Quotes About Urban Life

Quotes tagged as "urban-life" (showing 1-26 of 26)
Erol Ozan
“You can't understand a city without using its public transportation system.”
Erol Ozan

Sara Zelda Mazzini
“Non ho atteso una risposta ai miei quesiti e sono rimasta seduta dov’ero, pronta ad alzarmi e ballare da sola sul brano seguente, che mi auguravo non essere un lento. In effetti, questo è forse il più grande difetto che si potrebbe imputarmi. Mi è sempre piaciuto pensarmi legata a un passato che non ho mai conosciuto, imprigionata in un tempo che non mi appartiene, ma sono solo un’esponente della mia generazione, e la mia generazione va di fretta. I lenti, a quanto pare, non li conosce più.”
Sara Zelda Mazzini, I Dissidenti

Kamila Shamsie
“I didn’t tell him that I grew up in an ugly city that taught me how to look between dust and rubbish and potholes to find a splinter of glass that looked like unmelting ice, beautiful in its defiance of the sun.”
Kamila Shamsie, Kartography

Isaac Asimov
“The first problem of living is to minimize friction with the crowds that surround you on all sides.”
Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

“I loved the city. We were anonymous, and even then I had the sense that cities were yielding; that they moved over and made room.”
Sheridan Hay, The Secret of Lost Things

William Kennedy
“Well-lit streets discourage sin, but don't overdo it.”
William Kennedy, Roscoe

Thomas Bernhard
“With its population made up of two categories of people, those who do business and those upon whom they prey, the city has only a painful life to offer the young person who goes there to learn and to study; for sooner or later anyone who lives there, whatever his constitution, becomes disturbed and is eventually deranged and destroyed by the city, often in the most deadly and insidious manner.”
Thomas Bernhard, Gathering Evidence

Damon Knight
“In the street, he turned west and walked against a tide of blank-eyed, gum-chewing faces. A taxi went over a manhole cover, clink-clank. Steam was rising from an excavation at the corner. The world was like a puzzle with half the pieces missing. What was the pont of all these drab buildings, this dirty sky?”
Damon Knight, One Side Laughing: Stories Unlike Other Stories

“Liberation was in the very scale of the city: a goldfish bowl one could never grow to fit.”
Sheridan Hay, The Secret of Lost Things

E.M. Forster
“Towns are after all excrescences, grey fluxions, where men, hurrying to find one
another, have lost themselves.”
E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey

Tanner Colby
“In the twenty-first century, the visions of J.C. Nichols and Walt Disney have come full circle and joined. “Neighborhoods” are increasingly “developments,” corporate theme parks. But corporations aren’t interested in the messy ebb and flow of humanity. They want stability and predictable rates of return. And although racial discrimination is no longer a stated policy for real estate brokers and developers, racial and social homogeneity are still firmly embedded in America’s collective idea of stability; that’s what our new landlords are thinking even if they are not saying it. (138)”
Tanner Colby, Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America

“Sometimes work was just what you clocked into while you were falling in love. Sometimes sex was just something you did while you weren't at work. Drugs were something you did sometimes when you couldn't deal with one of those things, or with yourself. The City was so expensive and so grueling sometimes that it was easy to be unsure why you were there. Many were there to make money, money that could largely only be made there, in the long spiny arms of industries that could never grow anywhere else or anywhere smaller. Some people just liked it, its loudness and crowdedness and surprises. Some started there for a reason and then couldn't imagine being anywhere else, but maybe lost track of that reason along the way. Some people had a plan. Some were just chancing it. Either way the months flew by, and over the years you came up with something or you came up with not much.”
Choire Sicha, Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City

“Street culture is a culture of containment. Most young people do not realize that it all too often leads to a “dead end”. “Street culture,” as I am using the term, is a counterforce to movement culture. Street culture in contemporary urban reality is synonymous with survival at all costs. This world view is mostly negative, because it demands constant adjustment to circumstances that are often far beyond young people’s control or understanding, such as economics, education, housing, employment, nutrition, law, and so forth.”
Haki R. Madhubuti

Sarah Vowell
“I waited in vain for someone like me to stand up and say that the only thing those of us who don't believe in god have to believe is in other people and that New York City is the best place there ever was for a godless person to practice her moral code. I think it has to do with the crowded sidewalks and subways. Walking to and from the hardware store requires the push and pull of selfishness and selflessness, taking turns between getting out of someone's way and them getting out of yours, waiting for a dog to move, helping a stroller up steps, protecting the eyes from runaway umbrellas. Walking in New York is a battle of the wills, a balance of aggression and kindness. I'm not saying it's always easy. The occasional "Watch where you're going, bitch" can, I admit, put a crimp in one's day. But I believe all that choreography has made me a better person. The other day, in the subway at 5:30, I was crammed into my sweaty, crabby fellow citizens, and I kept whispering under my breath "we the people, we the people" over and over again, reminding myself we're all in this together and they had as much right - exactly as much right - as I to be in the muggy underground on their way to wherever they were on their way to.”
Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot

“@K11, Urban farming; It’s something nice and warm for families and kids, but also references elements of the city. Urban Farming is very important for Shanghainese people because the city has lost its connection with nature. When you buy fruit or vegetables it’s just that - a product - for kids and us, we wanted to reconnect this with the amazing process of growing plants. People need this, urban farming connects people with their roots. In this way it’s also educational”
Baris Gencel

Bill Bryson
“Imagine having a city full of things that no other city had.”
Bill Bryson, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Charles Emmerson
“New York presented a paradox. While foreigners thought of New York has the symbol of America, many Americans viewed the city with some suspicion as the country's most foreign.”
Charles Emmerson, 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War

William Golding
“With lack of sleep and too much understanding I grow a little crazy, I think, like all men at sea who live too close to each other and too close thereby to all that is monstrous under the sun and moon.”
William Golding

Allen Ginsberg
“..Moloch who entered my soul early. Moloch in whom I am a consciousness without a body. Moloch who frightened me out of my natural ecstasy. Moloch whom I abandon. Wake up in Moloch.. Light streaming out of the sky.

Moloch! Moloch! Robot apartments! Invisible suburbs! Skeleton treasuries! Blind capitals! Demonic industries! Spectral nations! Invincible madhouses! Granite cocks! Monstrous bombs!

They broke their backs lifting Moloch to Heaven.. Pavements, trees, radios, tons. Lifting the city to Heaven which exists and is everywhere about us.”
Allen Ginsberg, Howl and Other Poems

Nicholas Kaufmann
“You're telling me a shape-shifting demon just walked out onto Fifth Avenue and blended in with the crowd?" I asked. "Hailed a fucking cab after tearing everyone to pieces down here?”
Nicholas Kaufmann, Die and Stay Dead

“A city is simply a passel of people packed in a pot like pickles.”
David Detzer, Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War

Nicholas Kaufmann
“The secret parts of this city never ceased to amaze me.”
Nicholas Kaufmann, Die and Stay Dead

Brooklyn June
“He should make you smile...always...and when he makes you cry it should be out of passion! ‪”
Brooklyn June, Money Can't Buy Love

Charles Emmerson
“It (urban peacekeeping) was quite a task, requiring a permanent balancing act between communities, each with their own interests, festivals, traditions and historical rivalries imported from the wide-open spaces of the countryside into close quarters.”
Charles Emmerson, 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War

Nicholas Kaufmann
“There were a few nighttime pedestrians on the block, but they continued on their way, dutifully ignoring the zombie vomiting blood out of the back of my car. Good old New Yorkers. They really couldn't care less.”
Nicholas Kaufmann, Dying Is My Business

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