"My work is not about 'form follows function,' but 'form follows beauty' or, even better, 'form follows feminine.'"
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Oscar Niemeyer on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Oscar Niemeyer on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Oscar Niemeyer on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Oscar Niemeyer on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Oscar Niemeyer on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"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."