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City Hall Quotes


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

"Never take an elevator in city hall." - Harvey Milk

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

"You can't fight City Hall, but you can goddamn sure blow it up." - George Carlin

"My first gig was at Radio City Music Hall when I was 13." - Questlove

"You didn't have to go on location if you could just shoot down City Hall, LA." - Ann Robinson

"And we did it because it's time for City Hall to stop looking out for City Hall and start looking out for the people like you and me who are footing the bill." - Laura Miller

"What has been happening the last four years in City Hall is that they have been closing recreation centers, closing libraries. We have not looked after our children in City Hall." - Carl Stokes

"Too often, they play to whatever group is the loudest down at City Hall, and they buy them off, essentially." - Steve Chabot

"There are three orchestras in Munich, all world-quality, in a city of one million. Yet every hall is full." - Zubin Mehta

"Now it's time to focus on basics for people in our neighborhoods... and real ethics reform at City Hall." - Laura Miller

"Others like City Hall the old way, when they could make deals behind closed doors with your tax money." - Laura Miller

"There's still is a status-quo group at City Hall who likes things done the old way, behind closed doors." - Laura Miller

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

"I believe that everyone has the fundamental right to head to city hall with the person they love and get married. Period." - Lea Salonga

"People have said I can come off a little trial-lawyerish. I tell people I never actually became a lawyer, but I play one at City Hall." - Christine Quinn

"Some day the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!" - Mother Jones

"Whether you actually can or can't fight city hall is of little relevance. Either way, when the need arises, you must!" - Derek R. Audette

"For three years, the 'Meistersinger' score was a ball and chain to me. It went with me to every city and concert hall." - Bryn Terfel

"It's time to start bringing the congregations down to City Hall and to ask the mayors, the city councils and the school boards, "What's the plan? What's the local government going to do for us?"" - Van Jones

"The subject of criminal rehabilitation was debated recently in City Hall. It's an appropriate place for this kind of discussion because the city has always employed so many ex-cons and future cons." - Mike Royko

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

"The City that knows how." - William Howard Taft

"God! I loove this city!" - Herb Caen

"L.A. is my American city." - Tom Ford

"I love New York City." - Li Na

"I will lead you to the City Hall, clean out the police force, hang the Prosecuting Attorney, burn every book that has a particle of law in it, then enact new laws for the workingmen." - Denis Kearney

"Toting around a full orchestra on tour is very ambitious. I would consider doing a show now and then, like do a show at Radio City or Carnegie Hall with a full orchestra" - Vanessa Carlton

"The image of the reporter as a nicotine-stained Quixote, slugging back Scotch while skewering city hall with an expose ripped out of a typewriter on the crack of deadline, persists despite munificent evidence to the contrary." - Paul Gray

"Toting around a full orchestra on tour is very ambitious. I would consider doing a show now and then, like do a show at Radio City or Carnegie Hall with a full orchestra." - Vanessa Carlton

"It's made it easier to communicate important issues, but I wonder if connecting with millions of people online is ever as arresting to someone's attention as one man standing and screaming in front of City Hall." - Jim Parsons

"It's wasteful spending like this that not only forces tax increases and cuts in vital services... but also really make you wonder: who is City Hall looking out for?" - Laura Miller

"In many ways, our campaign this year will be the same as last time: We're still going to focus on fixing up basics and cleaning up ethics at City Hall." - Laura Miller

"The private sector is growing so incredibly in India, in every city you have industries for whom building a concert hall would be nothing financially. But they just don't do it." - Zubin Mehta

"You may name a bronze statue 'Liberty,' or a painted figure in a city hall 'Commerce,' or a marble form in a temple 'Athene' or 'Venus;' but what is really there is only a representation of a single woman." - George Edward Woodberry

"In the year since we brought things into the open with a clean breath of fresh air at City Hall, we have learned about corrupt spending practices and unethical conflicts of interest that waste your money... and keep Dallas from being the great city of our dreams." - Laura Miller

"What was unique about me being in City Hall during the Giuliani Administration, I was the only one who wasn't an attorney. I may have been the only one who didn't work in a prosecutor's office. So I took a completely different point of view on how the city should be run. Very close to a business, very close on metrics and numbers." - Joe Lhota

