Zitat des Tages von Lewis Mumford:
The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
Nothing is unthinkable, nothing impossible to the balanced person, provided it comes out of the needs of life and is dedicated to life's further development.
The cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live.
Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.
War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society.
Without fullness of experience, length of days is nothing. When fullness of life has been achieved, shortness of days is nothing. That is perhaps why the young have usually so little fear of death; they live by intensities that the elderly have forgotten.
Today, the notion of progress in a single line without goal or limit seems perhaps the most parochial notion of a very parochial century.
Misery, mutilation, destruction, terror, starvation and death characterize the process of war and form a principal part of the product.
The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.
Every new baby is a blind desperate vote for survival: people who find themselves unable to register an effective political protest against extermination do so by a biological act.
A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.
The earth is the Lord's fullness thereof: this is no longer a hollow dictum of religion, but a directive for economic action toward human brotherhood.
Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past.
The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture.
Don't take the will for the deed; get the deed.
New York is the perfect model of a city, not the model of a perfect city.
Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.
It has not been for nothing that the word has remained man's principal toy and tool: without the meanings and values it sustains, all man's other tools would be worthless.
War vies with magic in its efforts to get something for nothing.
One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence.
Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for training.
A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
Today, the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the private toilet.
Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.
In war, the army is not merely a pure consumer, but a negative producer.