City Quotes

London is a vast, complex city designed by the same guy who created the Habitrail.

— Adam Schlesinger

On the banks of the Nile, the Rosetta branch, I lived an enjoyable childhood in the City of Disuq, which is the home of the famous mosque, Sidi Ibrahim.

— Ahmed Zewail

One thing about Los Angeles is it feels like it’s not new. It feels like it’s already been built, and it’s deteriorating, except for the places they’re trying to make nicer. But in general, you drive all through the city, and the city feels like it was new a long time ago.

— Albert Brooks

If I won the lottery I’d start a charity that helped little family hardware stores, cobblers and fruit shops open in city centres.

— Alexei Sayle

I tell you, it is easier to build a grand opera or a city center than to build a personal house.

— Alvar Aalto

For my first Bollywood movie, ‘Ekk Deewana Tha,’ my mum also came over because Mumbai was completely new to me, and I’d heard it’s a huge city.

— Amy Jackson

For me, St. Petersburg is the city that I can never escape because it has this special energy, even a dark energy. It keeps pulling me back.

— Anna Netrebko

People who gentrify are usually new transplants to a city, changing it to suit their particular cultural needs and whims.

— Annalee Newitz

Books in a large university library system: 2,000,000. Books in an average large city library: 10,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30,000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20,000.

— Anthony Burgess

If you smash a city when you’re trying to capture it, you actually end up providing the perfect terrain for the defenders while blocking the access for your own armoured vehicles.

— Antony Beevor

I don’t have great running technique, but I like to run. I’ve heard from countless people that the last six miles of the marathon is all mental. But what better city to have this in than New York City where there are millions of people there supporting you?

— Apolo Ohno

I believe Timothy McVeigh getting the death penalty for his heinous act of killing over a hundred in Oklahoma City, that could very well deter others that might want to enter into that similar conduct.

— Asa Hutchinson

If there is one city apart from Mumbai where I would love to settle down, it has to be Chennai.

— Ashwin Sanghi

I was born in New York City, along with a twin sister. I am five minutes older than Emily. It was Emily, for reasons no one knows – she certainly doesn’t – who called me Avi. It stuck. It’s the only name I use now.

— Avi

I’m going to do anything I can do – whether that’s being part of FIFA or creating some sort of movement that can actually impart real equality across all lines – in every country, every city, every sector all over the world, that’s what I’m going to do.

— Abby Wambach

I’m conflicted with theater in the city because you want to reach a diverse audience, and that audience doesn’t typically go to the theater.

— Adam Driver

On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.

— Adam Smith

A city like London is sociable in a sense that there are people gathering in bars and restaurants, concerts and lectures. Yet you can partake of all these experiences and never say hello to anyone new. And one of the things that all religions do is take groups of strangers into a space and say it is OK to talk to each other.

— Alain de Botton

I don’t expect to see them in the top six but I think of all the teams that have come up in previous seasons, I think Manchester City are the biggest club.

— Alan Hansen

Manchester City have been in the doldrums for a while, they came up and went straight back down again.

— Alan Hansen

London has been used as the emblematic English city, but it’s far from representative of what life in England is actually about.

— Alan Moore

I don’t think acting is addictive. If I stopped acting tomorrow, I really wouldn’t care. If you told me that I would have to sell real estate in New York City to look after my family, that would be fine with me.

— Alec Baldwin

Many Mexican directors are scared to shoot in Mexico City, which is why there are many stories in Mexican cinema about little rural towns, or set a hundred years ago.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Really, Mexico City has always been this big, complex monster of a city that has always had real problems and needs, and I’ve always found my way through it in different ways.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

As a city, it is always compelling. But every day in Mexico City, I give thanks that I am alive.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Antonio Sanchez is from Mexico City. I met him at a Pat Metheny concert. He did a solo, and I thought, ‘This is an octopus man!’

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

City people live the city. We live in L.A., New York, we live in places where it’s chaotic and you never know what’s gonna happen. And that’s the music – you never know what’s gonna happen.

— Alice Cooper

I stayed in New York City for the first time, I’d always wanted to do that.

— Amy Sedaris

People do not realise that many of my works are done in urban places. I was brought up on the edge of Leeds, five miles from the city centre-on one side were fields and on the other, the city.

— Andy Goldsworthy

I like to buy a new fragrance for each film. I’ll go out in the city where I’m filming and snap it up. The one I have for ‘Into the Woods’ is Terry de Gunzburg Flagrant Delice, which I bought in London.

— Anna Kendrick

Pittsburgh is a very hard city, especially if you’re black.

— August Wilson

When people meet me, many times they’re very surprised because they expect someone who is kind of wacky with seven piercings and very hip and cool and New York City, and I’m not.

— Augusten Burroughs

The city fought a $300 million, 18-year war on graffiti. New York Mayor John Lindsay declared war in 1972, and the battle for the transit system came later.

— Adam Mansbach

I moved to Chicago when I was 28, and I wasn’t completely idealistic about going to Second City and making a living from comedy, but I knew it would be great for the resume.

— Allison Tolman

A lot of guys I know loved ‘Sex and the City.’ They’ll take it to their grave, but they watched every episode of it.

— Allison Williams

If you’ve got style, you’ll show it, no matter the city.

— Amar’e Stoudemire

I always knew I would come to London. I loved Glasgow, but it seemed filled with echoes of my parents’ lives, and sometimes you just want a city of your own.

— Andrew O’Hagan

For the fifth year in a row, the Bush budget cuts city core services to pay for wealthy tax breaks. And once again, the mayor’s requests were not funded.

— Anthony Weiner

Listen, if the mayor wants to have a debate about education in this city, I got three words: bring it on.

— Anthony Weiner

I grew up, as many Indians do, in an archipelago of tongues. My maternal grandfather, who was a surgeon in the city of Madras, was fluent in at least four languages and used each of them daily.

— Aravind Adiga

Mangalore, the coastal Indian town where I lived until I was almost 16, is now a booming city of malls and call-centres. But, in the 1980s, it was a provincial town in a socialist country.

— Aravind Adiga

When I was growing up in the south Indian city of Madras, there were only two political parties that mattered one was run by a former matinee idol, and the other was run by his former screenwriter.

— Aravind Adiga

I am coming back to New York after five years, and it seems that psychics are taking over the city.

— Aravind Adiga

Our engineering departments build freeways which destroy a city or a landscape, in the process.

— Arthur Erickson

You are traveling and see these people shooting the entire experience of going through a city, and maybe in the back of their minds they sustain the illusion that they will edit it all, but I don’t think that’s it.

— Atom Egoyan

I was a member of the Haifa City Council when I was 23 years old, which made me the youngest city councilman in Israel.

— Ayman Odeh

It’ll be interesting to raise kids in New York City. I’m from suburbia, so I don’t really have any experience with what it’s going to be like here.

— Aaron Lazar

New York is such a versatile city, and there’s always something new to discover.

— Abbey Lee Kershaw

If people watch ‘Broad City’ very closely, we just drop lines about people we love, just to say we like them.

— Abbi Jacobson

We couldn’t pitch the show without having created one, at least one 20 to 25 minute version of ‘Broad City.’ We wouldn’t know how to describe it.

— Abbi Jacobson

Cole Archer’s Chillout Mix. That’s my son’s mix. He’s ten weeks old, and this is what he listens to: ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse, ‘Everyday People’ by Arrested Development, The Beatles’ ‘Rocky Raccoon,’ and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Atlantic City.’

— Adam Pally

I’m not a city kind of guy. I’m happiest when I’m tromping through the woods. That’s why I don’t live in Los Angeles. Being physically away from Hollywood probably loses me a few jobs, but the best ones seek me out.

— Aidan Quinn

In Riyadh, there’s going to be a huge project that will house at least 12,000 units with inhabitants of approximately 150,000 people. It’s like a city within a city.

— Al-Waleed bin Talal

In fact, even the perception of a resurgence in crime can be enough to paralyze business momentum and destroy the sense of security that a vibrant and progressive city requires.

— Alan Autry

All of the factors that make up a quality city – safe streets, high paying jobs, strong neighborhoods, etc. – emanate from a strong educational premise.

— Alan Autry

Not houses finely roofed or the stones of walls well builded, nay nor canals and dockyards make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.

— Alcaeus

My favorite country blues player was Big Bill Broonzy. City blues was Freddie King, but I liked them all – Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Ralph Willis, Lonnie Johnson, Brownie McGhee and the three Kings, B.B., Albert and Freddie. Jazz-wise, I listened to Django, Barney Kessel and Wes Montgomery.

— Alvin Lee

The Stockholm street style is distinctive, with ensembles that exemplify the city’s understated elegance.

— Aslaug Magnusdottir

God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.

— Abraham Cowley

I’ve always lived in a city. I’m very social, and in a place like New York, even if you’re alone on the subway, you never feel lonely.

— Ana Gasteyer

Being in New York City is the best because I’m always walking, taking the subway and walking up and down the stairs – whether you like it or not, you’re going to get exercise.

— Ana Ortiz

I was born and raised in New York City, Manhattan, uptown.

— Ana Ortiz

The film itself involves a New York City radio storyteller, Gabriel Noone, who strikes up a friendship with one of his fans, an abused 14-year-old teenager who is suffering from AIDS, who does not have much longer to live.

— Armistead Maupin

Anyone who wants to look at sunlight naturally wipes his eye clear first, in order to make, at any rate, some approximation to the purity of that on which he looks and a person wishing to see a city or country goes to the place in order to do so.

— Athanasius

I think if you live in London, it’s such a cosmopolitan city nobody even notices different-race relationships. I assumed it would be even more liberal in the States, and it’s totally the opposite.

— Alex Kingston

Winning times in the New York City Marathon have not dropped all that much over the years, but rather U.S. runners went backward. In 1983, there were 267 U.S. men who broke 2:20 in a marathon, and by 2000 that number was down to 27.

— Alberto Salazar

When I was a teenager, if you’d asked me, I would have said I was in a relationship with New York City. It was my first real love.

— Aleksa Palladino

In ‘Where the Air is Clear’, Carlos Fuentes composed a polyphonic portrait of Mexico City amid the growth and modernization brought on by the economic boom of the 1950s. The novel can be read as a jazz interpretation – free and in a Mexican key – of John Dos Passos’ ‘Manhattan Transfer’.

— Alvaro Enrigue

My preferred environment is by the sea or somewhere rural. I don’t want to be in a city, I don’t want to visit New York and I don’t want to go shopping.

— Amanda Donohoe

A typical native New Yorker, I’m prone to wearing the city’s unofficial sartorial color: black.

— Amanda Hearst

I’m not a DJ – I don’t know how to scratch or mix records, but I know how to party, and I know music. I grew up in Philly it’s a very musical city. My house was full of music.

— Amber Rose

You didn’t have to go on location if you could just shoot down City Hall, LA.

— Ann Robinson

Verona is a very beautiful city, but Siena just never ceases to fascinate me.

— Anne Fortier

One of the things I love about ‘Rubicon’ is I really recognize the New York City that they’re depicting in it, having lived here for 15 years.

— Annie Parisse

In March 1950, in New York City, I was married to Marietta Soffer. We have three children: Vilhelm, Tomas, and Margrethe.

— Aage Bohr

One of the things I noticed while I lived in New York City was how different the kids and teens were that grew up there versus, you know, my suburban upbringing. They have this innate resilience and toughness to them, and they’re incredibly self-sufficient, usually from a pretty young age.

— Alexandra Bracken

I lived on my own when I was living in New York City when I was 18, working on a show. And that definitely kind of grows you up a little faster than a normal 18-year-old in college, so I think so. I think I’ve got some street smarts.

— Alexandra Chando

I think Hitchcock had a thing about hills: think of the house on the hill in ‘Psycho.’ Then, in ‘Vertigo,’ Scottie is forever traversing the city, going downhill all the time as he goes deeper and deeper into himself. It’s as if Hitchcock is using San Francisco as a psychological map.

— Allen Coulter

I don’t think you ever think of a big city as sweet or community, but there are cities that I think of as charming and particular and interesting cities. I live in one now, Charleston.

— Anne Rivers Siddons

Wow, bad news. Mr. Obama now hates Israel because the Israelis want to build 1,600 apartments in their own capital city, Jerusalem. Russia hates Israel, too. So do the Europeans. So does Ban Ki-moon, a Korean who is secretary-general of the UN.

