Quotations About / On: CITY
Paris: a city of pleasures and amusements where four-fifths of the people die of grief.
(Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 496 (1796, trans. 1926).)
Moscow is a city that has much suffering ahead of it.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Yartsev in Three Years, Works, vol. 9, p. 70, "Nauka" (1976).)
New York is the last true city.
(Toni Morrison (b. 1931) U.S. (New York) novelist and essayist. As quoted in New York, p. 72 (December 21-28, 1992).)
City people make most of the fuss about the charms of country life.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
(John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. remark, Nov. 1961. Quoted in Portrait of a President, William Manchester (1962).)
Often even a whole city suffers for a bad man who sins and contrives presumptuous deeds.
(Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 240.)
Most benefactors are like unskillful generals who take the city and leave the citadel intact.
(Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 576 (1796, trans. 1926).)
The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.
(Desmond Morris (b. 1928), British anthropologist. The Human Zoo, introduction (1969).)
In a strange city, I connect through food and fantasy.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
Washington isn't a city, it's an abstraction.
(Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet. Quoted in John Malcolm Brinnin, Dylan Thomas in America, ch. 1 (1956).)