Lewis Mumford

(1895_1990 / Flushing, New York City, New York)

Lewis Mumford Quotes

  • ''Today, the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the private toilet.''
    Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. The Culture of Cities, ch. 1, sct. 5 (1938).
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  • ''The sardonic funeral towers of metropolitan finance.''
    Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. The Culture of Cities, introduction (1938).
  • ''The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind.''
    Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. The Culture of Cities, introduction (1938).
  • ''The cycle of the machine is now coming to an end. Man has learned much in the hard discipline and the shrewd, unflinching grasp of practical possibilities that the machine has provided in the last three centuries: but we can no more continue to live in the world of the machine than we could live successfully on the barren surface of the moon.''
    Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. The Culture of Cities, ch. 7, sct. 16 (1938).
  • ''The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture.''
    Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. repr. In Technics and Civilization, introduction (1934, rev. edition 1962). "The Drama of the Machines," Scribner's (Aug. 1930).
  • ''We have created an industrial order geared to automatism, where feeble-mindedness, native or acquired, is necessary for docile productivity in the factory; and where a pervasive neurosis is the final gift of the meaningless life that issues forth at the other end.''
    Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. "The Fulfillment of Man," The Conduct of Life (1951).
  • ''The settlement of America had its origins in the unsettlement of Europe. America came into existence when the European was already so distant from the ancient ideas and ways of his birthplace that the whole span of the Atlantic did not widen the gulf.''
    Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. repr. In The Lewis Mumford Reader (1986). "The Origins of the American Mind," The Golden Day (1926).
  • ''Whereas Freud was for the most part concerned with the morbid effects of unconscious repression, Jung was more interested in the manifestations of unconscious expression, first in the dream and eventually in all the more orderly products of religion and art and morals.''
    Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. "Revolt of the Demons," Interpretations and Forecasts, Harcourt, Brace (1967).
  • ''The clock, not the steam-engine, is the key-machine of the modern industrial age.''
    Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. Technics and Civilization, ch. 1, sct. 2 (1934).
  • ''Today, the notion of progress in a single line without goal or limit seems perhaps the most parochial notion of a very parochial century.''
    Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. Technics and Civilization, ch. 8, sct. 12 (1934).

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