"Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Lewis Mumford on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Lewis Mumford on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Lewis Mumford on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Lewis Mumford on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Lewis Mumford on William Shakespeare
"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."