Friday, December 29, 2006

Architecture of Conviction

When I lately stood with a friend before [the cathedral of] Amiens, . . . he asked me how it happens that we can no longer build such piles? I replied: "Dear Alphonse, men in those days had convictions (Ueberzeugungen), we moderns have opinions (Meinungen) and it requires something more than an opinion to build a Gothic cathedral.
- Heinrich Heine,
Confidential Letters to August Lewald on the French Stage
(letter 9), translated by C.G. Leland

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