My Favourite Quotes on Construction & Building

quotes on construction & building

Throughout history, builders have always been revered for their ability to mold the natural elements into something new, perhaps something  never seen before. Building is therefore a creative act on a momentous scale.

For those lucky enough to be involved in Construction & Building, it’s an incredible joy to be involved in bringing forth from mere drawings and ideas a structure that will stand for many lifetimes.

With this in mind, here are some of my favourite quotes on Construction & Building. I hope they inspire you to see the role of builder as much more than just someone wearing a hard hat.

Famous Quotes on Construction & Building

11. “There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers’ battle with the heavens that cover them.” -Federico Garcia Lorca

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Burg Kalifa, Dubai

10. “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

9. “It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it is the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” -David Allan Coe

golden gate bridge from below
Footings of the Golden Gate Bridge stand in 110 feet of ocean water.

8. “We shape our buildings: Thereafter, they shape us.” -Winston Churchill

7. “Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.” -Stephen Gardiner

interlace apartments singapore
Interlace Apartments, Singapore. – Voted Best New Building in the World in 2015.

6. “I call architecture frozen music.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5. “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” -Walt Disney

4. “When we build, let us think that we build forever.” -John Ruskin

stelvio pass, Italy
The Stelvio Pass in Italy has 60 180 degree turns

3. “A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” -Frank Lloyd Wright

2. “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

Calatrava Bridge, Dublin
The Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin looks like harp. The harp is the national symbol for Ireland.

1. “A world which sees art and engineering as divided is not seeing the world as a whole.” -Professor Sir Edmund Happold


And here’s my favourite Construction movie quote that fits right in:

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

Do you have a favourite quote about Construction or Building? I’d like to learn about it in the comments below.

nterlace Apartments photo on Flickr by mcartmell

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Michael is an avid project controls blogger and is the Chief Learning Officer here at Plan Academy. Michael has taught 1000s professionals how to use project controls software like Primavera P6 over the past 10 years through his online courses and tutorials. Michael is a member of AACE, the Guild of Project Controls and holds his PMP certification from PMI.