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

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

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

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

"What is the city but the people?" - William Shakespeare

"The cool, grey city of love." - George Sterling

"New York is the last true city." - Toni Morrison

"I believe that George Washington knew the City of Man cannot survive without the City of God; that the Visible City will perish without the Invisible City." - Ronald Reagan

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

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

"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

"Atlanta is an incredibly cool city." - Andrew Lincoln

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

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

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

"I think this kind of bohemianism doesn't really exist in the New York city anymore - the bohemianism that I was trying to record in Carnegie Hall that completely defined our culture. The people who lived and worked in Carnegie Hall studios, they defined our culture in music, dance, theater, fashion, illustration. It wasn't so much nostalgic as a celebration of that and an acknowledgment of that and saying that it's really important. And it's actually something that is a loss for the city, I think." - Richard Press

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

"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

"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

"The most remarkable thing about Hollywood is that it does not exist. ... Hollywood, in a word, has no center, never had one, no city hall, court house, church, square, or rather it probably has some of those but they're so aimlessly thrown in with the general jumble ... that I, for one, never found them." - Vicki Baum

"Prophecy today is hardly the romantic business that it used to be. The old tools of the trade, like the sword, the hair shirt, and the long fast in the wilderness, have given way to more contemporary, mundane instruments of doom -the book, the picket and the petition, the sit-in at City Hall." - Jane Kramer

"If your Bible tells you that gay people ought not be married in your church, don't tell them they can't be married at city hall. Marriage is a civil rite as well a civil right, and we can't let religious bigotry close the door to justice to anyone." - Julian Bond

"Remember that the problem is bigger than the car you drive or the types of lightbulbs in city hall. We need a fundamental shift away from dirty fossil fuels that spew carbon pollution. To make that happen, we need to put pressure on our leaders to take the bold actions necessary to move us off dirty sources of energy." - Al Gore

"Socrates, who lives in thousandfold poverty because he neither works nor has inherited, proposes with ultimate insolence that he be fed at public expense at city hall. But what is the modern university, with its pay and tenure, other than a free lunch for philosophy and scientists?" - Allan Bloom

"And on election night I'd go down to city hall in El Paso, Texas and cover the election. In those days, of course, we didn't have exit polls. You didn't know who had won the election until they actually counted the votes. I thought that was exciting too." - Sam Donaldson

"I met Kevin when I was 19, at a Second City workshop. We were paired up together in the first class I went to. By the end of the class we formed our improv group, and over the next three years we performed leading up to the formation of The Kids in the Hall." - Dave Foley

"You could put all of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's angry sermons on to one loop. You could put that loop up on the big screen at Radio City Music Hall and let it play there 24 hours a day, seven days a week and Barack Obama will still emerge as the next president of the United States." - Gary David Goldberg

"The last time I heard real screaming in the theatre was when I went to see a movie I did years ago, called 'Wait Until Dark.' Now, my mother was the least emotional person on the planet, but when I got killed in the movie, she stood up and screamed, 'That's my son!' At Radio City Music Hall in New York!" - Alan Arkin

"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 was growing up, Belfast City Hall was surrounded by security, and we had no access to it. But now, people come in and out of it all the time. On a nice day, office workers and students sit on the lawn outside and have lunch. It's great to see how Northern Ireland has changed. To be part of that is fantastic." - James Nesbitt

"When a movie opened - if you lived in New York, you would see it at Radio City Music Hall where it would play a couple of weeks, and then you moved on to the next movie. Now you can see it the rest of your life - it's going to be on Netflix and DVD." - Robert Osborne

"When you think about Boston, Harvard and M.I.T. are the brains of the city, and its soul might be Faneuil Hall or the State House or the Old Church. But I think the pulsing, pounding heart of Boston is Fenway Park." - John Williams

"That's what they do in Europe. You go down to the city hall and you become legally connected. You have a civil union there. Then, if you're religious, you go down to the church, and the church blesses the union. That gets the problem solved." - Tony Campolo

"Let the Negro march. Let him make pilgrimages to city hall. Let him go on freedom rides. And above all, make an effort to understand why he must do this. For if his frustration and despair are allowed to continue piling up, millions of Negroes will seek solace and security in black-nationalist ideologies. And this, inevitably, would lead to a frightening racial nightmare." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"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

"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 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

"Be merry all, be merry all, With holly dress the festive hall; Prepare the song, the feast, the ball, To welcome merry Christmas." - William Spencer

