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The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life 

Updated June 14, 2019 2.5k votes 1.2k voters 73.1k views

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A list of the best cities and city life quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous cities and city life quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic cities and city life quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational cities and city life quotes from that same writer.

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City life is millions of people being lonesome together. Henry David Thoreau
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. Aristotle
We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost. Hubert Humphrey
What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness. Joseph Brodsky
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women. Walt Whitman
Man's course begins in a garden, but it ends in a city. Alexander Maclaren
A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it. Aldous Huxley
Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night. Rupert Brooke
All great art is born of the metropolis. Ezra Pound
We do not look in our great cities for our best morality. Jane Austen
No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning. Cyril Connolly
Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation. John F. Kennedy
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. Albert Camus
Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another. Plato
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
Towns oftener swamp one than carry one out onto the big ocean of life. D. H. Lawrence
When in Rome, do as Rome does. Ambrose Bierce
The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo. John Kenneth Galbraith
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
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
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
I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday. W. C. Fields
If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. Alphonse de Lamartine