cities

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on cities, god, and risk

Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Essays. Circles

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on beauty, belief, cities, generations, god, men, and universe

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on cities, entertainment, force, growth, and people

Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on cities and nonsense

Cities give us collision. 'Tis said, London and New York take the nonsense out of a man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Plutarch on cities, faults, habits, life, men, and privacy

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 (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Lives, Lysander

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A Quote by Paul Gallico on beauty, christmas, cities, custom, future, generations, innocence, losing, and television

It is the custom to sneer at the modern apartment-house, television, big-city Christmas, with its commercial taint . . . office parties, artificial . . . Christmas trees . . . but future generations in search of their lost Christmases may well remember its innocence; yes, and its beauty, too.

Paul Gallico (1897 - 1976)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on cities and earth

The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the center of each and every town or city.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on cities, immortality, posterity, and sorrow

What cities, as great as this, have . . . promised themselves immortality! Posterity can hardly trace the situation of some. The sorrowful traveller wanders over the awful ruins of others. . . . Here stood their citadel, but now grown over with weeds; there their senate-house, but now the haunt of every noxious reptile; temples and theatres stood here, now only an undistinguished heap of ruins.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Bee, No. 4

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A Quote by Norman R. Augustine on cities, daughters, driving, family, logic, perception, problems, solution, technology, and trying

Too often technology is perceived as the problem rather than the solution; as something to be avoided rather than embraced. This is about as logical as my daughter's observing, while our family was driving through an unfamiliar city, "Trying to read a map while driving causes all the traffic lights to turn green."

Norman R. Augustine (1935 -)

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A Quote by Norman Mailer on cities, losing, past, trade, and world

New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington wink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter. Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St. Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities.

Norman Mailer (1923 -)

Source: Miami and the Siege of Chicago, 1968

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