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Louis Henry Sullivan

(c. 1895)
Born September 3, 1856
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died April 14, 1924(1924-04-14) (aged 67)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Architect

Form follows function.
Implicit in true freedom of spirit lies a proud and virile will. Such glorious power of free will to choose, envisages beneficent social responsibility as manifest and welcome.
Louis Sullivan
Man shall find his anchorage in self-recognition.
Alas, the world has never known a sound social fabric, a fabric sound and clean to the core and kindly. For it has ever turned its back on Man.
Louis Sullivan
In the history of mankind there are recorded two great Inversions. The first, set forth by the Nazarene to the effect that love is a greater power and more real than vengeance. The second proclaimed the earth to be a sphere revolving in its course around the sun. These affirmations were made in the face of all evidence sacred to the contrary.
Louis Sullivan
The problem of the tall office building is one of the most stupendous, one of the most magnificent opportunities that the Lord of Nature in His beneficence has ever offered to the proud spirit of man.
Louis Sullivan
It is the mass dream of inverted self, populous with fears overt and secret, that forms the continuous but gossamer thread upon which are strung as phantom beads all civilizations from the remotest past of record to that of the present day and hour.
Louis Sullivan
Once you learn to look at architecture not merely as an art more or less well or more or less badly done, but as a social manifestation, the critical eye becomes clairvoyant.
Louis Sullivan
The building's identity resided in the ornament.
The feudal concept of self-preservation is poisoned at the core by the virulent assumption of master and man, of potentate and slave, of external and internal suppression of the life urge of the only one – of its faith in human sacrifice as a means of salvation.
Louis Sullivan
It was the spirit animating the mass and flowing from it, and it expressed the individuality of the building.
Louis Sullivan
If with open mind one reads and observes industriously and long; if in so doing one covers a wide field and so covering reflects in terms of realism, he is likely, soon or late, to be brought to a sudden consciousness that Man is an unknown quantity and his existence unsuspected.
Louis Sullivan
What the people are within, the buildings express without.
Words are most malignant, the most treacherous possession of mankind. They are saturated with the sorrows of all time.
Louis Sullivan