Eero Saarinen quotes

  • The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man’s life on earth and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence,
    -- Eero Saarinen

    #Men #Purpose #Earth

  • To me the drawn language is a very revealing language: one can see in a few lines whether a man is really an architect.
    -- Eero Saarinen

    #Men #Lines #Language

  • I have come to the conviction that once one embarks on a concept for a building, this concept has to be exaggerated and overstated and repeated in every part of its interior so that wherever you are, inside or outside, the building sings with the same message.
    -- Eero Saarinen

    #Messages #Building #Conviction

  • Confusion comes from trying to amalgamate several conflicting ideas.
    -- Eero Saarinen

    #Ideas #Confusion #Trying

  • The major concern ...was to create a monument which would have lasting significance and would be a landmark of our time... Neither an obelisk nor a rectangular box nor a dome seemed right on this site or for this purpose. But here, at the edge of the Mississippi River, a great arch did seem right.
    -- Eero Saarinen

    #Rivers #Would Be #Purpose

  • Function influence but does not dictate form
    -- Eero Saarinen

    #Doe #Influence #Form

  • I wanted to clear up the slum of legs… I wanted to make the chair all one thing again.
    -- Eero Saarinen

    #Legs #Chairs #Clear

  • What you newspaper and magazine writers, who work in rabbit time, don't understand is that the practice of architecture has to be measured in elephant time.
    -- Eero Saarinen

    #Practice #Elephants #Rabbits

  • Egyptian pyramids or obelisks – seemed to be the basis of the great memorials that have kept their significance and dignity across time. Neither an obelisk nor a rectangular box nor a dome seemed right on this site or for this purpose. But here, at the edge of the Mississippi River, a great arch did seem right.
    -- Eero Saarinen

    #Rivers #Arches #Domes

  • He (Jeremy Clarkson) is the last man standing on the beach commanding the glaciers' melt waters to go back

  • We may not preach a crucified Saviour without being also crucified men and women. It is not enough to wear an ornamental cross as a pretty decoration. The cross that Paul speaks about was burned into his very flesh, was branded into his being, and only the Holy Spirit can burn the true cross into our innermost life.

  • Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.

  • Men have presented their plans and philosophies for the remedying of earth's ills, but Jesus stands alone in presenting not a system, but His own personality as capable of supplying the needs of the soul.

  • An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.

  • The Almighty has His own purposes.

  • All earth-born hopes with time must pass away; prayer grasps eternal things; pray, always pray.

  • Tomorrow, more's the pity, Away we both must hie, To air the ditty and to earth I.

  • For the curse of Cain, the curse of being an outcast and a wanderer over the face of the earth has been removed...

  • An epiphany enables you to sense creation not as something completed, but as constantly becoming, evolving, ascending. This transports you from a place where there is nothing new to a place where there is nothing old, where everything renews itself, where heaven and earth rejoice as at the moment of creation.