Ornament und Verbrechen

I have made the following discovery and I pass it on to the world: The evolution of culture is synonymous with the removal of ornament from utilitarian objects. I believed that with this discovery I was bringing joy to the world; it has not thanked me. People were sad and hung their heads […] Then I said: Weep not! See, therein lies the greatness of our age, that it is incapable of producing a new ornament.

But anyone who goes to the Ninth Simphony and then sits down and designs a wallpaper pattern is either a confidence trickster or a degenerate […] Anyone who goes around in a velvet coat today is not an artist but a buffoon or a house painter.

Freedom from ornament is a sign of spiritual strenght.

Be truthful, nature only sides with truth.

Adolf Loos