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Adolf Loos Quotes

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Be truthful, nature only sides with truth.
- Adolf Loos

Be not afraid of being called un-fashionable.
- Adolf Loos

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

The room has to be comfortable; the house has to look habitable.
- Adolf Loos

 

Architecture arouses sentiments in man.
The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.
- Adolf Loos

Supply and demand regulate architectural form.
- Adolf Loos

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future.
The house thinks of the present.
- Adolf Loos

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The work of art is brought into the world without there being a need for it.
The house satisfies a requirement.
The work of art is responsible to none;
the house is responsible to everyone.
The work of art wants to draw people out of their state of comfort.
- Adolf Loos

The house has to serve comfort.
The work of art is revolutionary; the house is conservative.
- Adolf Loos

The law courts must appear as a threatening gesture toward secret vice.
The bank must declare: here your money is secure and
well looked after by honest people.
- Adolf Loos

Does it follow that the house has nothing in common
with art and is architecture not to be included in
the arts? Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art:
the tomb and the monument.
Everything else that fulfils a function is to be excluded from the domain of art.
- Adolf Loos

It does not do to use it with forms whose origin is
intimately bound up with a specific material simply
because no technical difficulties stand in the way.
- Adolf Loos

Changes in the traditional way of building are only
permitted if they are an improvement.
Otherwise stay with what is traditional,
for truth, even if it be hundreds of years old has
a stronger inner bond with us than the lie that walks by our side.
- Adolf Loos

At the beginning of the nineteenth century we abandoned tradition,
it's at that point that I intend to renew it because
the present is built on the past just as the past was
built on the times that went before it.
- Adolf Loos

Man loves everything that satisfies his comfort.
He hates everything that wants to draw him out of his
acquired and secured position and that disturbs him.
Thus he loves the house and hates art.
- Adolf Loos

The Potemkin city of which I wish to speak here is
none other than our dear Vienna herself.
- Adolf Loos

To be persuasive, we must be believable;
to be believable, we must be credible;
to be credible, we must be truthful.
- Edward R. Murrow

Truthful words are not beautiful;
beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive;
persuasive words are not good.
- Lao Tzu

The way to my heart is by being truthful and spontaneous.
- Michelle Trachtenberg

I try to be a truthful artist and I try to show a level of courage.
I enjoy that.
I'm a messenger.
- Jeff Koons

Many people would be more truthful were it not for
their uncontrollable desire to talk.
- Edgar Watson Howe

You can either look at things in a brutal,
truthful way that's depressing, or you can screw around and have fun.
- David Spade

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter -
often an unconscious,
but still a truthful interpreter - in the eye.
- Charlotte Bronte

I think it would be very boring dramatically to have
a film where everybody was a lawyer or doctor and had no faults.
To me, the most important thing is to be truthful.
- Spike Lee

I think the success of my work stems from being truthful.
- Catherine O'Hara

The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy;
only the artist,
the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
- Willa Cather

What motivates me in art is the ugly and beautiful nature of the truth.
It has to be truthful and honest, even if it is ugly and grotesque.
- Corin Nemec

I hope that doing truthful portrayals of people in
a variety of circumstances gives people a kind of subterranean
link to those characters.
- Mira Sorvino

I'm convinced from what I know of Vernon Bundy that
his testimony was truthful.
- Jim Garrison

I think you have a pact with an audience in every picture,
and I think the pact is to try and be truthful and to be real.
- James L. Brooks

With my own memoirs, they are truthful,
and I write everything fully expecting to some day
end up televised on Court TV,
and I'm fully prepared to be challenged legally on it.
- Augusten Burroughs

I presumed the president was being truthful until a
series of events undercut that confidence.
- Bob Graham

I think it's really important that the people who are
going to make decisions for other people have fair,
truthful and compassionate regard for all people,
not just some people.
- Sharon Stone

I have an almost seven year old...
I think it's essential to be consistent with kids.
And truthful, without scaring them.
I could go on for hours on this one.
- Stephen Collins

