Lewis Mumford Quotes

34 Lewis Mumford quotes:

"Only entropy comes easy."
"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."
"Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends."
"One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence."
"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
"A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail."
"Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past."
"The artist does not illustrate science (but) he frequently responds to the same interests that a scientist does."
"Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf."
"One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence"
"By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed."
Author: Mumford Quotes Category: Technology Quotes
"The cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live."
"However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson; nothing is impossible."
"Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers"
Author: Mumford Quotes Category: Family Quotes
"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."
"I would die happy if I knew that on my tombstone could be written these words, "This man was an absolute fool. None of the disastrous things that he reluctantly predicted ever came to pass!"
Author: Mumford Quotes Category: Man Quotes
"Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities."
"New York is the perfect model of a city, not the model of a perfect city."
"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."
"Today, the notion of progress in a single line without goal or limit seems perhaps the most parochial notion of a very parochial century."

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