I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
Not to find one's way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance -- nothing more. But to lose oneself in a city -- as one loses oneself in a forest -- that calls for a quite different schooling. Then, signboard and street names, passers-by, roofs, kiosks, or bars must speak to the wanderer like a cracking twig under his feet in the forest.
I'm impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.
The cities of the world are concentric, isomorphic, synchronic. Only one exists and you are always in the same one. It's the effect of their permanent revolution, their intense circulation, their instantaneous magnetism.
If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.
--Alphonse De Lamartine
Man's course begins in a garden, but it ends in a city.
No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.