четвъртък, 29 ноември 2012 г.

Quotes, Hugo, Montis

Printing will kill architecture

The book of stone, so solid and so durable, was about to make way for the book of paper, more solid and still more durable. In this connection the archdeacon's vague formula had a second sense. It meant, "Printing will kill architecture"... The first monuments were simple masses of rock, "which the iron had not touched," as Moses says. Architecture began like all writing. It was first an alphabet. Men planted a stone upright, it was a letter, and each letter was a hieroglyph, and upon each hieroglyph rested a group of ideas, like the capital on the column... Later on, they made words; they placed stone upon stone, they coupled those syllables of granite, and attempted some combinations... The generating idea, the word, was not only at the foundation of all these edifices, but also in the form. The temple of Solomon, for example, was not alone the binding of the holy book; it was the holy book itself... And this is so true, that not only every religious symbol, but every human thought, has its page and its monument in that immense book.

V. Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Tell him not to fear to fear,
Tell him to fear with no fear.

Costas Montis

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