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City life is millions of peopl... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
City life is millions of people being lonesome together. Henry David Thoreau

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A great city is not to be conf... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. Aristotle

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A great city is that which has... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women. Walt Whitman

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A large city cannot be experie... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it. Aldous Huxley

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We are in danger of making our... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost. Hubert Humphrey

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What I like about cities is th... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness. Joseph Brodsky

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Man's course begins in a garde... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Man's course begins in a garden, but it ends in a city. Alexander Maclaren

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A city is a place where there ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again. Margaret Mead

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No city should be too large fo... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning. Cyril Connolly

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All great art is born of the m... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
All great art is born of the metropolis. Ezra Pound

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We will neglect our cities to ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation. John F. Kennedy

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Cities force growth and make p... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Cities, like cats, will reveal... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night. Rupert Brooke

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Towns oftener swamp one than c... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Towns oftener swamp one than carry one out onto the big ocean of life. D. H. Lawrence

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We do not look in our great ci... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
We do not look in our great cities for our best morality. Jane Austen

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As a remedy to life in society... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. Albert Camus

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The first thing that strikes a... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi. Fred Allen

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One has not great hopes from B... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound. Jane Austen

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This city now doth, like a gar... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
This city now doth, like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning; silent bare, ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie open unto the fields and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. William Wordsworth

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The great city is that which h... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world. Walt Whitman

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New York, the nation's thyroid... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
New York, the nation's thyroid gland. Christopher Morley

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I have never felt salvation in... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all. Michelangelo

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When in Rome, do as Rome does. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
When in Rome, do as Rome does. Ambrose Bierce

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If one had but a single glance... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. Alphonse de Lamartine

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There is more sophistication a... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe. Don Herold

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To look at the cross-section o... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
To look at the cross-section of any plan of a big city is to look at something like the section of a fibrous tumor. Frank Lloyd Wright

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The cities of the world are co... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
The cities of the world are concentric, isomorphic, synchronic. Only one exists and you are always in the same one. It's the effect of their permanent revolution, their intense circulation, their instantaneous magnetism. Jean Baudrillard

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One belongs to New York instan... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. Thomas Wolfe

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All things atrocious and shame... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome. Tacitus

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Not to find one's way in a cit... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Not to find one's way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance -- nothing more. But to lose oneself in a city -- as one loses oneself in a forest -- that calls for a quite different schooling. Then, signboard and street names, passers-by, roofs, kiosks, or bars must speak to the wanderer like a cracking twig under his feet in the forest. Walter Benjamin

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Every city has a sex and an ag... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn't changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman. John Berger

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The Metropolis should have bee... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo. John Kenneth Galbraith

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The city is a fact in nature, ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
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

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The chief function of the city... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity. Lewis Mumford

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Cities give us collision. 'Tis... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Cities give us collision. 'Tis said, London and New York take the nonsense out of a man. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Either these -- unsaved people... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Either these -- unsaved people are to be evangelized, or the leaven of communism and infidelity will assume such enormous proportions that it will break you in a reign of terror such as this country has never known. Dwight L. Moody

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Cities are distinguished by th... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Cities are distinguished by the catastrophic forms they presuppose and which are a vital part of their essential charm. New York is King Kong, or the blackout, or vertical bombardment: Towering Inferno. Los Angeles is the horizontal fault, California breaking off and sliding into the Pacific: Earthquake. Jean Baudrillard

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The cities of America are inex... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
The cities of America are inexpressibly tedious. The Bostonians take their learning too sadly; culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their Hub, as they call it, is the paradise of prigs. Chicago is a sort of monster-shop, full of bustles and bores. Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry. Baltimore is amusing for a week, but Philadelphia is dreadfully provincial; and though one can dine in New York one could not dwell there. Oscar Wilde

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The screech and mechanical upr... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
The screech and mechanical uproar of the big city turns the citified head, fills citified ears -- as the song of birds, wind in the trees, animal cries, or as the voices and songs of his loved ones once filled his heart. He is sidewalk-happy. Frank Lloyd Wright

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If you are lucky enough to hav... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast. Ernest Hemingway

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Boston is a moral and intellec... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Boston is a moral and intellectual nursery always busy applying first principals to trifles. George Santayana

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Paris, a city of gaieties and ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Paris, a city of gaieties and pleasures, where four-fifths of the inhabitants die of grief. -- About Paris Nicolas Chamfort

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Through this broad street, res... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Through this broad street, restless ever, ebbs and flows a human tide, wave on wave a living river; wealth and fashion side by side; Toiler, idler, slave and master, in the same quick current glide. John Greenleaf Whittier

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There is a time of life somewh... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
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

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The city is loveliest when the... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
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

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The city as a center where, an... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
The city as a center where, any day in any year, there may be a fresh encounter with a new talent, a keen mind or a gifted specialist -- this is essential to the life of a country. To play this role in our lives a city must have a soul -- a university, a great art or music school, a cathedral or a great mosque or temple, a great laboratory or scientific center, as well as the libraries and museums and galleries that bring past and present together. A city must be a place where groups of women and men are seeking and developing the highest things they know. Margaret Mead

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Prepare for death, if here at ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home. Samuel Johnson

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An artist has no home in Europ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. Friedrich Nietzsche

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A great city, whose image dwel... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art. Benjamin Disraeli

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Just as language has no longer... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life
Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connection with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle. Rainer Maria Rilke