Neighborhood Quotes

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George Eliot
“Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbor's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Fred Rogers
“You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.”
Fred Rogers

Ibi Zoboi
“We have more space and less time. And the love we had for our whole neighborhood now only fits into this wood-frame house in the middle of a quiet block. We don't know the people who live across the street or on either side of us.”
Ibi Zoboi, Pride

Daniel Amory
“Shortly before school started, I moved into a studio apartment on a quiet street near the bustle of the downtown in one of the most self-conscious bends of the world. The “Gold Coast” was a neighborhood that stretched five blocks along the lake in a sliver of land just south of Lincoln Park and north of River North. The streets were like fine necklaces and strung together were the brownstone houses and tall condominiums and tiny mansions like pearls, and when the day broke and the sun faded away, their lights burned like jewels shining gaudily in the night.
The world’s most elegant bazaar, Michigan Avenue, jutted out from its eastern tip near The Drake Hotel and the timeless blue-green waters of Lake Michigan pressed its shores. The fractious make-up of the people that inhabited it, the flat squareness of its parks and the hint of the lake at the ends of its tree-lined streets squeezed together a domesticated cesspool of age and wealth and standing. It was a place one could readily dress up for an expensive dinner at one of the fashionable restaurants or have a drink miles high in the lounge of the looming John Hancock Building and five minutes later be out walking on the beach with pants cuffed and feet in the cool water at the lake’s edge.”
Daniel Amory, Minor Snobs

Roberto Bolaño
“He said that for those who hadn't been to California, what it was most like was an enchanted island. The spitting image. Just like in the movies, but better. People live in houses, not apartment buildings, he said, and then he embarked on a comparison of houses (one-story, at most two-story), and four- or five-story buildings where the elevator is broken one day and out of order the next. The only way buildings compared favorably to houses was in terms of proximity. A neighborhood of buildings makes distances shorter, he said. Everything is closer. You can go walking to buy groceries or you can walk to your local tavern (here he winked at Reverend Foster), or the local church you belong to, or a museum. In other words, you don't need to drive. You don't even need a car. And here he recited a list of statistics on fatal car accidents in a county of Detroit and a county of Los Angeles. And that's even considering that cars are made in Detroit, he said, not Los Angeles.”
Roberto Bolaño, 2666

Jonathan Evison
“I don't like it,' said Pigott. 'This is a well-established neighborhood. These families go back generations.'

'Don't all families go back generations?”
Jonathan Evison, Lawn Boy

Rebecca Solnit
“It was they who taught me that a conversation even between strangers could be a gift and sport of sorts, a chance for warmth, banter, blessings, humor, that spoken words could be fire at which you warmed yourself.”
Rebecca Solnit, Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir

Rebecca Solnit
“It was they who taught me that a conversation even between strangers could be a gift and a sport of sorts, a chance for warmth, banter, blessings, humor, that spoken words could be a little fire at which you warmed yourself.”
Rebecca Solnit, Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir

Sangu Mandanna
“and Anna could smell sushi, baked bread, and frying hot dogs. She could even catch the faint tang of Indian spices- not the kinds of spices she was used to, of course, the very specific kind in pandhi curry or masala crab, but then she had never come across those flavors outside the small, beautiful corner of India that her mother had once called home.
That said, this place did smell yummy. There was food everywhere she looked: street vendors, bakeries, cafés, take-out places, you name it. Hungry Heart Row, that's what this neighborhood was called, and it seemed its residents had taken that very seriously.”
Sangu Mandanna, Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love

“I always wanna sit down with my mom and talk bout old neighborhood stories.”
Jordan Hoechlin

R.J. Palacio
“On our block, everybody knows me and I know everybody. I know every brick and every tree trunk and every crack in the sidewalk. I know Mrs. Grimaldi, the lady who's always sitting by her window, and the old guy who walks up and down the street whistling like a bird. I know the deli on the corner where Mom gets our bagels, and the waitresses at the coffee shop who all call me "honey" and give me lollipops whenever they see me. I love my neighborhood of North River Heights, which is why it was so strange to be walking down these blocks feeling like it was all new to me suddenly. Amesfort Avenue, a street I've been down a million times, looked totally different for some reason. Full of people I never saw before, waiting for buses, pushing strollers”
R.J. Palacio, Wonder

Alyssa Cole
“What is the proper response to seeing a child arrested? Another child, the umpteenth child, when you've lived here long enough. And worse, arrested for something you can't be sure they actually did, even if they get found guilty?”
Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union

