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City And Nature Quotes


"A fastidious taste is best indoors, away from nature and the city." - Mason Cooley

"People are the nature of the city, and you can feel it in the pavement." - Andy Goldsworthy

"Nature is a petrified magic city." - Novalis

"Because the quality of living with nature and allowing it to manifest itself is different than the quality of living in a city, especially a dense city." - Lawrence Halprin

"The city and nature, the built stone and the found stone, concrete and slate, poetry addresses them all democratically." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"The universe is but one great city, full of beloved ones, divine and human, by nature endeared to each other." - Epictetus

"I don't mean any disrespect. I truly don't. But Texas isn't nature. Texas is city and smog and humidity and heat." - Don Miller

"I always used to be more of a city guy, and more and more I'm starting to enjoy being in nature." - Michiel Huisman

"The older I get and the longer I live in New York City, the more I have the desire to go elsewhere and be surrounded by nature." - Olivia Thirlby

"Nature is good for all of us. When we're exposed to trees and other natural settings - even within the city, it fosters creativity." - David Livermore

"It is the Late city that first defies the land, contradicts Nature in the lines of its silhouette, denies all Nature. It wants to be something different from and higher than Nature. These high-pitched gables, these Baroque cupolas, spires, and pinnacles, neither are, nor desire to be, related with anything in Nature. And then begins the gigantic megalopolis, the city-as-world, which suffers nothing beside itself and sets about annihilating the country picture." - Oswald Spengler

"I used to live in a little city by the sea, and the feeling of isolation - it was not like living in Paris or London. It was a bit apart from the main city, and [it gave me] this feeling of isolation and also being close to nature, with nature as a surrounding and also a frontier, from the society of the world." - Lucile Hadzihalilovic

"My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made." - Andy Goldsworthy

"Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning." - Giotto Di Bondone

"I used to be such a militant city-ist, but more and more I've seen forests and nature and oceans, and I don't know any more if this is the awesomest way to live." - Regina Spektor

"Paris. City of love. City of dreams. City of splendor. City of saints and scholars. City of gaiety. Sink of iniquity." - Edward Rutherfurd

"Some people consider utopia to be derived from nature. For some people, utopia is the city." - Joel Sternfeld

"I'm not an outdoors person by instinct or nature. I'm more of a city person." - Jim Sturgess

"There are three types of biomimicry - one is copying form and shape, another is copying a process, like photosynthesis in a leaf, and the third is mimicking at an ecosystem's level, like building a nature-inspired city," - Janine Benyus

"When I'm in a city that's just clean, concrete lines, I get really short of breath and confused. It's much more interesting to me when nature is creeping back and tearing the mortar apart between the bricks." - Feist

"There are three types of biomimicry - one is copying form and shape, another is copying a process, like photosynthesis in a leaf, and the third is mimicking at an ecosystem's level, like building a nature-inspired city." - Janine Benyus

"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." - Lewis Mumford

"There is a time of life somewhere between the sullen fugues of adolescence and the retrenchments of middle age when human nature becomes so absolutely absorbing one wants to be in the city constantly, even at the height of summer." - Edward Hoagland

"A man who lives with nature is used to violence and is companionable with death. There is more violence in an English hedgerow than in the meanest streets of a great city." - P D James

"I don't know of any other city where you can walk through so many culturally diverse neighborhoods, and you're never out of sight of the wild hills. Nature is very close here." - Gary Snyder

"I am still happy to be close to the city, [to be] connected to the intellectual source in Ferndorf. In this area, [I feel] connected with nature and unimportant in a postitive way." - Volker Bertelmann

"Harmony with nature will bring you a happiness known to few city dwellers. In the company of other truth seekers it will be easier for you to meditate and think of God." - Paramahansa Yogananda

"There's such a freewheeling nature to 'Second City,' and the greatest thing about 'Second City' was having a sophisticated audience night after night who appreciated what it was. They knew it wasn't all going to be great when you improvised, so they were very forgiving that way." - Steve Carell

"New York has always had a love for Southern artists. There's no place else that makes me feel like the city does. I just love the immediate nature of the city, you can get whatever you want whenever you want it and do whatever you want whenever you want to." - Justin Townes Earle

