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The truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.
(Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Woodhouse, in Emma, ch. 12 (1816).)
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).)
...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.)
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).)
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).)
In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.
(John Osborne (1929-1994), British playwright, screenwriter. The narrator (Michael MacLiammoir), Tom Jones, as Miss Western (Edith Evans) and Lady Bellaston (Joan Greenwood) are having tea (1963).)
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).)
It is one of the most discouraging experiences I have ever had, not forgetting the time when I winked at the Queen Mother in London once.
(Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or David Copperfield, "On the Air," Henry Holt (1928).)