— Ben Stein

I was born October 5, 1957, on the South Side of Chicago, in the Woodlawn area, a neighborhood that hasn’t changed much in forty-five years. Our house was on 66th and Blackstone, but the city tore it down when the rats took over.

— Bernie Mac

A city built on rivers and bituminous coal, Pittsburgh in the ’90s has survived the boom and bust years.

— Bill Dedman

J’eet jet?’ is still the standard way for a Pittsburgher to ask if you’re ready for a meal, but the meal itself is no longer limited to chipped ham and an Iron City beer.

— Bill Dedman

Des Moines is like your typical American city it’s just these concentric circles of malls, built outward from the city.

— Bill Bryson

Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.

— Bill Gates

If you have one of the worst schools in the city, then chances are the teachers are not going to care for you. Chances are the parents don’t feel seriously about coming to meet with teachers.

— Bill Cosby

I took Second City out of desperation, and that’s what ended up working out. It shows that you should be doing a lot of different stuff, taking whatever opportunities are there, to see what works.

— Bill Hader

I was at Second City L.A., going through the conservatory, and I graduated in 2004 and I got ‘SNL’ in 2005.

— Bill Hader

In Copenhagen, there’s a long-term commitment to creating a well-functioning pedestrian city where all forms of movement – pedestrian, bicycles, cars, public transportation – are accommodated with equal priority.

— Bjarke Ingels

Times have been tough, the economy has been tough. But I want to bring forward a fantastic manifesto for taking the city forwards.

— Boris Johnson

London is the most commercially important city in Europe, and it’s the most populous city. It should be for the whole of the European continent what New York is to America. That’s what it should be.

— Boris Johnson

My favorite thing about Milan is that you see these guys, and it’s as if a spaceship came out of the most attractive planet invented and just dropped them off all across the city.

— Brad Goreski

I struck upon this kind of crazy idea that I was going to go to New York and stop 10,000 people on the streets and take their portrait and create kind of a photographic census of the city.

— Brandon Stanton

Each time I arrived in a new city, I’d get lost in the streets and photograph everything that looked interesting, taking nearly a thousand photographs every day. After each day of shooting, I’d select 30 or 40 of my favorite photographs and post them on Facebook. I named the albums after my first impression of each city.

— Brandon Stanton

I’ve taken pictures in at least 14 countries, and nowhere have people told me ‘no’ more than New York City.

— Brandon Stanton

My police record says I went to Panama City, but I don’t recall it.

— Brantley Gilbert

I have what is probably the largest big bike collection in the city: a Fat Boy, a sportser Harley Davidson and two Yamahas. All these are 1200cc-plus bikes. Riding these bikes is something I still do and some trekking as well.

— Baba Kalyani

I love traveling, I love waking up in a new city every day.

— Brendon Urie

In Edna, I created a satiric portrait of my hometown of Melbourne, a large provincial English city paradoxically in far Southeast Asia. She’s a theatrical figure, related to vaudeville in some respects. She inhabits a world in which there are comparatively few female exponents of comedy.

— Barry Humphries

How are the cabs in your city? In Manhattan, where I work, they are rather awful.

— Barry Ritholtz

If Paris is a city of lights, Sydney is the city of fireworks.

— Baz Luhrmann

One of the great things about Sydney is that it has a great acceptance of everyone and everything. It’s an incredibly tolerant city, a city with a huge multicultural basis.

— Baz Luhrmann

Tonight the city is full of morgues, and all the toilets are overflowing. There’s shopping malls coming out of the walls, as we walk out among the manure. That’s why I pay no mind.

— Beck

I feel most strongly about Jerusalem, because architects ultimately have to address that city.

— Ben Nicholson

I appreciate my city very much. When I go to America and Europe, and I tell everyone I’m from London, I’m proud.

— Benjamin Clementine

In 2013, when Google announced that Kansas City would be the first city in the country to have Google Fiber, I bought a house in the first neighborhood that was being wired up with Google’s gigabit Internet.

— Brad Feld

Chicago is seriously my favorite city in the country. People have roots here, which is nice. When you go to Los Angeles, no one is actually from Los Angeles.

— Bill Rancic

I started as a journalist for magazines in New York City, so it was always storytelling. And moving into movies was a natural transition.

— Bruce Feirstein

In my native Boulder County, Colorado, the fracking fanatics are out in force. They are marching door-to-door, petitions and mythology in hand, and they are storming city council and county commissioner meetings.

— Bob Beauprez

Animals speak with pure affection. It’s important to me to get something going in NY so we can get to be a no-kill city, and give the animals homes and more attention and love.

— Bernadette Peters

I feel very comfortable in New York, in a city where there is no such thing as ‘nationality.’

— Bernard Tschumi

Really,’ thought I, ‘we call Baltimore the ‘Monumental City’ for its two marble columns, and here is Edinburg with one at every street-corner!’

— Bayard Taylor

When we moved to Seattle, everybody kind of disappeared into different corners of the city and it was a very difficult time for the band.

— Ben Gibbard

I grew up in New York City, and I’m a city boy, born and bred.

— Ben Schnetzer

I’ve never really read any books about Washington, neither the politics nor the city.

— Bennie Thompson

If you were to ask my agent, they would confirm this: I’m drawn to locations. What really drew me to ‘The 4400,’ aside from the fact that it was sci-fi, was the fact that it was shot in the city of my dreams: Vancouver.

— Billy Campbell

Portland is a really great city, especially because I’m a shopper and there’s no sales tax! That really adds up so fast, because in California, a $1000 pair of shoes ends up costing another $100.

— Bitsie Tulloch

I was on the San Diego school board for 4 years, where I watched children successfully matriculate into elementary schools from Head Start programs from all around our city.

— Bob Filner

Until the end of elementary school, I lived in a suburban area, so the type of village I used to live in is borderline between village and the city, so I’m familiar with the rustic environment.

— Bong Joon-ho

Though President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, the occasion was first observed on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City.

— Brendan I. Koerner

What I’ve been surprised by is not how different people are, but how similar they are. There are certain types of Airbnb people, and they are in every city in the world – it’s just that in some cultures, there is more of a generational divide.

— Brian Chesky

I got into Kiss before I got into anybody. The first thing I heard was ‘Detroit Rock City.’ I heard it in the school library, where I lived.

— Brian Posehn

I try to hit all the places Guy Fieri visits in every city I go to. It’s, like, something a 60-year-old would do.

— Brian Posehn

I had always dreamed of being an Olympian, and something clicked inside of me. I knew I had to move to Salt Lake City and make this dream a reality.

— Brittany Bowe

For three years, the ‘Meistersinger’ score was a ball and chain to me. It went with me to every city and concert hall.

— Bryn Terfel

We thought a human city is kind of like that watering hole. It’s where different groups come together and have to find ways to live and survive and cohabit and cooperate, but they may not always see eye-to-eye.

— Byron Howard

In Kazahkstan, you would drive five hours outside the city to where roads sort of stop being roads, and it was just in the mountains and deathly quiet. And you could only really hear the clumping of the horses, and it was a sort of a beautiful silence. Like it enveloped you.

— Benedict Wong

I think it’s very important to support the program in your area, as each part of the country has its own challenges coping with AIDS. It can be very different from state to state and city to city. Wherever you live, there is surely someone who could use your help.

— Beth Broderick

No city embraced privatization more eagerly than Chicago, where I live.

— Bethany McLean

Those 3,000 jobs in Sioux Falls, based on our population back then in Sioux Falls, would have taken 300,000 jobs in New York City to equal it at Citibank.

— Bill Janklow

It’s a city of its own and has its own sound. I think what makes it different is the drama you know how they say everyone marches to their own beat? Well, I think Philly has its own beat as well, and it’s distinctive. It sounds easy, but it’s hard to play.

— Billy Paul

I myself am consummately middle class. We grew up in upper-middle-class suburbs in Oklahoma City, and that’s very much the same ethos as what Richard Yates and John Cheever wrote about.

— Blake Bailey

Like every other place, I guess, Kansas City was quite a different city when I was a youngster there. They had quite a few clubs, and we had what we used to call jam sessions every night.

— Ben Webster

The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective.

— Berenice Abbott

Juarez had become a failed city. The mayor of Juarez lived in El Paso. Not only did he not live in his own city, he didn’t live in his own country. You had all these kids out of school who didn’t want to work because they saw their mothers toiling in jobs for hardly any cash.

— Beto O’Rourke

My dad was a city councilman and a county commissioner, so I grew up involved and engaged in the political process.

— Bill Huizenga

The same things go on everywhere, whether you’re from the city, the country or wherever.

— Bubba Sparxxx

The joke that I make is that there are instances on the TV series that happen to me, – except on Sex and the City they always make it better or worse than real life and I am actually saying that in a joking way.

— Candace Bushnell

The ’90s are really the ‘Sex and the City’ woman, and I think, right now, the new contemporary woman is the ‘Lipstick Jungle’ woman.

— Candace Bushnell

The first painting that I realised I liked was ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch, when I was six years old, at the Prado in Madrid. I still find myself returning there every time I’m in the city.

— Carolina Herrera

Had my grandparents not emigrated when they did, I might have been born Jewish in Eastern Europe during World War II, or I might not have been born at all. Instead, I was born in 1942 in New York City.

— Carole King

There’s an expression in Australia that’s called ‘Go Bush,’ which means to get out of the city and relax. I try and ‘go bush’ to places where there’s no cell reception. But, I don’t get to do that often, so for the most part, it’s just a state of mind.

— Cate Blanchett

If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village if you would know, and not be known, live in a city.

— Charles Caleb Colton

Around New York City, samples collected at dozens of beaches or piers have detected the types of bacteria and other pollutants tied to sewage overflows. Though the city’s drinking water comes from upstate reservoirs, environmentalists say untreated excrement and other waste in the city’s waterways pose serious health risks.

— Charles Duhigg

In the 1970s, New York City defaulted on its debt, and yes, the consequences were painful. Enrollment plummeted at City University campuses, which until then had offered free education. Seven thousand police officers were laid off. Crime skyrocketed. Services for the poor disappeared.

— Charles Duhigg

New York – that unnatural city where every one is an exile, none more so than the American.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In New York City, everyone is an exile, none more so than the Americans.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

What I like about New York City is nobody cares. If they do, they don’t ever approach. They just give you a ‘What’s up?’ and that’s it.

— Chaske Spencer

Whether it’s from the biggest, most powerful city, or from the dinkiest little podunk town, there is a certain attachment and connection, and yes, pride about where you came from.

— Cheech Marin

When I’m doing a store in a country, I always like to consider the concept of the country and the city. Ask what are the clothes of the city, what does this city represent for me?

— Christian Louboutin

In 1964, when we first arrived in New York City, I remember vividly seeing the skyline of Manhattan, and our first proposal of 1964 was to wrap two lower Manhattan buildings. We never got permission.

— Christo

I grew up in the ’50s, in New York City, where television was born. There were 90 live shows every week, and they used a lot of kids. There were schools just for these kids. There was a whole world that doesn’t exist anymore.

— Christopher Walken

I think the fact that I was raised in show business, in New York City, in the ’50s, that’s affected my personality to the point that I’m a little different.

— Christopher Walken

That’s the misconceptions that people have, that Chuck Berry went to jail. They’re just totally wrong. It might have said something in the large papers in the bigger city headlines and things. But, you take a look at any of the local papers, and you will see that I was acquitted. I never went to jail.

— Chuck Berry

Growing up in New York City, I was always encouraged to question authority, and I think I confused patriotism with jingoism.

— Claire Danes

In New York City, everybody goes into therapy.

— Claire Danes

America is a nation with no truly national city, no Paris, no Rome, no London, no city which is at once the social center, the political capital, and the financial hub.

— C. Wright Mills

My favorite stories are about kids who refuse to give up their homes and schools may have been destroyed they’ve probably had to rely on themselves more than a lot of adults do, and they’ve resisted the many bad alternatives that city life offers to poor teens.

— Campbell Brown

City of God’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ are both films that I really like, but they are stylistically the opposite of what I wanted to do.

— Cary Fukunaga

If you really want to follow me and know what I’m doing, it’s Instagram. You know which city I’m in and what I’m doing. It’s almost in real time.

— Chiara Ferragni

No matter where you put me, I don’t care if it is North Carolina, Florida, California, New York City I’m going to be who I am.

— Chris Paul

It would be thrilling, obviously, to be able to have a woman and an openly LGBT person as the mayor of New York City.

