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Either these [unsaved] people are to be evangelized, or the leaven of communism and infidelity will assume such enormous proportions that it will break you in a reign of terror such as this country has never known.

Author: Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899)

Profession: American Evangelist

New York, the nation's thyroid gland.

Author: Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

Profession: American Novelist, Journalist, Poet

The city is not a concrete jungle. It is a human zoo.

Author: Desmond Morris (1928)

Profession: British Anthropologist

The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.

Author: Lewis Mumford (1895-1990)

Profession: American Social Philosopher

The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind.

Author: Lewis Mumford (1895-1990)

Profession: American Social Philosopher

An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

There is no solitude in the world like that of the big city.

Author: Kathleen Norris (1880-1966)

Profession: American Novelist

Today's city is the most vulnerable social structure ever conceived by man.

Author: Martin Oppenheimer


Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.

Author: Robert Orben (1927)

Profession: American Editor, Writer, Humorist

Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.

Author: Plato

Profession: Greek Philosopher

All great art is born of the metropolis.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

A city is a large community where people are lonesome together.

Author: Herbert Prochnow


Who goes to Rome a beast returns a beast.

Author: Italian Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Italian Origin

Living in cities is an art, and we need the vocabulary of art, of style, to describe the peculiar relationship between man and material that exists in the continual creative play of urban living. The city as we imagine it, then, soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, and nightmare, is as real, maybe more real, than the hard city one can locate on maps in statistics, in monographs on urban sociology and demography and architecture.

Author: Jonathan Raban (1942)

Profession: British Author, Critic

Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connection with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle.

Author: Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

Profession: German Poet