So a truthful assessment of how America is doing in
the war on terror as a result of President Bush's war
on Iraq is that we have been set back by decades.
- John Olver

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest,
truthful, and virtuous.
- Frederick Douglass

Nobody is more truthful when he's acting than De Niro.
- Billy Crystal

I think I avoid stepping into sentimentality by trying
to be as truthful as possible with performances.
- Lasse Hallstrom

The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.
- Thomas Jefferson

A good actor is somebody who can be truthful and fascinating
and interesting and enlightening.
- Bruce Davison

Singing and being truthful to a song...
I've developed that skill, and I know how to do that real instinctively,
that's all I've been doing for the last 25 years.
- Taylor Dane

We try to be driven by what's a good story,
what's truthful, and the drama of what happens next.
- Laura Innes

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.
- Mark Twain

My purpose is to make my narrative as truthful as possible.
- George Armstrong Custer

I look forward to the end of all this money-making part of the career,
to be truthful.
- Paul Guilfoyle

People hear that and say I'm being modest,
but I am not a modest person, but I have to be truthful
about what I'm doing and what I'm doing is channeling.
- Morgan Freeman

I'll be truthful.
The weekly paycheck is the most important thing to me.
- Bela Lugosi

I can be glib and truthful all at once.
- Richard Russo

Only truthful hands write true poems.
I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.
- Paul Celan

There is no work of art that has ever been made that
is absolutely truthful about life.
- Richard Foreman

Be realistic and truthful - and tell Hong Kong businessmen
honestly that they should go for long-term investments
since it is unlikely money can be made in the short haul.
- Zhu Rongji

Political language...
is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable,
and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
- George Orwell

One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though
admittedly the most outrageous liar.
Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.
- Henry Miller

We owe it to the flood victims of New Orleans to give
them truthful answers as to why this event took place
and to assure our citizens that tragedies like this will never happen again.
- Charles Rangel

It struck me that working digitally with a small crew,
I could lay out a general plan for Famous and hope
for mistakes which would create something more than
satire and something less than truthful reality.
- Griffin Dunne

I play with language a great deal in my poems,
and I enjoy that.
I try to condense language, that is,
I try to express complicated but I hope real emotions as simply as possible.
But that doesn't mean the poems are simple,
just that they are as truthful as I can make them.
- Anne Stevenson

Yes, more than 100 Democrats voted to authorize Bush
to take the nation to war.
Most of them did so in the belief that the president
and his administration were truthful in their statements
that Saddam Hussein was a gathering menace.
- Bob Graham

There's only one drummer.
We all travel to his beat.
Well, I couldn't sing his song.
Because for me, it wasn't a truthful statement.
Well, Linda sang it, and it was a monster for her.
- Barry McGuire

I don't really consider myself to be an actor of any particular style.
My aim with every role I undertake is to be truthful
and honest in that particular portrayal.
I don't have a particular methodology from any one
school of thought or training.
- Benjamin Bratt

Like everything genuine, its inner life guarantees its truth.
All works of art created by truthful minds without
regard for the work's conventional exterior remain genuine for all times.
- Franz Marc

In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful,
must also reflect decay.
And unless it wants to break faith with its social function,
art must show the world as changeable.
And help to change it.
- Ernst Fischer

In the plays - that's where I go crazy.
But my prose has a much lighter touch;
it's not trying to thrill with language,
just to be more truthful.
I'm not concerned with the accuracy of anything.
We don't get to the truth of anything with facts.
- Denis Johnson

You want to do something that shows some type individuality
and talent and imagination -
at the same time,
you want to be truthful to the predecessors,
because obviously the audience liked something about
them and you have to replicate that experience to a certain extent.
- Renny Harlin

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary,
although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it.
It has some value in gaining and holding attention,
but it has no persuasive value at all.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.
- Friedrich Schiller

Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research,
but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
- Clifford Geertz

Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide
more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism
than do all the arguments of atheists.
- Dennis Prager

For your own good is a persuasive argument that will
eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.
- Janet Frame


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