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All Quotes by author - Kevin McCloud
" A friend of mine once wrote a silly article about all these metrosexuals like David Beckham wearing sarongs, and she described me as a 'heteropolitan.' I don't know what that means. I think it was a joke. "
" A great deal of energy is wasted in hating people, and I can honestly say I've no wish to expend such a precious resource on being outraged about anyone. "
" Architecture was pretty much the sexiest thing to be doing from 1700-1800. "
" As a property developer, I learned a long time ago to choose your battles wisely and that, unfortunately, compromise is a given. "
" Because I live in the countryside, I want a building which encourages me to have a fully formed relationship with the environment. It gives me an opportunity to not just be inside or outside, but in a range of contexts. "
" Building a house from scratch in the middle of a field is a bit like building a prototype car. As with all prototypes, if you're building a car you usually have the luxury of producing several prototypes before you arrive at the production line version - so the opportunity for changing things is quite rich. "
" Building design isn't trendy. "
" Building your own home is about desire, fantasy. But it's achievable; anyone can do it. "
" Building your own house is a primal urge, one of those universal genetic drives like the need to provide for your family. "
" Every breath we take as human beings damages the planet. "
" Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of 'stuff' but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty. "
" Generally speaking, I think that if you do anything with commitment and passion, it will come good. "
" I admire anyone that follows the road less travelled. "
" I am a big fan of long drop, composting toilets - I like the cycle of using waste. When you have experienced one and seen what comes out of the bottom, it is amazing stuff. It's the most beautiful, driest, sweet-smelling compost. "
" I cannot look at modern buildings without thinking of historical ones. "
" I don't enjoy living in a white box flooded with light. I like shadows, small spaces, old furniture. "
" I don't know whether other asthma sufferers find this, but I've noticed that even when I've got my asthma under control, I often develop another problem such as an ear, chest or sinus infection and sometimes even joint pains. "
" I don't look at what people do with their homes in terms of money, but the social and personal value of what they're trying to do and achieve. "
" I don't want anything that I buy to have done any harm to anyone or anything. "
" If I welcomed people into my lovely home every week in the pages of a magazine, they'd soon see how incredibly dull it is. It's important to maintain a bit of mystique. "
" If you said to me, 'Lie down on that concrete floor and fall asleep,' I could do it. I can sleep anywhere at any time of day on any surface. "
" I hate negativity. I hate people who say the phrase 'I hate'. I really don't like the word 'hate.' Dislike, frightened of, terrified of, or yukky - but not 'hate.' "
" I have a recurring nightmare that I wake up in a gutter with nothing. I've had it all my life. That's why I work, I think. "
" I like the absurd and the surreal: the Coen brothers, Bunuel, Kubrick. "
" I'm driven by issues, not driven to be political. "
" I'm not too fond of really cool design. I've got quite kitsch taste really, in things like tableware. I'm quite a sucker for 1930s pressed glass. "
" I'm quite shy. Television presents an amplified version of yourself. When I'm on camera I'm pumping more adrenaline, I'm being a bit more engaging than I am in everyday conversation, but that's normal, isn't it? Otherwise nobody would want to watch. "
" I'm really quite conscious of clothes and the way they fit and don't regret wearing anything. Not even the five-inch stack heels I wore with three-button high-waisters at comprehensive school. Regret is for wimps. "
" I'm terribly fastidious. I like symmetry and neatness, but my house is as chaotic as any other family's. "
" I'm terrified of being poor, I always have been. It's growing up as a Methodist. I'll spend that bit of extra money to get a better seat on a train sometimes, because it's quieter and calmer, but I refuse to spend money on clothes. "
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