Lewis Mumford Quotes

What was once called the objective world is a sort of Rorschach ink blot, into which each culture, each system of science and religion, each type of personality, reads a meaning only remotely derived from the shape and color of the blot itself.

The last step in parental love involves the release of the beloved, the willing cutting of the cord that would otherwise keep the child in a state of emotional dependence.

New York is the perfect model of a city, not the model of a perfect city.

One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence.

Nothing is unthinkable, nothing impossible to the balanced person, provided it comes out of the needs of life and is dedicated to life’s further development.

Dictators are people who attempt to accomplish by calculated brutality and aggression what they lack the intelligence and magnaminity to consumate.

Astronauts… submit to the severest bodily ordeals in order to satisfy the ritual demands for space travel to distant parts of the solar system. To a certain degree, vicarious participation in these rites by the earthbound inhabitants of the planet, made possible through film, television and radio, restores the waning sense of high adventure; and […]

The artist does not illustrate science (but) he frequently responds to the same interests that a scientist does.

The first step toward freedom will be a new respect for the symbol, a purification and clarification of language itself, an abstention from unclean slogans and conditioned verbal reflexes. The death of the advertising agency and the propaganda bureau will be one of the surest signs of the birth of a new society.