If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; if you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)
Profession: British Sportsman Writer
When a village ceases to be a community, it becomes oppressive in its narrow conformity. So one becomes an individual and migrates to the city. There, finding others like-minded, one re-establishes a village community. Nowadays only New Yorkers are yokels.
Author: Paul Goodman (1911-1972)
Profession: American Author, Poet, Critic
Country people tend to consider that they have a corner on righteousness and to distrust most manifestations of cleverness, while people in the city are leery of righteousness but ascribe to themselves all manner of cleverness.
Author: Edward Hoagland (1932)
Profession: American Novelist, Essayist
How soon country people forget. When they fall in love with a city it is forever, and it is like forever. As though there never was a time when they didn't love it. The minute they arrive at the train station or get off the ferry and glimpse the wide streets and the wasteful lamps lighting them, they know they are born for it. There, in a city, they are not so much new as themselves: their stronger, riskier selves.
Author: Toni Morrison (1931)
Profession: African-American Novelist
Long ago the country bore the country-town and nourished it with her best blood. Now the giant city sucks the country dry, insatiably and incessantly demanding and devouring fresh streams of men, till it wearies and dies in the midst of an almost uninhabited waste of country.
Author: Oswald Spengler (1880-1936)
Profession: German Philosopher