Quotations About / On: CHICAGO

  • 1.
    Chicago Style pizza pie oh, my...
    (Food...)
  • 2.
    Being a [Chicago] Cubs fan prepares you for life—and Washington.
    (Hillary Rodham Clinton (b. 1947), U.S. attorney; First Lady of the United States. As quoted in Newsweek, p. 17 (April 18, 1994). On how being a fan of the beleaguered baseball club "hardened her to adversity.")
  • 3.
    Must we really see Chicago in order to be educated?
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mr. Erskine, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 3 (1891).)
  • 4.
    Chicago—is—oh well a façade of skyscrapers facing a lake, and behind the façade every type of dubiousness.
    (E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Letter, June 5, 1947. Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, vol. 2, eds. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (1985).)
  • 5.
    Could anything be more indicative of a slight but general insanity than the aspect of the crowd on the streets of Chicago?
    (Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 2 (1902).)
  • 6.
    Welcome to Chicago. This town stinks like a whorehouse at low tide.
    (David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), The Untouchables, explanation of local police corruption to Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) (1987).)
  • 7.
    Satan (impatiently) to Newcomer: The trouble with you Chicago people is, that you think you are the best people down here; whereas you are merely the most numerous.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar," ch. 60, Following the Equator (1897).)
  • 8.
    Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs.
    (Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Writin' Is Fightin,' Atheneum (1988). "America's Color Bind: The Modeling of Minorities," San Francisco Examiner (November 1987).)
  • 9.
    Many of us, whether in the jungles of Asia or on the streets of Chicago, had discovered that noble causes can lead to ignoble actions and that we were capable of sacrificing honor to a sense of efficacy.
    (Linda Grant (b. 1949), U.S. mystery writer. Blind Trust, ch. 27 (1990). On the generation that came of age during the Vietnam War and the movement against American involvement in it. Major anti-war demonstrations occurred, most notably in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention.)
  • 10.
    You want to get Capone? Here's how you get him: he pulls a knife, you pull a gun, he sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. It's the Chicago way and that's how you get Capone.
    (David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), The Untouchables, advice to Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) on how to stop Chicago's number one criminal, Al Capone (Robert DeNiro) (1987).)
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