The Devil in the White City

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Quote 5

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.

This quotation by Burnham occurs in the author’s note. Burnham always wanted to do big things. Burnham designed the Fair so that it would ignite passion, wonder, and awe in its visitors. He made the buildings physically massive and painted them white so that people could stare up in pure amazement. He accomplished the construction of the Fair with an impossible timeline, and his success thrilled the nation. Burnham believed that his ideas should always look beyond himself and past his lifetime; he deeply cared about his legacy.