Quotations About / On:
Most benefactors are like unskillful generals who take the city and leave the citadel intact.
(Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 576 (1796, trans. 1926).)
The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.
(Desmond Morris (b. 1928), British anthropologist. The Human Zoo, introduction (1969).)
In a strange city, I connect through food and fantasy.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
Washington isn't a city, it's an abstraction.
(Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet. Quoted in John Malcolm Brinnin, Dylan Thomas in America, ch. 1 (1956).)
God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
(Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), British essayist, poet. The Garden, Essays in Verse and Prose (1668).)
What would human life be without forests, those natural cities?
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Winter Walk" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 169, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
I see less difference between a city and a swamp than formerly.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, August 9, 1850, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 187, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
If we tire of the saints, Shakspeare is our city of refuge.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Swedenborg; or, the Mystic," Representative Men (1850).)
I hear as good exclamation on your worship as of any man in the city.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 5, l. 25-6.
Mistaking the word, as usual: "exclamation" means outcry against; he perhaps means "acclamation" in speaking to Leonato, governor of Messina.)
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).)