Quotations About / On: CITY
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).)
God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
(Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British essayist, poet. The Garden, Essays in Verse and Prose (1668).)
What would human life be without forests, those natural cities?
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Winter Walk" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 169, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
I see less difference between a city and a swamp than formerly.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, August 9, 1850, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 187, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)