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Published on March 20th, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie


Le Corbusier Quotes: A Functionalist Modernist’s Thoughts


Le Corbusier Quotes

Here is Yellow Magpie’s selection of Le Corbusier quotes.

‘A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe and 50 times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.’

‘A house is a machine for living in.’

‘The most beautiful bridge in the world. So pure, so resolute, so regular that here, finally, steel architecture seems to laugh.’

‘I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.’

‘Our own epoch is determining, day by day, its own style. Our eyes, unhappily, are unable yet to discern it.’

‘To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.’

‘Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity. It is for this reason that these are beautiful forms, the most beautiful forms.’

‘Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.’

‘Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.’

Le Corbusier Quotes

‘The city of Chandigarh is planned to human scale. It puts us in touch with the infinite cosmos and nature. It provides us with the places and buildings for all human activities by which the citizens can live a full and harmonious life. Here the radiance of nature and heart are within our reach.’

‘The home should be the treasure chest of living.’

‘Vehement silhouettes of Manhattan – that vertical city with unimaginable diamonds.’

Visit Architecture Student’s Corner for more Le Corbusier quotes.

If you would like to view more of Le Corbusier check out Yellow Magpie’s post on Le Corbusier: The Man Who Tried To Destroy Paris.

You might also wish to take a gander at Leonardo da Vinci Quotes: Pearls Of Wisdom From The Polymath and Nikola Tesla Quotes: The Considered Thoughts Of A Genius.

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