Sharon Brubaker
“The morning light was pearly and the bay a powdery deep blue. Its rippling water exuded calm and she stared for a long time. This house had always been a haven of peace for her. Gran insisted on it, often proclaiming the quiet neighborhood a 'paradise'.”
Sharon Brubaker, The Greening

Алексей Сальников
“Был теплый сентябрьский день, да еще и солнечный, трава была пострижена, но вовсю пока зеленела, люди были веселее и живее, чем летом в жару. Понавысыпало отовсюду на дорожки школьников и студентов, и они добавляли звенящего дрожания в ясный осенний воздух, когда смеялись и говорили между собой. Что-то веселое было даже в том, как били в землю колёса трамвая, когда наступали на стык рельсов, как трамваи лихо разворачивались после остановки или въезжая на нее, предупреждающе бренча сигналом, похожим на школьный звонок, как бросали солнечный блик на пешеходов поочередно из каждого своего окна. В центре всего этого веселья, но как бы в сторонке, сидел персонаж с банкой пива в руке и, кажется, пытался унять алкоголизацией совсем другую жажду. Непонятно, как остальные не замечали того, что он страдает, – Лене он бросился в глаза сразу же, она села чуть поодаль, поглядывая на него, сначала надеясь, что он допьет пиво и уедет.”
Алексей Сальников, Опосредованно

“In everything he wrote, in all the programming he produced, in the life of caring, kindness, and modesty that he led, he set a very clear example. His legacy lives in the concept of a caring neighborhood where people watch out for one another, no matter where they come from or what they look like.”
Maxwell King, The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Gina Barreca
“If you ask a server for a seriously old wine in my neighborhood, they’ll look at you funny and then bring you a half-finished glass from somebody else’s table.”
Gina Barreca

“Neighbors communicating concern and sharing news through stoop sitting and "door" popping... Technology, while a huge boon to rebuilding, also ensured that you didn't have to get your hands dirty, or even physically interact with the community... A digital echo chamber is not a stoop. A stoop is a stoop is a stoop.”
Anne Gisleson, The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading

“We do not live in a zoo so we will not act like it as a neighborhood, in order to be a great neighborhood each of us needs to do our part and start acting like it”
James D Wilson

Steven Magee
“When my brain functioning was at its worst, I was getting lost in my own neighborhood where I had lived for years.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“While the USA administration changed from Obama/Biden to Trump/Pence, the reality on a daily basis is that nothing changed in my neighborhood.”
Steven Magee

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“It doesn’t take a village. Rather, it takes the God Who created the village.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Steven Magee
“I was only aware of the USA government changing from Obama/Biden to Trump/Pence because I saw it on television, as nothing changed in my neighborhood.”
Steven Magee

“More than any city I know, San Francisco is made up of discrete neighborhoods, each with its own unique aura. The main reason for this is its terrain. Its convoluted landscape defines San Francisco's neighborhoods, endowing each of them with a specific terroir.”
Gary Kamiya, Cool Gray City of love: 49 Views of San Francisco

“Why does the world not rebel against a capitalistic society that places the right to pursue greed ahead of the collective good of a community? Why do so many people who live next door or across a hallway from one another never speak to their neighbors? Why do so many people go to great lengths to avoid interacting with their neighbors by installing tall privacy fences and timing their ingress and egress to avoid unscripted encounters with one another? In an age where electronic advances makes communicating with people a rapid convenience, why is it that we live as a species more isolated than ever before from people outside our immediate enclave?”
Kilroy J. Oldster

Marta Orriols
“Són els llogaters del tercer tercera. Una història més a la ciutat.”
Marta Orriols, Dolça introducció al caos

James Hauenstein
“When I lived in a small town, the whole town got together to help my family when tragedy struck our home. Now in a big city, my neighbor one block down doesn't know who I am.”
James Hauenstein

John Updike
“Their neighbors in Penn Villas are strangers, transients – accountants, salesmen, supervisors, adjusters – people whose lives to them are passing can and the shouts of unseen children.”
John Updike, Rabbit Redux

“Local and state governments can help civil society by building towns and cities in ways more conducive to neighborliness and community building. Walkability is a big thing. Mixing residential and commercial development would create real neighborhoods where people can walk to the corner store for a gallon of milk and run into their neighbors. It could allow for “third places” like neighborhood pubs, barbershops, and sandwich shops.”
Timothy P. Carney, Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse

Megan Miranda
“People could get used to any change. All we needed was time.”
Megan Miranda, Such a Quiet Place

Elizabeth Camden
“You look at a neighborhood like this and see a slum. I see the garden I was meant to tend.”
Elizabeth Camden, Carved in Stone

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