— Christine Quinn

People have said I can come off a little trial-lawyerish. I tell people I never actually became a lawyer, but I play one at City Hall.

— Christine Quinn

I think it’s really important to realize that small businesses are often the portal for immigrants into the New York City economy. I think we have something like 40,000 small businesses that are immigrant-run in New York.

— Christine Quinn

My American home is L.A., which is the ultimate city for 365 days of summer.

— Curtis Stone

I started working in New York City as an actor and did many plays. I did regional theater, smaller theaters, children’s theater.

— Christopher Guest

I left Montana in Spring of 1866, for Utah, arriving at Salt Lake city during the summer.

— Calamity Jane

The further away we got from 9/11, the more I wanted to find some way to recover. I wanted to talk about the more anonymous corners of the city, because I think it’s very important that not all of that anger was turned to revenge.

— Colum McCann

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is like the greatest, most fantastic library you could ever imagine. It’s a labyrinth of books with tunnels, bridges, arches, secret sections – and it’s hidden inside an old palace in the old city of Barcelona.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Everyone who moves to New York City has a book or movie or song that epitomizes the place for them. For me, it’s ‘The Cricket in Times Square’, written by George Selden and illustrated by Garth Williams.

— Cathleen Schine

When I was 13, my family moved from a suburb of New York City to Miami, Florida, and we moved there the Friday before Labor Day weekend.

— Chris Bohjalian

Sex and the City changed New York-New York’s become a big shoe store now, unfortunately.

— Chris Noth

The cell is a city of production centres, each part working away like mad, and it’s co-ordinated. Six trillion cells in a body – you can’t help but be moved.

— Charles Jencks

The landscape of the Net has changed that cyberfrontier of the past has become a teeming city of people, transactions, and businesses.

— Charles Platt

I have a fantastic respect for Liverpool the city, club and the fans, from the time I spent there. That respect will always be there.

— Charlie Adam

The murder of John Kennedy in broad daylight in the streets of an American city remains, to me, an unsolved crime.

— Charlie Pierce

Being born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in the very rural parts of Kansas led me to believe that everything was simple, everything made sense and that anything was possible.

— Chely Wright

My favourite plant is the foxglove. I think they are a perfect balance between being a garden plant and a wild plant, as at home in woodland as they are in a city.

— Clive Anderson

I went to UC Santa Cruz, overlooking the Bay of Monterey and Santa Cruz, in 1969. Back then, the city was part-hippie, part-surfer, but mostly retired chicken farmer.

— Clive Sinclair

Everyone in Tel Aviv knows Yosl Bergner. In 2006, the mayor made him a Freeman of the City. Now he carries a card which allows him to park his car anywhere with impunity. If only he could drive.

— Clive Sinclair

Like a tracer running through the veins of the city, networks of air quality sensors attached to bikes can help measure an individual’s exposure to pollution and draw a dynamic map of the urban air on a human scale, as in the case of the Copenhagen Wheel developed by new startup Superpedestrian.

— Carlo Ratti

We have this condition where digital technology is becoming increasingly smaller and distributed in the environment. In a certain sense, this is the first time ever we can describe a city in real time.

— Carlo Ratti

Living in New York City, you have to keep trying to do a lot of things.

— Caroline Shaw

L.A. is such a big city, and there’s so much going on. I mean, you know you’re in L.A. when you can just hear sirens all the time.

— Cassie Steele

Chicago is the greatest of all baseball cities. I make no exception, although I have been treated well wherever I have been. It is the greatest city because the fans will stick to a loser season after season. I have had my share of defeats, so I should know.

— Charles Comiskey

In any country, in any city, there will be political influence on what is said, what kind of images are to be projected and, yes, of course artists can be and are influenced by politicians.

— Cai Guo-Qiang

Broad City’ is how I wish we could all be, whereas ‘Girls’ is maybe a more accurate representation of how things are.

— Caitlin Stasey

I want to paint Montreal as a rather fantastic city, which it was, because nobody knows today what it was like. And I’m one of the last survivors, or rapidly becoming one.

— Christopher Plummer

I like Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. With the waterfall and things like that, I think it’s pretty cool.

— CC Sabathia

I’m really eager to play the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals, especially after my enjoyable visit to the city.

— Chen Long

What has been happening the last four years in City Hall is that they have been closing recreation centers, closing libraries. We have not looked after our children in City Hall.

— Carl Stokes

I graduated from Second City Los Angeles. It helped me tremendously, not only in my roles in films but in helping shape me into a writer as well. In improv, you will fail sometimes, so it teaches you to be brave and try anything. The worst that can happen is nobody laughs.

— Carly Craig

I grew up in New York City, and both my parents worked. On weekends, we’d go out to the country, and on Sunday nights we’d come back. Sometimes we were a little cranky – it was a long drive. But we could always look forward to one thing: my mother’s ziti and meat sauce.

— Christa Miller

Every time I drive into Rio from the airport, I see the city for the first time and think how strange it is.

— Chico Buarque

In the ’60s when I was a student, there was this campaign to destroy 75 percent of the old buildings in Paris, replacing them with modern architecture. I realized this as a dangerous utopia. This modern vision did not understand the richness of the city. Thankfully, such destruction did not happen.

— Christian de Portzamparc

Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror.

— D. H. Lawrence

I run in London, in San Francisco – any city that’s got a waterfront or park.

— Danny Meyer

During one of his uncannily well-timed impromptu visits to my restaurant, Union Square Cafe, Pat Cetta taught me how to manage people. Pat was the owner of a storied New York City steakhouse called Sparks, and by that time, he was an old pro at running a fine restaurant.

— Danny Meyer

I had never really felt settled in Brooklyn. I think it had to do with growing up in New Jersey and being someone who her whole life wanted to live in the city, and the city meant Manhattan.

— Dani Shapiro

I find L.A. kind of romantic, actually. As a movie junkie, it’s a city that was built by the movies. There’s something really weird and surreal about it that I find energizing.

— Damien Chazelle

I think, especially living in L.A., it’s very easy to get wrapped up in weekend announcements and the trades and the whole social life of the city, and to get divorced from what actually matters.

— Damien Chazelle

What I love about jazz is that it’s full of legends, full of myths. It’s an oral history because it started in New Orleans and Kansas City, under the radar.

— Damien Chazelle

Most people live in the city and go to the country at the weekend, and that’s posh and aristocratic, but actually to live in the country and come to London when you can’t take it any more is different.

— Damien Hirst

And then, build a bustling wonderful city of the 21st century, with a restoration of a spectacular skyline, which Manhattan, of course, needs. So, that is really the design as a whole.

— Daniel Libeskind

My dad grew up in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, desperate to get to London. I grew up in London, so I don’t know what it’s like to yearn for the big city from a small town.

— Daniel Radcliffe

I cannot emphasize just how dangerous it is cycling in the city. Especially now. Even though it is against the law to do this, you’ll see people texting while they drive.

— Dan Hill

I grew up in a city, I’m a city person – I go on holiday and I’m bored.

— Danny Boyle

Maybe every city has a unique sensibility, but we don’t have names for what they are or haven’t identified them all. We can’t pinpoint exactly what makes each city’s people unique yet.

— David Byrne

New York has always been a city of change and a city about change, and it is a back-leading development. Nobody’s going to want to come to New York if it looks like another strip mall.

— Debbie Harry

I used to watch my grandmother make fancy, Julia Child-style beef bourguignon. And growing up in New York City, I was exposed to many cultures. I experimented with Puerto Rican and Jamaican food.

— Debi Mazar

I’m a New Yorker now, and believe me, there’s no comparison between the Big Apple and Kalamazoo, no similarity at all. New York City’s hectic, always in fast-forward, and Kalamazoo’s more laid-back, smaller, slower.

— Derek Jeter

I’m the No. 1 developer in New York, I’m the biggest in Atlantic City, and maybe we’ll keep it that way.

— Donald Trump

I grew up in New York City, a town with different races, religions, and peoples. It breeds tolerance.

— Donald Trump

I never thought of London in terms of possible heroes – of course, there are thousands. It’s a very talented city.

— Doris Lessing

Texas has an established trade office in Mexico City, as do other Texan cities. They have a more mature trade relationship with Mexico, and I want to make Arizona a leader in this area also.

— Doug Ducey

Washington isn’t a city, it’s an abstraction.

— Dylan Thomas

In Minneapolis, I learned that there are more theaters per square mile than in any U.S. city but New York, and we also had great Midwestern beef in our salads in a plaza overlooking the national headquarters of Target, Inc.

— Darin Strauss

Surprisingly, Manhattan casts a sort of undersized shadow onto Long Island. Where I grew up, everyone seemed totally disconnected from the city – ours could have been any suburb, anywhere – though when traffic was thin, it took us only half an hour to get into midtown.

— Darin Strauss

The nameless loser in Jay McInerney’s ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ is going to the dogs like a gentleman. He is too smart to blame anyone for the impasse he has come to, hip enough to know he does not know enough, too sophisticated to masquerade as an anti-hero.

— Darryl Pinckney

I went to Saudi Arabia in 2010, and spent most of my time in Jeddah and the King Abdullah Economic City.

— Dave Eggers

There are only a few places that I go where people recognize me anyway. I have to be at the right place, in the right city. It’s not really that much of an issue.

— Davey Havok

If you’re in a major city, there’s a 25-year cycle. In Vegas, it’s probably 10 or 15 years, except for those landmark places like Spago or Nobu. In Vegas, you have to reinvent yourself once in a while.

— Daniel Boulud

I’ve always loved it in Las Vegas, and it is the only city in the world that brings so many different talented people from so many places.

— Daniel Boulud

I have never tried to fiddle my role as leader of the city of Sheffield, as an MP or as a minister.

— David Blunkett

Being an MP is not a desperately hard life, like going down the pit or working in the steelworks – with which I am all too familiar, having been brought up in the city of Sheffield and it certainly isn’t badly paid compared with any of my constituents.

— David Blunkett

I do not go outdoors… As far as I’m concerned, the whole point of living in New York City is indoors. You want greenery? Order the spinach.

— David Rakoff

He was somebody who made me think, I suppose, about the contemplative life. I’ve always been a city fellow, but I’ve often had vague thoughts about ‘checking out’ and perhaps going into a monastery and just seeing what it was like.

— Derek Jacobi

Because that is what such a city is, in the New World, a writer’s heaven.

— Derek Walcott

This is Port of Spain to me, a city ideal in its commercial and human proportions, where a citizen is a walker and not a pedestrian, and this is how Athens may have been before it became a cultural echo.

— Derek Walcott

People often think of New York as a city, a concrete jungle with soaring skyscrapers and yellow taxis and the bright lights of Times Square. And it is that, in part. But beyond that, it’s rolling hills of fruit orchards and fields of grain and ice-cold waters brimming with oysters.

— Daniel Humm

Everyone comes to live in New York because they want to achieve something, and for that reason, there’s this energy in the city that is just electrifying and inspiring.

— Daniel Humm

I went to graduate school in Iowa City, at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where the most passionate thing I did was attend University of Iowa basketball games.

— David Shields

When you’re in New York City or Boston or something, you feel surrounded by cities and by culture.

— David Shields

In February of 1972, a snowstorm blew into Kansas City, and I decided to hitchhike to California. The roads were icy, snowflakes howling, and nobody would drive me to the highway, so I humped through the snow and ice and caught a ride with a concerned cop to the Kansas Turnpike.

— Daniel Woodrell

I’m convinced that the place, if you have your druthers, to go to have that experience is New York City.

— Dabney Coleman

Where a city is only focused on one aspect, it becomes a city without a soul, not a city people want to live in.

— Damian Woetzel

Devo and The Cramps didn’t get big until they went to New York City. Chrissie Hynde didn’t get big until she moved to London. When I was growing up, there wasn’t even a place to play – just one little bar. If we wanted to have a gig, then we had to drive 45 minutes up to Cleveland.

— Dan Auerbach

The kids that are making the ghetto stuff I can’t even reach are the ones that are inspiring me to play music for the other kids in the city they don’t even know about. If I don’t get those kids making music, there won’t be an original kid DJing like me in five to 10 years.

— Diplo

In 2012, the city of Austin erected an eight-foot-tall bronze statue of Willie Nelson in the heart of the business district. Schoolchildren, churchgoers, tourists, slackers, conventioneers, tech geeks – everybody, it seems – now congregate around this ponytailed shrine to outlaw country.

