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No hammers fell, no ponderous axes rung, Like some tall palm the mystic fabric sprung. Majestic silence.

Bishop Reginald Heber Quotes , Source: Palestine (l. 163)

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When I lately stood with a friend before [the cathedral of] Amiens, . . . he asked me how it happens that we can no longer build such piles? I replied: "Dear Alphonse, men in those days had convictions (Ueberzeugungen), we moderns have opinions (Meinungen) and it requires something more than an opinion to build a Gothic cathedral.

Heinrich Heine Quotes , Source: Confidential Letters to August Lewald on the French Stage (letter 9), translated by C.G. Leland

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Grandeur . . . consists in form, and not in size: and to the eye of the philosopher, the curve drawn on a paper two inches long, is just as magnificent, just as symbolic of divine mysteries and melodies, as when embodied in the span of some cathedral roof.

Charles Kingsley Quotes , Source: Prose Idylls--My Winter Garden

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In the elder days of Art, Builders wrought with greatest care Each minute and unseen part; For the gods see everywhere.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: The Builders (st. 5)

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The architect Built his great heart into these sculptured stones, And with him toiled his children, and their lives Were builded, with his own, into the walls, As offerings unto God.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. III, In the Cathedral)

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Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest of all the arts.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Michael Angelo (pt. I, II, l. 54)

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There will never be great architects or great architecture without great patrons.

Edwin Lutyens Quotes , Source: in "Country Life" magazine

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Anon, out of the earth a fabric huge Rose, like an exhalation.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 710)

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Nor did there want Cornice or frieze with bossy sculpture graven.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 715)

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The hasty multitude Admiring enter'd, and the work some praise, And some the architect: his hand was known In heaven by many a tower'd structure high, Where scepter'd angels held their residence, And sat as princes.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 730)

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