"It is not possible to live in this age if you don't have a sense of many contradictory forces."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Rem Koolhaas on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Rem Koolhaas on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Rem Koolhaas on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Rem Koolhaas on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Rem Koolhaas on Robert Frost
"Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things."
"Any architectural project we do takes at least four or five years, so increasingly there is a discrepancy between the acceleration of culture and the continuing slowness of architecture."
"People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it. Of course, that's both liberating and alarming."
"Escape from the architecture ghetto is one of the major drivers and has been from the very beginning."
"The intellectual force of the West is still dominant, but other cultures are getting stronger. I expect that we will develop a new way of thinking in architecture and urban planning, and that less will be based on our models."