"The renowned and antient city of Gotham." - Washington Irving

"City diversity represents accident and chaos." - Jane Jacobs

"The city of Chandigarh is planned to human scale. It puts us in touch with the infinite cosmos and nature. It provides us with places and buildings for all human activities by which the citizens can live a full and harmonious life. Here the radiance of nature and heart are within our reach." - Le Corbusier

"Nature is malleable and nature learns." - David Wolfe

"My first album was called Seven Waves, and was directly inspired by the ocean, and the ocean has been a leitmotif in my music. Nature was my inspiration even in NYC, because I needed that balance - I would travel out to nature. I loved the big city, I loved the energy, but I needed the balance." - Suzanne Ciani

"I grew up in Belle Harbor, which is in New York City, but it has the most powerful sense of nature and seasons. It wasn't even the beach and the water. I just dreamt about everything that had to do with nature. I read about Thoreau." - Joel Sternfeld

"This is the fairest picture on our planet, the most enchanting to look upon, the most satisfying to the eye and spirit. To see the sun sink down, drowned in his pink and purple and golden floods, and overwhelm Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams, is a sight to stir the coldest nature, and make a sympathetic one drunk with ecstasy." - Mark Twain

"You live in the city? You live in the graveyard! You want to be resurrected? Apply to the nature!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Surely, if Mother Nature had been consulted, she would never have consented to building a city in New Orleans." - Mortimer Zuckerman

"Hell is a city much like London A populous and smoky city" - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"I dwell in the city and the city dwells in me." - Juhani Pallasmaa

"Hell is a city much like London - A populous and smoky city." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"The city is like a great house, and the house in its turn a small city." - Leon Battista Alberti

"I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble." - Augustus

"I came here because the city has a tradition and is a very respected food city." - Emeril Lagasse

"Through the din and desultoriness of noon, even in the most Oriental city, is seen the fresh and primitive and savage nature, in which Scythians and Ethiopians and Indians dwell. What is echo, what are light and shade, day and night, ocean and stars, earthquake and eclipse, there? The works of man are everywhere swallowed up in the immensity of nature. The AEgean Sea is but Lake Huron still to the Indian." - Henry David Thoreau

"I was walking along a path with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned blood red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city - my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety - and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature." - Edvard Munch

"If I deny the existence of a God - if I deny the idea of a gold paved city with pearly walls and jasper gates somewhere out of knowledge and space and prefer to die and to trust the unfaltering laws of nature - if, in plain words I don't want to go to heaven, whose business is it but my own?" - Etta Semple

"And if the City falls and one survives he shall carry the City within on the roads of exile he shall be the City" - Zbigniew Herbert

"And if the City falls and one survives he shall carry the City within on the roads of exile he shall be the City" - Zbigniew Herbert

"The secret to the city is integration. Every area of the city should combine work, leisure and culture. Separate these functions and parts of the city die." - Jaime Lerner

"To promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any realm, nation, or city, is repugnant to nature; contumely to God, a thing most contrary to his revealed will and approved ordinance; and finally, it is the subversion of good order, of all equity and justice." - John Knox

"Before modern man can gain control over the forces that now threaten his very existence, he must resume possession of himself. This sets the chief mission for the city of the future: that of creating a visible regional and civic structure, designed to make man at home with his deeper self and his larger world, attached to images of human nature and love." - Lewis Mumford

"One of the things that's very important, when you're an activist and an organizer like me, is to understand that when things happen of that nature, some people become immobilized and other people begin to find solutions. And Detroit is the kind of city where we begin to find solutions." - Grace Lee Boggs

"The urban, on the other hand, is often seen as more real and mundane, even though it is obviously far more recent in terms of planetary development. I think this might be because nature corresponds to the unconscious and the artificial world of the city and human culture to the conscious mind." - Quentin S. Crisp

"The most important thing is to find the balance between city and nature. I have that 'hippie quality' - my husband is a super-hippie Los Angeles boy - so we'll have to make time to go to Puerto Rico, and upstate New York, and be sure we get to do outdoorsy stuff like that." - Ana Ortiz

