To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.
To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
What I worry about would be that you essentially have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply, majoritarian, absolute power on either side. And that’s just not what the founders intended.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.
Washington is a place where politicians don’t know which way is up and taxes don’t know which way is down.
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
I buy when other people are selling.
J. Paul Getty
Employees make the best dates. You don’t have to pick them up and they’re always tax-deductible.
Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.
Every few seconds it changes – up an eighth, down an eighth -it’s like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art’s sake.
E. M. Forster
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
A painting that is well composed is half finished.
A picture is a poem without words.
Architecture is the art of how to waste space.
We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
We should concentrate our work not only to a separated housing problem but housing involved in our daily work and all the other functions of the city.
In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function.
Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.