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Goal Product Ultimate Goal

The ultimate goal of the architect...is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture... should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.

- Alvar Aalto

Civilization Belongs

Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.

- Alvar Aalto

Build City Opera

I tell you, it is easier to build a grand opera or a city center than to build a personal house.

- Alvar Aalto

Must Form Nature

Form must have a content, and that content must be linked with nature.

- Alvar Aalto

Very Natural Development

The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture.

- Alvar Aalto

Every Day Standardization

Once I tried to make a standardization of staircases. Probably that is one of the oldest of the standardizations. Of course, we design new staircase steps every day in connection with all our houses, but a standardized step depends on the height of the buildings and on all kinds of things.

- Alvar Aalto

Art Possibilities Dealing

Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.

- Alvar Aalto

Which Behind Question

The most difficult problems are naturally not involved in the search for forms for contemporary life. It is a question of working our way to forms behind which real human values lie.

- Alvar Aalto

Art Architecture Synthesis

Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.

- Alvar Aalto

More More Or Less Our Time

Our time is so specialised that we have people who know more and more or less and less.

- Alvar Aalto

Journey Begins Buildings

Every one of my buildings begins with an Italian journey.

- Alvar Aalto

Which Harmony Human Being

We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street.

- Alvar Aalto

Life Music Comedy

Human life is a combination of tragedy and comedy. The shapes and designs that surround us are the music accompanying this tragedy and this comedy.

- Alvar Aalto

Build Write

I do not write, I build.

- Alvar Aalto

Which Nature Committee

The best standardisation committee in the world is nature herself, but in nature standardisation occurs mainly in connection with the smallest possible units: cells. The result is millions of flexible combinations in which one never encounters the stereotyped.

- Alvar Aalto

Harmony Even Smallest

Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with the harmony of culture.

- Alvar Aalto

Earth National Ties

Architecture is not merely national but clearly has local ties in that it is rooted in the earth.

- Alvar Aalto

Other Hundred Committee

We have almost a city has probably two or three hundred committees. Every committee is dealing with just one problem and has nothing to do with the other problems.

- Alvar Aalto

Other Architecture Housing

We should concentrate our work not only to a separated housing problem but housing involved in our daily work and all the other functions of the city.

- Alvar Aalto

Purpose Abuse Paper

God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper.

- Alvar Aalto

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Most Surely Morality

All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.

- Albert Camus

Love Victoria Surely

'Victoria and Abdul' will surely tickle the hearts of many and prove that love has no definition. It can be pure and priceless.

- Ali Fazal

Death Increased Surely

Purposefully exposing young people to increased risks of major brain problems - even death - for sport is surely even more ethically complicated than sending young people into this same neurological danger zone as soldiers.

- Alice Dreger

Play Reason Surely

No matter how little we think anatomy should matter to one's social and political rights, surely we can't pretend biology doesn't matter in sports. Surely there's a reason we don't let adults play in the t-ball leagues, and a reason most women athletes want their own leagues.

- Alice Dreger

About Surely Athletes

Surely, sport is not fundamentally about the safety of athletes. If it were, we'd probably have to ban professional football, right after boxing.

- Alice Dreger

Some Through Surely

The stories are not autobiographical, but they're personal in that way. I seem to know only the things that I've learned. Probably some things through observation, but what I feel I know surely is personal.

- Alice Munro

Rest Surely Sabbath

Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.

- Alice Walker

Thought I Think Technical

My first event was in Nottingham, aged 11, and the prize was a bike. I thought, 'Wow.' I had no idea what to wear. I think I did it in swimming trunks, then just put on a T-shirt and shoes for the bike part. Triathlons felt exotic. There was a technical and tactical aspect to it as well as the endurance challenge. I was hooked.

- Alistair Brownlee

Technical Surely Steel

The tubular steel chair is surely rational from technical and constructive points of view. It is light, suitable for mass production, and so on. But steel and chromium surfaces are not satisfactory from the human point of view.

- Alvar Aalto

Thought Doing Technical

Sometimes it just becomes so technical that you forget what you're doing. If you start thinking about how you come down the stairs and think about how each muscle is working, you can't go down the stairs. Anyway, I'm a person who overthinks and overanalyzes everything, so if you give me one thought, it creates a lot more.

- Ana Ivanovic

Which Scientific Technical

There was the scientific and technical progress which couldn't be predicted by the state.

- Anatoly Chubais

Very Violin Steel

Since I first picked up the violin, I've been very interested in tone and texture: I would have very visceral reactions to the texture of a snare drum or a pedal steel guitar or a violin.

- Andrew Bird

Some Technical Hugely

In Evita I wasn't really hugely involved with it. I gave a little bit of help but they needed a bit of technical help on the movie and so some of my music people went in at the end of the movie and helped out with it.

- Andrew Lloyd Webber

Away Composers Technical

Two pieces of advice for young composers: Go away during technical rehearsals. And do not have a back operation.

- Andrew Lloyd Webber

Like Drink Steel

At home, I like my kids to drink out of stainless steel tumblers. They are non-breakable and non-toxic.

- Anna Getty

Through Technical

The developing countries must be able to take a more active part in trade negotiations, through technical assistance and support from the developed countries.

- Anna Lindh

Supply Steel Wales

I worked at the Steel Company Of Wales when I was 17. My job was to supply tools to the guys working the blast furnaces.

- Anthony Hopkins

Political Steel Attract

High-profile industry disruptions such as steel or car plant closures attract much media and political attention.

- Anthony Pratt

Love Magic Steel

After 40 years of not playing, I admit I'm totally in love with my guitar. It's a Froggy Bottom acoustic steel string guitar. All I have to do is hit a couple of clean chords and the endorphins are right there. It's like the top of my head has come off and stardust and magic have fallen in.

- April Gornik

Half Back Steel

Once I had a steel job for half of a day. I never went back to collect my pay.

- Art Rooney