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This is London.
(Edmund H. North, British screenwriter, and Lewis Gilbert. Edward R. Murrow (Himself), Sink the Bismarck! Famous radio tagline of newsman during the warhe narrates this film as if giving radio broadcasts, 1960.
Based on a true story. Based on the book by C.S. Forrester.)
London is a modern Babylon.
(Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman and author. Tancred, bk. 5, ch. 5 (1847).)
You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, September 20, 1777 (1791).)
Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.
(Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, essay on James Joyce, New Society (1982).)
I'm an orphan. I've come to London to make my fortune.
(Vernon Harris (c. 1910), British screenwriter. Oliver Twist (Mark Lester), Oliver! (1968).)
...of all the shoddy foreigners one encounters, there are none so depressing as the London shoddy.
(Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. novelist. Willa Cather in Europe, ch. 5 (1956).
Written on July 22, 1902.)
The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "Copper Beeches," (1892).)
London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.
(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Dr. Watson, in A Study in Scarlet, ch. 1 (1887).)
A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Ann, in Man and Superman, act 4.)
The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo.
(John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 9 (1977).)