Quotations About / On: CITY
In the city, nudity means something; in the wild, it just exists.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
A fastidious taste is best indoors, away from nature and the city.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.
(Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, essay on James Joyce, New Society (1982).)
New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.
(Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), U.S. author, poet, columnist. repr. In Djuna Barnes's New York (1989). "Greenwich Village as It Is," Pearson's Magazine (Oct. 1916).)
Today's city is the most vulnerable social structure ever conceived by man.
(Martin Oppenheimer (b. 1930), German-born U.S. sociologist. Urban Guerrilla, ch. 7 (1969).)
Cities [are] problems in organized complexity, like the life sciences.
(Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 19 (1961).
Jacobs lived in the lively, diverse Greenwich Village section of Manhattan (New York City).)
The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
This very Rome that we behold deserves our love ...: the only common and universal city.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Vanity," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 9, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).)
As I criss-cross the city hurrying, I feel always the unchanging cold beneath the pavement.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick.
(L. Frank Baum (1856-1919), U.S. author. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, ch. 2 (1900).
The words do not appear thus in the film (1939), which features the song, Follow the Yellow Brick Road.)