Building Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old building quotes, building sayings, and building proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.     

Louis Kahn

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.     

Walt Disney

Every great building once begun as a building plan. That means, sitting in that building plan on the table is a mighty structure not yet seen. It is the same with dreams.     

Israelmore Ayivor

Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.     

Victor Hugo

We build buildings which are terribly restless. And buildings don't go anywhere. They shouldn't be restless.     

Minoru Yamasaki

Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.     

Adrienne Clarkson

One great building does not make a great city.     

Thomas Heatherwick

When we build, let us think that we build forever.     

John Ruskin

Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.     

Stephen Gardiner

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it is the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.     

David Allan Coe

Building a temple didn't mean you believed in gods, it just meant you believed in architecture.     

Terry Pratchett

A building without ornamentation is like a heaven without stars.     

George Sandys

We built tall buildings, but we have not become any taller.     

Dejan Stojanovic

If a building looks better under construction than it does when finished, then it's a failure.     

Douglas Coupland

Part of building a new nation means building a spirit of tolerance, love and respect amongst the people of this country.     

Nelson Mandela

Architecture is the very mirror of life. You only have to cast your eyes on buildings to feel the presence of the past, the spirit of a place; they are the reflection of society.     

I.M. Pei

Building your own home is about desire, fantasy. But it's achievable; anyone can do it.     

Kevin McCloud

Either a building is part of a place or it is not. Once that kinship is there, time will only make it stronger.     

Willa Cather

A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.     

Ayn Rand

A building is not just a place to be but a way to be.     

Frank Lloyd Wright

A building is hard to judge. It takes many years to find out whether it works. It's not as simple as asking the people in the office whether they like it.     

Helmut Jahn

To me, a building if it's beautiful is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that.     

Martha Graham

We shape our buildings: Thereafter, they shape us.     

Winston Churchill