All great art is born of the metropolis.

-- Ezra Pound

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

Boston is a moral and intellectual nursery always busy applying first principals to trifles.

-- George Santayana

Cities are distinguished by the catastrophic forms they presuppose and which are a vital part of their essential charm. New York is King Kong, or the blackout, or vertical bombardment: Towering Inferno. Los Angeles is the horizontal fault, California breaking off and sliding into the Pacific: Earthquake.

-- Jean Baudrillard

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

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.

-- Rupert Brooke