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

—Jane Holtz Kay, 1992

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

—Susanne K. Langer, 1962

No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.

—Cyril Connolly, 1944

One need merely visit the marketplace and the graveyard to determine whether a city is in both physical and metaphysical order.

—Ernst Jünger, 1977

Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and in this hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.

—John Berger, 1987

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

—Martin Oppenheimer, 1969

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

—Wallace Stevens, 1952

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

—Michelangelo Antonioni, 1967

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

Towns oftener swamp one than carry one out onto the big ocean of life.

—D.H. Lawrence, 1908

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

—Alexander Woollcott, c. 1935

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 screech and mechanical uproar of the big city turns the citified heads, fills citified ears—as the song of birds, wind in the trees, animal cries, or as the voices and songs of his loved ones once filled his heart. He is sidewalk happy.

—Frank Lloyd Wright, 1958