>Alpern’s Architectural Aphorisms


The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

– G.K. Chesterton

I call architecture frozen music.

– Goethe

We shape our buildings and then our buildings shape us.

– Winston Churchill

Property has its duties as well as its rights.

– Disraeli

Let the street be as wide as the height of the houses.

– Leonardo da Vinci

Six feet of land was all that he needed.

– Leo Tolstoy

They are satisfied with their present lot and environment, and therefore do not want to conquer nature but merely be at home with nature and at peace with their lot.

– Hu Shih

Rome was not built in one day.

– John Heywood

It is a bad plan that admits no modification.

– Publilius Syrus


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