"There is no reason to design buildings that are more basic and rectilinear, because with concrete you can cover almost any space."
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."Oscar Niemeyer on Steve Jobs
"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."Oscar Niemeyer on Walt Disney
"The artist in me cries out for design."Oscar Niemeyer on Robert Frost
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."Oscar Niemeyer on Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy."Oscar Niemeyer on Erma Bombeck
"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."