Rudimentary Treatise on the Principles of Design in Architecture: As Deducible from Nature and Exemplified in the Works of the Greek and Gothic Architects
Virtue & Company, 1867 - 247 pages
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Page 155 - On the whole, it seems to me that there is but one presiding principle, which regulates and gives stability to every art. The works, ,whether of poets, painters, moralists, or historians, 'which are built upon general nature, live forever; while those which depend for their existence on particular customs and habits, a partial view of nature, or the fluctuation of fashion, can only be coeval with that which first raised them from obscurity.
Page 110 - The greatest natural genius cannot subsist on its own stock : he who resolves never to ransack any mind but his own, will be soon reduced, from mere barrenness, to the poorest of all imitations; he will be obliged to imitate himself, and to repeat what he has before often repeated.
Page 23 - ... deserve and require the attention of the artist, in proportion to their stability or duration, or as their influence is more or less extensive.