— Douglas Brinkley

I did a movie called ‘Clueless’ when I was first starting out. And with that paycheck, I went and bought a car, which I had no use for, because I lived in New York City, where you can take a train for a dollar anywhere. But instead, I bought a $20,000 car with a $12,000 check.

— Donald Faison

Hollywood, the business, would be just fine if someone were to destroy the Hollywood sign. The city’s there is the airport – its point of entry and exit, and in some ways its identity.

— Dana Goodyear

Los Angeles is a city of few hard targets. Its iconic buildings are private spaces, mostly residential, visible by invitation only or in the pages of a Taschen book. Its central industry is as mirage-like as the projection of light on a screen.

— Dana Goodyear

Like the rest of the city, LAX is coming of age.

— Dana Goodyear

Los Angeles is a good city in which to be a reporter. Always entertaining, always an incubator.

— Dana Goodyear

I locate a great deal of the power of Occupy Wall Street in the name itself, ‘Occupy Wall Street,’ or ‘#OccupyWallStreet.’ It works because the name contains everything you need to know: the tactic and the target. The name is also modular. You can create your own offshoot in your own city.

— Dana Spiotta

I began visiting Lima’s prisons back in 2007, when my first novel, ‘Lost City Radio,’ was published in Peru.

— Daniel Alarcon

One of the big luxuries of being in Antwerp is that I can easily walk in the city. In Paris and New York, I am more recognized.

— Dries van Noten

If I had the hand strength to sign autographs for everybody in Kansas City, I would… but its just impossible to get to everyone.

— Dante Hall

When ‘Sex and the City’ aired its first season, people didn’t know about HBO as a place for original series. People weren’t saying, ‘Oh I’ve got to watch ‘Sex and the City’!’ They found it later. In some ways, it helped change what people thought of HBO.

— Darren Star

I grew up in D.C. but always had a love affair with New York. I did ‘Central Park West,’ ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Law & Order.’

— Darren Star

When I did ‘Sex and the City,’ it was like, ‘Let’s do a comedy where the humor is not coming from innuendo but from the a truthful place. This is a show where we’re going to be able to say and do what we want.’

— Darren Star

I think people have this sort of idea that ‘Sex and the City’ was this overnight sensation, and that can’t be farther from the truth.

— Darren Star

I think ‘Sex and the City’ is a chapter that will never close. In a wonderful way, it’s always going to be an open chapter because it seems like new generations discover the show and relate to it, which is amazing, and you can’t hope for that.

— Darren Star

I met Kevin when I was 19, at a Second City workshop. We were paired up together in the first class I went to. By the end of the class we formed our improv group, and over the next three years we performed leading up to the formation of The Kids in the Hall.

— Dave Foley

When I first came to New York City, what I was thrilled about was not the Empire State Building, or the Statue of Liberty it was the fireplugs in the street. These things that Jack Kirby had drawn. Or these cylindrical water towers on top of buildings that Steve Ditko’s ‘Spider-Man’ fights used to happen in and around.

— Dave Gibbons

The Yankees won the pennant, we went on to the World Series, 41 years after that in the city of Toronto. The great city of Toronto, and all the provinces in Canada, everybody reached out and they were excited because we won the first World Series ever, across the border.

— Dave Winfield

Historic Amsterdam, that old part you first see when you turn up at Centraal Station, may have its monuments, but it’s also the most tawdry and overcrowded part of the city.

— David Hewson

Bejart is almost never performed in New York City critically, he just gets attacked here.

— David Hallberg

I love filming in London. In New York, every street is familiar because you have seen it in a movie. They mythologise their own city. You’re forever trying to get down streets that have been blocked off because of shooting. In London, they don’t put up with it they’re grumpy.

— Douglas Hodge

Edinburgh is a sort of gothic fairytale city, and it can be a gothic horror city as well.

— David MacKenzie

Liverpool has always made me brave, choice-wise. It was never a city that criticised anyone for taking a chance.

— David Morrissey

This might sound really foolish, but when I came to Edinburgh in 1988 I had spent nearly all my life living south of Bristol, and I was just amazed that a city like Edinburgh was actually in the British isles.

— David Nicholls

Clearly, then, the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.

— Desmond Morris

The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.

— Desmond Morris

Look at where I lived! Four blocks from Lincoln Center. I used to play in the fountain. And then I started taking dance lessons. I was in ‘The Nutcracker’ for the N.Y. City Ballet when I was 8 and dancing in ‘The Firebird’ for George Balanchine when I was 9. Believe me, that’s something you don’t ever forget.

— Diane Paulus

I don’t know if I’d want to do that anymore, because you always get bigger laughs on college campuses. So, when the film plays in front of a city audience, you’ve probably cut too loosely.

— David Zucker

In 1900, as the immigrants come down the gangplank into Jersey City, they expect the streets to be paved with gold, and they were only paved with gold in Frank Baum’s ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ of course.

— David Levering Lewis

Though Tikal may have been settled by at least 600 B.C., most of the city’s edifices were built during what is called the Classic period of Maya history, from A.D. 250 to 900.

— David Roberts

It seems that in Baltimore, one of the most violent cities in America, jurors are far more reluctant to convict criminal defendants than in the suburban enclaves that ring the city.

— David Simon

They have seized upon the government by bribery and corruption. They have made speculation and public robbery a science. They have loaded the nation, the state, the county, and the city with debt.

— Denis Kearney

New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.

— Djuna Barnes

About six months after I moved to New York City, I was literally down to my last twenty dollars when a friend of mine from college got me a job at an Upper East side gym. I ran the cafe, and I was the janitor. It was an unfortunate combination of duties, to say the least.

— Donna Lynne Champlin

I did live through Katrina and also Hurricane Rita, which hit Lake Charles. Interestingly, when Katrina hit, they evacuated and Lake Charles was one of the evacuation destinations. We opened up the civic center of the city to the evacuees and provided them free medical and psychiatric care there.

— Dale Archer

There were eleven publishers in New York City, and when it was all over, I think it went down to four or five, and then finally just the three of them, the Big Three.

— Dan DeCarlo

I guess it kind of stemmed from my father. He was a union guy working for the meat plant down in Kansas City. He was a union guy, and I guess it was just in my blood.

— David Cone

Some of us claim that New York City is the capital of the country, indeed the capital of the world. Now, that may be a bit much for those who don’t come from New York, but clearly we are an important city for reasons of our cultural advantages.

— David Dinkins

Rome is my most favorite city, so I really enjoy to stay here and the whole tournament.

— Daniela Hantuchova

Investment banks started recruiting at Harvard back in the day, and they’d fly me down to New York City and I was so poor so I would take advantage of the free flight, the per diem, the hotel. And then I would go audition for stuff.

— Dean Norris

I ran the effort to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City. We lost – on a global scale. To my surprise, life went on, and I learnt that nobody cares about your failures as much as you do.

— Daniel L. Doctoroff

When I was growing up, I just wanted to be somewhere else. I didn’t like living in Knockemstiff, and I figured when I got older, I’d move off to some big city.

— Donald Ray Pollock

Venetians feel affection and loyalty to their city, rather than to the Italian state.

— Donna Leon

We can talk about Manchester! I like coming here, it’s a wicked city. It’s my second favourite city in England after London. I like Liverpool too but there’s a lot more to do in Manchester.

— Dave Mason

Washington, D.C. is a city filled with people who believe they are important.

— David Brinkley

The first comic book I ever bought, I was in third grade. It was ‘Avengers,’ I think, #240. I grew up in Kansas City. And I walked into a 7-11. I had seen, like, ‘The Hulk’ TV series. I knew about comic book heroes. I knew about it, but I hadn’t actually had a physical comic in my hands until that time. And it was a big deal for me.

— David Dastmalchian

When I retired in 2006, I stayed for a further two years in England. I stayed because I wanted to be in England without being a footballer, without the rhythm. I wanted to enjoy the city.

— Dennis Bergkamp

Moving to Flagstaff from the big city of Melbourne taught me what it takes to become a better runner. For one, there is the altitude, but more importantly, seeking the best is about being surrounded by the best.

— David McNeill

I had never been to the playoffs, and it was exciting. The fans went through the roof. They were excited about the whole team. It was great to be traded to a city like Chicago, which was a lot like Boston.

— Dennis Eckersley

I grew up in the Midwest, so I have sort of an honorable moral code. But I moved to a city and joined a sort of fast crowd. A lot of people who grew up in the city sort of aren’t aware of manners and other ways of life and ‘common decency.’

— Derek Blasberg

Los Angeles is an amazing city to live in, but the traffic is unbelievable. It’s overwhelming at times. It’s the source of a lot of frustration.

— David Sutcliffe

I didn’t realize Boston was so easy to get around. In my head, I imagined Boston being this really sprawling city.

— Dean O’Gorman

Except for Carrie Bradshaw’s in the opening credits of ‘Sex and the City,’ I don’t know if the tutu has ever really been trendy, but I want to wear one. I want to dance around in it, and I want that to be socially acceptable.

— Devin Kelley

Without individuals feeling safe and having an environment of safety, they then have reluctance of taking part in the city of being active. They wind up wanting to leave the city. That’s more detrimental.

— Dick Powell

Peoria is such a seemingly quintessential American city, and I had always wanted to draw on that in either my fiction or in nonfiction. The Midwest is also a landscape that I have always been infatuated with, perhaps because it’s the first one I can truly remember.

— Dinaw Mengestu

In the 1970s in New York, everyone slept till noon. It was a grungy, dangerous, bankrupt city without normal services most of the time. The garbage piled up and stank during long strikes by the sanitation workers. A major blackout led to days and days of looting. The city seemed either frightening or risible to the rest of the nation.

— Edmund White

My first job was with an auto plant, Kansas City – they treated you like slaves. From there I went back to Chicago, worked in steel mills, drove a cab, stuff like that.

— Ed Asner

Water, water, everywhere, Atlantic and Pacific. But New York City’s got them beat, Our aqua is terrific!

— Ed Koch

When I came in, the city was on the edge of bankruptcy. I’m proud of what I did. I built the foundation that mayors after me built upon – particularly Bloomberg. But the foundation was essential because if it hadn’t occurred, we would have been another Detroit.

— Ed Koch

I was not afraid of the press or the militants. It was uncomfortable, but I was not afraid. With respect to the press, I knew I knew more than they knew about city matters. With respect to the militants, I understood it. I mean, everybody believed in those days that they were being screwed, you know, that somebody was getting ahead of them.

— Ed Koch

I grew up in a middle class English family just outside London. I wasn’t surrounded by that speedy city lifestyle, it was a little mellower.

— Ed Westwick

Well, I’ve always been interested in approaching a big city in a train, and I can’t exactly describe the sensations, but they’re entirely human and perhaps have nothing to do with aesthetics.

— Edward Hopper

I think to see American troops in an American city is, you know, the sum of all of our fears.

— Edward Zwick

I’ve been mayor of the city of Jerusalem, which is perhaps, in some ways, more complex and more difficult than a ministerial position.

— Ehud Olmert

I’ve become convinced that Los Angeles is going to become the next contemporary art capital – no other city has more contemporary gallery space than Los Angeles. We’ve come into our own, finally.

— Eli Broad

At Guantanamo Bay, we could create a West Berlin, a free small city within the Communist nation that could trade freely with the U.S. and elect its own officials.

— Elliott Abrams

We use American influence with Israel not to promote economic growth in the West Bank, but to try and impede Jewish – never Arab – construction in the capital city.

— Elliott Abrams

Marathon Day in Boston and all of Massachusetts, it’s Patriot’s Day, and it’s a big celebration for us. It’s a day when we’re kind of the whole world’s city there.

— Elizabeth Warren

What Mexico City cannot do and my country cannot do is to allow us to be intimidated, the authorities to be intimidated, by organized crime.

— Enrique Pena Nieto

It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.

— Epicurus

My parents genuinely loved Vienna, and in later years I learned from them why the city exerted a powerful hold on them and other Jews. My parents loved the dialect of Vienna, its cultural sophistication, and artistic values.

— Eric Kandel

Bolivia’s majority Indian population was always excluded, politically oppressed and culturally alienated. Our national wealth, our raw materials, was plundered. Indios were once treated like animals here. In the 1930s and 40s, they were sprayed with DDT to kill the vermin on their skin and in their hair whenever they came into the city.

— Evo Morales

It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.

— Erica Jong

Every day, in every city and town across the country, police officers are performing vital services that help make their communities safer.

