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The Potemkin city of which I wish to speak here is
by Adolf Loos

The Potemkin city of which I wish to speak here is
none other than our dear Vienna herself.
- Adolf Loos

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future.
The house thinks of the present.
- Adolf Loos

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

Architecture arouses sentiments in man.
The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.
- Adolf Loos

 

The room has to be comfortable; the house has to look habitable.
- Adolf Loos

Be not afraid of being called un-fashionable.
- Adolf Loos

It does not do to use it with forms whose origin is
intimately bound up with a specific material simply
because no technical difficulties stand in the way.
- Adolf Loos

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The law courts must appear as a threatening gesture toward secret vice.
The bank must declare: here your money is secure and
well looked after by honest people.
- Adolf Loos

Supply and demand regulate architectural form.
- Adolf Loos

Be truthful, nature only sides with truth.
- Adolf Loos

The house has to serve comfort.
The work of art is revolutionary; the house is conservative.
- Adolf Loos

Changes in the traditional way of building are only
permitted if they are an improvement.
Otherwise stay with what is traditional,
for truth, even if it be hundreds of years old has
a stronger inner bond with us than the lie that walks by our side.
- Adolf Loos

The work of art is brought into the world without there being a need for it.
The house satisfies a requirement.
The work of art is responsible to none;
the house is responsible to everyone.
The work of art wants to draw people out of their state of comfort.
- Adolf Loos

Does it follow that the house has nothing in common
with art and is architecture not to be included in
the arts? Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art:
the tomb and the monument.
Everything else that fulfils a function is to be excluded from the domain of art.
- Adolf Loos

At the beginning of the nineteenth century we abandoned tradition,
it's at that point that I intend to renew it because
the present is built on the past just as the past was
built on the times that went before it.
- Adolf Loos

Man loves everything that satisfies his comfort.
He hates everything that wants to draw him out of his
acquired and secured position and that disturbs him.
Thus he loves the house and hates art.
- Adolf Loos

You have to leave the city of your comfort
and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
What you'll discover will be wonderful.
What you'll discover is yourself.
- Alan Alda

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
- Doug Larson

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring,
close-knit family in another city.
- George Burns

This is the city of dreamers and time and again it's
the place where the greatest dream of all,
the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed.
- Michael Bloomberg

Because of my father, we are that Shining City on a Hill.
- Michael Reagan

New York City is a great monument
to the power of money and greed...
a race for rent.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Washington is a city of
Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
- John F. Kennedy

All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.
Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

THE fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
- Carl Sandburg

We are all one whether we dine on corned beef in New York City,
black-eyed peas and cornbread in rural Louisiana,
or roast guinea pig in Peru.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century.
It is a city frozen in time.
- Richard Meier

A city building, you experience when you walk;
a suburban building,
you experience when you drive.
- Helmut Jahn

It is possible to provide security against other ills,
but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
- Epicurus

We should concentrate our work not only to a separated
housing problem but housing involved in our daily work
and all the other functions of the city.
- Alvar Aalto

I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage
is being able to make a right turn on a red light.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it,
an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains,
or what passes through it; a point of view.
- Peter Conrad

They are sick in their minds.
They say they brought 65 tanks into center of city.
I say to you this talk is not true.
This is part of their sick mind.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Rome is my most favorite city, so I really enjoy to
stay here and the whole tournament.
- Daniela Hantuchova

Listen, if the mayor wants to have a debate about education in this city,
I got three words: bring it on.
- Anthony Weiner

The people of our city are holding on by a thread.
Time has run out.
Can we survive another night? And who can we depend on? Only God knows.
- Ray Nagin

That's what mayors do.
They lobby Congress to provide resources for their city.
- Maxine Waters

The truth is that Oxford is simply a very beautiful
city in which it is convenient to segregate a certain
number of the young of the nation while they are growing up.
- Evelyn Waugh

If those communities are left to decay,
this city will decay.
- Jane Byrne

Annexation is probably the most valuable tool a city
has to ensure orderly growth and development.
- Jeff Hawkins

Black people are victims of an enormous amount of violence.
None of those things can take place without the complicity
of the people who run the schools and the city.
- Toni Morrison

In Amsterdam the water is the mistress and the land the vassal.
throughout the city there are as many canals and drawbridges
as bracelets on a Gypsy's bronzed arms.
- Felix Marti-Ibanez

How prophetic L'Enfant was when he laid out Washington
as a city that goes around in circles!
- John Mason Brown

Oh, it was so hard to leave Paris, just about my favorite city in the world.
- Tony Visconti

Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body,
the peace of the city, the security of the state.
Like beams in a house or bones to a body,
so is order to all things.
- Robert Southey

A city becomes a world when one loves one of it's inhabitants.
- Lawrence Durrell

When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes,
aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.
- Hugh Newell Jacobsen

Every person on the streets of New York is a type.
The city is one big theater where everyone is on display.
- Jerry Rubin

I'm very proud of what we've done with the State University and the City University.
They're totally different institutions than they were when I took office.
- George Pataki

We've lost our city.
I fear it's potentially like Pompeii.
- Marc Morial

Traveling, you realize that differences are lost:
each city takes to resembling all cities,
places exchange their form, order, distances,
a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.
- Italo Calvino

We're just welcoming people to our city.
- Jermaine Dupri

In the city a funeral is just an interruption of traffic;
in the country it is a form of popular entertainment.
- George Ade

I mean, its hard to be an actor in the city -
trying to make it as an actor -
because you waitress all night,
you get home really late and you're super tired and your feet hurt.
- Piper Perabo

I'd like to design something like a city or a museum.
I want to do something hands on rather than just play
golf which is the sport of the religious right.
- Brad Pitt

Every city in the world always has a gang,
a street gang, or the so-called outcasts.
- Jimi Hendrix

Denver is a city that will be far more defined by its future than its past.
- John Hickenlooper

Tonight the city is full of morgues,
and all the toilets are overflowing.
There's shopping malls coming out of the walls,
as we walk out among the manure.
That's why I pay no mind.
- Beck

What could be better than walking down any street in
any city and knowing you're the heavyweight champion of the world?
- Rocky Marciano

If any man claims the Negro should be content...
let him say he would willingly change the color of
his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city.
Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.
- Robert Kennedy

The life of a dancer is tragically short.
What is remarkable about the New York City Ballet is
that it makes us forget that.
Because it keeps the ballet alive.
- John Guare

The Olympic Games of the Modern Era began in 1896 in the city of Athens.
- Bill Toomey

No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.
- Cyril Connolly

But instead of that stuff you get relationships with
people and neighbors that you would never get in a city.
People in small towns are a lot more open.
- Genevieve Gorder

Sex and the City changed New York-New York's become a big shoe store now,
unfortunately.
- Chris Noth

As long as I am mayor of this city the great industries are secure.
- Frank Hague

Well, very long ago, on the spot where the Wild Wood waves now,
before ever it had planted itself and grown up to what it now is,
there was a city - a city of people,
you know.
- Kenneth Grahame

It's a weird city because the uglier the weather,
the more beautiful the city.
And the uglier the buildings, the more coherent the city.
- Rem Koolhaas

To one extent, if you've seen one city slum,
you've seen them all.
- Spiro T. Agnew

The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind,
but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.
- George Santayana

Three days in a city now and I'm quite flipped.
There's too much noise.
I just can't do with it.
- Lou Harrison


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