There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone is too far from home.

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connection with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle.

-- Rainer Maria Rilke

There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.

-- Don Herold

Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

-- John F. Kennedy

People blame the city of Washington for all kinds of things, and they're almost always wrong to do so. They are especially wrong when they blame the city for generating this kind of corrosive camaraderie or group think. The Washington metropolitan area is home to nearly 6 million people (over 8 million if you count the Baltimore metro area). The central 125 square miles or so are home to just over 1 million people. If you can't help but spend all your time with the same people, you might want to start by asking whether it isn't your own shortcomings that need attention, rather than Washington's.

-- Ryan Avent

What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness.

--Joseph Brodsky