Quotations About / On: CITY

  • 41.
    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).)
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  • 42.
    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).)
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  • 43.
    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).)
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  • 44.
    If we tire of the saints, Shakspeare is our city of refuge.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Swedenborg; or, the Mystic," Representative Men (1850).)
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  • 45.
    I hear as good exclamation on your worship as of any man in the city.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 5, l. 25-6. Mistaking the word, as usual: "exclamation" means outcry against; he perhaps means "acclamation" in speaking to Leonato, governor of Messina.)
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  • 46.
    As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Notebooks 1935-1942, entry for March 1940 (1962).)
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  • 47.
    To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
    (George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Observer (London, April 8, 1945).)
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  • 48.
    We are in danger ... of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Sept. 13, 1966, to Urban America Conference, Washington, DC.)
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  • 49.
    You will recall the proud statement made recently by a Fascist general—"We have four columns in front of Madrid and a fifth inside the city."
    (Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow, supposedly a historical statement made by a general in the Spanish Civil War—the origin of the term "fifth column," (1943). Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.)
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  • 50.
    We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain.
    (Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).)
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