"And nature must obey necessity." - William Shakespeare

"Nature hates monopolies and exceptions." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nature loves simplicity and unity." - Johannes Kepler

"Me and nature are two." - Woody Allen

"Today we see the steady stream from the countryside to the city, deadly for the Volk. The cities swell ever larger, unnerving the Volk and destroying the threads which bind humanity to Nature; they attract adventurers and profiteers of all colours, thereby fostering racial chaos." - Alfred Rosenberg

"It's more eerie to be alone in a city that's lit up and functioning than one that's a tomb. If everything were silent, one could almost pretend to be in nature. A forest. A meadow. Crickets and birdsong. But the corpse of civilization is as restless as the creatures that now roam the graveyards." - Isaac Marion

"In the world in which we live, it is almost a necessity to be able to regain one's strength of body and spirit, especially for those who live in the city, where the conditions of life, often feverish, leave little room for silence, reflection and relaxed contact with nature." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"Cities, in many ways, are the best repositories for a love affair. You are in a forest or a cornfield, you are walking by the seashore, footprint after footprint of trodden sand, and somehow the kiss or the spoken covenant gets lost in the vastness and indifference of nature. In a city there are places to remind us of what has been." - Edna O'Brien

"You and David could both be right. Maybe human beings are programmed ... to help one another, even to fall in love. But just because it's human nature doesn't make it bad, Tally. Besides, we had a whole city of pretties to choose from, and we chose each other."-Zane" - Scott Westerfeld

"I really like to have a coffee shop next door and be able to smoke a cigarette. I'm a city person; I regard nature as something hostile and problematic. I do enjoy it when I get out there, but it is mostly against my will. It's a bit of an awkward thing to say - people really don't like it when you say that." - Daniel Espinosa

"We need more urgently than architectural utopias, ingenious traffic disposal systems, or ecological programmes to comprehend the nature of citizenship, to make serious imaginative assessment of that special relationship between the self and the city; its unique plasticity, its privacy and freedom." - Jonathan Raban

"And thus He mused: From here, indeed Shall we strike terror in the Swede? And here a city by our labor Founded, shall gall our haughty neighbor; Here cut - so Nature gives command - Your window through on Europe; stand Firm-footed by the sea, unchanging!" - Aleksandr Pushkin

"We need ? more urgently than architectural utopias, ingenious traffic disposal systems, or ecological programmes ? to comprehend the nature of citizenship, to make serious imaginative assessment of that special relationship between the self and the city; its unique plasticity, its privacy and freedom." - Jonathan Raban

"Japan, not only a mega-busy city that thrives on electronics and efficiency, actually has an almost sacred appreciation of nature. One must travel outside of Tokyo to truly experience the 'old Japan' and more importantly feel these aspects of Japanese culture." - Apolo Ohno

"I am not a religious person myself, but I did look for nature. I had spent my first sabbatical in New York City. Looked for something different for the second one. Europe and the U.S. didn't really feel enticing because I knew them too well. So Asia it was. The most beautiful landscapes I had seen in Asia were Sri Lanka and Bali." - Stefan Sagmeister

"I think ultimately, bringing more nature back into the city is a way to deal with urban sprawl and things like that. If the cities feel a little more natural, people like to live there more rather than moving out and dividing up another piece of land that shouldn't be touched." - Stone Gossard

"The city of cats and the city of men exist one inside the other, but they are not the same city." - Italo Calvino

"There's no Democratic way to run a city and there's no Republican way to run a city - just the right way to run a city." - Buddy Cianci

"There's no Democratic way to run a city and there's no Republican way to run a city - just the right way to run a city." - Buddy Cianci

"And Kansas City is at Chicago tonight, or is it Chicago at Kansas City? Well, no matter as Kansas City leads in the eighth 4 to 4." - Jerry Coleman

"It's a weird city because the uglier the weather, the more beautiful the city. And the uglier the buildings, the more coherent the city." - Rem Koolhaas

"My dad was a New York City cop. His father was a New York City fireman. And my mother's dad was a city taxi driver." - Joe Lhota

"Cities are an immense laboratory of trial and error, failure and success, in city building and city design." - Jane Jacobs

