Quotation by Frank Lloyd Wright

It is where life is fundamental and free that men develop the vision needed to reveal the human soul in the blossoms it puts forth.... In a great workshop like Chicago this creative power germinates, even though the brutality and selfish preoccupation of the place drive it elsewhere for bread. Men of this type have loved Chicago, have worked for her, and believed in her. The hardest thing they have to bear is her shame. These men could live and work here when to live and work in New York would stifle their genius and fill their purse.... New York still believes that art should be imported; brought over in ships; and is a quite contented market place. So while New York has reproduced much and produced nothing, Chicago's achievements in architecture have gained world-wide recognition as a distinctively American architecture.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1869–1959), U.S. architect. "Chicago Culture," On Architecture: Selected Writings (1894-1940), Duell, Sloan, & Pearce (1941).

Originally delivered as a lecture to the Chicago Women's Aid (1918).
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