I believe the right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this: Was it done with enjoyment-was the carver happy while he was about it?
— John Ruskin, “The Lamp of Life,” The Seven Lamps of Architecture
Simple as it may sound, the task of creative non-interference with letters is a rewarding and difficult calling. In ideal conditions, it is all that typographers are really asked to do - and it is enough.
— Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style
The role of sameness here is significant.
— Michael Koortbojian
And there is a small manmade object that Mr. Sugimoto fetched from a cabinet on a recent afternoon.
— Randy Kennedy, “‘Fossilizing’ With a Camera,” The New York Times
Have hope!
— Phi
To ask too much of a school is either to encourage superficial education (which is worse than none at all), or to extend school years beyond a reasonable limit, thus greatly retarding the time when young men should make their contacts with a different and more practical world.
— Paul P. Cret, “The Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Architectural Education”
Let it be.
— Shaggy & The Beatles Mashup, “Let It Be Me”
He could not stretch his Hand beyond his Body? If he could, then he would put his Arm, where there was before Space without Body.
— John Lock, “Simple Modes of Space”
I read merely to understand their meaning, and they well repaid my labours.
— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
You love a fantasy compound image you have made.
— P. Adams Sitney
No, I don’t think that’s necessarily true.
— Scottie, Vertigo
For all my sweat, my blood runs weak.
— Mumford & Sons, “Below My Feet”
We are no longer able to recognize our true bearing and cannot see the forest because of the trees.
— Gottfried Semper, Prospectus
I would do it or remain silent.
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
The previous faith on my part in your liking’s existence is in such cases what makes your liking come.
— William James, The Will To Believe
I wonder if it remembers me.
— Steve Zissou, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Self-consciousness is necessarily a part of creation and criticism.
— Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
Duality is at the heart of truth.
— Lucia Allais
Guilt is also one of the great themes in all art.
— Donald Spoto, The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock
Viollet-le-Duc was afraid of nothing.
— Sir John Summerson, “Viollet-le-Duc and the Rational Point of View”