Architecture is the art
of well building; in other words, the perfect adaptation of a building
to each of its parts, and to the purposes of its building. There
is a wide difference between the art of Building, and Architecture
— but none between Architecture and well-Building. No building
is well built which does not, in addition to all its utilitarian
purposes, evince the greatest beauty capable under the circumstances,
to attract the attention, to exercise the fancy, to subdue the passions,
to call forth the aspirations, or to dazzle with its imposing majesty,
as may be most appropriate. The contemplation of perfection is always
the contemplation of a thing of Beauty. Perfection is always beautiful,
and truly has it been said of Architecture, or well-building, that
it is 'the art of the beautiful in building'.
— John Bullock
Well building hath three conditions: Commodity, Firmness and Delight.
— Sir Henry Wotton
Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of ages.
— Victor Hugo