Noblest Art of all the Arts

“Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

One response to “Noblest Art of all the Arts

  1. Interesting! Just this week I’ve realized that building things is the common thread of my own otherwise-odd succession of day jobs. I must say that I envy architects; software developers and others get requests from clients that amount to ‘hey, can you move that cathedral tower from the northwest corner to the southeast corner, and make it a little shorter?’ Working in bits rather than stone makes people think that stuff can just be shifted around at will…

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