— Eric Schneiderman

The people who have the strongest opinion about everything have never left their city, their town, haven’t left their ‘hood, haven’t left their area, their corner of the world. They don’t read. They’ve never left their house.

— Estelle

I stayed three weeks in Paris, fell in love with the city, and decided that I was born to live in Paris.

— Ed Bradley

In a way, Jersey really supports rock, maybe more than New York City and Long Island. I know plenty of bands that tour and do much better at Starland or other clubs in New Jersey than others in the tri-state area.

— Eddie Trunk

Rio’s a beautiful city, a vibrant place, special place.

— Eduardo Paes

Every time you think of a city, you have to think green, green, green. Every time you see concrete jungle, you must find open spaces. And when you find open spaces, make it so people can get to them.

— Eduardo Paes

I don’t want to compare my city to Zurich thank God we’re not that boring. Rio is advancing fast, but we’re at a different phase in our civilization.

— Eduardo Paes

Taking it as a whole, Mexico is a grand city, and, as Cortes truly said, its situation is marvellous.

— Edward Burnett Tylor

I’m a straight shooter, a New York City girl. I see things as they are and call them as they are.

— Elisabeth Rohm

When you’re walking around in Shanghai, I called it the City of Near Misses, because they do not stop for pedestrians. And the pedestrians do not have the right of way. It’s those little things that no one tells you.

— Eliza Coupe

One of a handful of films made in Detroit, ‘8 Mile’ doesn’t feature the Motown renaissance that Mayor Coleman A. Young dreamed of in the 1970s. Instead, it’s the beaten-down city: 8 Mile refers to the line of demarcation between Detroit and suburban, mostly white Oakland County.

— Elvis Mitchell

There are people walking around the streets of Kansas City who are unemployed, while one of our largest employers is not only sending jobs aboard, but then turning around and making a statement about preserving jobs.

— Emanuel Cleaver

When I first met my husband, he was sculpting Vilnius out of clay – a sort of Vilnius, anyhow: a map of an imaginary European city based on the Lithuanian capital – to illustrate his second novel.

— Elizabeth McCracken

New York is like the weirdest city in the United States, in a great way, and Los Angeles is probably more similar to most of America.

— Ellie Kemper

I was born in New York City but grew up across the Hudson River in Alpine, New Jersey.

— Eric Maskin

When I thought about Detroit, I would think big city, very urban – not a lot of places to walk around, not a lot of parks. I sort of pictured Manhattan almost, where, besides Central Park, it’s all city and big buildings. But now that I’m here, you see people pushing strollers, people hanging out in the park.

— Erin Cummings

Starting my career in London was no accident because the city and the industry here are all about theatre and drama, and I respond well to that.

— Erin O’Connor

By tradition, Beijing is a city of walls, sheltering its intrigues and ambitions behind a series of concentric barriers from the Great Wall down to courtyard homes that draw sunlight only from the gardens at their core.

— Evan Osnos

When I lived in Beijing in 1996, it was a horizontal city. If you wanted to go out for a burger, if you wanted to really treat yourself, you went to this place called the Jianguo Hotel. The architect had proudly described it as a perfect replica of a Holiday Inn that he had seen in Palo Alto, California.

— Evan Osnos

Once I became interested in China, I flew to Beijing in 1996 to spend half a year studying Mandarin. The city stunned me.

— Evan Osnos

Ay, rail at gaming – ’tis a rich topic, and affords noble declamation. Go, preach against it in the city – you’ll find a congregation in every tavern.

— Edward Moore

I dropped out of high school three days into my senior year because I hated it because New York City public school is a mess. I certainly wasn’t one for sitting in a classroom. Then I went off to college to North Carolina School of the Arts, then quit that after two years.

— Erich Bergen

L.A. is such an exotic city to me, and it is just a big bubble. If you accept the bubble and accept how isolated it is. It can be a very creative place, and I find it easy to focus.

— Erik Hassle

When you’re in New York City or Los Angeles, even if you’re not dealing with show business, there’s still this sense that it’s the center of the universe. And I think that’s a really dangerous, limiting mindset.

— Ed Helms

I like being from a city that is not entrenched in show business. When you’re in New York City or Los Angeles, even if you’re not dealing with show business, there’s still this sense that it’s the center of the universe.

— Ed Helms

Like Venice, Italy, New Orleans is a cultural treasure. And everyone who lived in the city should be allowed to come back. But that doesn’t mean that they all should live in exactly the same spot that they lived before.

— Ed McMahon

I took a plane from New York City to Los Angeles for an audition. I met all the people. After that, I was told to have another audition, but I didn’t want to go there again.

— Ed O’Neill

I’m trying to photograph an old offshore oil city that is lying in decay in the Caspian Sea, but I’ve been having a hard time getting there.

— Edward Burtynsky

In conformity with these designs on the city of Washington, and notwithstanding the disastrous results of the invasion of 1862, it was determined by the Rebel government last summer to resume the offensive in that direction.

— Edward Everett

Few cities have been more definitely impressed upon the imagination of the world than San Francisco, this gray-hilled city on the peninsula by the hospitable bay, where Saint Francis protects the ships as he protected the birds of Assisi.

— Edwin Markham

Paris will give bicyclists more rights when it installs 4,300 signs throughout the city, allowing them to barrel though red lights and turn right on red.

— Elaine Sciolino

In Toronto, I grew up taking a subway, I grew up taking a bus. I spent my formative adult years in New York City, walking the streets, taking the subway. You’re connected to the larger whole. L.A. is so spread out, and you’re so incubated inside those cars and it’s so exhausting to deal with the traffic, without really having the human contact.

— Enrico Colantoni

If all I ever wrote about was inner city freaks, I think it would be dishonest.

— Eric Bogosian

When I started, there weren’t that many kids doing it in the city, but the in the wave after me there were a lot of them and they actually never spoke to each other.

— Eric San

Suzhou is an ancient city full of old gardens that are very famous in China. It is very beautiful. Plus, I met my boyfriend there!

— Fei Fei Sun

If a large city can, after intense intellectual efforts, choose for its mayor a man who merely will not steal from it, we consider it a triumph of the suffrage.

— Frank Moore Colby

Why should we build very large spaces when they are not necessary? We can design halls spanning several kilometres and covering a whole city, but we have to ask, what does it really make? What does society really need?

— Frei Otto

I worked as a teacher in the public school system in New York City for several years, and I was a victim of the layoffs, you know, in the mid-’70s. And then I worked as a sales engineer for a company in New Jersey that was selling industrial filtration equipment.

— Feisal Abdul Rauf

My son is a Liverpool fan, and he was already kicking a ball before he was one. He was born in the football city he had no choice.

— Fernando Torres

In a city, it’s very hard to do a restaurant, an avant-garde-cuisine restaurant, where each year you need to change the whole menu.

— Ferran Adria

The San Gabriel Mountains rise like a rampart at the edge of the city, safeguarding more than 500,000 acres of mature forests, mountain streams, dramatic waterfalls, and towering peaks that reach over 9,000 feet. These untamed places attract bighorn sheep, mountain lions, and other threatened or endangered species.

— Frances Beinecke

The entire world is now a rival to Silicon Valley. No country, state, region, nor city has a lock on innovation in technology anymore.

— Fred Wilson

Vienna is a handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly.

— Frederic Chopin

The British have been particularly shy about the issues of financial regulation, and attentive only to the interests of the City – hence their reluctance to see the introduction of a tax on financial transactions and tax harmonisation in Europe.

— Francois Hollande

Every man needs a good, solid watch. My favorite watch is the Presidential Rolex. I own many watches, but this one is usually the one on my wrist. I buy mine in the Diamond District in New York City. Classic.

— French Montana

Certain citizens claimed I had disgraced the fair name of the city of Limerick, that I had attacked the church, that I had despoiled my mother’s name, and that if I returned to Limerick, I would surely be found hanging from a lamppost.

— Frank McCourt

I drive a lot. Just for pleasure. Sometimes I’ll get in the Cadillac and drive around the city or the country, kind of trying to get lost basically. Y’know, just see where roads lead.

— Frank Black

I grew up in New York City. In elementary school, I was a charter member of the Scribble Scrabble Club, and in high school, my poems were published in an anthology of student poetry.

— Gail Carson Levine

In 2014, Utah cities Salt Lake City and Provo both surpassed Silicon Valley in per-deal venture capital averages. From large, multi-campus companies to promising start-ups, Silicon Slopes offers a promising climate for businesses. The entire tech industry has its eyes on Utah.

— Gary Herbert

San Franciscans know we live in the most beautiful city in the world, a jewel on the edge of the Golden Gate.

— Gavin Newsom

San Francisco lags behind other communities in providing a vital, vibrant and ecologically sustainable urban canopy, as well as open space in the city.

— Gavin Newsom

As Mayor of San Francisco, I will work hard to ensure that, in the event of natural or man-made disasters, San Franciscans are prepared and our City is protected.

— Gavin Newsom

San Francisco can no longer afford to be a city divided between downtown and neighborhoods, with a downtown that becomes a ghost town when workers go home for the evening.

— Gavin Newsom

How do I love Tim McGraw? Let me count the ways: I love that he’s a country boy with a city sensibility. I love that he refuses to be pegged, and his duet with Nelly proves it. And I really love that he had the brains to marry Faith Hill.

— Gayle King

You may name a bronze statue ‘Liberty,’ or a painted figure in a city hall ‘Commerce,’ or a marble form in a temple ‘Athene’ or ‘Venus’ but what is really there is only a representation of a single woman.

— George Edward Woodberry

If you stand still in any city long enough, you see everyone pass you by. So you’re in Chicago. If you stand on the corner of Belmont and Clark, and you do that for three years, you’ll pretty much have seen everybody in Chicago pass that junction.

— Glen Hansard

I think the main influence has been living in New York City. Aside from all the crap around 9/11, I find it very demanding to think amid all the noise and visual pollution.

— George Murray

When you look at a city, you know, it looks so unique. You feel this kind of uniqueness, you know, and especially if you go from a big city to a small city or if you go from one country to another. Cities look very different, often. They even feel very different. You know, and they are, of course. They certainly are.

— Geoffrey West

It’s hard to kill a city, but easy to kill a company.

— Geoffrey West

The bigger the city is, the less infrastructure you need per capita.

— Geoffrey West

Slums could be thought of as the development of a special organ, or they could be thought of as a tumor that’s grown, and in some ways is unhealthy and could ultimately lead to the city’s destruction. My own feeling is that slums are probably a bit of both.

— Geoffrey West

Years ago, as I was beginning my professional career on Wall Street, I volunteered as a Big Brother in New York City.

— Gerald Chertavian

Now, all of a sudden, every college and every university has an opera theater. Every little city has its little group.

— Gian Carlo Menotti

You have to accept that Batman is a fact of life in Gotham City, and on top of that, you have to accept that somehow this city manages to function with a police force that’s 90% corrupt.

— Greg Rucka

I moved up over Lower East Side and I was adopted by eight foster parents I lived all over New York City with these parents, man, till I was about ten years old.

— Gregory Corso

I think that I’ve tried many times to get Cuba in my writings, especially Havana, which was once a great and fascinating city.

— Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Driving through Dresden, I still remember the many palaces, happily decorated with cherubs and other symbols of the baroque era. The city made an indelible impression on me.

— Gunter Blobel

The ‘Ms. Marvel’ mantle has passed to ‘Kamala Khan,’ a high school student from Jersey City who struggles to reconcile being an American teenager with the conservative customs of her Pakistani Muslim family.

— G. Willow Wilson

The script for what would eventually become my first graphic novel, ‘Cairo,’ sort of came to me in kind of a bolt of lightning within 24 hours of having moved to that city. Just a jumble of characters and narratives and interesting things that I was seeing and experiencing for the first time.

— G. Willow Wilson

I don’t want to compare myself to somebody like Fitzgerald or Hemingway, but I feel like, for some writers, going to a certain city, a certain place, is what kickstarts your imaginative process.

— G. Willow Wilson

It’s a shame about California, and particularly about L.A., where they’ve demolished so many landmarks. It’s a bit of a disease there, where if anything is over 30 years old, they sort of knock it down and replace it. It’s a strange town, it’s this sprawling suburb, and then there’s a city, the old town.

— Gary Oldman

The City of London has never been known for understanding technology and has never matched Silicon Valley’s tradition of knowledgeable investment in technology start-ups, just as the U.K. government has never matched the vast investment made by the U.S. government.

— Geoff Mulgan

The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.

— George Santayana

On a bus, your eyes, ears, and pores are open absorbing in the variety, the wonder, and the magic of the city. It’s a wonderful way to get to know the city.

— George Takei

In New York, Kid Carter was pure vanilla for a city with stronger tastes.

— George Vecsey

In California, I’m more of a beach chick, and I kind of take on a model city girl when I’m in New York.

— Gigi Hadid

I only box. It’s the only thing that keeps me sane. I can’t just go to the gym and run. I’d rather die. I played volleyball and rode horses my entire life, so just, like, moving to a city and having to go the gym was just, like, so weird for me.

— Gigi Hadid

As for my support for Obama, remember that I was brought up in Washington. It was an all-black city when I was a kid. And I’ve always been very pro-African-American – or whatever phrase we now use.

— Gore Vidal

Conquer your neighbourhood, conquer your city, conquer your country, and then go after the rest of the world. That’s my mantra.

— Grandmaster Flash

There is a certain ancient civility about tailors that is welcome – especially in modern London, which is now very much an international city, not an English city. They’re still a little vessel of Englishness in what is otherwise a pretty rambunctious place.

— Graydon Carter

Those who remember New York in the 1970s, as I do, look back on a city that had hit a very rough patch – decaying, bankrupt, and crime-ridden. But fun.

— Graydon Carter

Growing up in Kansas City, I was always neat, the teacher’s pet, know-it-all type.

— Gretchen Rubin

Detroit is drunken idiots. It was no surprise to me. I performed with Kenny Rogers for one year as his opening act, and I got to visit every major American city and notice the audience, and Detroit was one of the worst.

— Gallagher

I love everything about playing for Newcastle, the club, the fans and the city.

— Gary Speed

Los Angeles is a very special city. It’s a great ethnic mix, a great cultural mix.

— Gustavo Dudamel

You always spend a little more time watching the guys you coached, to see how they’re playing. And there’s no question that when I check scores, I still go to the Nuggets scorer faster than any other scores. I have a lot of love for the players and a lot of love for the city.

— George Karl

What I’m going to be given I gather is not the key to the city, which in many cities is the case. It’s the freedom medal, and for me freedom has always been associated traditionally within the city.

— George Woodcock

My mother was 13 when I was born. My childhood was pretty frantic, to say the least. My mother left when I was about 5, and Daddy started me singing in clubs. Then I started singing on the radio in Oklahoma City when I was 7.

— Georgia Holt

Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.

— Giotto di Bondone

It is evident that in the period designated as that of the kings, when Rome commenced her career of conquest, she was, for that time and country, a great and wealthy city.

— Goldwin Smith

Paris is a city that liberates you as a woman from all your sins that you think you are guilty of it washes away all of that, and you are free.

— Golshifteh Farahani

As the daughter of immigrants, growing up in New York City, you are either at the table or on the menu.

— Grace Meng

Rome is a place almost worn out by being looked at, a city collapsing under the weight of reference.

— Graham Joyce

London is really nice, and I’m really happy here, but, of course, I’ve moved here to play football and not just to be in the city.

— Granit Xhaka

I could’ve always worked shows, clubs, Las Vegas and Atlantic City, but I was successful in business ventures, and things weren’t happening in show business, so I said, ‘Let me see what I can do.’

— Gabe Kaplan

When I was in New York, the whole vibe was really just not matching with me. I was kind of super depressed in New York. It just had this vibe of ‘Get out,’ you know? I would try to get out, and we’d look back and just see the city and feel like, ‘Oh, I have to go back to prison again.’

— Gallant

Whenever I go to a new city, whether visiting or vacationing, I would always make that a point to get to the record store early on, just to get my bearings and see what was going on around town.

— Gary Calamar

The Illinois Constitution was written before they realized they’d have a city the size of Chicago in the state. The constitution had severe limits on the ability of any city to raise monies through taxes and bonds. When Chicago grew explosively, they had to come up with ways of getting more money to do more things.

— Gary Krist

I live in New York, and I love New York as well, but I think Los Angeles is a place where if you have the right person with you, there are all these little worlds that you would never guess by just looking at the exterior of what the city is.

— Greta Gerwig

I didn’t know the city at all, but I was so happy to be in New York I cried. I was so excited.

— Greta Gerwig

I hate feeling like a prisoner. I show up somewhere, and I can’t explore the city because there’s, like, 6,000 to 10,000 people on the lookout for me.

— Halsey

Actors, you have to wait for people to give you work, or you have to make your own stuff. But standup, I could just say, ‘I want to do standup in 30 minutes,’ and I can go do standup. Or I could just say, ‘I want to do standup in a few weeks in this city.’

— Hannibal Buress

I would go from one city to the next, inspired by the monks in the Middle Ages, who would carry knowledge from one monastery to the next monastery.

— Hans-Ulrich Obrist

I’ve changed Sydney. It’s my city, my people. I’m theirs. We belong to each other.

— Harry Triguboff

In baseball, you pack your uniform in the clubhouse after a ball game, and you see it hanging up in your locker when you get to your next city.

— Harmon Killebrew

Everything that I have professionally, and so much of what I have personally, is because of this great, fair city, and to see it being drowned like this is almost unbearable.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

I’m sure that there are reasonable people that had some reasonable projections about the future of New Orleans, but none of those could include not trying to rebuild the city and make it better than it was before.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

A little acting debut in Spin City, with Michael J. Fox, which opened up a whole new door for me.

— Heidi Klum

I remember once Manchester United were ahead of Manchester City by eight points and ended up losing it, so everything is possible in this life.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang’s feeble imagination.

— Henry Miller

We city dwellers, we residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, are for the most part urbanized to some extent. We know deadlines, start times and traffic.

— Henry Rollins

I urge you to read the Occupy Manifesto, written by the New York City General Assembly. It is unavoidably clear. This is not directionless action. If it were, the media would have moved on.

— Henry Rollins

No one thinks of Mexico and Peru as black. But Mexico and Peru together got 700,000 Africans in the slave trade. The coast of Acapulco was a black city in the 1870s. And the Veracruz Coast on the gulf of Mexico and the Costa Chica, south of Acapulco are traditional black lands.

— Henry Louis Gates

We can’t all work in the inner city. And, I don’t even think that it is incumbent upon an African-American intellectual to be concerned in their work with problems of race and class. It’s just one of the things, that we here at the DuBois Institute, are concerned about.

— Henry Louis Gates

A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.

— Herb Caen

The city is as large as Seville or Cordova its streets, I speak of the principal ones, are very wide and straight some of these, and all the inferior ones, are half land and half water, and are navigated by canoes.

— Hernan Cortes

An abundant supply of excellent water, forming a volume equal in bulk to the human body, is conveyed by one of these pipes, and distributed about the city, where it is used by the inhabitants for drink and other purposes.

— Hernan Cortes

This city has many public squares, in which are situated the markets and other places for buying and selling.

— Hernan Cortes

I found myself at dusk in the bewitching Roman city of Jerash with H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan one year, and scrambling with hardened paparazzi to get an image of the Princess of Wales in a tiny Nepalese clinic in the foothills of the Himalayas another.

— Hamish Bowles

The design of a dress, furniture, a house, a room, a street and a city are all the same process.

— Gianfranco Ferre

My parents had been involved in the labor movement if we’d grown up in the city, we would have been red-diaper babies.

— Holly Near

In any city or town, you can find a good, rocking Italian place. The most unhealthy thing on the menu? I’ll have two of those!

— Hunter Hayes

Seattle is a place I’ve lived only a couple of years, but I feel like I’ve been adopted by this city. It’s like a hug. I’ve been recognized on planes, in the airport and by cabdrivers. I don’t get that anywhere else in the country.

— Hari Kondabolu

I played in Europe and it was a great experience, not just because of my team-mates and the coaches we had, but from the fans and the city itself – I played in Gothenburg and I played in Lyon and soccer was everywhere.

— Hope Solo

I’ve always liked street lights, and I’ve always photographed them. I probably have a collection of two to three thousand photographs of them, just around the city, mainly at night.

— Harmony Korine

I was born in the shadow of World War II, on December 18, 1939, on the South Shore of Long Island, a product of the early -wentieth-century emigration of Eastern European Jewry to New York City and its environs.

— Harold E. Varmus

Why did I become a writer? Because I grew up in New York City, and there were seven newspapers in New York City, and my family was an inveterate reader of newspapers and I loved holding a paper in my hand. It was something sacred.

— H. G. Bissinger

I love New York. It’s hard to explain, but it’s the energy of the city. It’s not like L.A. where everything is spread out.

— Hailey Baldwin

When Niki and I moved to Paris, there was also the challenge of Paris, an extremely daunting city.

— Harry Mathews

Starbucks has stores in America in many, many communities that are governed by many, many different municipalities. Starbucks cannot dictate to a municipality in Cincinnati or Kansas City or Sacramento how or why or when there should be a recycling program.

— Howard Schultz

Although I grew up in London, I spent summers in Missouri, where my dad lived. It’s quite a liberal town, Kansas City. You’d be surprised.

— Hayley Atwell

I discovered Los Angeles in the late ’90s. The city was not at its best at the time, but I fell for it right away. There is something almost haunted about it, a vibrant mythology I find rather inspiring.

— Hedi Slimane

The city of London, within the walls, occupies a space of only 370 acres, and is but the hundred and fortieth part of the extent covered by the whole metropolis.

— Henry Mayhew

I planned to stop in 2002 after the Salt Lake City Olympics. I felt able to remain competitive another four years, and I wanted to stop while I’m still at the top.

— Hermann Maier

We fixed on No. 4, Queen Street Place, for our City offices, and it was from there that so many of my patented inventions were dated.

— Henry Bessemer

We cannot experimentally map out the brain. It’s just too big. In a piece of the brain the size of a pinhead there are 3,000 pathways like a city with 3,000 streets.

— Henry Markram

I always wanted to play a boxer because some of my favorite films, as a boy, were those great boxing movies, like ‘Raging Bull’, ‘Rocky’, ‘The Set Up’, ‘Fat City and Hard Times’. I just loved those films.

— Holt McCallany

The city of Tehran is a very modern metropolis, and there’s an emphasis in the Islamic republic on science and advancement and technology.

— Hooman Majd

Right away when I got to college, I realized that being a politician sucks. It’s really hard! It wasn’t for me. B.J. Novak is convinced that I will run for mayor of Chicago at some point. He begs me to do it. It’d be a tough gig, but I was always very attracted to the idea of helping people and trying to make the city a better place.

— Ike Barinholtz

I write ‘Broad City,’ so I connect it to me.

— Ilana Glazer

What’s fun is that the characters in ‘Broad City’ are rushing and hustling, and our process reflects that.

— Ilana Glazer

I believe in the promise of America. Being a Cuban refugee, having come here when I was eight, I know that this is a shining city on the hill.

— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

A city, far from being a cluster of buildings, is actually a sequence of spaces enclosed and defined by buildings.

— I. M. Pei

My mother witnessed the martyrdom of her husband, Hajj Malik Shabazz, Malcolm X, on Sunday, February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. My older sisters, Attallah, Qubilah and I were seated with our mother up front and stage right.

— Ilyasah Shabazz

There’s a lot of talent in South Central L.A., in Compton and Long Beach and Watts, and the city north of Pico pretty much sits back and waits for that talent to emerge and then steps in.

— Ice Cube

My stepfather had a connection with The Second City and told me I should go there. I woke up in a cold sweat one night and said, ‘I’m moving to Chicago.’ That’s how I went to Second City.

— Ian Gomez

I met my wife, Nia Vardalos, at The Second City, and she was chomping at the bit to move to L.A.

— Ian Gomez

We come from Second City where you’re taught if you make your fellow stage partner look good, that makes you look good.

— Ian Gomez

When I got out of high school, I was working in restaurants in New York City, when I heard Bill Anderson from The Neighborhood Playhouse was doing private lessons. I started taking classes, and it was a lot of improv and Meisner and repetition.

— Ian Gomez

I met my wife, Nia Vardalos, at The Second City, and she was chomping at the bit to move to L.A. I was afraid of having to start all over again, which happened. But we got lucky.

— Ian Gomez

My favorite thing of all time is a New York City weekend when there’s a blizzard. Everything gets really quiet, and everyone goes to the movies and the park.

— Idina Menzel

I’m a big foodie. Hyderabadi cuisine is amazing, and the kind of mutton dishes available at some restaurants in the Old City is incredible.

— Imtiaz Ali

I’m really enjoying living in Los Angeles. It’s a great city to live in. I’m living a very suburban domesticated lifestyle out there – a two bedroomed little bungalow with two cars, and we’re just driving around, going to meetings here and there – it’s lovely!

— Ioan Gruffudd

I came to N.Y.C. in 1988 and got very involved with Act Up. I also started making movies, including two very gay shorts, ‘Vaudeville’ and ‘Lady.’ It was the height of the AIDS epidemic, and New York City was both dying and very alive at the same time.

— Ira Sachs

Chicago, with its big newspapers and major broadcasting stations, couldn’t have been a better city to start a journalism career.

— Irv Kupcinet

At Random’ ran on Saturday nights for as long as the conversation was still lively. Sometimes, I’d finish way after midnight, then hop a plane for whatever city I was working a football game that Sunday.

— Irv Kupcinet

I think, you know, people think of the city of New Orleans as a parochial place where it’s a lot of folks who are from there and a lot of big families, a lot of musical families, a lot of history, a lot of tradition, but I like to think of New Orleans as an idea.

— Irvin Mayfield

The reason New Orleans is still around is because of the celebrations it has inspired since its inception as a city. I’m always excited about the possibility of what might happen. That’s what drives us, and I think that’s the spirit of New Orleans and the spirit of jazz.

— Irvin Mayfield

It’s important to recognize how special New Orleans is. You play the snare drum or the clarinet in any other city, and you’d be considered a nerd, but here, there’s no shame in it, and it’s absolutely valued.

— Irvin Mayfield

There isn’t a single American city, in my estimation, that has sufficient plans for a nuclear terrorist event.

— Irwin Redlener

Turin is a city which entices a writer towards vigor, linearity, style. It encourages logic, and through logic it opens the way towards madness.

— Italo Calvino

I picked Harvard because it was in a big city, and a lot of girls’ schools were nearby. And I liked President Kennedy, who went to Harvard.

— Jack Canfield

I flunked my exam for university two times before I was accepted by what was considered my city’s worst university, Hangzhou Teachers University. I was studying to be a high school English teacher. In my university, I was elected student chairman and later became chairman of the city’s Students Federation.

— Jack Ma

New York City is a very tough place. I’m tough, too. When people give me a punch in the nose, I react by getting even tougher.

— Ivana Trump

The country’s top chefs, designers, media personalities and businesses are part of this dynamic city. We know that Chicagoans are used to the highest standards.

— Ivanka Trump

I was born in the city’s general hospital on November 15, 1930, and we lived at 31 Amherst Avenue in the western suburbs. It was a magical place. There were receptions at the French Club, race meetings at the Shanghai Racecourse, and various patriotic gatherings at the British Embassy on the Bund, the city’s glamorous waterfront area.

— J. G. Ballard

Guidebooks used to write the name of my city in two ways: Gjirokaster in Albanian, and Argyrokastron for foreigners. The classical-sounding name somehow gave it better credentials, because people in the Balkans famously exaggerate and often call their villages cities.

— Ismail Kadare

New York is a fabled city, a fabulous city.

— Italo Calvino

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

Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.

— Italo Calvino

I mean, just because you’re a musician doesn’t mean all your ideas are about music. So every once in a while I get an idea about plumbing, I get an idea about city government, and they come the way they come.

— Jerry Garcia

L.A., it’s nice, but I think of sunshine and people on rollerblades eating sushi. New York, I think of nighttime, I think of Times Square and Broadway and nightlife and the city that never sleeps.

— Jimmy Fallon

London is a good fashion city. They’re a little more daring. There’s the element of the aristocracy, which is always interesting.

— John Legend

Well I think that’s probably one of a few, where I grew up in the City of New York, it’s got a lot of energy, my parents are Irish-American so there was a bit of yelling going on in my house but it seemed normal.

— John McEnroe

I work with a bunch of producers on every album, but the difference for ‘Evolver’ was that I couldn’t get any time with Kanye. I forget what he was doing at the time, but he was all over the place. We were never at the same city at the same time.

— John Legend

In a city like New York, you’re aware of the rich and poor.

— John Updike

I was born in New York City, but I was raised in New Jersey, part of the great Jewish emigration of 1963.

— Jon Stewart

As a matter of record, New York City spends a higher portion of its budget on instruction and associated costs within the schools themselves than any of the other 100 largest districts in the nation.

— Jonathan Kozol

I wrote the first book, and I thought people would say: ‘Separate and unequal schools in the City of Boston? I didn’t know that. Let’s go out and fix it.’

— Jonathan Kozol

I have visited Australia several times, and I always try to make a point of going to Melbourne because it’s almost my favorite city there, Melbourne and Sydney. But I shouldn’t say that because I haven’t been everywhere-and I’m very fond of Perth too!

— Jackie Collins

Unfortunately, in places like Ferguson, in New York City and in some communities across this nation, there is a disconnect between police agencies and the citizens they serve, predominately in communities of color.

— James Comey

I was always very curious about what a scientist’s life was like when I was young. Of course, when I was young, you didn’t have very many opportunities to find out with no web, TV. I was very lucky: I was born in the city of Chicago and went to the University of Chicago where I actually saw things.

— James D. Watson

Disasters redistribute money from taxpayers to construction workers, from insurance companies to homeowners, and even from those who once lived in the destroyed city to those who replace them. It’s remarkable that this redistribution can happen so smoothly and quickly, with devastated regions reinventing themselves in a matter of months.

— James Surowiecki

I don’t know if Nashville will ever be ousted as the Music City. But I also think that here, over the last few years, Georgia has definitely kind of risen to the top as far as the crop of young artists coming out of this area that are kind of making waves, you know?

— Jason Aldean

What I’m trying to do is just sing what comes to my body in the context of the song. And if you go by the emotion of the song, it’s almost like stepping into a city. Cities have certain customs and rules and laws you can break, and that’s what I was doing.

— Jeff Buckley

I spent seven years in France. Then, I went to Asia for five years. I came to London in 1984 and then America in 1985. In 1991, I opened my first restaurant in New York City.

— Jean-Georges Vongerichten

My kitchen in New York City is in the Richard Meier building on Perry Street, so it’s ultra-modern: white, glass and transparent. It’s 180 square feet, with an induction stove. Everything’s hidden, so you don’t see the microwave or the fridge.

— Jean-Georges Vongerichten

I was born in the U.S., my wife was born in Mexico and emigrated here when she was in college, and my daughters were born in New York City. That makes them passport-carrying, natural-born, eligible-to-run-for-president Americans. But they’re also Mexicans and they like that just fine.

— Jeffrey Kluger

Especially in local elections, because hardly anybody pays attention to those – but it’s really important who’s mayor and who’s on the city council, county commissioners, sheriffs, district attorney, and of course the school board.

— Jello Biafra

It was important to me to become day-to-day fluent and functional in another language, and about 10 years ago, I went to Rome for the first time and felt an instant gut connection and wanted to get to know the city.

— Jhumpa Lahiri

Frankly, any city person who doesn’t think I deserve a white-collar salary as a farmer doesn’t deserve my special food.

— Joel Salatin

When you think about Boston, Harvard and M.I.T. are the brains of the city, and its soul might be Faneuil Hall or the State House or the Old Church. But I think the pulsing, pounding heart of Boston is Fenway Park.

— John Williams

I’ve performed in Auburn Hills, at The Palace, so I haven’t really been in downtown Detroit, but I’ve been able to be here, and I can really see, what the city was. Like, I can feel why Motown started here and how amazing it was.

— Jordin Sparks

When I got out of college, I moved to Seattle because it was the nearest big city and still didn’t know if I wanted to be a composer, conductor, singer, actor. I just got day jobs and auditioned and took what came, and the theater doors were the ones opening the most.

— J. K. Simmons

Before my troops reached the little city, and before the people of Fredericksburg knew that any part of the Confederate army was near, there was great excitement over the demand for surrender.

— James Longstreet

A little before noon I sent orders to all my batteries to open fire through the streets or at any points where the troops were seen about the city, as a diversion in favor of Jackson.

— James Longstreet

Planning a garden, park, building, or city shouldn’t be done in an office.

— Jack Dangermond

By the end of 2008, clearly, the al Qaeda and Sunni insurgency had been relatively stabilized. And in the al Qaeda’s mind, they were defeated. They actually said that in many of their transmissions that we were able to pick up. And the Shia militia, largely those trained by the Iranians in Basra and also in Sadr City, had been defeated.

— Jack Keane

The thing I have in common with Donald Trump is, about a dozen years ago, we got a ‘Man of the Year’ award in New York City, the Hotel Plaza, from the USO.

— Jack Keane

The kind of support we have in Oklahoma City, it’s the best in the NBA. Phenomenal. Beards in the crowd, the whole nine. The city is really something special.

— James Harden

When you get out of school, you just go where the wind blows: Here’s an audition there’s an audition. And before you know it, you’re where you’re supposed to be. And that was Second City.

— Jane Lynch

When ‘The Awakening’ was published it was considered so scandalous it was banned in the author’s home-town library, and she herself was barred from the Fine Arts Club in the same city. What the novel has to offer, among other things, is honesty.

— Jane Smiley

Tina Fey is part of a generation of women who have changed the face of comedy at ‘Second City,’ ‘SNL,’ in sitcoms and in film.

— Janeane Garofalo

In general, I feel so much of pop culture is set in the generic big city, particularly comics. I feel like there are so many other stories to tell.

— Jeff Lemire

I think the suicides in my first book came from the idea of growing up in Detroit. If you grow up in a city like that you feel everything is perishing, evanescent and going away very quickly.

— Jeffrey Eugenides

When you leave L.A. and go to another city, guys are normal again. They like girls their own age.

— Jennifer Coolidge

I was the cocktail waitress, and Sandra Bullock was the host, and this guy came in and persuaded me to try improv with Gotham City Improv.

— Jennifer Coolidge

I live in New York City, so there’s so much stimulation when you walk outside, it does not require a television in the home.

— Jesse Eisenberg

I did children’s theater when I was younger, and then when I was about 14 I started doing theater in New York City.

— Jesse Eisenberg

I fell in love with L.A. To me, it is the most quintessentially American city.

— Jeremy Scott

I grew up in New York City, and I’ve got wonderful memories of the Fourth of July fireworks.

— Jimmy Smits

Growing up in New York, we lived all around the city depending on our economic circumstance. I also lived in Puerto Rico for a number of years.

— Jimmy Smits

As a child, I was always intrigued by the question: what is it that distinguishes a city from a town? Is it size? Population? Location? When I asked grown-ups, the confident answer was that a city has to have a cathedral – which, to a child raised in a devout Catholic setting, made sense.

— John Burnside

If you want to get an education in how to get a story and how to survive, then get a street reporter job in New York City.

— John Tesh

I wanted to be a New York City firefighter. I didn’t make it in, though.

— Jon Favreau

When I moved to Brighton from London in 1995, I was struck by what I thought of as its townliness. A town, it seemed to me, was that perfect place to live, neither city nor country, both of which like to think they are light years apart but actually have a great deal in common.

— Julie Burchill

Here in Barcelona, it’s the architects who built the buildings that made the city iconic who are the objects of admiration – not a bunch of half-witted monarchs.

— Julie Burchill

I am not a fan of rats or pigeons. In New York City, they have become very confident. When I was a child, you went on the subways, and the rats would stay down on the tracks, but now they hang out on the platform.

— Julia Stiles

In Barcelona, things seem so different. For example, I know that it’s traditionally the least Spanish city, but you’d never know they had a monarchy, coming here as a tourist – as opposed to the U.K., where the Queen is probably the best-known animal, vegetable and/or mineral going when it comes to overseas visitors.

— Julie Burchill

Knowing that the ‘Sex and the City’ chicks now rack up almost two centuries between them, why do some of us fuss and hiss about a bit of retouching on their forthcoming film poster?

— Julie Burchill

In England, you have stadiums in the middle of the city.

— Jurgen Klopp

First, I wanted to be Chris Farley. When I was growing up, Chris Farley was still on the stages and fun to us. In my house, John Belushi was king. I didn’t grow up when he was – I was born in ’78 – the reruns of Belushi in ‘Animal House,’ and knowing he was at Second City, he was viewed as a king in my house.

