Quotations About / On:
He is reported to have said that the city was for sale, and would come to an untimely end if a purchaser could be found.
(Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Jugurtha, XXXV.)
For of those [cities] that were great in earlier times, most of them have now become small, while those which were great in my time were small formerly.
(Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 1.5.4.)
The modern city hardly knows pure darkness or pure silence anymore, nor does it know the effect of a single small light or that of a lonely distant shout.
(Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Autumn of the Middle Ages, ch. 1 (1921, trans. 1995).)
I never yet feared those men who set a place apart in the middle of their cities where they gather to cheat one another and swear oaths which they break.
(Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 1.153.1.)
I've been in many of them and to some extent I would have to say this: If you've seen one city slum you've seen them all.
(Spiro T. Agnew (b. 1918), U.S. Republican politician, vice president. speech, Oct. 18, 1968, Detroit. Detroit Free Press (Oct. 19, 1968).)
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).)
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).)
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.)
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 Warthe 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.)
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).)