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The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (VI)

Far from gay cities, and the ways of men.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. 14, l. 410), (Pope's translation)

Every man cannot go to Corinthum.
  [Lat., Non cuivis homini contingit adire Corinthum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 17, 36)

There is such a difference between the pursuits of men in great cities that one part of the inhabitants lives to little other purpose than to wonder at the rest. Some have hopes and fears, wishes and aversions, which never enter into the thoughts of others, and inquiry is laboriously exerted to gain that which those who possess it are ready to throw away.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

If you suppress the exorbitant love of pleasure and money, idle curiosity, iniquitous pursuits and wanton mirth, what a stillness would there be in the greatest cities.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Even cities have their graves!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Amalfi (st. 6)

Friends and loves we have none, nor wealth, nor blest abode
  But the hope, the burning hope, and the road, the lonely road.
    Not for us are content, and quiet, and peace of mind,
      For we go seeking cities that we shall never find.
      - John Masefield, The Seekers

Towered cities please us then,
  And the busy hum of men.
      - John Milton, L'Allegro (l. 117)

Clearly, then, the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.
      - Desmond Morris

The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.
      - Desmond Morris

Unless the Lord keep the city the watchman waketh in vain.
  [Lat., Nisi Dominus frustra.]
      - Motto, of the City of Edinburgh

Cities have always been the fireplaces of civilization, whence light and heat radiated out into the dark.
      - Theodore Parker

The union of men in large masses is indispensable to the development and rapid growth of the higher faculties of men. Cities have always been the fireplaces of civilization whence light and heat radiated out into the dark cold world.
      - Theodore Parker

Fields and trees are not willing to teach me anything; but this can be effected by men residing in the city.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}, Works
         (vol. III, The Phaedrus)

I dwelt in a city enchanted,
  And lonely indeed was my lot;
    . . . .
      Though the latitude's rather uncertain,
        And the longitude also is vague,
          The persons I pity who know not the City
            The beautiful City of Prague.
      - William Jeffery Prowse, The City of Prague,
        ("Little Village on Thames")

Petite ville, grand renom.
  Small town, great renown.
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel
         (bk. V, ch. XXXV),
        of Chinon, Rabelais's native town

Our large trading cities bear to me very nearly the aspect of monastic establishments in which the roar of the mill-wheel and the crane takes the place of other devotional music, and in which the worship of Mammon and Moloch is conducted with a tender reverence and an exact propriety; the merchant rising to his Mammon matins, with the self-denial of an anchorite, and expiating the frivolities into which he maybe beguiled in the course of the day by late attendance at Mammon vespers.
      - John Ruskin

Dante might choose his home in all the wide beautiful world; but to be out of the streets of Florence was exile to him. Socrates never cared to go beyond the bounds of Athens. The great universal heart welcomes the city as a natural growth of the eternal forces.
      - Franklin B. Sanborn

Little boxes made of ticky-tacky, and they all look just the same.
      - Pete Seeger

Great Homer's birthplace seven rival cities claim,
  Too mighty such monopoly of Fame.
      - Thomas Seward,
        On Shakespeare's Monument at Stratford-on-Avon

The people are the city.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus

That is the way to lay the city flat,
  To bring the roof to the foundation,
    And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges,
      In heaps and piles of ruin.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Cominius at III, i)

What is the city but the people?
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Sicinius at III, i)

Take heed what you say, sir.
  An hundred honest men! why, if there were
    So many 'i th' city, 'twere enough to forfeit
      Their charter.
      - James Shirley

There is no there there.
      - Gertrude Stein,
        said about Oakland, California, and later applied to suburbanised American cities

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