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Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn't changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman. - John Berger

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

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“How soon country people forget. When they fall in love with a city it is forever, and it is like forever. As though there never was a time when they didn't love it. The minute they arrive at the train station or get off the ferry and glimpse the wide streets and the wasteful lamps lighting them, they know they are born for it. There, in a city, they are not so much new as themselves: their stronger, riskier selves.” - Toni Morrison, Jazz

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“Every city is a living body.” - (St. Augustine, City of God)

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Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it. - Aldous Huxley

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“What is the city but the people?” - (William Shakespeare, Coriolanus)

Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another. - Plato

The city is not a concrete jungle. It is a human zoo. - Desmond Morris

A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again. - Margaret Mead