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City Council Quotes


"I am joining the government not from the academic position but from St. Petersburg city council." - Anatoly Chubais

"Rather than hearing from the city council president, you'd hear from sources all across the country." - Jack Kelley

"The ancillary aspect of every British city now is the council estate." - V S Naipaul

"People have got to show up, showing up at meetings, rallies, marches, City Council, courtrooms. You've got to show up." - Ralph Nader

"There is insufficient support for the police and safety and law enforcement, in general, in the city council." - Steve Chabot

"The Houston Contractors Association is proud to endorse Council Member Oliver Pennington for re-election to Houston City Council. Council Member Pennington understands that infrastructure investment is crucial to protect the long-term economic vitality of our community. We strongly support his efforts on behalf of small businesses and the construction industry while demonstrating his commitment to sound management of the city's budget." - Jeffrey Nielsen

"Cleveland, city of light! City of magic!" - Randy Newman

"They divided the city into three electoral wards, and in one ward there was 70 percent of the people, the Catholic population, and they elected eight representatives to the city council." - John Hume

"City wits, country humorists." - Mason Cooley

"Minnesota's a great city." - Ray Allen

"Toronto's a delightful city." - Nellie Mckay

"I'm a city boy." - Ron Perlman

"I am delighted to be here in these new [Council on Foreign Relations] headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it's good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won't have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future." - Hillary Clinton

"If you are a Jedi, just understand something: people are going to be chasing you. The Jedi Council of every city you enter is going to be chasing you. I've been accosted by the Jedi Council in Rio and everywhere else." - Samuel L Jackson

"It's so worth-while being a judge, because, if I make good, I can help prove that a woman's place is as much on the bench, in City Council, or in Congress, as in the home." - Florence E. Allen

"I like being a rapper and cursing and getting paid. But at some point I feel like I'm going to be an old angry ass man, who is going to run the school board or city council." - El-P

"I've been talking to people all over the country, city council members, grassroots leaders, party leaders, members in Congress - and you know what? The truth is I'll have something to say real soon." - Keith Ellison

"I am one of four people in Johannesburg who drives at the speed limit and pays his fines. The city council has us on six-hour shifts, so it works out." - Vittorio Leonardi

"I am really enthusiastic about my new council position because part of my satisfaction in life is feeling like I have done something. With this responsibility I hope I can accomplish things for the City of Williamstown and the people." - Barbara Lewis

"If the City Council wants to hold the police accountable, it has the subpoena power and oversight responsibility to do so. They don't have the courage to do it." - Sal Albanese

"It's so worth-while being a judge, because, if I make good, I can help prove that a woman's place is as much on the bench, in City Council, or in Congress, as in the home." - Florence Ellinwood Allen

"In my native Boulder County, Colorado, the fracking fanatics are out in force. They are marching door-to-door, petitions and mythology in hand, and they are storming city council and county commissioner meetings." - Bob Beauprez

"I enjoyed the administrative work because it involved working with Congress, city council, and the mayor. I had never been a politician so it was fun - learning political maneuvering." - Harold H Greene

"I don't think I'll ever fully get over losing the city council seat. I don't know how that happened. But it was less than 1 percent out of 50,000 votes. I'd put in six or seven years into changing L.A." - Tom Hayden

"Especially in local elections, because hardly anybody pays attention to those - but it's really important who's mayor and who's on the city council, county commissioners, sheriffs, district attorney, and of course the school board." - Jello Biafra

"The mayor has got to work closely with a wide variety of people, his city council, state legislature, governor, business community, labor community, president and the congress in order to be able to do this." - Marc Morial

"New York is the only real city-city." - Truman Capote

"For me today, Hull City beat Hull City." - Phil Brown

"New York is a fabled city, a fabulous city." - Italo Calvino

"You can't fight City Hall." - Proverbs

"The people are the city." - William Shakespeare

"Berlin is my favourite city." - Logan Lerman

"Paris is a beautiful city." - Bubba Watson

"The city of angels? It's the city of devils. The city of smiling cobras." - Sean Young

"Good council has no price." - Giuseppe Mazzini

"According to DC's HIV/AIDS office, three percent of the local population has HIV or AIDS... The DC City Council, perhaps on the theory that serving up another glass of wine is the way to help a drunk, is scheduled to vote on December 1 to legalize same sex marriage in America's capital city." - Star Parker

"To my city I'm the 2-3" - Drake

"The city is recruited from the country." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Florence - the city of tranquillity made manifest ..." - Katherine Cecil Thurston

