St Louis, that city of outward-bound caravans for the West, and which is to the prairies, what Cairo is to the Desert.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "Mr Parkman's Tour" (1849), The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987).)
There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappearthe city of London and the South Seas.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "The South Seas" (1858-59), The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987).
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.)
It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city for only the very young.
(Joan Didion (b. 1934), U.S. essayist. (First published 1967). "Goodbye to All That," Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968).)
[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.