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    There is no reason to design buildings that are more basic and rectilinear, because with concrete you can cover almost any space.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: space 
     
    Life is very fleeting. It's important to be gentle and optimistic. We look behind and think what we've done in this life has been good. It was simple; it was modest. Everyone creates their own story and moves on. That's it. I don't feel particularly important. What we create is not important. We're very insignificant.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: stories 
     
    I have always accepted and respected all other schools of architecture, from the chill and elemental structures of Mies van der Rohe to the imagination and delirium of Gaudi. I must design what pleases me in a way that is naturally linked to my roots and the country of my origin.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    We need to feel that life is important; we need that fantasy so we can live a little better.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: fantasy  live 
     
    We have to have dreams, even if they never come true.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: true  dreams 
     
    We hated Bauhaus. It was a bad time in architecture. They just didn't have any talent. All they had were rules. Even for knives and forks they created rules. Picasso would never have accepted rules. The house is like a machine? No! The mechanical is ugly. The rule is the worst thing. You just want to break it.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: time  talent  bad  rules 
     
    I pick up my pen. It flows. A building appears. There it is. There is nothing more to say.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    My ambition has always been to reduce a building's support to a minimum. The more we diminish supporting structures, the more audacious and important the architecture is. That has been my life's work.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: work  ambition 
     
    I was attracted by the curve - the liberated, sensual curve suggested by the possibilities of new technology yet so often recalled in venerable old baroque churches.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    Humanity needs dreams to be able to survive the miseries of daily existence, even if only for an instant.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    Architecture will always express the technical and social progress of the country in which it is carried out. If we wish to give it the human content that it lacks, we must participate in the political struggle.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    My architecture is easy to understand. And enjoy. I hope it also is hard to forget.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: hope 
     
    Here, then, is what I wanted to tell you of my architecture. I created it with courage and idealism, but also with an awareness of the fact that what is important is life, friends and attempting to make this unjust world a better place in which to live.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: live  world  friends  facts  courage 
     
    Camus says in 'The Stranger' that reason is the enemy of imagination. Sometimes you have to put reason aside and make something beautiful.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    Curves are the essence of my work because they are the essence of Brazil, pure and simple.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: work 
     
    It was the drawing that led me to architecture, the search for light and astonishing forms.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    The rule is the worst thing. You just want to break it.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: rules 
     
    When you have a large space to conquer, the curve is the natural solution.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: space 
     
    What attracts me are free and sensual curves. The curves we find in mountains, in the waves of the sea, in the body of the woman we love.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: women  body 
     
    Today, architecture is invention. It isn't enough to just be rational - It must also be beautiful.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: beautiful 
     
    The architect's role is to fight for a better world, where he can produce an architecture that serves everyone and not just a group of privileged people.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: people  world  fight 
     
    My work is not about "form follows function," but "form follows beauty" or, even better, "form follows feminine."
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: work 
     
    It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve - the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: men  women  body  right 
     
    Sometimes I lose a whole morning waiting on journalists and other people who look for me. But I always find some time for reading, talking to my friends and feeling what is happening in this world.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: time  people  world  friends  reading 
     
    I am a Brazilian before I am an architect. I cannot separate the two.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    I like talking to priests, to Catholics. Everyone has their beliefs.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: belief 
     
    Architecture does not change anything. It's always on the side of the wealthy. The important thing is to believe that it can make life better.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: believe 
     
    I think of myself as no more than 60. What I could do at 60, I can still do now.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    In architecture it isn't enough to just have the right building that works well. It can also be beautiful. It can also be different. It can create surprise. And surprise is the main thing in a work of art. [] I like and respect Brasí­lia very much. It is a simple city, a rational one. I always defend the urban design of Brasí­lia
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: work  beautiful  respect  right  urban 
     
    It is not with architecture that one can disseminate any political ideology.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: political 
     
    I enter my studio at 9 a.m. I have lunch here, I return right away to my work and I go out to dinner at 8 p.m. My daily tasks vary very much.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: work  right 
     
    When I was very little my mother said I used to draw in the air with my fingers. I needed a pencil. Once I could hold one, I have drawn every day since.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: mother 
     
    Turning 102 is crap, and there is nothing to commemorate.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    When students leave college, they are like children who know nothing about the problems of life, and don't have a political stance.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    For me beauty is valued more than anything - the beauty that is manifest in a curved line or in an act of creativity.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: beauty  creativity 
     
    The challenge of a cathedral is very good for architectural inventiveness.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: challenge 
     
    A church is something very beautiful. It is nice when people feel happy in it. But I am not a religious man. Look at us, and then at the infinity of space. We are rather small insignificant creatures, wouldn't you say?
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: work  emotion 
     
    Of course, I have given my engineers some headaches over the years, but they go with me. I have always wanted my buildings to be as light as possible, to touch the ground gently, to swoop and soar, and to surprise.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
    tags: year 
     
    I had some good opportunities. I was lucky to have had the chance to do things differently. Architecture is about surprise.
    — Oscar Niemeyer
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