"... the great white city of brotherhood, Washington ..." - Christina Stead

"Everything is real, except Beika City" - Gosho Aoyama

"Every city is a living body." - Saint Augustine

"New York City is my playground." - Bethenny Frankel

"Manchester City are defending like beavers" - Chris Kamara

"A lamb in a city of wolves." - Karen Marie Moning

"Not I, but the city teaches." - Socrates

"My city was betrayed by the weak..." - Andrew Ryan

"A great city is a great solitude." - Hermione Gingold

"Libraries are the pride of the city." - Amy Tan

"I love this city [Tel Aviv]!" - Missy Elliot

"Paris isn't a city, it's a world." - Francis I of France

"London; a nation, not a city." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Each city has its own culinary landscape." - Padma Lakshmi

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

"Remember the city, the city remember Where treasure is hidden under the ground The city, the city, always remember That's where the treasure will be found." - Jeanne DuPrau

"Nature is a petrified magic city." - Novalis

"We're just welcoming people to our city." - Jermaine Dupri

"I've always been drawn to city skylines." - Dave Haywood

"New York is a fantastic city." - Marat Safin

"Beijing is my favorite city in China." - Andrew Lau

"Diversity gives our city a competitive edge." - Thomas Menino

"It's a holy city for music." - Hugh Laurie

"Edinburgh used to be a haughty city." - Alexander Mccall Smith

"I have family in Oklahoma City." - Blake Shelton

"Washington isn't a city, it's an abstraction." - Dylan Thomas

"Your projects can often demonstrative new and innovative approaches that can be supported and eventually replicated with greater support from the public sector. Showing up and speaking up at city council and state legislature hearings are essential, but so is the project work." - Mark Winne

"Open your mind up to things that have no connection with the problem you're trying to solve: subscribe to an unusual magazine; spend a morning at an elementary school; go to work two hours early; test drive an exotic car; attend a city council meeting; ...try an Indonesian recipe." - Roger Von Oech

"I am opposed to special rights for gays just as I am opposed to special rights for heterosexuals or smokers. I can attest to the fact that sexual orientation is not immutable and I urge the city council to vote no on this amendment." - Alan Chambers

"Not just for the U.S. Senate but it also means for school board and city council. We need to revitalize American democracy. We need to have people at all - all over this country, having the courage to take on big money and demand a set of policies that work for all of us and not just for the few." - Bernie Sanders

"I know people want to run for public office, for mayor, for city council. These are people who now want to change the country. Now, getting from here to there, it's a lot of hard work. And I think that the political revolution has just started." - Jonathan Tasini

"In fact, one day I was going to Jackson and I saw a huge sign that U.S. Senator John Stennis was speaking that night for the White Citizens Council in Yazoo City and they also have a State Charter that they may set up for "private schools." It is no secret." - Fannie Lou Hamer

"For every show that we do, anyone that rides public transit, bikes, or walk, we offer them a $5 voucher at the merch table. It gets people using the infrastructure in the area. Hopefully, the venues where we play will lobby city council and say, we need bike paths, sidewalk repair. That stuff affects so many people's lives." - Ben Sollee

"A few years ago, the city council of Monza, Italy, barred pet owners from keeping goldfish in curved bowls... saying that it is cruel to keep a fish in a bowl with curved sides because, gazing out, the fish would have a distorted view of reality. But how do we know we have the true, undistorted picture of reality?" - Stephen Hawking

"From my very first day in the Mayor's office, I have worked closely with the Council members who share our vision of a city hall that really protects taxpayers and cares... yes... about the little things that make a big difference in people's lives." - Laura Miller

"When I grew up, and I think about City Council, I look at the men and women then - these were people who just wanted to be a part of the community and give something back. They weren't necessarily trying to use it as a steppingstone to something else. I looked up to those people." - Brad Wenstrup

"You know, we had the elections earlier in the week, and a dead woman, in Pennsylvania, somehow was on the ballot and she was elected to city council. A dead woman actually elected! And I'm thinking, well, I guess there is still hope for Al Gore." - David Letterman

"To Toronto City Council: The Sam The Record Man store and sign were important fixtures in Toronto's musical landscape as well as its Civic history. Sadly, all that remains now are our memories of the store and this magnificant neon sign. Ryerson and they City of Toronto should absolutely preserve what myself and many of its citizens consider to be an important symbol of our past and of that store's contributions to our culture." - Geddy Lee

"Well we didn't look at it like that. We looked at it: "Why Carolyn Maloney?" Of course, we didn't know about Caroline Kennedy, but we do know and have - this is not against somebody, this is for somebody who we know has had a proven record. It's 16 years in the House, 10 years on the City Council of New York City, that she has shown her determination to pass legislation. She is - she knows how a legislature works." - Eleanor Smeal

"Remarks to the United Nations Security Council" - Colin Powell

"A city without books, a city without a library is like a graveyard." - Malala Yousafzai

