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Get Motivated with 20 Classic Quotes About Construction

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It often takes just one perfect quote to put things into perspective, so we’ve collected a list of the most impactful words ever spoken about the ever-changing world of construction. From historical figures to modern-day celebrities, each of these construction quotes come from the minds of thought leaders in their respective fields. Read, learn and get inspired to build your own success story today!

The Art of Construction

For centuries, great minds have spoken romantically about the beauty behind great architecture. Their passion can serve as inspiration for construction professionals and projects of every size, shape and category.  Enjoy (and get motivated from) this collection of construction quotes:
  • “A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured.” – Louis Kahn, one of the United States’ Greatest 20th Century Architects
  • “It is not the beauty of the building you should look at: it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” – David Allen Coe, American singer and songwriter
  • “Construction is the art of making a meaningful whole out of many parts. Buildings are witnesses to the human ability to construct concrete things.” – Peter Zumthor, Leading Swiss Architect
  • “A world which sees art and engineering as divided is not seeing the world as a whole.” – Professor Sir Edmund Happold, Structural Engineer and Founder of Buro Happold.
  • “I think architecture could be understood as the construction of realities, or the construction of worlds.“ –  Jiminez Lai, Faculty Member at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles
  • ”The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” – Charles Dickens, English Novelist and Social Critic
  • “Create with the heart; build with the mind.” –  Criss Jami, Creator of Killosopher Apparel and Musician for the Metal Band “Crymson Gryphon”
  • “Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.” –  Adrienne Clarkson, Canadian Journalist and Stateswoman
  •  “I call architecture frozen music.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Widely Regarded as the Greatest and Most Influential Writer in the German Language
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Great People Build Great Things

When the wisest people in the world agree on something, you can usually take that opinion straight to the bank. According to the folks behind these classic quotes, there’s no greater resource behind great construction than the network of problem-solving people who bring projects to life (like the 400,000+ contractors currently listed in PlanHub!).

  • “You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it requires people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney, Animator, film producer, and Creator of the Disney Empire
  • “We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” – Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • “Building is about getting around the obstacles that are presented to you.” – Jeremy Renner, Actor
  • “Nothing in this world is more simple and more cheap than making cities that provide better for people.” – Jan Gehl, Danish Architect and Urban Design Consultant
  • “Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.” – Stephen Gardiner, English Catholic Bishop and Politician During the English Reformation Period

Bottom line? Passionate people make a project great, especially when they truly care about their work all the way back in the early planning stages.  To learn more about how PlanHub’s streamlined end-to-end platform simplifies preconstruction for everyone, check out our recent blog: “Cloud Solutions: Transforming Preconstruction”.

Cross Your T’s, Dot Your I’s and Use The Good Stuff

In any project, there’s always a temptation to save money by using lesser-quality materials or rushing through the process. Before you cut corners, take a look at the following quotes and think about the sacrifices you are making to your project’s quality.  Isn’t it worthwhile to work harder and spend a bit more to build something that will last? These great minds all thought so.

  • “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States
  • “Use the best possible materials, and reveal the quality of those materials and the craftsmanship of their assembly.” – Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Prussian Architect and City Planner 
  • “You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledgehammer on the construction site.” – Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architect, Designer and Educator.
  • “A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” – Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architect, Designer and Educator.
  • “When we build, let us think that we build forever.” – John Ruskin, English Writer and Philosopher of the Victorian Era

One final note: if none of the construction quotes above stirred up something deep inside, we offer one final quote that has moved and motivated millions in and out of the construction industry for decades.

  • “If you build it, they will come.”  – Field of Dreams

Have these powerful quotes about construction gotten you all fired up? Register with PlanHub for free and get to know our community of over 400,000 contractors today!

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