"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."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Lewis Mumford on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Lewis Mumford on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Lewis Mumford on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Lewis Mumford on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Lewis Mumford on Booker T. Washington
"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 training."
"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."
"Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends."
"A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail."
"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."