Cities Quotes

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Sam J. Miller
“Every city is a war. A thousand fights being fought between a hundred groups. Rich, poor, old, young, born-here, and not-born-here. The followers of this god and the followers of that one. Someone will have the upper hand in each of these battles. Those people will make the rules, whether they're administered by priests or soldiers or politicians or programs. Fixing this is hard. Put new people in power, write new laws, erase old ones, build cities out of nothingness - but the wars remain, the underlying conflicts are unaffected. Only power shifts the scales, and people build power only when they come together. When they find in each other the strength to stop being afraid”
Sam J. Miller, Blackfish City

Connilyn Cossette
“She gently placed her palm on my wounded shoulder and the warmth of her hand did nearly as much to soothe the ache as did the ointment. If only she would continue touching me, allow us to forge something new together from the broken pieces of our past. Her willing presence in my life would be far more healing than any balm”
Connilyn Cossette, Until the Mountains Fall

Mehmet Murat ildan
“What use cities have for us? Their greatest use is to make us to realise the beauties of the rural life!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“London may have more money and Vienna more culture; Rome may have more history and Paris more style. But Glasgow has the biggest heart.”
Fuad Alakbarov

Flannery O'Connor
“If I had to live in a city I think I would prefer New Orleans to any other--both Southern and Catholic and with indications that the Devil's existence is freely recognized.”
Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

Archimedes Muzenda
“If you are a pedestrian, you are not mechanical enough to be of priority to traffic engineers.”
Archimedes Muzenda, Dystopia: How The Tyranny of Specialists Fragment African Cities

Steve Inskeep
“When we build a city, we take our grandest dreams as well as our deepest anxieties and set them in concrete for the next generation.”
Steve Inskeep, Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi

“There is danger that someday the farm land will be gone, the Downtown will be deserted, and the middle class living outside the city boundaries. If it is done intentionally, then that is our choice, but if it is allowed simply to happen without purpose, then that is ignorance. Indianapolis contains fantastic elements to become a vital city, but frequently our heritage has been destroyed in favor of cheap development and easy profits. Architects are not perfect, and many chances to improve our city have been lost. They allow the client to build structures without concern for what that building will do to the surrounding environment. The matter of conscience falls prey to the matter of making a living. A desire to improve our quality of life on the part of the client and profession will provide the best solution for all. Readers of this book, be inquisitive, explore your city, question its growth, let your feelings be known if your city is faulty, speak out if it is praiseworthy. Talk to your architects, politicians and developers; they are professionals, but they are also your servants. Use them to make your city better. Enjoy Indianapolis. It is a city to be lived in and can be taken to heart if one tries.”
Rick A. Ball, Indianapolis Architecture

Italo Calvino
“Pensé: —Uno llega a un momento de la vida en que de la gente que ha conocido son mas los muertos que los vivos. Y la mente se niega a aceptar otras fisonomías, otras expresiones: en todas las caras nuevas que encuentra, imprime los viejos calcos, para cada una encuentra la máscara que más se adapta.”
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Becky Chambers
“You could live your whole life in one of those cities and never know how ugly it was somewhere else.”
Becky Chambers, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Olivia Laing
“Loneliness, I began to realise, was a populated place. A city in itself. And when one inhabits a city, even a city as rigorously and logically constructed as Manhattan, one starts by getting lost.”
Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Lailah Gifty Akita
“If each community clean it's surroundings, the country will be clean.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“God restores people, cities, and nations. - Hidden Treasures”
Robin Bertram, Hidden Treasures: Finding Hope at the End of Life's Journey

Allucquère Rosanne Stone
“Electronic virtual communities represent flexible, lively, and practical adaptations to the real circumstances that confront persons seeking community ... They are part of a range of innovative solutions to the drive for sociality--a drive that can be frequently thwarted by the geographical and cultural realities of cities increasingly structured according to the needs of powerful economic interests rather than in ways that encourage and facilitate habitation and social interaction in the urban context. In this context, electronic virtual communities are complex and ingenious strategies for survival.”
Allucquère Rosanne Stone

