Concrete Sayings and Quotes

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

The world is just as concrete, ornery, vile, and sublimely wonderful as before, only now I better understand my relation to it and it to me.     

Ralph Ellison

We speak of concrete and not abstract painting because nothing is more concrete, more real than a line, a color, a surface.     

Theo van Doesburg

A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion.     

Sai Baba

It is in the process of making something that the creator contacts a concrete reality outside his subjective life and moves into the realm of the transcendent.     

Joseph C. Zinker

When we begin to build walls of prejudice, hatred, pride, and self-indulgence around ourselves, we are more surely imprisoned than any prisoner behind concrete walls and iron bars.     

Mother Angelica

Concrete is heavy; iron is hard but the grass will prevail.     

Edward Abbey

The road is a word, conceived elsewhere and laid across the country in the wound prepared for it: a word made concrete and thrust among us.     

Wendell Berry

The beauty of the picture is an abiding concrete of the painter's vision.     

Hartley Coleridge

A city is a crazy concrete jungle whose people at the end of each day somehow make a small step ahead against terrible odds.     

Herb Caen

If there is a construction or a pathway in the spirit to be made, it is the way of godliness.     

Sunday Adelaja

Your dreams are like the cement. If you water it with actions, it becomes a hard concrete mass. But if you leave it exposed and unwatered, the air will easily blow it away     

Israelmore Ayivor

You can't build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you're going to have a strong superstructure.     

Gordon B. Hinckley

Build a solid courage behind what you believe you can do. Your dreams may drift and fall, but when your courage is strong and still, you can't shift; you'll lift your dreams again!     

Israelmore Ayivor

People have separated from each other with walls of concrete that blocked the roads to connection and love. and Nature has been defeated in the name of development.     

Yasunari Kawabata

Any foundation you build, if trust is part of that foundation, whatever you're building, whatever you're creating is gonna have a rock-solid foundation.     

Steve Tisch

Concrete you can mold, you can press it into after all, you haven't any straight lines in your body. Why should we have straight lines in our architecture? You'd be surprised when you go into a room that has no straight line how marvelous it is that you can feel the walls talking back to you, as it were.     

Philip Johnson

Some minds are like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set.     


Concrete is, essentially, the colour of bad weather.     

William Hamilton

There is no reason to design buildings that are more basic and rectilinear, because with concrete you can cover almost any space.     

Oscar Niemeyer

The concrete is a combination of abstractions not an arbitrary or subjective combination but one that corresponds to the laws of the movement of a given phenomenon.      

Leon Trotsky

Your dreams are like cement. If you water it with actions, it becomes a hard concrete mass.     

Israelmore Ayivor

Concrete poets continue to turn out beautiful things, but to me they're more visual than oral, and they almost really belong on the wall rather than in a book. I haven't the least idea of where poetry is going.     

James Laughlin

Your dreams are like the cement. If you water it with actions, it becomes a hard concrete mass. But if you leave it exposed and unwatered, the air will easily blow it away!     

Israelmore Ayivor

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

Concrete is momentarily unformed matter seeking its natural completion, filling in the last corners of its allowed space, finding a form. It is possibility rendered material, hope in an industrial-strength mixer.     

Mark Kingwell

Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed and permanently set.     


Concreteness transports us into a story like nothing else. It's the key that unlocks the door of the reader's imagination.     

Kim Kautzer

Everything abstract is ultimately part of the concrete. Everything inanimate finally serves the living. That is why every activity dealing in abstraction stands in ultimate service to a living whole.     

Edith Stein

The practical man demands an appearance of reality at least. Always dealing in the concrete, he regards mathematical terms not as symbols or thought but as images of reality. A system acceptable to the mathematician because of its inner consistency may appear to the practical man to be full of contradictions because of the incomplete manner in which it represents reality.     

Tobias Dantzig