At age 20 I first read the first 11 lines below which is an excerpt from Mary Fanton Roberts, manging editor of The Craftsman magazine, in the April 1916 issue of The Craftsman magazine.
These lines have formed and sustained my philosophy of business and art -- a few sentences that made me want to be more than I was and to search for more ideas to design and build.
“A man sat alone in a small room in a great city building, his world had fallen in around him, hope had flown past, her wings brushing him but for an instant. For thirty years this man had worked with a single purpose—that this new kind of civilization in which he found himself might, through his efforts, become a more sane, reasonable, beautiful one. He had not preached merely by words, but by deeds. He had expressed his belief in the value of honesty and sincerity in his architecture; his desire for greater strength and beauty in his furniture.”