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" 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 like the absurd and the surreal: the Coen brothers, Bunuel, Kubrick. "
" 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. "
" Living an environmentally responsible lifestyle can seem like a Scrooge-like list of don'ts. Don't take that flight, don't buy that car, don't eat those blueberries flown in from somewhere far-flung. "
" I've forgiven all my enemies - even those who have stolen money from me. "
" People have got to get over the fear of not being able to trust others. I come across people who are very successful in their own sphere, and really believe they can do it all themselves, but they can't. "
" Building your own home is about desire, fantasy. But it's achievable; anyone can do it. "
" 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 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 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. "
" Building design isn't trendy. "
" I admire anyone that follows the road less travelled. "
" I've got lots of friends who are musicians, and there is a fair proportion of broken marriages and relationships as a result. You are on the move all the time. It's difficult if you have kids, and it's hard to make money unless you are in the premier league. "
" Architecture was pretty much the sexiest thing to be doing from 1700-1800. "
" One mustn't mistake bling for excellence, just as one mustn't mistake quiet for mediocre. "
" What happened in 2008 stopped people in their tracks. People stopped looking at their homes simply as commodities to exploit and starting thinking about how they might personalise that space and make them less bland and more autobiographical, and that's healthy, I think. "
" 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'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. "
" Building your own house is a primal urge, one of those universal genetic drives like the need to provide for your family. "
" I've got a farm in Somerset, and I think it's God's own country. I love it. "
" Life involves other people and it is a compromise. "
" I was never a hugely successful theatre designer. I painted a lot of scenery and did the lighting, and my lighting business grew out of that. "
" It's possible to be satisfied with a day's work or a cake, but a life... what is a life but a history of events badly remembered? "
" You cannot use the democratic process for the procurement of excellence. "
" Your home should be about enriching the daily experience. "
" I'm terribly fastidious. I like symmetry and neatness, but my house is as chaotic as any other family's. "
" The more of your private life you put into the public domain, the smaller your private life becomes. "
" The thing that I champion is sustainability. My terror is that suddenly we see it as a luxury, not an essential. That's a danger. "
" There's nothing you can do about busted ribs. You just have to wait for them to pop back into place again. "
" I've had my fair share of colds, which last longer than they should and can cause wheezing, so I avoid people who are sneezing like the plague and am scrupulous about hygiene and hand-washing. "
" I spend a frightening amount of money on books. "