"Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Arthur Erickson on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Arthur Erickson on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Arthur Erickson on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Arthur Erickson on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Arthur Erickson on Oscar Wilde
"With production alone as the goal, industry in North America was dominated by the assembly line, standardization for mass consumption."
"Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us."
"Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart."
"The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line."
"Today's developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise."