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The Best Quotes About Cities And City Life

Updated June 14, 2019 3.3k votes 1.5k voters 76.7k 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.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about cities and city life?" and "What are inspirational cities and city life quotes?"

This list includes notable cities and city life quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest cities and city life quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite cities and city life sayings get to the bottom of the list.
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    City life is millions of people being lonesome together.

    Henry David Thoreau
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    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 that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness.

    Joseph Brodsky
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    Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.

    Rupert Brooke
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    Man's course begins in a garden, but it ends in a city.

    Alexander Maclaren
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    We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.

    Jane Austen
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    A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.

    Walt Whitman
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    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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    All great art is born of the metropolis.

    Ezra Pound
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    Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    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 for a man to walk out of in a morning.

    Cyril Connolly
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    If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.

    Alphonse de Lamartine
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    We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation.

    John F. Kennedy
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    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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    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
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    The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi.

    Fred Allen
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    When in Rome, do as Rome does.

    Ambrose Bierce
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    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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    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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    Towns oftener swamp one than carry one out onto the big ocean of life.

    D. H. Lawrence
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    New York, the nation's thyroid gland.

    Christopher Morley
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    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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    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