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

"The life of the city cat is short but so sophisticated." - Jennifer Stone

"One cannot make architecture without studying the condition of life in the city" - Aldo Rossi

"A contrast between country and city, as fundamental ways of life, reaches back into classical times." - Raymond Williams

"Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in." - Robin Sloan

"It is a city of villages, closely connected, each village dedicated to a different way of life." - Nancy Spain

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

"New York City is filled with random, quirky moments like this, chance collisions that just might change your life." - Hope Edelman

"In Amsterdam, the river and canals have been central to city life for the last four centuries," - Janet Echelman

"I want to become Kiev's mayor because I love my city very much and want to improve life in it." - Vitali Klitschko

"New York is the cubist, the futurist city. It expresses in its architecture, its life, its spirit, the modern thought." - Francis Picabia

"A city life for me!" - Thomas Beecham

"City wits, country humorists." - Mason Cooley

"The city reveals the moral ends of being, and sets the awful problem of life. The country soothes us, refreshes us, lifts us up with religious suggestion." - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it." - Aldous Huxley

"The city is like poetry; it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines." - E B White

"If you live in a dirty big city, it means that you surely need a pastoral life to make yourself clean!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"The best thing about a horrible city is that it makes you to understand the beauty of the pastoral life! The bad crystallizes the value of the good." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"The knife of corruption endangered the life of New York City. The scalpel of the law is making us well again." - Edward Koch

"No city invites the heart to come to life as San Francisco does. Arrival in San Francisco is an experience in living." - William Saroyan

"The street is the river of life of the city, the place where we come together, the pathway to the center." - William H. Whyte

"I think that chain stores in general are really super depressing and I think it really sucks the life out of a city such as San Francisco." - Chicken John

"I rather wonder what I am doing here. I enjoy city life, you know. The glittering lights, the constant companionship, the liquid entertainment. The lack of sudden monkeys." - Cassandra Clare

"There is a city myth that country life was isolated and lonely; the truth is that farmers and their families then had a richer social life than they have now. They enjoyed a society organic, satisfying and whole, not mixed and thinned with the life of town, city and nation as it now is." - Rose Wilder Lane

"in the city at best one lives the life of others, the life of the shop, the street, the crowd, while in the country one must live one's own life." - Mabel Osgood Wright

"I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and heart to get there. That's how I saw it, and see it still." - Ronald Reagan

"I can't with any conscience argue for New York with anyone. It's like Calcutta. But I love the city in an emotional, irrational way, like loving your mother or your father even though they're a drunk or a thief. I've loved the city my whole life - to me, it's like a great woman." - Woody Allen

"As Mayor, I have a responsibility to ensure city government is making life better for all Angelenos, especially those whose past hard work laid the foundation for the city we enjoy today. Whether someone is born here, or comes here for college, career, or retirement, I want L.A. to be a place that welcomes all generations." - Eric Garcetti

"There were people whose only interest in life was writing letters. To the newspapers, to authors, to strangers, to City Councils, to the police. It did not much matter to whom; the satisfaction of writing seemed to be all." - Josephine Tey

"If I were trapped in one city and had to eat one nation's cuisine for the rest of my life, I would not mind eating Japanese. I adore Japanese food. I love it." - Anthony Bourdain

"Manila is a city of extremes. The poor are very poor and the rich very rich. A constant reminder to the rich that there is another side to life." - Arlene J. Chai

"Only in silence I find myself. Life in the city is so hectic that you lose the right perspective. It's important to know that our biggest resources are in our heart." - Rabindranath Tagore

"Her vision of the world under the water represented a beautiful stillness, a version of heaven. It was the lost city of Lena, her alternate universe, the life she yearned for but didn't get to have." - Ann Brashares

"I just love building buildings. I'm the largest developer in New York City. I'm having a lot of fun doing it. I think I've never had more fun. I'm just enjoying my life." - Donald Trump

"City of rest! - as it seems to our modern senses, - how is it possible that so busy, so pitiless and covetous a life as history shows us, should have gone to the making and the fashioning of Venice!" - Mary Augusta Ward

"I think anyone who knows me at all knows that I have been a movie addict all my life. I grew up in a city obsessed by cinema and where there are cinemas on every street corner." - Salman Rushdie

"I loved experiencing city life in New York." - Quvenzhane Wallis

"My quality of life here in Quebec City is extraordinary." - Patrick Roy

"A great American city is fighting for its life." - Marc Morial

"Not to find one's way around a city does not mean much. But to lose one's way in a city, as one loses one's way in a forest, requires some schooling. Street names must speak to the urban wanderer like the snapping of dry twigs, and little streets in the heart of the city must reflect the times of day, for him, as clearly as a mountain valley. This art I acquired rather late in life; it fulfilled a dream, of which the first traces were labyrinths on the blotting papers in my school notebooks." - Walter Benjamin

"Some of the hardest-working and most productive people in this city are undocumented aliens. If you come here and you work hard and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you're one of the people who we want in this city. You're somebody that we want to protect, and we want you to get out from under what is often a life of being like a fugitive, which is really unfair." - Rudy Giuliani

"When the Spirit came to Moses, the plagues came upon Egypt, and he had power to destroy men's lives; when the Spirit came upon Elijah, fire came down from heaven; when the Spirit came upon Gideon, no man could stand before him; and when it came upon Joshua, he moved around the city of Jericho and the whole city fell into his hands; but when the Spirit came upon the Son of Man, He gave His life; He healed the broken-hearted." - Dwight L Moody

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

"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

"Ev'rythin's up to date in Kansas City." - Oscar Hammerstein Ii

"... 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

"Soul of all souls, life of all life - you are That. Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving - you are That. The road that leads to the City is endless; Go without head and feet and you'll already be there. What else could you be? - you are That." - Rumi

"Life is a journey, not a home; a road, not a city of habitation; and the enjoyments and blessings we have are but little inns on the roadside of life, where we may be refreshed for a moment, that we may with new strength press on to the end - to the rest that remaineth for the people of God." - Horatius Bonar

"People are very proud of Newcastle, very proud to come from here. This is a working class City and they just want to enjoy themselves and live life to the full. They work all week, pick their wages up at the end of the week and they spend it over a weekend by having a good time and watching the football. That's our life." - Alan Shearer

"I close my eyes. An image flashes-emerging from the van with Julian after our escape from New York City; believing, in that moment, that we had escaped the worst, that life would begin again for us. Instead life has only grown harder." - Lauren Oliver

"If what was said in the Ethics is true, that the happy life is the life according to virtue lived without impediment, and that virtue is a mean, then the life which is in a mean, and in a mean attainable by every one, must be the best. And the same principles of virtue and vice are characteristic of cities and of constitutions; for the constitution is in a figure the life of the city." - Aristotle

"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

"On the long dusty ribbon of the long city street, The pageant of life is passing me on multitudinous feet, With a word here of the hills, and a song there of the sea And-the great movement changes-the pageant passes me." - John Masefield

"In speaking to you men of the greatest city of the West, men of the state which gave to the country Lincoln and Grant, men who preeminently and distinctly embody all that is most American in the American character, I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life." - Theodore Roosevelt

"I saw how different life was on different sides of the same city. I saw the fear in the eyes of people who were not free. I saw the gratitude of people toward the United States for all that we had done. I felt goosebumps as I got off a military train and heard the Army band strike up 'Stars and Stripes Forever.'" - John F Kerry

"There are a lot more tabloids in England that like to report other things in your life, some of which are true and some of which are exaggerated and untrue. There have been stories where people claim to have seen me in one place and I wasnt even in that city then. The Aussie press is more judgmental and moralistic." - Shane Warne

