people.
— Dick Hallorann, The Shining