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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

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

—Susanne K. Langer, 1962

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

—Wallace Stevens, 1952

Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.

—Hesiod, c. 700 BC

What is the city but the people?

—William Shakespeare, 1608

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

The first requisite to happiness is that a man be born in a famous city.

—Euripides, c. 415 BC

Does anybody really want to attend to cities other than to flee, fleece, privatize, butcher, or decimate them?

—Jane Holtz Kay, 1992

Cities are the abyss of the human species.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1762

There is a city in which you find everything you desire—handsome people, pleasures, ornaments of every kind—all that the natural person craves. However, you cannot find a single wise person there.

—Rumi, c. 1250

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

If the present be compared with the remote past, it is easily seen that in all cities and in all peoples there are the same desires and the same passions as there always were.

—Niccolò Machiavelli, c. 1513

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

—Martin Oppenheimer, 1969