Cities Quotes

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“By far the greatest and most admirable form of wisdom is that needed to plan and beautify cities and human communities.”

Paula Stokes
“Beyond the snowy trees, the endless high-rises of Seoul have faded to a blurry gray shadow, but their presence hasn’t dwindled. Even in the poor visibility, there’s no denying that the city feels like the walls of a fortress, a fortress that is both protecting us and trapping us.”
Paula Stokes, Ferocious

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Paris has history, it has art, it has wonderful architecture, it has literature, but much more important than all these, it has freedom! If a city cannot offer freedom to its dwellers, all its other beauties will be meaningless!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Emma Jane Unsworth
“Big cities comforted me: the cover, the chaos, the hollow sympathy of the architecture, the Tube lines snaking underground. London could swallow you up, in a good way. There were times when I'd been broken and being subsumed into a city had made me feel part of a whole again.”
Emma Jane Unsworth, Animals

Jesse Jackson
“I was born in a slum, but the slum wasn't born in me.”
Jesse Jackson

Italo Calvino
“Long-time inhabitant of steeples, accustomed to contemplating, from his perch on a rainspout, the expanse of roofs, he knew that the souls of cities are more substantial and more lasting than those of all their inhabitants put together.”
Italo Calvino, The Castle of Crossed Destinies
tags: cities

Angela Flournoy
“I don't just sit around hopin for nothing. I do shit. It's the 'hope' part that fucks that line all up. You should change it to somethin like, 'We fight for better things,' or 'We work for better things.' Or 'We plan for better things.' That's what's wrong with this city; it ain't about the mayor. Too many people busy hoping shit will get better to actually figure out a way to make shit better.”
Angela Flournoy, The Turner House

Ray Bradbury
“You are all there, the people in the city. I can't believe I was ever among you. When you are away from a city it becomes a fantasy. Any town, New York, Chicago, with its people, becomes improbable with distance. Just as I am improbable here, in Illinois, in a small town by a quiet lake. All of us improbable to one another because we are not present to one another. And it is so good to hear the sounds, and know that Mexico City is still there and the people moving and living.”
Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
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Mehmet Murat ildan
“It is always easy to create an ordinary city; what is difficult is to create an extraordinary one, peaceful and restful one, smart and tidy, artful and cultivated one, in short, a livable one! And Zurich is such a city!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Frans de Waal
“Our societies probably work best if they mimic as closely as possible the small-scale communities of our ancestors. We certainly did not evolve to live in cities with millions of people where we bump into strangers everyone we go, are threatened by them in dark streets, sit next to them in the bus, and give them the finger in traffic jams.”
Frans de Waal, Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are

Zygmunt Haupt
“Czymś niebywale przypadkowym i bezplanowym jest takie zbiorowisko domów, podwórz, placów, skwerów, ogrodów i ogródków. Właściwie z miasta zna się tylko niewielki procent odkrytych dla oka przechodnia powierzchni "komunalnych", perspektyw ulic obramionych schodkowatą linią fasad domów i jest się zaskoczonym, kiedy jakieś sprawy zaprowadzą w środku znanego kręgu budowli na jakieś podwórze lub piętro, gdzie pojawia się przed zdumionymi oczami egzotyka niewidzianego nigdy z ulicy miejsca. To tak jak ze znanymi twarzami, które kryją za sobą czeluście dziwaczne i frapujące, kiedy przez kaprys przypadku znajdziemy się poza ich zwykłym dniem.”
Zygmunt Haupt

Juliana Barbassa
“The city is physical, concrete," Pedro [da Luz] said. "When we make a mistake, it is a mistake that will last for forty, fifty years. That's a problem.”
Juliana Barbassa, Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink

John Irving
“In a living city, I could never have noticed so much. Living cities don't hold still.”
John Irving, The World According to Garp
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Steven Magee
“As a sea level adapted human, I am more fearful about the radiation levels on top of high altitude mountains, mile high modern cities and inside jet aircraft than from nuclear reactors and bombs, as that is where I get the most radiation exposures in the modern world.”
Steven Magee

Phil Schwarzmann
“You're an unemployed bum. Should you live in that Finnish city by the lake with the S-market and K-market? Or how about that other Finnish city by the lake with the S-market and K-market? Finnish cities are all so very different!”
Phil Schwarzmann, How to Marry a Finnish Girl