"It makes me crazy to think that somebody might attack my city or any other city." - Billy Corgan

"True citizens of the heavenly city are the best residents of the earthly city." - Timothy Keller

"What is a city, but the people; true the people are the city." - Coriolanus III

"Dhaka the city of mosques has become the city of Hindu temples." - Delwar Hossain Sayeedi

"A City that parlies is half gotten. [A city that parleys is half gotten.]" - George Herbert

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

"A city without passion is just a city of artistic events." - Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

"Chicago is a beautiful city - the architecture, the food, everything in the city is awesome." - Chance The Rapper

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

"My theory was that a city without a newspaper is a city without a soul." - Luis A. Ferre

"We want the city back on its feet. We want to have jobs for the city." - Manuel Moroun

"Boston is, like, my city. That's the city that I always go to." - Brent Morin

"Mumbai may not be my city. But it is my kind of city." - Vikas Swarup

"To go to war without the Security Council will not be in conformity with the Council." - Kofi Annan

"I haven't seen so much tippy-toeing around since the last time I went to the ballet. When members of the arts community were askedthis week about one of their biggest benefactors, Philip Morris, and its requests that they lobby the New York City Council on the company's behalf, the pas de deux of self- justification was so painstakingly choreographed that it constituted a performance all by itself." - Anna Quindlen

"I've known Carolyn [Maloney] for years, by the way. I knew her when she was on the City Council and knew her when she was - when she was running, and we endorsed her very early when she ran for Congress, yet I didn't know some of the stories in here of herself and her struggle, and - and she makes a very - you know, it's - it pulls your heart as well as - but it's very practical." - Eleanor Smeal

"What's blinking red on my radar is the fact that for people who prioritize abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, or voting rights, those things are coming out of state legislatures, and some of the laws on reproduction stuff is coming out of city council, and so what's getting at me is the fact that there's just a fundamental lack of understanding that these laws are happening and being created by people who often won by ten votes in a midterm election." - Lizz Winstead

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

"I've always treated my city like some shoulder pads." - Drake

"City life is millions of people being lonesome together." - Henry David Thoreau

"Would your city weep if your church did not exist?" - Darrin Patrick

"Everywhere outside New York City is Bridgeport, Connecticut." - Fred Allen

"I sell mirrors in the city of the blind." - Kabir

"In my dreams of this city I am always lost." - Margaret Atwood

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

"Certainly Manchester is the most wonderful city of modem times." - Benjamin Disraeli

"There are so many cities in every single city." - David Mitchell

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

"Montreal's not a city. It's a Disney World for alcoholics." - Mike Wilmot

"I had a good friend in New York City." - Hank Williams, Jr.

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

"Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of eternity." - Yehuda Amichai

"Searching for a lost city is a particularly European obsession." - Tahir Shah

"The chicken is the country's, but the city eats it." - George Herbert

"Accursed be the city where the laws would stifle nature's!" - Lord Byron

"Every city began as a campsite - pg. 25" - Chris Ware

"The highway program devalues the tax base of a city." - John Norquist

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

"Los Angeles is seven suburbs in search of a city." - Alexander Woollcott

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

"If you've seen one city slum, you've seen them all." - Spiro T Agnew

"the pearl-grey city, the opal that is Paris ..." - Anais Nin

"A win tonight is the minimum City must achieve" - Alan Parry

"Los Angeles: Seventy-two suburbs in search of a city." - Dorothy Parker

"When the music changes, the walls of the city shake." - Plato

"The city has a face, the country a soul." - Jacques de Lacretelle

"Rampaging horsemen can conquer; only the city can civilize." - James A Michener

"Will make Delhi a corruption-free , world class city." - Arvind Kejriwal

"Oh Rome! My country! City of the soul!" - Lord Byron

"Seventy-two suburbs in search of a city." - Dorothy Parker

"To live in a city is to be forever flinching," - Jenny Offill

"Watergate left Washington a city ravaged by honesty." - Russell Baker

"You can't fight City Hall. It keeps changing its name." - Jack Kerouac

"When you clean up a city, you destroy it." - Charles Bukowski

"Rio's a beautiful city, a vibrant place, special place." - Eduardo Paes

"I won the city scoring championship as a senior." - Bob Cousy

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

"I don't like Moscow. It's not my city." - Oleg Deripaska

"The people really are what make New York City great." - David Dinkins

"I write 'Broad City,' so I connect it to me." - Ilana Glazer

"One great building does not make a great city." - Thomas Heatherwick

"Each city should have its own type of restaurant." - Marcus Samuelsson

"The Old City of Jerusalem is in our hands." - Moshe Dayan



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