Quotations About / On: CITY

  • 1.
    Whether they are mad or religious or politicians, the message they receive is that they are in a city, and they hear the messages that concern city-dwellers.
    (- Nathan Coppedge, 'The Voki' (in The Dimensional Phenomenologist's Toolkit) .)
  • 2.
    A suburb is an attempt to get out of reach of the city without having the city be out of reach.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
  • 3.
    Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.
    (Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. Marco Polo, in Invisible Cities, p. 137 (1972, trans. 1974).)
  • 4.
    Our purpose in founding the city was not to make any one class in it surpassingly happy, but to make the city as a whole as happy as possible.
    (Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Athenian philosopher. The Republic, Plato, bk. IV, l.420b, trans. by A.D. Lindsay, E.P. Dutton and Co., Inc. (1957).)
  • 5.
    America is a nation with no truly national city, no Paris, no Rome, no London, no city which is at once the social center, the political capital, and the financial hub.
    (C. Wright Mills (1916-1962), U.S. sociologist. The Power Elite, ch. 3 (1956).)
  • 6.
    Whilst we want cities as the centres where the best things are found, cities degrade us by magnifying trifles.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
  • 7.
    From Washington, proverbially "the city of distances," through all its cities, states, and territories, it is a country of beginnings, of projects, of designs, and expectations.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech, February 7, 1844, the Mercantile Library Association, Boston, Massachusetts. "The Young American," Nature, Addresses, and Lectures (1849).)
  • 8.
    “It is said, once a wise man from the far North told me; it is said that there are in certain parts of Scandinavia cities within cities like there are circles within circles; existent yet invisible. And those cities are inhabited by creatures more terrible than imagination can create : man-shaped but man-devouring, as black and as silent as the night they prowl in.”
    (Johanna Sinisalo, Troll: A Love Story)
  • 9.
    The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.
    (Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. Invisible Cities (1972, trans. 1974).)
  • 10.
    The truth is like the house of joy in a Joyous City! !
    (Proverb)
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