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Smyrna, Rhodes, Colophon, Salamis, Chios, Argos, Athens--these seven cities contend as to being the birthplace of the illustrious Homer.
  [Lat., Smyrna, Rhodos, Colophon, Salamis, Chios, Argos, Athenae,
    Hae septem certant de stirpe insignis Homeri.]
      - Anonymous, (translated from Greek)

A very populous city can rarely, if ever, be well governed.
      - Aristotle

The conditions of city life .may be made healthy, so far as the physical constitution is concerned; but there is connected with the business of the city so much competition, so much rivalry, so much necessity for industry, that I think it is a perpetual, chronic, wholesale violation of natural, law. There are ten men that can succeed in the country, where there is one that can succeed in the city.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. V, v. 14)

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XLVIII, v. 2)

The most delicate beauty in the mind of women is, and ever must be, an independence of artificial stimulants for content. It is not so with men. The links that bind men to capitals belong to the golden chain of civilization,--the chain which fastens all our destinies to the throne of Jove. And hence the larger proportion of men in whom genius is pre-eminent have preferred to live in cities, though some of them have bequeathed to us the loveliest pictures of the rural scenes in which they declined to dwell.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

A rose-red city half as old as Time.
      - Dean John William Burgon, Petra

I live not in myself, but I become
  Portion of that around me; and to me
    High mountains are a feeling, but the hum
      Of human cities torture.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 72)

The city an epitome of the social world. All the belts of civilization intersect along its avenues. It contains the products of every moral zone. It is cosmopolitan, not only in a national, but a spiritual sense.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Great towns are but a large sort of prison to the soul; like cages to birds, or pounds to beasts.
      - Pierre Charron

If you would know and not be known, live in a city.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Men by associating in large masses, as in camps, and in cities, improve their talents, but impair their virtues and strengthen their minds, but weaken their morals; thus a retrocession in the one is too often the price they pay for a refinement in the other.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
      - Cyril Connolly

God made the country, and man made the town.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. I, l. 749)

A great city whose image dwells on the memory of man is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; faith hovers over Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world-art.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

No history much? Perhaps. Only this ominous
  Dark beauty flowering under veils,
    Trapped in the spectrum of a dying style:
      A village like an instinct left to rust,
        Composed around the echo of a pistol-shot.
      - Lawrence George Durrell, Sarajevo

Cities force growth, and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cities give us collision. 'Tis said London and New York take the nonsense out of a man.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I always seem to suffer some loss of faith on entering cities.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first requisite to happiness is that a man be born in a famous city.
      - Euripides, Encomium on Alcibiades,
        probably quoted

I have found by experience that they who have spent all their lives in cities contract not only an effeminacy of habit, but of thinking.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The truest wild beasts live in the most populous places.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

The number of objects we see from living in a large city amuses the mind like a perpetual raree-show, without supplying it with any ideas.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

In the busy haunts of men.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans,
        Tale of the Secret Tribunal
         (pt. I, l. 2)

Seven cities warr'd for Homer being dead,
  Who living had no roofe to shroud his head.
      - Thomas Heywood,
        Hierarchie of the Blessed Angells

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