Louis Sullivan

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Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
Carl Jung
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Louis Henri Sullivan (September 3, 1856April 14, 1924) was an American architect, the "father of modernism", and a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright.


  • Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change form does not change.... It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, or all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.
    • "The tall office building artistically considered" in Lippincott's Magazine (March 1896).
  • To teach is to touch the heart and impel it to action.
    • From Kindergarten Chats and Other Writings.

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