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Hackney Quotes


"To go upon the Franciscans Hackney (i.e. on foot)." - George Herbert

"I am crumbling in sync with old Hackney." - Iain Sinclair

"Yes, Hackney has got more expensive, but so has rest of London" - Meg Hillier

"I am, and always will be, proud to be a Hackney girl." - Leona Lewis

"Boarding school in Tring was a bit of a bubble that burst when I went to Hackney to go to drama school." - Lily James

"Hackney at certain epochs has given itself suburban airs and graces, before being slapped down and consigned once more to the dump bin of aborted ambition." - Iain Sinclair

"Hackney gets a bit of a bad rap, but it's the only place I've ever lived that felt like a community. I know my neighbours." - Sharon Horgan

"What woeful stuff this madrigal would be, In some starved hackney sonneteer, or me! But let a lord once own the happy lines, How the wit brightens! how the style refines!" - Alexander Pope

"My London constituency in Hackney has one of the highest levels of gun crime in the country. But the problem is no longer confined to inner city areas. Gun crime has spread to communities all over Britain." - Diane Abbott

"I don't feel proprietary, but I do feel there is a human identity to the borough of Hackney that's quite peculiar. It was always bloody-minded and difficult; it always stood up to central government." - Iain Sinclair

"The great thing about London is the little pockets of culture, like Hackney, which has its panto and its great community. Of course there's also the West End with its brilliant theatres and thriving tourism but to also have areas like Hackney which are so community based but not exclusive, that remind you that those surrounding you are the most important, is what makes London what it is." - Clive Rowe

"Miss Tarabotti was not certain if he was objecting to the kick or the scream, so she issued both again- with interest. He seemed to be having a difficult time negotiating Alexia's multiple layers of skirts and ruffles, which formed a particularly efficacious barrier in the tight confines of the hackney." - Gail Carriger

"The stage I chose-a subject fair and free- 'Tis yours-'tis mine-'tis public property. All common exhibitions open lie, For praise or censure, to the common eye. Hence are a thousand hackney writers fed; Hence monthly critics earn their daily bread. This is a general tax which all must pay, From those who scribble, down to those who play." - Charles Churchill

"The British are so funny. It's like they can't believe I lived in Hackney. 'You could live in Bondi Beach. Why would you want to live in 'Ackney?' But Hackney's fantastic. I'm serious. There are so many artists there. I loved the markets, the parks, the pubs, the diversity. It was a cultural melting-pot." - Rose Byrne

"This London City, with all of its houses, palaces, steam-engines, cathedrals, and huge immeasurable traffic an tumult, what is it but a Thought, but millions of Thoughts made into One-a huge immeasurable Spirit of a Thought, embodied in brick, in iron, smoke, dust, Palaces, Parliaments, Hackney Coaches, Katherine Docks, and the rest of it! Not a brick was made but some man had to think of the making of that brick." - Thomas Carlyle

"As to Don Juan, confess that it is the sublime of that there sort of writing; it may be bawdy, but is it not good English? It may be profligate, but is it not life, is it not the thing? Could any man have written it who has not lived in the world? and tooled in a post-chaise? in a hackney coach? in a Gondola? against a wall? in a court carriage? in a vis a vis? on a table? and under it?" - Lord Byron