The Seven Lamps of Architecture

Front Cover
G. Allen, 1880 - Architecture - 222 pages

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 77 - And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth : and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
Page 5 - A servant with this clause makes drudgery divine; who sweeps a room, as for thy laws, makes that and the action fine.
Page 174 - We are not sent into this world to do anything into which we cannot put our hearts. We have certain work to do for our bread, and that is to be done strenuously ; other work to do for our delight, and that is to be done heartily: neither is to be done by halves and shifts, but with a will; and what is not worth this effort is not to be done at all.
Page 85 - ... thinking in shadow, not looking at a design in its miserable, liny skeleton ; but conceiving it as it will be when the dawn lights it and the dusk leaves it ; when its stones will be hot and its crannies cool ; when the lizards will bask on the one and the birds build in the other. Let him design with the sense of cold and heat upon him ; let him cut out the shadows, as men dig wells in unwatered plains...
Page 178 - Those ever springing flowers and ever flowing streams had been dyed by the deep colours of human endurance, valour, and virtue; and the crests of the sable hills that rose against the evening sky received a deeper worship, because their far shadows fell eastward over the iron wall of Joux, and the four-square keep of Granson.
Page 222 - Slight those who say amidst their sickly healths, Thou livest by rule. What doth not so but man \ Houses are built by rule, and commonwealths. Entice the trusty sun, if that you can, From his Ecliptic line ; beckon the sky. Who lives by rule, then, keeps good company. Who keeps no guard upon himself, is slack, And rots to nothing at the next great thaw.
Page 72 - ... In the edifices of Man there should be found reverent worship and following, not only of the spirit which rounds the pillars of the forest, and arches the vault of the avenue — which gives veining to the leaf, and polish to the shell, and grace to every pulse that agitates animal...
Page 194 - Neither by the public, nor by those who have the care of public monuments, is the true meaning of the word restoration understood. It means the most total destruction which a building can suffer : a destruction out of which no remnants can be gathered ; a destruction accompanied with false description of the thing destroyed.
Page 13 - And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price : neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing.
Page 181 - This is no slight, no consequenceless evil : it is ominous, infectious, and fecund of other fault and misfortune. When men do not love their hearths, nor reverence their thresholds, it is a sign that they have dishonored both, and that they have never acknowledged the true universality of that Christian worship which was indeed to supersede the idolatry, but not the piety, of the pagan.

Bibliographic information