"The water of the fountain ran, the swift river ran, the day ran into evening, so much life in the city ran into death according to rule, time and tide waited for no man, the rats were sleeping close together in their dark holes again, the Fancy Ball was lighted up at supper, all things ran their course." - Charles Dickens

"His fingers skimmed down her body, over skin and satin, and she shivered, leaning into him, and she was sure they both tasted like blood and ashes and salt, but it didn't matter; the world, the city, and all it's lights and life seemed to have narrowed down to this, just her and Jace, the burning heart of a frozen world." - Cassandra Clare

"In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organized around citizenship - around participation in public life." - Rebecca Solnit

"There is no bleaker moment in life of the city than that one which crosses the boundary lines between those who have not slept all night and those who are going to work. It was for Sabina as if two races of men and women lived on earth, the night people and the day people, never meeting face to face except at this moment." - Anais Nin

"Daily there have to be many troubles and trials in every house, city, and country. No station in life is free of suffering and pain, both from your own, like your wife or children or household help or subjects, and from the outside, from your neighbors and all sorts of accidental trouble." - Martin Luther

"He is no longer a city dweller who has even once in his life caught a ruff or seen how, on clear and cool autumn days, flocks of migrating thrushes drift over a village. Until his death he will be drawn to freedom." - Anton Chekhov

"The city is always recruited from the country. The men in cities who are the centres of energy, the driving-wheels of trade, politics or practical arts, and the women of beauty and genius, are the children or grandchildren of farmers, and are spending the energies which their fathers' hardy, silent life accumulated in frosty furrows in poverty, necessity and darkness." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I had only to remember that centuries before, men fell in battle for the daughter of Troy, that passions carried greater weight than decorum. It took so little to prove that human life and property are devastatingly temporary. All she had to do was lie down for a prince. They burned the city to the ground." - Brenna Yovanoff

"Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments...Permaculture uses the inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce a life supporting system for city and country, using the smallest practical area." - Bill Mollison

"Behind every door in London there are stories, behind every one ghosts. The greatest writers in the history of the written word have given them substance, given them life. And so we readers walk, and dream, and imagine, in the city where imagination found its great home." - Anna Quindlen

"What we dedicate today is not a memorial to war, rather it's a tribute to the physical and moral courage that makes heroes out of farm and city boys and that inspires Americans in every generation to lay down their lives for people they will never meet, for ideals that make life itself worth living." - Bob Dole

"The city is loveliest when the sweet death racket begins. Her own life lived in defiance of nature, her electricity, her frigidaires, her soundproof walls, the glint of lacquered nails, the plumes that wave across the corrugated sky. Here in the coffin depths grow the everlasting flowers sent by telegraph." - Henry Miller

"In soliciting donations from his flock, a preacher may promise eternal life in a celestial city whose streets are paved with gold, and that's none of the law's business. But if he promises an annual free stay in a luxury hotel on Earth, he'd better have the rooms available." - Anonymous

"Oh, a day in the city-square, there is no such pleasure in life!" - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Work. Home. The pub. Meeting girls. Living in the city. Life. Is that all there is?" - Neil Gaiman

"I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city." - Bill Bryson

"Kids aren't going to understand single life in New York City" - Melissa Joan Hart

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

"I would never be able to spend all my life in a busy city like Mumbai." - Kangna Ranaut

"The life of Liverpool is commerce; it is a city of warehouses and shops." - Katharine Lee Bates

"Kids aren't going to understand single life in New York City." - Melissa Joan Hart

"City people make most of the fuss about the charms of country life." - Mason Cooley

"The neighborhood stores are an important part of a city child's life." - Betty Smith

"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

"I live in New York City. I could never live anywhere else. The events of September 11 forced me to confront the fact that no matter what, I live here and always will. One of my favorite things about New York is that you can pick up the phone and order anything and someone will deliver it to you. Once I lived for a year in another city, and almost every waking hour of my life was spent going to stores, buying things, loading them into the car, bringing them home, unloading them, and carrying them into the house. How anyone gets anything done in these places is a mystery to me." - Nora Ephron

