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Arne Jacobsen Quotes

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The primary factor is proportions.
- Arne Jacobsen

Related topics: Design

Architecture tends to consume everything else,
it has become one's entire life.
- Arne Jacobsen

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen

I have no philosophy, my favourite thing is sitting in the studio.
- Arne Jacobsen

 

There is always a point when one senses one's lack of skill,
the doubt.
- Arne Jacobsen

Almost every time I make a building,
some people will condemn it straight to Hell.
- Arne Jacobsen

People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it.
- Arne Jacobsen

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That is the artistic task: To choose the best from these solutions.
- Arne Jacobsen

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty.
They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been
literally hewn out between the columns.
- Arne Jacobsen

Furniture manufacturing in plastics requires very costly machinery,
which the Danish market is not big enough to justify.
Or so they say.
But show me a plastics manufacturer who dares to take on the experiment.
- Arne Jacobsen

Besides, I think that when one has been through a boarding school,
especially then, you have some resistance,
because it was both fine comradeship and a fairly hard training.
- Arne Jacobsen

You will soon find that I am a bit obsessive about my work.
And that is a little sad, one often feels strangely restricted,
not finding time to simmer, although one actually has many interests.
- Arne Jacobsen

That business of relaxation, which is so terribly modern today,
is all good and well, but my work interests me so much,
and is so varied, that many times it seems relaxing
when I go from one aspect to another.
- Arne Jacobsen

I don't see that any buildings should be excluded from the term architecture,
as long as they are done properly.
- Arne Jacobsen

Now, the downside to conservation is that so much is done for the public,
which almost always mars the environment that one wanted to conserve.
- Arne Jacobsen

On the other hand, I don't understand the enthusiasm
for everything in the antique shop that Grandma threw out.
There, the sense of quality has declined;
otherwise Grandma wouldn't have thrown it out.
- Arne Jacobsen

I do not feel certain until I have confronted my initial
solution with other solutions -
although in fact the first solution often proves to be the right one.
- Arne Jacobsen

In a way, the sense of quality has improved,
the status symbol of the small things is gone,
and it is acceptable to use stainless steel,
even if the neighbour uses silver.
- Arne Jacobsen

And when an architect has designed a house with large windows,
which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight
into these very deep houses,
then curtains come to play a big role in architecture.
- Arne Jacobsen

In addressing a task, one almost always has several possible options,
sometimes only a few, and they may all be practical and functional.
But they lack the aesthetic aspect that raises it to architecture.
- Arne Jacobsen

If architecture had nothing to do with art,
it would be astonishingly easy to build houses,
but the architect's task - his most difficult task -
is always that of selecting.
- Arne Jacobsen

I am going to be working on bathroom fittings for a company in the USA,
and then I thought it was appropriate to simplify the fittings and,
thus, lowering the cost.
- Arne Jacobsen

When I travel, I draw and paint sketches which is great fun.
And as long as you are fully aware that it has nothing to do with actual art,
I think that's all right.
- Arne Jacobsen

But inspiration? - That's when you come home from abroad and are asked:
Well,
have you found inspiration? - and fortunately you haven't.
But the impressions sink in, of course,
and may emerge later: None of us has invented the house;
that was done many thousands of years ago.
- Arne Jacobsen

Carrying out the thing, getting it to the point when one might say:
There,
now it is good - that point is hard to reach.
Often, one sets very high goals for oneself.
Perhaps too high.
- Arne Jacobsen

With a painter or a sculptor, one cannot begin to alter his works,
but an architect has to put up with anything,
because he makes utility objects - the building is there to be used,
and times change.
- Arne Jacobsen

All these primary impulses,
not easily described in words,
are the springs of man's actions.
- Albert Einstein

A corporation's primary goal is to make money.
Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of
that money and give it to others.
- Larry Ellison

What makes photography a strange invention is that
its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.
- Charles Eames

It has become evident that the primary lesson of the
study of evolution is that all evolution is coevolution:
every organism is evolving in tandem with the organisms around it.
- Kevin Kelly

If people are really excited about their music,
and that's their primary motivation,
then that comes through in demo tapes.
That's the most important ingredient.
- Greg Ginn

The Priestly Code preponderates over the rest of the legislation in force,
as well as in bulk; in all matters of primary importance
it is the normal and final authority.
- Julius Wellhausen

