“When you discuss your own work you have to ask yourself what you acquired from whom. Because everything you find comes from somewhere. The source was not you own mind, but was supplied by the culture you belonged to. (…) Architects are in the habit of concealing their sources of inspiration and even of trying to sublimate them…but in so doing the design process gets clouded, while by disclosing what moved and stimulate you in the first place you may well succeed in explaining yourself and motivating your decisions."
Everything that is absorbed and registered in your mind adds to the collection of ideas stored in the memory (...) the more you have seen, experienced and absorbed, the more points of reference you will have to help you decide which direction to take: your frame of reference expands."
- Herman Hertzberger, from his book "Lessons for Student in Architecture"