monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant
On proposed extension to National Gallery,
the time I feel I must justify my existence.
the moment it looks as though London seems to be turning into
an absurdist picnic table - we already have a giant gherkin,
now it looks as if we are going to have an enormous salt cellar.
On design for Renzo Piano's 1000ft "Shard
of Glass" London Bridge Tower, Speech, 2003
must come before recreation.
you seriously expect me to be the first Prince of Wales in history
not to have a mistress?
Quoted in The Daily Mail, 1994
just come and talk to the plants, really-very important to talk
to them, they respond I find.
know that my ideas are sometimes portrayed as old-fashioned.
Well, they may be. But what I am concerned about are the things
that are timeless regardless of the age that we live in. Also
I have been around long enough to see what were at the time
thought of as old-fashioned ideas now come into vogue.
Speech, November 2004
English is spoken in heaven ... God undoubtedly employs Cranmer
as his speechwriter. The angels of the lesser ministries probably
use the language of the New English Bible and the Alternative
Service Book for internal memos.
Remark when judging a reading competition
has tried to assume a monopoly - or, rather, a tyranny - over
our understanding of the world around us
We are only
now beginning to under the disastrous results of this outlook.
Speech titled 'Sacred in the Modern World',
the time has come to escape from an almost adolescent obsession
with being "modern" - the product, perhaps, of a 20th
century "teenage crisis"? - and, instead, to be more
concerned about being "human"!
Speech on 'Local Identity in a Fast-Track
Age', November 2004