City Quotes

Human beings today ... are surrounded by huge institutions we can never penetrate: the City [London's Wall Street], the banking system, political and advertising conglomerates, vast entertainment enterprises. They've made themselves user friendly, but they define the tastes to which we conform. They're rather subtle, subservient tyrants, but no less sinister for that.

James Graham Ballard

Town-scapes are changing. The open-plan city belongs in the past no more ramblas, no more pedestrian precincts, no more left banks and Latin quarters. We're moving into the age of security grilles and defensible space. As for living, our surveillance cameras can do that for us. People are locking their doors and switching off their nervous systems.

James Graham Ballard

If I announce the armistice and the Americans don't send sufficient reinforcements and don't land near Rome, the Germans will seize the city and put in a puppet fascist government.

Pietro Badoglio

The Scarecrow was now the ruler of the Emerald City, and although he was not a Wizard the people were proud of him. "For," they said, "there is not another city in all the world that is ruled by a stuffed man." And, so far as they knew, they were quite right.

Lyman Frank Baum

Ant-swarming city, city abounding in dreams, Where ghosts in broad daylight accost the passerby!

Charles Baudelaire

New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.

Djuna Barnes

The Jewish holy book called for "an eye for an eye and did not say an eye for the eyes of a whole city.

Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

And that sweet city with her dreaming spires, She needs not June for beautys heightening.

Matthew Arnold

The city, that monster with a hundred mouths and a thousand ears, a monster that knows nothing but says everything, had written me off.

Jean-Dominique Bauby

For all those beaten, for the broken heads, The fosterless, the simple, the oppressed, The ghosts in the burning city of our time

Stephen Vincent Bent

Love of money is the mother-city (metropolis) of all evils.

Bion of Borysthenes

For him no silver cressets shed their light, No eager joy-bells sounded through the night From city minster, or from village tower; No loud "hurrahs," sent from deep-chested men, Lifted the midnight mist from off the glen In celebration of his natal hour.

John Stanyan Bigg

Seek to please all the citizens, even though Your house may be in an ungracious city. For such a course will favour win from all: But haughty manners oft produce destruction.

Bias

I am an American, Chicago born Chicago, that somber city and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent.

Saul Bellow

I drive a lot. Just for pleasure. Sometimes I'll get in the Cadillac and drive around the city or the country, kind of trying to get lost basically. Y'know, just see where roads lead.

Frank Black

We did have choruses before, just the libraries of music in people's heads are so undeveloped that their ideas of choruses are training wheels and the Bay City Rollers.

Cedric Bixler-Zavala

Ive always treated my city like some shoulder pads.

Drake

All I care about is money and the city that Im from.

Drake

I should call it a night, but fuck it I cant resist: this one is for all the niggas from my city tryna diss. Without a response from me you really fail to exist and I love to see you fail, that feeling there is the shit.

Drake

Im a staple in my city, you can never ruin me.

Drake

Just know we grinding til its light out. Show up in your city, turn that muhfucker right out.

Drake

Although my plans for the future haven't changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our city.

Michael Bloomberg

Philosophy is a threat to all the beliefs that tie the city together and unite the other high typespriests, poets and statesmenagainst philosophy.

Allan David Bloom

The defenselessness of philosophy in the city is what Aristophanes points out and ridicules. He, the poet, has much sympathy with the philosophers wisdom but prides himself on not being so foolish. He can take care of himself, win prizes from and be paid by the people. His stance is that of the wise guy in the face of the wise man; he is city smart.

Allan David Bloom

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