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.
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