"The Hall of Fame is forever, baby!" - Kenny Rogers

"Welcome to the Hall of Presidents." - Ted Theodore

"Go back to your bingo hall." - Jerry Lawler

"How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" - Mischa Elman

"The Hall of Fame has strong people." - James Worthy

"Inductee in the Vintner's Hall of Fame" - Robert Mondavi

"Common sense still lingers in Westminster Hall." - William Henry Maule

"Such is the custom of Branksome Hall." - Walter Scott

"I'm a big Hall and Oates fan." - Nate Parker

"I saw Ray Charles at Massey Hall." - Robbie Robertson

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

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

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

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

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

"We blocked them inside the city. Their rear is blocked." - Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

"Cheese steaks are the gastronomic icons of this ethnic city." - Bryan Miller

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

"I'm a creature of the New York City streets." - Woody Allen

"Ive been in New York City now for 22 years." - Julie Gold

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

"The sewer is the conscience of the city." - Victor Hugo

"My city love me like Mac Dre in the Bay" - Drake

"The Merseyside derby games are unique in the city." - Brendan Rodgers

"There are a thousand viewpoints in the viewtiful city." - Herb Caen

"Nothing can prepare the uninitiated for New York City." - Therese Anne Fowler

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

"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

"Never underestimate the power of a city to regenerate." - Jane Jacobs

"The city disappears street by street as you enter it." - Ian Seed

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

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

"The only city people are those born so." - George Ade

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

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

"The hard rain nailed the night to the city." - Dean Koontz

"I love driving in the city at night." - Waris Ahluwalia

"Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring." - Nelson Algren

"The city of Atlanta has always had a good spirit." - Ivan Allen

"New York is the best food city in the world." - Joe Bastianich

"Sydney's a beautiful city. It was a great experience." - Barbara Hershey

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

"This isn't a fairy tale. It's New York City." - Alex Flinn

"New York City has the most beautiful women." - Jason Mraz

"I am a city girl I think, at heart." - Brooke Shields

"Growing up as a city kid is a joyous time!" - Theophilus London

"In city planning, there is no limit to be fixed." - Willis Polk

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

"Caen's San Francisco may not be the city we remember, but it is the city we want to remember." - Willie Brown

"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 am the only Republican Congressman who represents a borough within New York City, a city of 8.5 million people." - Michael Grimm

"Chicago has been characterized as the most segregated city in the United States, a city they said could never change." - Harold Washington

"I think you're the grumpy Kid in the Hall, I'm the nice Kid in the Hall." - Bruce Mcculloch

"Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall, with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music." - Isaac Stern

"You have all these people in the city and everything has become centralized. If you live outside the city and you need a birth certificate or some official paper from the government, you have to travel to the city." - Edwidge Danticat

"Every city is either vibrant these days or is working on a plan to attain vibrancy soon. The reason is simple: a city isn't successful - isn't even a city, really - unless it can lay claim to being 'vibrant.'" - Thomas Frank

"Born and raised in Paris, I am deeply attached to my city; we almost have half a century of love story together, where I have been truly completely faithful! The most beautiful city in the world is my city, yeepeeee!" - Christian Louboutin

"When I'm doing a store in a country, I always like to consider the concept of the country and the city. Ask what are the clothes of the city, what does this city represent for me?" - Christian Louboutin

"My focus is not merely a beautiful city, but a city that's made beautiful on the parameters of good health and cleanliness" - Narendra Modi

"To be a European is to try to negotiate morally, intellectually and existentially the opposing statements and praxis of the city of Socrates and the city of Isaiah." - George Steiner

"Rome's just a city like anywhere else. A vastly overrated city, I'd say. It trades on belief just as Stratford trades on Shakespeare." - Anthony Burgess

"[On Paris:] I do not know any city so beautiful and you can be unhappy there and notice your unhappiness less, having the city to look at." - Martha Gellhorn

"I don't really know Hollywood, and I think that L.A. needs a bit of time to really know the city, because it's such a huge city." - Audrey Tautou

"Because of my acting career, I've had to bounce from city to city and get in the groove in the studio." - LeToya Luckett

"But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city." - Bible

"My family love living in London. It is a fantastic city and a city such as this deserves to host the Olympic Games." - Jose Mourinho

"Reporters used to ask me the same inane questions year-in and year-out, city-to-city, and it would drive me crazy." - Kareem Abduljabbar



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