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" 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'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. "
" I spend a frightening amount of money on books. "
" Architecture was pretty much the sexiest thing to be doing from 1700-1800. "
" My father, an engineer, was the gentlest man I knew. "
" One mustn't mistake bling for excellence, just as one mustn't mistake quiet for mediocre. "
" There's no reason for your imagination to be fettered by money. "
" Your home should be about enriching the daily experience. "
" Every breath we take as human beings damages the planet. "
" There's nothing you can do about busted ribs. You just have to wait for them to pop back into place again. "
" 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? "
" Building your own house is a primal urge, one of those universal genetic drives like the need to provide for your family. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" We are borrowing money from future generations. We are borrowing the carbon impact, the resource impact from future generations to get stuff cheap now. We have swept the dirt and dust from our society under the carpet - but this carpet is on other side of the planet. "
" 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've forgiven all my enemies - even those who have stolen money from me. "
" I don't enjoy living in a white box flooded with light. I like shadows, small spaces, old furniture. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I like the absurd and the surreal: the Coen brothers, Bunuel, Kubrick. "
" 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 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 cannot look at modern buildings without thinking of historical ones. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I'm terribly fastidious. I like symmetry and neatness, but my house is as chaotic as any other family's. "
" 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. "
" Life involves other people and it is a compromise. "
" 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. "