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Buildings

  • ...the builder had lacked an architect's eye. He had used the idiom of the time, but it had apparently not been native to him.

  • Every builder builds somewhat for unknown purposes, and is in a measure a prophet.

  • You should know our mania for building is stronger than ever. It is a diabolical thing. It consumes money and the more you build, the more you want to build. It's a sickness like being addicted to alcohol.

  • Cathedrals do not seem to me to have been built. They seem, rather, stupendous growths of nature, like crystals, or cliffs of basalt.

  • This is the age of the apartment. Not only in the great cities, but in the smaller centers of civilization the apartment has come to stay. ... A decade ago the apartment was considered a sorry makeshift in America, though it has been successful abroad for more years than you would believe.

  • ... he has an edifice complex. Buying buildings is his sex life.

  • We are the only country in the world that trashes its old buildings. Too late we realize how very much we need them.

  • Readers have no doubt noticed how seldom builders live in houses of their own construction. You will find a town or village expanding in all directions with their masterpieces of modernity in the way of houses and bungalows; but the builder himself you will usually find living nearer the heart of things, snugly and comfortably housed in some more substantial, if less convenient, building of less recent date.