There have been a lot of murders and suicides in my family;
it's like the primary cause of death.
I wonder if there's a certain energy that attracts that.
- Rose McGowan

I believe the director's primary role is to create
an atmosphere where his company can be created.
- Charles Keating

I got a feeling I had loads when I was in primary school,
'cause I had red hair; you know, like Duracell.
- Richard D. James

Most families need both parents to work.
Moms need to be able to work and earn fair pay and
have the flexibility in their jobs to also be primary caretakers.
- Joan Blades

There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates,
but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.
- Judith Butler

Money is not our primary aim.
Changing the behavior and the practice of the gun industry is.
- Marc Morial

The most important and urgent problems of the technology
of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary
needs or of archetypal wishes,
but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday.
- Dennis Gabor

Morality is a venereal disease.
Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage,
boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.
- Karl Kraus

Obedience is the primary object of all sound education.
- Elizabeth Missing Sewell

The primary symptom of a controller is denial,
that is I can't see its symptoms in myself.
- Keith Miller

One of my primary objects is to form the tools so the
tools themselves shall fashion the work and give to
every part its just proportion.
- Eli Whitney

Senator Arlen Specter hasn't really switched parties;
he's simply realized he cannot win the Pennsylvania
Republican primary election.
- Michael Reagan

Acting manifested as the primary focus over the years
but now I am stirring the pot once again with my voice.
- Janine Turner

Sharpton is not even on the Presidential primary ballot here in Louisiana.
- Tony Brown

I regard freedom of expression as the primary right
without which one can not have a proper functioning democracy.
- Lord Hailsham

What is the primary purpose of a political leader? To build a majority.
If voters care about parking lots, then talk about parking lots.
- Newt Gingrich

The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
- George Santayana

John McCain was victimized in the South Carolina primary.
- Mark Shields

I support the recommendations made by the International Crisis Group.
The primary responsibility is for Kosovo Albanians
to demonstrate that their treatment of minorities is adequate.
- Emma Bonino

Each and every day health centers provide high-quality
primary and preventive care to our constituents.
- Jan Schakowsky

My primary lesson, however, was that I'm a solo writer,
happiest when I'm making all the executive decisions.
I've always been willing to rise or fall on my own merits.
- Sue Grafton

I have said consistently both in my papers and in my speeches -
which you heard in the primary campaign -
that I will continue to phase out the Capital Stock and Franchise tax.
- Ed Rendell

My primary and secondary education was provided by
the Highland Park Public School System.
- James Cronin

The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite.
- Robert M. Parker, Jr.

My mother's studies stopped with the third year of primary school,
my father with the first.
They taught me a deep sense of duty.
But nobody was involved in politics in my family.
- Emma Bonino

Twilight is about getting older and relationships -
not about a murder mystery.
It's about love when you reach a certain age;
nothing is in primary colors.
- Robert Benton

In fact, street gangs are the primary distributor of
illegal drugs in the United States.
- Dave Reichert

First there was the New Hampshire primary,
and we had nearly a year leading up to it.
And now, look!
Three primaries in one weekend!
How many of these things are they going to have?
- Ed Helms

I came out of the Civil Rights Movement,
and I had a different kind of focus than most people
who have just the academic background as their primary training experience.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.
- Jean Guitton

The primary source of the appeal of Christianity was Jesus -
His incarnation,
His life, His crucifixion, and His resurrection.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette

Railroads are the primary economic beneficiaries.
It's a difficult project for the public sector.
- John Gates

I support concrete and progressive immigration reform
based on three primary criteria:
family reunification,
economic contributions, and humanitarian concerns.
- Jeff Bingaman

The primary function of a theater is not to please itself,
or even to please its audience.
It is to serve talent.
- Robert Brustein

Ignorance is the primary source of all misery and vice.
- Victor Cousin

Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration
through this primary hostility of men towards one another.
- Sigmund Freud

My first encounter with a Kelly was not on a musical scale.
It was from primary school.
Dave and I went to primary school together and we were like boy scouts.
- Wayne Wonder

I really can't hate more than 5 or 10 years.
Wouldn't it be terrible to be always burdened with
those primary emotions you had at one time?
- Han Suyin


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