"No true work since the world began was ever wasted; no true life since the world began has ever failed. Oh, understand those two perverted word, failure and success and measure them by the eternal, not the earthly, standard. When after thirty obscure, toilsome, unrecorded years in the shop of the village carpenter, one came forth to be pre-eminently the man of sorrows, to wander from city to city in homeless labors, and to expire in lonely agony upon the shameful cross - was that a failure." - Frederic William Farrar

"New York City in life was much like New York City in death. It was still hard to get a cab, for example." - Colson Whitehead

"I'm practically broke and homeless. This fatal city, Antioch, has devoured all my money: this fatal city with its extravagant life." - Constantine P. Cavafy

"I'm practically broke and homeless. This fatal city, Antioch, has devoured all my money: this fatal city with its extravagant life." - C.P. Cavafy

"Rudy Giuliani did some phenomenal things in the city if you think of the transformation of the city and the quality of life." - Joe Lhota

"San Francisco is where gay fantasies come true, and the problem the city presents is whether, after all, we wanted these particular dreams to be fulfilled-or would we have preferred others? Did we know what price these dreams would exact? Did we anticipate the ways in which, vivid and continuous, they would unsuit us for the business of daily life? Or should our notion of daily life itself be transformed?" - Edmund White

"The honour of Jesus Christ is at stake in your bodily life. Are you remaining loyal to the Son of God in the things which beset His life in you? Do you continue to go with Jesus? The way lies through Gethsemane, through the city gate, outside the camp; the way lies alone, and the way lies until there is no trace of a footstep left, only the voice, 'Follow Me.'" - Oswald Chambers

"Everything in modern city life is calculated to keep man from entering into himself and thinking about spiritual things. Even with the best of intentions a spiritual man finds himself exhausted and deadened and debased by the constant noise of machines and loudspeakers, the dead air and the glaring lights of offices and shops, the everlasting suggestion of advertising and propaganda. The whole mechanism of modern life is geared for a flight from God and from the spirit into the wilderness of neurosis." - Thomas Merton

"What we get in the city is not life, but what someone else tells us about life." - David Grayson

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

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

"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.

"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

"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

"Don't let the wicked city get you down." - Sylvia Plath

"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

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

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

"in the big city nobody has time to make friends. The big city is a big solitude." - Vicki Baum

"I am going to enjoy life in Paris I know. It is so human and there is something noble in the city... It is a real city, old and fine and life plays in it for everybody to see." - Katherine Mansfield

"Tribal life comes automatically to an end when a primitive people begins to live in a town or a city, for sooner or later a tribal organization is found to be incompatible with life in a city." - Arthur Keith

"City life is no life for a country man; for such a man that life is a kind of damnation in itself." - Stephen King

"In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard, and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she's here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream." - Jared Leto

"whatever San Francisco is or is not, it is never dull. Life there is in a perpetual ferment. It is as though the city kettle had been set on the stove to boil half a century ago and had never been taken off. The steam is pouring out of the nose. The cover is dancing up and down. The very kettle is rocking and jumping. But by some miracle the destructive explosion never happens." - Inez Haynes Irwin

"A flower is a daisy chain, a graduation, a valentine; a flower is New Year's Eve and an orchid in your hair; a flower is a single geranium blooming in a tin can on a murky city fire-escape; an acre of roses at the Botanical Gardens; and the first gold crocus of spring! ... a flower is a birth, a wedding, a leaving of this life." - Jean Hersey

"It was a pity that movies and live TV left New York for Hollywood. London theater, movies, television - until (Britain's) money ran out - were always better than ours since the city was the political capital of the country, as well as the artistic and literary one. In L.A. we've always been slightly sealed off from real life. It's no accident that two of our most interesting directors, Woody Allen and Bob Altman, are more or less settled in the real world." - Gore Vidal

