Quotations About / On: CHICAGO

  • 1.
    Chicago—is—oh well a façade of skyscrapers facing a lake, and behind the façade every type of dubiousness.
    (E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Letter, June 5, 1947. Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, vol. 2, eds. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (1985).)
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    Could anything be more indicative of a slight but general insanity than the aspect of the crowd on the streets of Chicago?
    (Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 2 (1902).)
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  • 3.
    Being a [Chicago] Cubs fan prepares you for life—and Washington.
    (Hillary Rodham Clinton (b. 1947), U.S. attorney; First Lady of the United States. As quoted in Newsweek, p. 17 (April 18, 1994). On how being a fan of the beleaguered baseball club "hardened her to adversity.")
  • 4.
    Welcome to Chicago. This town stinks like a whorehouse at low tide.
    (David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), The Untouchables, explanation of local police corruption to Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) (1987).)
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    Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs.
    (Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Writin' Is Fightin,' Atheneum (1988). "America's Color Bind: The Modeling of Minorities," San Francisco Examiner (November 1987).)
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    Must we really see Chicago in order to be educated?
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mr. Erskine, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 3 (1891).)
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    Many of us, whether in the jungles of Asia or on the streets of Chicago, had discovered that noble causes can lead to ignoble actions and that we were capable of sacrificing honor to a sense of efficacy.
    (Linda Grant (b. 1949), U.S. mystery writer. Blind Trust, ch. 27 (1990). On the generation that came of age during the Vietnam War and the movement against American involvement in it. Major anti-war demonstrations occurred, most notably in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention.)
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  • 8.
    You want to get Capone? Here's how you get him: he pulls a knife, you pull a gun, he sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. It's the Chicago way and that's how you get Capone.
    (David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), The Untouchables, advice to Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) on how to stop Chicago's number one criminal, Al Capone (Robert DeNiro) (1987).)
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  • 9.
    [Chicago] is the greatest and most typically American of all cities. New York is bigger and more spectacular and can outmatch it in other superlatives, but it is a "world" city, more European in some respects than American.
    (John Gunther (1901-1970), U.S. journalist. Inside U.S.A., ch. 23, Harper (1947).)
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  • 10.
    If you fucking beat this prick long enough, he'll tell you how he started the goddamn Chicago fire. Now that don't necessarily make it fucking so!
    (Quentin Tarantino, U.S. screenwriter and director. Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn), Reservoir Dogs, in the abandoned warehouse after discovering hostage police officer Marvin Nash (Kirk Bultz) has been tortured (1992).)
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