"The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation's effort than the inspired flash of a man of genius..."
Victor Hugo - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
'Notre Dame is ... our history, our literature...the place where our biggest moments played: plagues, wars, liberations. It is at the very heart of our lives.'
“I have seen with shock and sadness the news of the terrible fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world.” Pope Francis
“Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost." Barack Obama
“Fluctuat nec mergitur.”
(a Latin phrase roughly meaning 'she is tossed by the waves but does not sink.') - used as the motto of Paris since the 14th century, when Notre Dame was completed. Angela Merkel
"Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!"