Cities - City Quotes

Woe! Woe, O great city… In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin! (Revelation 18:16-17)

What is the city but the people? (Coriolanus)

A great city, a great solitude.

The city’s heat is like a leaden pall – Its lowered lamps glow in the midnight air Like mammoth orange-moths that flit and flare Through the dark tapestry of night. The tall Black houses crush the creeping beggars down.

The most dangerous savages live in cities.

The cry of the ghetto is being heard by a nation with its fingers in its ears.

The city man, in his neon and mazda glare, knows nothing of nature’s midnight. His electric lamps surround him with synthetic sunshine. They push back the dark. They defend him from the realities of the age-old night.

All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim.

I loathe the squares and streets, And the faces that one meets.

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