"Architecture is invention."
"We shape our buildings thereafter they shape us."Oscar Niemeyer on Winston Churchill
"Whatever good things we build end up building us."Oscar Niemeyer on Jim Rohn
"I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."Oscar Niemeyer on Ayn Rand
"A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom."Oscar Niemeyer on Ayn Rand
"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age."Oscar Niemeyer on Frank Lloyd Wright
"It was the drawing that led me to architecture, the search for light and astonishing forms."
"I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness."
"It is not with architecture that one can disseminate any political ideology."
"Architecture will always express the technical and social progress of the country in which it is carried out. If we wish to give it the human content that it lacks, we must participate in the political struggle."
"Architecture is my work, and I've spent my whole life at a drawing board, but life is more important than architecture. What matters is to improve human beings."