City Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old city quotes, city sayings, and city proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

What is a city, but the people; true the people are the city.     

Coriolanus III

We do not look in our great cities for our best moralit     

Jane Austen

Cities are murky places--hatching grounds for monsters.     

John Geddes

All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful, but the beauty is grim.     

Christopher Morley

This city now doth, like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning; silent bare, ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie open unto the fields and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.     

William Wordsworth

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cities with all their advantages have something hostile to liberal learning, the seductions are so subtle and accost the senses so openly on all sides.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.     

Jane Jacobs

There is no solitude in the world like that of the big city.     

Kathleen Norris

A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man.     

Arnold Joseph Toynbee

Towered cities please us then, and the busy hum of men.     

John Milton

The City attaches an exaggerated importance to the healing power of lunch.     

Christopher Fieldes

No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.     

Cyril Connolly

Cities get built out of poet's dreams.     

Marty Rubin

The pressure of survival in the big city will make you lose sight of your dream... Hang in there.     

James De La Vega

There's something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I'm born to leave.     

Charlotte Eriksson

The city gives even to children a sophisticated look that baffles the casual psychologist.     

Honoré Willsie Morrow

We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.     

Hubert Humphrey

A city is a large community where people are lonesome together.     

Herbert Prochnow

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.     

Jean Baudrillard

The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it.     

Charles Baudelaire

Man's course begins in a garden, but it ends in a city.     

Alexander Maclaren

I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.     

Michelangelo Buonarroti

A soulless city creates soulless people!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

The single most important thing a city can do is provide a community where interesting, smart people want to live with their families.     

Malcolm Gladwell

A city isn't so unlike a person. They both have the marks to show they have many stories to tell. They see many faces. They tear things down and make new again.     

Rasmenia Massoud

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.     


It's been amazing getting to go from city to city and perform for thousands of people. It's an amazing feeling, and the energy is crazy.     

Austin Mahone

We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation.     

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind.     

Lewis Mumford

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

Joseph Brodsky

It is in the midst of the city that one writes the most inspiring pages about the country.     

Jules Renard

A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again.     

Margaret Mead

A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.     

Aldous Huxley

There is hardly one in three of us who live in the cities who is not sick with unused self.     

Ben Hecht

The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world.     

Walt Whitman

Here in the big city people spend their time thinking about work and about money; they don't give some value to friendships and it can be depressing.     

Adriana Lima

Cities are the abyss of the human species.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Cities have always been the fireplaces of civilization, whence light and heat radiated out into the dark.     

Theodore Parker

All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it -- an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains, or what passes through it; a point of view.     

Peter Conrad

The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.     

Italo Calvino

What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.     

Charles Baudelaire

In a living city, I could never have noticed so much. Living cities don't hold still.     

John Irving

The city disappears street by street as you enter it.     

Ian Seed

But cities aren't like people; they live on and on, even though their reason for being where they are has gone downriver and out to sea.     

John Updike

Cities are the sinks of the human race.     


There's this thing of you can live in a city and be completely alone, not notice anything going on around you.     

Simon Pegg

A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.     


To look at the cross-section of any plan of a big city is to look at something like the section of a fibrous tumor.     

Frank Lloyd Wright

Everybody's got haters, but your city's always behind you. It's only right to give back.     

Stefon Diggs