Phil Schwarzmann
“You're already dead inside. Years of living in Espoo have made you an empty husk of a human being. They don't call their hockey team the "Espoo Blues" for nothing.”
Phil Schwarzmann, How to Marry a Finnish Girl

Steven Magee
“The top easily preventable health problems that I see in western societies are: 1. Eating chemically grown food. 2. Exposure to electronically generated harmonic energy from wind and solar power systems. 3. Exposure to harmonic energy from switched mode power supplies (SMPS) that come with modern electronic products. 4. Exposure to wireless radio frequency radiation (RF). 5. Light deficiency from an indoor lifestyle and Low-E double glazed windows. 6. Sound deficiency from heavily insulated homes that are devoid of natural sounds and are extremely quiet. 7. Pollen deficiency from living in man-made cities that are devoid of natural levels of pollen. 8. Natural radiation deficiency from living in homes that block natural levels of environmental radiation. 9. Open drain sickness that occurs when drain traps dry out and faulty vent valves that allow sewer gas to fill the home. 10. Drinking the wrong type of water.”
Steven Magee

Amanda Craig
“He had heard the voice of London that lives and breathes beneath the rumble of traffic, a voice like the continual high-pitched shriek you hear when you put your head beneath the waves of the sea. It is the sound of millions and millions of creatures living and struggling and dying and being born. It commands those who hear it to eat or be eaten..”
Amanda Craig, A Vicious Circle

Tracy Chevalier
“of all the cities he had been to—Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Salt Lake City—San Francisco was by far the worst.”
Tracy Chevalier, At the Edge of the Orchard

Henry Drummond
“... something wholly new in religious thought. All other heavens have been gardens, dreamlands: passivities, more or less aimless. Even to the majority among ourselves, heaven is a siesta and not a city.
The heaven of Christianity is different from all other heavens, because the religion of Christianity is different from all other religions. Christianity is the religion of cities. It moves among real things. Its sphere is the street, the market-place, the working life of the world... Try to restore the natural force of the expression - suppose John to have lived today and to have said 'I saw a new London.”
Henry Drummond, City Without a Church

Benjamin H. Bratton
“Airports are not simulations of cities; rather cities are simulations of airports.”
Benjamin H Bratton, The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty

Catie Marron
“As the number and the size of cities keep growing across the world, changing conditions bring shifts in language and vocabulary. Despite the social and linguistic complexity, however, there are only two types of cities: those where a woman can walk after dark relatively freely and those where she possibly cannot. — Elif Shafak, Taksim Square, Istanbul: Byzantine, Then and Now,”
Catie Marron, City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World

Italo Calvino
“Here in Turin you can write because past and future have greater prominence than the present, the force of past history and the anticipation of the future give a concreteness and sense to the discrete, ordered images of today. Turin is a city which entices the reader towards vigour, linearity, style. It encourages logic, and through logic it opens the way toward madness.”
Italo Calvino, Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings

Raymond E. Feist
“There are cities that have no ... I don't know what to call it, an identity perhaps. A sense of being someplace different. Lots of those in the Empire. Very old cities with lots of history, but one day is much like the next.”
Raymond E. Feist, Shards of a Broken Crown
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Italo Calvino
“In the streets of Cecilia, an illustrious city, I met once a goatherd, driving a tinkling flock along the walls.
"Man blessed by heaven," he asked me, stopping, "can you tell me the name of the city in which we are?"
"May the gods accompany you!" I cried. "How can you fail to recognise the illustrious city of Cecilia?"
"Bear with me," that man answered. "I am a wandering herdsman. Sometimes my goats and I have to pass through cities; but we are unable to distinguish them. Ask me the names of the grazing lands: I know them all, the Meadow between the Cliffs, the Green Slope, the Shadowed Grass. Cities have no name for me: they are places without leaves, separating one pasture from another, and where the goats are frightened at street corners and scatter. The dog and I run to keep the flock together."
"I am the opposite of you," I said. "I recognise only cities and cannot distinguish what is outside them. In uninhabited places each stone and each clump of grass mingles, in my eyes, with every stone and clump.”
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Steven Magee
“The modern human has mastered the art of building toxic homes and cities.”
Steven Magee

Shannon  Mullen
“It’s hopeless, trying to recruit a stranger to help me find someone who’s a stranger to him. But then again, we are all strangers to ourselves, caught up in the monotony of daily life, stuck in our routines, never really stopping to think about what will happen to us if we fall off track.”
Shannon M Mullen, See What Flowers