City Quotes and Sayings

Posted by Brian

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
– Bible

I have struck a city – a real city – and they call it Chicago… I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.
– Rudyard Kipling

A city is a large community where people are lonesome together.
– Herbert Prochnow

Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men’s private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.
– Plutarch

Even cities have their graves!
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

That is the way to lay the city flat, To bring the roof to the foundation, And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges, In heaps and piles of ruin.
– William Shakespeare

Petite ville, grand renom. Small town, great renown.
– Francois Rabelais

My dad was the town drunk. Most of the time that’s not so bad; but New York City?
– Henny Youngman

What is the city but the people?
– William Shakespeare

It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
– Epicurus

Friends and loves we have none, nor wealth, nor blest abode But the hope, the burning hope, and the road, the lonely road. Not for us are content, and quiet, and peace of mind, For we go seeking cities that we shall never find.
– John Masefield

When you look at a city, it’s like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.
– Hugh Newell Jacobsen

A tranquil city of good laws, fine architecture, and clean streets is like a classroom of obedient dullards, or a field of gelded bulls – whereas a city of anarchy is a city of promise.
– Mark Helprin

Divine Nature gave the fields, human art built the cities.
– Marcus Terentius Varro

In the busy haunts of men.
– Felicia D. Hemans

New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent.
– Frank Lloyd Wright

A rose-red city half as old as Time.
– Dean John William Burgon

In some Chicago neighborhoods, looking for a parking space is not unlike panning for gold.
– Gary Washburn

If you’re going to San Francisco, Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
– J. B. Phillips

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
– Georgia O’Keeffe

The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.
– George Santayana

If any man claims the Negro should be content… let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.
– Robert Kennedy

The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.
– John Milton

The City of New York is like an enormous citadel, a modern Carcassonne. Walking between the magnificent skyscrapers one feels the presence on the fringe of a howling, raging mob, a mob with empty bellies, a mob unshaven and in rags.
– Henry Miller

San Francisco is a mad city – inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.
– Rudyard Kipling

The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world.
– Walt Whitman

Seven cities warr’d for Homer being dead, Who living had no roofe to shroud his head.
– Thomas Heywood

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
– George Burns

I live not in myself, but I become Portion of that around me; and to me High mountains are a feeling, but the hum Of human cities torture.
– Lord Byron

He [Caesar Augustus] found a city built of brick; he left it built of marble.
– Caius Tranquillus Suetonius

Clearly, then, the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.
– Desmond Morris

We have almost a city has probably two or three hundred committees. Every committee is dealing with just one problem and has nothing to do with the other problems.
– Alvar Aalto

Towered cities please us then, And the busy hum of men.
– John Milton

It isn’t necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy.
– Groucho Marx

Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.
– Bill Gates

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
– Bible

New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.
– David Letterman

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.
– Andy Warhol

Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place.
– Harry S. Truman

Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.
– Frank Lloyd Wright

Los Angeles is a large city-like area surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel
– Fran Lebowitz

Suburb:  a place that isn’t city, isn’t country, and isn’t tolerable.
– Mignon McLaughlin

Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
– John F. Kennedy

Texas: 32 electoral votes, another of the so-called big enchiladas or if not an enchilada at least a huge taco.
– Dan Rather


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