"I found Bombay and opium, the drug and the city, the city of opium and the drug Bombay" - Jeet Thayil

"Took over my city and I never asked permission to." - Drake

"I play to lift a city, and raise a banner." - Prince Fielder

"In a strange city, I connect through food and fantasy." - Mason Cooley

"This city has two great teams - Liverpool and Liverpool reserves." - Bill Shankly

"They should've built a city on rock and roll." - Sarah Rees Brennan

"New Orleans is a city of elegance, beauty, and refinement." - Tom Piazza

"A city clerk, but gently born and bred." - Alfred Tennyson

"I love Japan, and Tokyo is my favorite city." - Barry Eisler

"Vienna is a handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly." - Frederic Chopin

"God the first garden made, and the first city Cain." - Abraham Cowley

"Dallas is a great city, and it's worth fighting for." - Laura Miller

"We pay taxes, and we help the city coffers." - Manuel Moroun

"Architecture is a slow business, and city planning even slower." - Richard Rogers

"I believe in that connection between freedom and the city." - George Woodcock

"Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm." - John F Kennedy

"The psychic depths are nature, and nature is creative life." - Carl Jung

"Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy" - Isaac Newton

"Against nature and within nature there is no freedom." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Nature pulls one way and human nature another." - E M Forster

"Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art." - Walter Savage Landor

"(with trout) we are touching something unrestricted, wild and arcane, beyond the reach of those who carefully maintain one-dimensional lives. There is, I tell myself, someone in the city nearby whose one contact today with unreconstructed nature will be to step into a diminutive pile of poodle excrement" - Russell Chatham

"Snow always inspires such awe in me. Just consider one tiny snowflake alone, so delicate, so fragile, so ethereal. And yet, let a billion of them come together through the majestic force of nature, they can screw up a whole city." - Betty White

"I love the ocean, wide-open space and trees, but I'm not a gardener or anything like that. I think I may be, eventually. I was raised in the city, so I don't have that skill set, but my heart is more with the dirt than the concrete. It's an unrequited love with nature - a one-way love affair." - David Duchovny

"Nature is impersonal, awe-inspiring, elegant, eternal. It's geometrically perfect. It's tiny and gigantic. You can travel far to be in a beautiful natural setting, or you can observe it in your backyard - or, in my case, in the trees lining New York City sidewalks, or in the clouds above skyscrapers." - Gretchen Rubin

"Venice is not only a city of fantasy and freedom. It is also a city of joy and pleasure." - Peggy Guggenheim

"It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone." - Erica Jong

"I love nyc. It's the city of my birth and probably the most amazing city on the planet." - Moby

"I came to Rome when it was a city of stone ... and left it a city of marble" - Julius Caesar

"The city of the future is a city that cares about its citizens and integrates its citizens." - Eduardo Paes

"There's no greater city between Memorial Day and Labor Day than Chicago. It's the single best summer city in America." - Michael Wilbon

"I did Second City, and Nia Vardalos also did Second City, so I knew her from there." - Rachel Dratch

"Infrastructure creates the form of a city and enables life to go on in a city, in a certain way." - Paul Goldberger

"I grew up in a city, I'm a city person - I go on holiday and I'm bored." - Danny Boyle

"For my part, I plan to work out a fair and adequate redistribution of city services to all city neighborhoods." - Jane Byrne

"How well does your experience of the sacred in nature enable you to cope more effectively with the problems of mankind when you come back to the city?" - Willi Unsoeld

"City is a madhouse! Don't stay there too much or you get mad! Go to the nature, to the Temple of the Clever!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"If you have a lot of nature in your city, it becomes a more enjoyable place. That's my own feeling about it." - Stone Gossard

"I love running in nature. I don't like running on the streets, I don't like running in the city, I don't like running on the concrete. I love running in nature, so Jamaica provides a lot of that for me." - Ziggy Marley

"Daily absorption in the physical actualities of nature is life as I need it to be: it means I am connected to such large things - sky, sea, hill, the vagaries of weather, the undeniable needs of animals - that I can disappear as a subject of interest, I can exist without self-consciousness. The city is a challenge for me, however thrilling a few days prove, for its insatiable overstimulation and the rarity of quiet. The city makes people bigger than they need to be." - Tilda Swinton

