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Cities And City Life Quotes

The City attaches an exaggerated importance to the healing power of lunch.

Author: Christopher Fieldes

Profession: British Financial Journalist

I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday.

Author: W. C. Fields (1879-1946)

Profession: American Actor

Towns are excrescences, gray fluxions, where men, hurrying to find one another, have lost themselves.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo.

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith (1908)

Profession: American Economist

Paris is the café of Europe.

Author: Ferdinando Galiani


Washington is a city of people doing badly what should not be done at all.

Author: Robert Gurney


If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

What else can you expect from a town that's shut off from the world by the ocean on one side and New Jersey on the other?

Author: O. Henry (1862-1910)

Profession: American Writer

There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.

Author: Don Herold


There is a time of life somewhere between the sullen fugues of adolescence and the retrenchments of middle age when human nature becomes so absolutely absorbing one wants to be in the city constantly, even at the height of summer.

Author: Edward Hoagland (1932)

Profession: American Novelist, Essayist

In Washington, the first thing people tell you is what their job is. In Los Angeles you learn their star sign. In Houston you're told how rich they are. And in New York they tell you what their rent is.

Author: Simon Hoggart


We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.

Author: Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978)

Profession: American Democratic Politician, Vice President

A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.

Author: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Profession: British Author

Washington is an endless series of mock palaces clearly built for clerks.

Author: Ada Louise Huxtable


But look what we have built low-income projects that become worse centers of delinquency, vandalism and general social hopelessness than the slums they were supposed to replace. Cultural centers that are unable to support a good bookstore. Civic centers that are avoided by everyone but bums. Promenades that go from no place to nowhere and have no promenaders. Expressways that eviscerate great cities. This is not the rebuilding of cities. This is the sacking of cities.

Author: Jane Jacobs (1916)

Profession: American Urban Theorist, Author