The Seven Lamps of Architecture

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C. E. Merrill & Company, 1890 - Architecture - 401 pages
 

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Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think ... Read full review

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Page 139 - 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 400 - Woods! that listen to the night-birds singing, Midway the smooth and perilous slope reclined, Save when your own imperious branches swinging, Have made a solemn music of the wind! Where, like a man beloved of God, Through glooms, which never woodman trod...
Page 358 - We have no right whatever to touch them. They are not ours. They belong partly to those who built them, and partly to all the generations of mankind who are to follow us.
Page 318 - For 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 399 - YE clouds ! that far above me float and pause, Whose pathless march no mortal may control ! Ye ocean-waves ! that, wheresoe'er ye roll, Yield homage only to eternal laws ! Ye woods ! that listen to the night-birds...
Page 216 - Hence then a general law, of singular importance in the present day, a law of simple common sense, — not to decorate things belonging to purposes of active and occupied life. Wherever you can rest, there decorate ; where rest is forbidden, so is beauty. You must not mix ornament with business, any more than you may mix play. Work first, and then rest. Work first and then gaze, but do not use golden ploughshares, nor bind ledgers in enamel. Do not thrash with sculptured flails : nor put bas-reliefs...
Page 340 - ... it is in that golden stain of time that we are to look for the real light and colour and preciousness of architecture...
Page 16 - ... being architectural ; neither can there be any architecture which is not based on building, nor any good architecture which is not based on good building ; but it is perfectly easy, and very necessary, to keep the ideas distinct, and to understand fully that Architecture concerns itself only with those characters of an edifice which are above and beyond its common use.
Page 8 - A servant with this clause makes drudgery divine; who sweeps a room, as for thy laws, makes that and the action fine.
Page 331 - I would have, then, our ordinary dwelling-houses built to last, 'and built to be lovely; as rich and full of pleasantness as may be, within and without...

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