“the city watches with hibiscus eyes”
Zilka Joseph, Sharp Blue Search of Flame

K.B. Ezzell
“Men came to cities like this to get good and lost for a long time, maybe even forever.
Well, I never remembered coming here, but I was lost, that was for damned sure.”
K.B. Ezzell, Even Skyscrapers Must End: A Neon Dream

“I had the sense that cities were yielding, that they moved over and made room.”
Sheridan Hay, The Secret of Lost Things

“The intrusion of the concrete continues, proceeding to divide what neighborhood cohesiveness remains into yet smaller increments. The inner loop greatly helps those people commuting from the suburbs, wanting to drive swiftly past the dwelling structures and the people who cannot have the choice of moving to the suburbs. It is in the city where life begins. Our suburbs can only be as good as the heart of the city. When the city’s heart fails, then…”
Rick A. Ball, Indianapolis Architecture

Italo Calvino
“Pensé: —Uno llega a un momento de la vida en que de la gente que ha conocido son mas los muertos que los vivos. Y la mente se niega a aceptar otras
fisonomías, otras expresiones: en todas las caras nuevas que encuentra, imprime los viejos calcos, para cada una encuentra la máscara que más se adapta.”
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Amit Kalantri
“A city is a right place to build a business but not a right place to build a home.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Only a city lost among the trees is a real city!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Nature must remind itself of city people otherwise the city people continue to drown in their virtual life, unaware of nature!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Lauren Elkin
“Once I began to look for the flâneuse, I spotted her everywhere. I caught her standing on street corners in New York and coming through doorways in Kyoto, sipping coffee at café tables in Paris, at the foot of a bridge in Venice, or riding the ferry in Hong Kong. She is going somewhere or coming from somewhere; she is saturated with in-betweenness. She may be a writer, or she may be an artist, or she may be a secretary or an au pair. She may be unemployed. She may be unemployable. She may be a wife or a mother, or she may be totally free. She may take the bus or the train when she's tired. But mostly, she goes on foot. She gets to know the city by wandering its streets, investigating its dark corners, peering behind facades, penetrating into secret courtyards. I found her using cities as performance spaces or as hiding places; as places to seek fame and fortune or anonymity; as places to liberate herself from oppression or to help those who are oppressed; as places to declare her independence; as places to change the world or be changed by it.”
Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London

Amit Kalantri
“A city has no sense, no sentiment, no soul.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Steven Magee
“I realized during the research of High Altitude Observatory Disease (HAOD) that the outcome would be bad for not only astronomy, but for Space, airlines, frequent fliers, sky divers, mountaineering, ski resorts, high altitude cities, military, insurance, and so on.”
Steven Magee

Lauren Elkin
“Why do I walk? I walk because I like it. I like the rhythm of it, my shadow always a little ahead of me on the pavement. I like being able to stop when I like, to lean against a building and make a note in my journal, or read an email, or send a text message, and for the world to stop while I do it. Walking, paradoxically, allows for the possibility of stillness. Walking is mapping with your feet. It helps you piece a city together, connecting up neighbourhoods that might otherwise have remained discrete entities, different planets bound to each other, sustained yet remote.
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She voyages out, and goes where she’s not supposed to; she forces us to confront the ways in which words like home and belonging are used against women. She is a determined, resourceful individual keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk.”
Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London
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Zoraida Córdova
“If only cities were as easy for her to maneuver as infinite space.”
Zoraida Córdova, A Crash of Fate

Adam Johnson
“Nonc looks out on the city. It looks like one of those end-times Bible paintings where everything is large and impressive, but when you look close, in all the corners, some major shit is befalling people.”
Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles

“Cities need to be quieter! Cities need to be darker! City nature should not be a token, an afterthought, a human-dominated and chemical-laden monoculture that bears no resemblance to the wilder spaces around the city (if they still exist). Space for city nature is as vital a priority as space for a hospital, a school, a library. City nature needs thorough consideration of local ecosystems, native plants and animals, and climate; that is not the same as turning an arid vacant lot into a green sea of grass.”
Julia Corbett, Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Who is a city person? He is a poor being who has forgotten the beauty of the stars!”
Mehmet Murat ildan