"Man is the end of nature; nothing so easily organizes itself in every part of the universe as he; no moss, no lichen is so easilyborn; and he takes along with him and puts out from himself the whole apparatus of society and condition extempore, as an army encamps in a desert, and where all was just now blowing sand, creates a white city in an hour, a government, a market, a place for feasting, for conversation, and for love." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Even the sober desire for progress is sustained by faith-faith in the intrinsic goodness of human nature and in the omnipotence of science. It is a defiant and blasphemous faith, not unlike that held by the men who set out to build a "city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven" and who believed that "nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." - Eric Hoffer

"At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish. The knapsack of custom falls off his back with the first step he makes into these precincts. Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes. Here we find Nature to be the circumstance which dwarfs every other circumstance, and judges like a god all men that come to her." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Choice and chance structure art and nature." - Frederick Sommer

"I am an American, Chicago born - Chicago, that somber city - and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent. But a man's character is his fate, says Heraclitus, and in the end there isn't any way to disguise the nature of the knocks by acoustical work on the door or gloving the knuckles." - Saul Bellow

"The truth is, almost nobody wants to experience real nature. What people want is to spend a week or two in a cabin in the woods, with screens on the windows. They want a simplified life for a while, without all their stuff. Or a nice river rafting trip for a few days, with somebody else doing the cooking. Nobody wants to go back to nature in any real way, and nobody does. It's all talk - and as the years go on, and the world population grows increasingly urban, it's uninformed talk. Farmers know what they're talking about. City people don't." - Michael Crichton

"Dinocrates did not leave the king, but followed him into Egypt. There Alexander, observing a harbor rendered safe by nature, an excellent center for trade, cornfields throughout all Egypt, and the great usefulness of the mighty river Nile, ordered him to build the city of Alexandria , named after the king. This was how Dinocrates, recommended only by his good looks and dignified carriage, came to be so famous." - Marcus Vitruvius Pollio

"The strengths landscape architecture draws from its garden design heritage include: the Vitruvian design tradition of balancing utility, firmness and beauty; use of the word 'landscape' to mean 'a good place' - as the objective of the design process; a comprehensive approach to open space planning involving city parks, greenways and nature outside towns; a planning theory about the contextualisation of development projects; the principle that development plans should be adapted to their landscape context." - Tom Turner

"I was walking along a road one evening - on one side lay the city, and below me was the fjord. The sun went down - the clouds were stained red, as if with blood. I felt as though the whole of nature was screaming - it seemed as though I could hear a scream. I painted that picture, painting the clouds like real blood. The colours screamed." - Edvard Munch

"By late accounts from Rotterdam, that city seems to be in a high state of philosophical excitement. Indeed, phenomena have there occurred of a nature so completely unexpected-so entirely novel-so utterly at variance with preconceived opinions-as to leave no doubt on my mind that long ere this all Europe is in an uproar, all physics in a ferment, all reason and astronomy together by the ears." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Victory is by nature superb and insulting." - Horace

"Nature, red in tooth and claw." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Appetite for food and sex is nature." - Laozi

"Nature and wisdom never are at strife." - Plutarch

"Victory is by nature insolent and haughty." - Cicero

"God and Nature met in light." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Lose yourself in nature and find peace" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Family, nature and health all go together." - Olivia Newton-John

"Victory is by nature insolent and haughty." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Experiments are mediators between nature and idea." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Taste and good-nature are universally connected." - William Shenstone

"Nature and wisdom always say the same." - Juvenal

"Human Nature Baby, grab it and growl." - Stephen King

"The painter strives and competes with nature." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Nature, red in tooth and claw." - Alfred Tennyson

"Art helps nature, and experience art." - Thomas Fuller

"I'm Greek, and we're conspiratorial by nature." - George Tenet

"Ignorance, hatred and greed are killing nature." - Masanobu Fukuoka

"That's human nature - the ups and downs." - Jami Gertz

"Nature knows best, and she says, roar!" - Maria Edgeworth

"Nature is cold, wet, hard and unforgiving." - David Remnick

"Bullock by name, and Bullock by nature." - Alan Bullock



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