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life and work of frank lloyd wright
On Criticism
MW: What do you think of these people who either don’t understand or don’t care?
FLW: I don’t think they matter, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t think they’re for me and why should I be for them?
On The Common Man
MW: I understand that last week, in all seriousness, you said: “If I had another 15 years to work, I could rebuild this entire country. I could change the nation.”
Flw: I did say it and it’s true. Having had now the experience building (going on) 769 buildings, it’s quite easy for me to shake them out of my sleeve. It’s amazing what I could do for this country.
On Calling Himself The World’s Greatest Architect
FLW: I’ve been accused of saying I was was the greatest architect in the world and if I had said so, I don’t think it would be very arrogant, because I don’t believe there are many [great architects]—if any. For 500 years what we call architecture has been phony.
On Marilyn Monroe As An Example Of Architecture
FLW: I think Ms. Monroe as architecture is extremely good architecture.
On St. Patrick’s Cathedral
MW: You feel nothing when you go into St. Patrick’s?
FLW: Regret...because it isn’t the thing that really represents the spirit of independence and the sovereignty of the individual which I feel should be represented in our edifices devoted to culture.
On Nature
MW: When you go out into a big forest with towering pines and [experience] almost a feeling of awe that frequently you do get in the presence of nature...do you not feel insignificant? Do you not feel small?
FLW: On the contrary, I feel large. I feel enlarged and encouraged. Intensified. More powerful.
On Growing Old
MW: Do you think that you are any less rebellious—less of a radical—in your art and life than you were a quarter-century ago?
FLW: Rather more so...only more quiet about it.
On Organic Architecture
FLW: I would like to have a free architecture. Architecture that belonged where you see it standing—and is a grace to the landscape instead of a disgrace.
On Being Called An Intellectual

FLW: I don’t like intellectuals...They are from the top down, not from the ground up. I’ve always thought of myself—of what I represented—as from the ground up.

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