Lewis Mumford Quotes


34 Lewis Mumford quotes:



"Only entropy comes easy."
"Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf."
"The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion."
"The settlement of America had its origins in the unsettlement of Europe. America came into existence when the European was already so distant from the ancient ideas and ways of his birthplace that the whole span of the Atlantic did not widen the gulf."
Author: Mumford Quotes Category: America Quotes New World Quotes
"The cycle of the machine is now coming to an end. Man has learned much in the hard discipline and the shrewd, unflinching grasp of practical possibilities that the machine has provided in the last three centuries: but we can no more continue to live in the world of the machine than we could live successfully on the barren surface of the moon."
Author: Mumford Quotes Category: Discipline Quotes Machinery Quotes
"Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for training."
"A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail."
"Today, the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the private toilet."
"The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture."
"Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends."
"Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities."
"Without fullness of experience, length of days is nothing. When fullness of life has been achieved, shortness of days is nothing. That is perhaps why the young have usually so little fear of death; they live by intensities that the elderly have forgotten."
"New York is the perfect model of a city, not the model of a perfect city."
"To curb the machine and limit art to handicraft is a denial of opportunity."
"A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life."
"It has not been for nothing that the word has remained man's principal toy and tool: without the meanings and values it sustains, all man's other tools would be worthless."
"The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity."
"The cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live."
"Today, the notion of progress in a single line without goal or limit seems perhaps the most parochial notion of a very parochial century."
"However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson; nothing is impossible."



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