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Lewis Mumford

If we never met again in our lives I should feel that somehow the whole adventure of existence was justified by my having met you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lewis Mumford

By fashion and built-in obsolescence the economies of machine production, instead of producing leisure and durable wealth, are duly cancelled out by the mandatory consumption on an even larger scale.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lewis Mumford

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.

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Lewis Mumford

To curb the machine and limit art to handicraft is a denial of opportunity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lewis Mumford

The philosophers of industrialism, from Bacon to Bentham, from Smith to Marx, insisted that the improvement of man's condition was the highest requirement of morality. But in what did the improvement consist? The answer seemed so obvious to them that they did not bother to justify it: the expansion and fulfillment of the material wants of man, and the spread of these benefits, from the few who had once preempted them, to the many who had so long lived on the scraps Dives had thrown into the gutter.

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Lewis Mumford

Growth and self-transformation cannot be delegated.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lewis Mumford

To the extent that the scientist's capacity for pursuing the truth depends upon costly apparatus, institutional collaboration and heavy capital investment by government or industry he is no longer his own master.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lewis Mumford

Modern Man is the victim of the very instruments he values most. Every gain in power, every mastery of natural forces, every scientific addition to knowledge, has proved potentially dangerous, because it has not been accompanied by equal gains in self-understanding and self-discipline.

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Lewis Mumford

Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.

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Lewis Mumford

Unfortunately, once an economy is geared to expansion, the means rapidly turn into an end and "the going becomes the goal.

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Lewis Mumford

The timelessness of art is its capacity to represent the transformation of endless becoming into being.

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Lewis Mumford

Idealism and science continue to function in separate compartments; and yet 'the happiness of man on earth' depends upon their combination.

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Lewis Mumford

Every work of art is an abstraction from time; it denies the reality of change and decay and death.

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Lewis Mumford

The final goal of human effort is man's self-transforma tion.

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Lewis Mumford

Do you want to know what I most regret about my youth? That I didn't dream more boldly and demand of myself more impossible things; for all one does in maturity is to carve in granite or porphyry the soap bubble one blew in youth! Oh to have dreamed harder!

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Lewis Mumford

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lewis Mumford

The last step in parental love involves the release of the beloved; the willing cutting of the cord that would otherwise keep the child in a state of emotional dependence.

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Lewis Mumford

What plethora of material goods can possibly atone for a waking life so humanly belittling, if not degrading, as the push-button tasks left to human performers?

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Lewis Mumford

Every transformation of humanity has rested upon deep stirrings and intuitions, whose rationalized expression takes the form of a new picture of the cosmos and the nature of the human.

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Lewis Mumford

Order and creativity are complementary.

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Lewis Mumford

Nothing endures except life: the capacity for birth, growth, and renewal.

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Lewis Mumford

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 the training...

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Lewis Mumford

Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life's absurdities by thinking absurdly about them.

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Lewis Mumford

Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lewis Mumford

What was once called the objective world is a sort of Rorschach ink blot, into which each culture, each system of science and religion, each type of personality, reads a meaning only remotely derived from the shape and color of the blot itself

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Lewis Mumford

Mechanical instruments, potentially a vehicle of rational human purposes, are scarcely a blessing when they enable the gossip of the village idiot and the deeds of the thug to be broadcast to a million people each day.

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Lewis Mumford

In our entrancement with the motorcar, we have forgotten how much more efficient and how much more flexible the footwalker is.

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Lewis Mumford

Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo: not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences.

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Lewis Mumford

Trend is not destiny.

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Lewis Mumford

The very people who shudder over the cruelty of the hunter are apt to forget that slaughter, in the grimmest sense of the word, is a process they entrust daily to the butcher; and that unlike the game of the forests, even the dumbest creatures of the slaughterhouse know what is in store for them.

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Lewis Mumford

A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail.

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Lewis Mumford

A multitude of uniform, unidentifiable houses, lined up inflexibly, at uniform distances, on uniform roads, in a treeless communal waste, inhabited by people of the same class, the same income, the same age group, witnessing the same television performances, eating the same tasteless prefabricated foods, from the same freezers, conforming in every outward and inward respect to the common mold.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lewis Mumford

We have created an industrial order geared to automatism, where feeble-mindedness, native or acquired, is necessary for docile productivity in the factory; and where a pervasive neurosis is the final gift of the meaningless life that issues forth at the other end.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lewis Mumford

The chief enemy of peace is the spirit of unreason itself: an inability to conceive alternatives, an unwillingness to reconsider old prejudices, to part with ideological obsessions, to entertain new ideas or to improve new plans.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Lewis Mumford

Toute transformation sociale (...) s'est fondée sur de nouvelles bases métaphysiques et idéologiques; ou plutôt, sur des émotions et intuitions plus profondes, dont l'expression rationalisée prend la forme du cosmos et de la nature de l'homme.

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Lewis Mumford

Misery, mutilation, destruction, terror, starvation and death characterize the process of war and form a principal part of the product.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lewis Mumford

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.

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Lewis Mumford

Stieglitz conceived, though he never carried out, a series of photographs of the heads of stallions and mares, of bulls and cows, in the act of mating, hoping to catch in the brute an essential quality that would symbolize the probably unattainable photograph of a passionate human mating.

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Lewis Mumford

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.

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Lewis Mumford

The artist has a special task and duty... reminding people of their humanity and the promise of their creativity.

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Lewis Mumford

Sport in the sense of a mass-spectacle, with death to add to the underlying excitement, comes into existence when a population has been drilled and regimented and depressed to such an extent that it needs at least a vicarious participation in difficult feats of strength or skill or heroism in order to sustain its waning life-sense.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lewis Mumford

Virtue is not a chemical product...it is a historic product, like language and literature; and this means that if we cease to care about it, cease to cultivate it, cease to transmit its funded values, a large part of it will become meaningless, like a dead language to which we have lost the key.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lewis Mumford

Integration proceeds by just the opposite route: a deliberate heightening of every organic function; a release of impulses from circumstances that irrationally thwarted them; richer and more complex patterns of activity; an esthetic heightening of anticipated realizations; a steady lengthening of the future; a faith in cosmic perspectives.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lewis Mumford

Unable to create a meaningful life for itself, the personality takes its own revenge: from the lower depths comes a regressive form of spontaneity: raw animality forms a counterpoise to the meaningless stimuli and the vicarious life to which the ordinary man is conditioned. Getting spiritual nourishment from this chaos of events, sensations, and devious interpretations is the equivalent of trying to pick through a garbage pile for food.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lewis Mumford

Whereas Freud was for the most part concerned with the morbid effects of unconscious repression, Jung was more interested in the manifestations of unconscious expression, first in the dream and eventually in all the more orderly products of religion and art and morals.

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Lewis Mumford

The humanities and science are not in inherent conflict but have become separated in the twentieth century. Now their essential unity must be re-emphasized, so that twentieth-century multiplicity may become twentieth-century unity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lewis Mumford

Chaos, if it does not harden into a pattern of disorder, may be more fruitful than a regularity too easily accepted and a success too easily achieved.

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Lewis Mumford

War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society.

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Lewis Mumford

A society that gives to one class all the opportunities for leisure, and to another all the burdens of work, dooms both classes to spiritual sterility.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lewis Mumford

When cities were first founded, an old Egyptian scribe tells us, the mission of the founder was to 'put gods in their shrines.' The task of the coming city is not essentially different: its mission is to put the highest concerns of man at the center of all his activities.