Real crime rates are lower underground than above, but citizens are more apprehensive in the subway than on streets. This fear matters, to the citizens and to the city. People frightened of crime are already victims. They isolate themselves behind multiple locks; they forswear walks in the evening and nights on the town; they avoid public parks, public transportation, and other public amenities; finally they desert cities entirely, including this city.
-- George Kelling
There is no solitude in the world like that of the big city.
-- Kathleen Norris
Paris, a city of gaiety and pleasures, where four-fifths of the inhabitants die of grief.
-- Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.
-- Thomas Wolfe
In Washington, the first thing people tell you is what their job is. In Los Angeles you learn their star sign. In Houston you're told how rich they are. And in New York they tell you what their rent is.
-- Simon Hoggart