The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is.
When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.