"Rebecca Mead's My Life in Middlemarch is a wise, humane, and delightful study of what some regard as the best novel in English. Mead has discovered an original and highly personal way to make herself an inhabitant both of the book and of George Eliot's imaginary city. Though I have read and taught the book these many years I find myself desiring to go back to it after reading Rebecca Mead's work." - Harold Bloom

"I started to begin to be interested in architecture and design when I was 14 years old, which was pretty early in life. And then I would start to look at architectural magazines and I eventually went to the school of architecture too, but one of the things I learned very early is that an architect should be able to design anything from a spoon to the city." - Massimo Vignelli

"Dawn's faint breath breathes with your mouth at the ends of empty streets. Gray light your eyes, sweet drops of dawn on dark hills. Your steps and breath like the wind of dawn smother houses. The city shudders, Stones exhale- you are life, an awakening. Star lost in the light of dawn, trill of the breeze, warmth, breath- the night is done. You are light and morning." - Cesare Pavese

"A sturdy lad from New Hampshire or Vermont who in turn tries all the professions, who teams it, farms it, peddles, keeps a school,preaches, edits a newspaper, goes to Congress, buys a township, and so forth, in successive years, and always like a cat falls on his feet, is worth a hundred of these city dolls. He walks abreast with his days and feels no shame in not "studying a profession," for he does not postpone his life, but lives already." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm. Geometry and anguish. At first glance, the rhythm may be confused with gaiety, but when you look more closely at the mechanism of social life and the painful slavery of both men and machines, you see that it is nothing but a kind of typical, empty anguish that makes even crime and gangs forgivable means of escape." - Federico Garcia Lorca

"The same advice my commanding officer at Patrol Squadron 17, Cmdr. Robert J. Quinn, gave me before I was grilled to be given the responsibility to lead a crew of 12 all over the world, ready to stop a Russian submarine preparing to wipe out an American city with a nuclear missile: 'Always remember that common sense and communication will solve 95 percent of the challenges you face in the Navy and life.'" - Pete Olson

"It hit me that being hip was a full-time job, and I was only a part-timer. I couldn't hide forever that I liked county fairs, particularly the goat booth at the 4-H tent, or that I once spent a week with my grandmother at her house in the giant retirement community of Sun City, Arizona, and it was one of the most carefree times of my life." - Jancee Dunn

"Joel Lane documents a life we do' quite live, in a city we ca' quite find: half glimpsed and half imagined, we know it's out there somewhere. Waiting, maybe. Mixing fear with desire, reputation with regret. Touching the blood-beat of our secret hunger with the rhythms of a music that never felt alien till now. Wasted lives, with never a wasted word. It's an extraordinary achievement: vivid as neon, real as rain. Devastating." - Chaz Brenchley

"Life, my dear Watson, is infinitely stranger than fiction; stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We could not conceive the things that are merely commonplace to existence. If we could hover over this great city, remove the roofs, and peep in at the things going on, it would make all fiction, with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions flat, stale and unprofitable." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"Commerce is the life blood of the City. If we are not careful, government will become the cancer." - Andrew Ryan

"A great city is the place to escape the true drama of provincial life, and find solace in fantasy." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Modern life demands, and is waiting for, a new kind of plan, both for the house and the city." - Le Corbusier

"You need to bring your awakening into city life. Bring it into fast-paced complexity where it thrives." - John de Ruiter

"In Amsterdam, the river and canals have been central to city life for the last four centuries." - Janet Echelman

"At the end of my life, I have achieved belated fame and recognition in the city of my birth." - Leon Askin

"What's popular in places considered ghettos - whether that's the inner city or Appalachia - is having a decent quality of life." - Majora Carter

"Life is one long decay, no? There's a lot of beauty in it. Like the patina in an old city." - Urs Fischer



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