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What is the city but the people?

—William Shakespeare, 1608

By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

—Book of Proverbs, c. 350 BC

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.

—Plato, c. 378 BC

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

—Aldous Huxley, 1934

We must consider that we shall be a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world.

—John Winthrop, 1630

I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.

—Michelangelo Antonioni, 1967

My ideas are clear. My orders are precise. Within five years, Rome must appear marvelous to all the people of the world—vast, orderly, powerful, as in the time of the empire of Augustus.

—Benito Mussolini, 1929

A hick town is one where there is no place to go where you shouldn’t go.

—Alexander Woollcott, c. 1935

The life of the city never lets you go, nor do you ever want it to.

—Wallace Stevens, 1952

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

—Martin Oppenheimer, 1969

I even gave up, for a while, stopping by the window of the room to look out at the lights and deep, illuminated streets. That’s a form of dying, that losing contact with the city like that.

—Philip K. Dick, 1972

Divine nature gave the fields; human art built the cities.

—Marcus Terentius Varro, c. 70 BC

The seeds of civilization are in every culture, but it is city life that brings them to fruition.

—Susanne K. Langer, 1962