C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Too low they build who build beneath the stars.

Dr. Young.

Old houses mended cost little less than new before they’re ended.


All below is strength, and all above is grace.


The building fitted accurately to answer its end will turn out to be admirable.


Ah, to build, to build! that is the noblest art of all the arts.


  • The man who builds, and wants wherewith to pay,
  • Provides a home from which to run away.
  • Dr. Young.

    The Gothic cathedral is a blossoming in stone, subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man.


    Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down, first and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?


    Never build after you are five and forty; have five years’ income in hand before you lay a brick; and always calculate the expense at double the estimate.


    Like one who draws the model of a house beyond his power to build it, who, half through, gives o’er, and leaves his part-created cost a naked subject to the weeping clouds.


    In designing a house and gardens, it is happy when there is an opportunity of maintaining a subordination of parts; the house so luckily placed as to exhibit a view of the whole design.


  • When we mean to build,
  • We first survey the plot, then draw the model;
  • And when we see the figure of the house,
  • Then must we rate the cost of the erection;
  • Which if we find outweighs ability,
  • What do we then, but draw anew the model
  • In fewer offices; or, at least, desist
  • To build at all?
  • Shakespeare.

    Houses are built to live in more than to look on; therefore let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.