— Jake Johnson

Even a liberal city will have a prehistoric homophobe. After a show in Washington State, this guy came up to me and said, ‘Your shows was a lot funnier before you started in on your agenda.’ I told him, ‘Please, please keep people like you from coming to my show. I’m glad you had a bad time.’

— James Adomian

Yeah, Vegas is the number one place to go. Vegas is Sin City. It really gives you a feeling of looseness and anything can go.

— James Belushi

It was described as Sex and the Suburbs. It’s so not that. Because on Sex and the City, those women told each other everything on our show, it’s much more like the real suburbs – nobody tells anybody anything. Everything’s a secret.

— James Denton

In the days and months I spent walking through the various communities of this city, I found that Chicago did not work for everyone, however.

— Jane Byrne

If those communities are left to decay, this city will decay.

— Jane Byrne

We saw hundreds of programs to redevelop the central city, the neighborhoods, in the past.

— Jane Byrne

If for no other reason than the energy crisis now facing this country, the federal government should be eager to become partners with us in rebuilding our city.

— Jane Byrne

For my part, I plan to work out a fair and adequate redistribution of city services to all city neighborhoods.

— Jane Byrne

Indianapolis proved to be the perfect Super Bowl city, accommodating in the truest sense of the word.

— Jane Leavy

My boyfriend and I don’t get to live in the same city all the time, and the fact that I can text him or call him or even Skype with him is so wonderful.

— Jane Levy

There are three types of biomimicry – one is copying form and shape, another is copying a process, like photosynthesis in a leaf, and the third is mimicking at an ecosystem’s level, like building a nature-inspired city.

— Janine Benyus

For me, I think that, certainly, the fact that Las Vegas has a gambling aspect to it is far overshadowed by the entertainment value, if you will, family appeal, that you have, the convention appeal. So it does not have disfavor with me, in my opinion, relative to being an NFL city.

— Jerry Jones

It’s made it easier to communicate important issues, but I wonder if connecting with millions of people online is ever as arresting to someone’s attention as one man standing and screaming in front of City Hall.

— Jim Parsons

I grew up twelve miles outside of Montego Bay. In my early teens, I went to Kingston. It was like a different planet for me. In the country, people are kind. In the city, people are hard an’ cold, like the concrete and steel.

— Jimmy Cliff

Then, you were supposed to discover the city, where they were. But because somebody like skeletons. And that they discovered that they were at a cheap price, we used too many skeletons all over the place, and the public got the wrong message.

— John Hench

They divided the city into three electoral wards, and in one ward there was 70 percent of the people, the Catholic population, and they elected eight representatives to the city council.

— John Hume

Well, in Japan, I have got a group of musicians that I have worked with a lot, that concentrate just on the hardcore stuff, say, that Naked City has been working on. We have like a repertoire of sixty songs now.

— John Zorn

Everyone has always underestimated a company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The New York boys thought they could take me on, that nobody out here has any knowledge or wisdom.

— Jon Huntsman, Sr.

When I’m not filming anything or on the road doing stand-up, I’m usually doing stand-up shows every night – usually a few shows a night at different clubs in the city.

— Judah Friedlander

I don’t know if it matters what country you’re from, size of the city you’re from, urban or rural, there are people that are hurting each other everywhere.

— Judd Nelson

There is no place in a city that can’t be better. There is no toad that can’t be a princess, no frog that can’t become a prince.

— Jaime Lerner

The secret to the city is integration. Every area of the city should combine work, leisure and culture. Separate these functions and parts of the city die.

— Jaime Lerner

Many cities end up putting off things because they want to understand everything. They don’t understand that innovating is about starting. Taking care of a city is a process that you start, and then give the population space to respond.

— Jaime Lerner

I never really thought of my neighborhood in South Philly as being a neighborhood it was more a state of mind. For people who aren’t familiar with those kinds of places, it’s a whole different thing. Like, 42nd Street in New York City is a state of mind.

— Jim Croce

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out you can’t see any stars living in the city. I studied some light-pollution maps, and knew I’d have to get out of San Antonio.

— Jimmy Walker

Chicago seems to follow New York, and coming from New York and being in real estate, I worry about things happening in Chicago that have happened in New York. I’ve seen a great city like New York go downhill. It has a wonderful financial downtown, but the rest of the city is not very nice.

— Jerry Reinsdorf

Especially during the first nine months, there was so much going on with trying to hire 55 people to run the city, it was hard to imagine any honeymoon.

— John Hickenlooper

Some day, someone will do something wrong and there will be a scandal to report in the paper. When that happens, we will address it honestly and openly and try to deal with it as quickly and as fairly as we can, and keep moving the city forward.

— John Hickenlooper

I’d grown up in the U.K., where the surveillance apparatus went into place in the 1970s in response to the Troubles with the IRA. When I was a kid, we moved to Chicago, and I was surprised to see you could live in a large city in which you didn’t have cameras on every street corner.

— Jonathan Nolan

I think London, New York, Paris, Milan, any big city has its own fashion. I don’t know why they make such a big thing of Paris. I think maybe it comes from French New Wave films portraying the French girl as very feminine.

— Josephine de La Baume

I was broke when I lived in New York City during college, so I’d spend weekends walking around town, grabbing something to eat, and interacting with strangers. That ritual has stuck with me.

— Jenji Kohan

The Aztecs believe they started up in what’s now New Mexico, and wandered for 10,000 years before they got down into where they are now, in Mexico City. That’s a weird legend.

— Jerry Pournelle

I’m preparing for a multimedia theater piece, Airport Music, that’s coming up in New York City.

— Jessica Hagedorn

It would be nice if areas could be revitalised – like places in the U.S. such as Pittsburgh, for example, which have been transformed through shale. There you have shiny cars in a shiny city because of the development of shale in an old industrial heartland.

— Jim Ratcliffe

Over a 10-season stretch from 1967 to 1976, eight Super Bowl champions either were the Raiders or had to beat the Raiders in the playoffs. The Jets, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Baltimore Colts, Miami, the Steelers each of the first two times… we all had to deal with the Raiders.

— Joe Greene

I was born here in the city, born in the Bronx. Son of a cop. One grandfather was a taxi driver the other was a firefighter. New York is in my DNA.

— Joe Lhota

I’ve been marching in every single ethnic nationality parade all throughout the City of New York. We’re all Americans first and foremost, but people understand their heritage and it’s good to see.

— Joe Lhota

A year ago I was in the city of Genoa, and I found that it returned seven representatives to the Sardinian Parliament at Turin, seven being its fair share, calculated according to the population of the various cities and districts of the Sardinian kingdom.

— John Bright

I grew up in New York City in the late ’70s, at a time when U.S. – China relations were something that was on the front page of The New York Times on a regular basis.

— John Pomfret

You know what’s nice about Montreal? Not only is it a beautiful city, but you have Cuban cigars.

— Jamie Farr

I think after 1970 or so, after I sold Soul City, I took off for awhile and didn’t do too many gigs.

— Johnny Rivers

As I travel the country for away games, I meet kids fighting cancer in almost every city. They visit the ballpark, and I invite them onto the field so we can chat and then watch the game.

— Jon Lester

We danced on the lip of the volcano, so to speak. We were young, too. And New York was still a big, open city where anything could happen and anyone could be star. Rents were cheap, creativity was encouraged, and bottle service was still 20 years away. That was the era the Club Kids came into.

— James St. James

When my trust fund ran out, I panicked. I have a lot of admiration for the kids who come to the big city with nothing and make it.

— James St. James

A disk unbeknownst to the director can go to the producer in another city or in another office and that producer can edit behind the director’s back much easier than in the old days. Since these dailies are now put on videotape, more kinds of people have access to dailies.

— John Frankenheimer

But all that having been said, you can’t, in a city of a million people like Karbala, or 5 million like Baghdad, you can’t be in all places at all times.

— John Abizaid

It is not about the money. It’s the public service aspect. Absolutely, I think it has qualities of redemption. The city gets a second chance. I get a second chance.

— John Rowland

The reality, sitting ten thousand miles away, is that we remain the country that inspires. We remain that shining city on a hill.

— Jon Huntsman, Jr.

I grew up in suburban New York City and London, England, where my dad was working.

— J. C. Chandor

Krakow is one of my favorite places on earth. It is a medieval city full of young people. A wonderful, striking combination.

— Jonathan Carroll

Those who know New York City primarily through tourism or mass culture may think of us natives as possessing certain shared characteristics, not all of them flattering. But the true, volatile charisma of New York lies in how balkanised it is.

— Jonathan Dee

For a production that suggests a mysterious dreamscape, I have a particular affection for the Vivian Beaumont Theater. It is the largest dramatic space available in New York City in terms of plays, although musicals have been done there very successfully as well.

— Jack O’Brien

I love Toronto, It’s the best city.

— Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

I enjoy running, especially in a new city, so when I’m on tour that’s always a good option.

— James Maslow

My aunt Marcia Cope-Hart was in ‘Phantom Of the Opera’ in San Francisco for quite a few years when I was growing up, so we would go into the city a lot to see her.

— James Snyder

I was born in Champaign in 1918. From the neighborhood elementary and intermediate schools, I went to the University High School in the twin city, Urbana.

— James Tobin

By the end of the 1980s, Seattle had taken on the dangerous lustre of a promised city. The rumour had gone out that if you had failed in Detroit you might yet succeed in Seattle – and that if you’d succeeded in Seoul, you could succeed even better in Seattle… Seattle was the coming place. So I joined the line of hopefuls.

— Jonathan Raban

Seattle is a liberal city, its politics not so much blue (in the American, not the British, sense) as deep ultramarine, and its manners are studiously polite.

— Jonathan Raban

I have gone to Albany constantly in my capacity as budget director, because I don’t think the way the transit authority works with the City of New York is very appropriate.

— Joseph J. Lhota

In Amsterdam, the river and canals have been central to city life for the last four centuries.

— Janet Echelman

With everything it has to offer, Las Vegas is an obvious destination for tourists, as proven by the over 40 million visitors the city welcomes per year.

— Jon Porter

Every place but that in which one is born is equally strange and wondrous. Once beyond the bounds of the city walls, and none knows what may happen. We have stepped forth into the Land of Faerie, but at least we are in the open air.

— Joseph Jacobs

Not only does the proportion of the poor increase with the growth of the city, but their condition becomes more wretched.

— Josiah Strong

The rich are richer, and the poor are poorer, in the city than elsewhere and, as a rule, the greater are the riches of the rich and the poverty of the poor.

— Josiah Strong

New York has always had a love for Southern artists. There’s no place else that makes me feel like the city does. I just love the immediate nature of the city, you can get whatever you want whenever you want it and do whatever you want whenever you want to.

— Justin Townes Earle

I’m going to be in another city when my kids are teenagers. I’ll be like, ‘Give me a call when you’re done with all that.’

— Justine Bateman

I lived on a farm with cows, and I lived in the city with rats. My family stayed in Colorado for a while, then went from Los Angeles to Arizona. People would ask me where I’m from, and I would have to say, ‘I don’t have a clear answer for you.’

— Jason Behr

I don’t like the idea that one hotel could be better than another. In any city, I try to find a hotel that has the identity of that place – Claridge’s in London, the Danieli or Cipriani in Venice. In New York, I stay at the Mercer Hotel it is so much in the character of SoHo.

— Jean Nouvel

I’ve always wanted to do theater in Chicago. Chicago is a big theater town-and, in some ways, I think this city is savvier and smarter than New York. Sometimes, I think it’s a little too chic to go to theater in New York these days.

— Jeffrey Donovan

I can’t get enough of London! I love all the picnic benches, the old-school phone booths and parks in the middle of the city.

— Jessica Lowndes

I loved ‘Chicago Code’ I watched that a lot. It was great because it really captured the city – I’m from Chicago, too.

— Jessy Schram

I find Edinburgh a stimulating place in which to live, with it being a city of contrasts, both architecturally and socially, and each district having a definite character.

— Joan Lingard

I grew up in the East Village, in Alphabet City, when it was a very dangerous neighborhood. To survive there, I had to learn to be a little bit invisible.

— Josh Pais

Rather than hearing from the city council president, you’d hear from sources all across the country.

— Jack Kelley

Some people consider utopia to be derived from nature. For some people, utopia is the city.

— Joel Sternfeld

I loved the High Line when it was just mine, when I was the only person up there, and I had a private park in New York City. I had to make an appointment to see it… I’d walk around. I was all alone.

— Joel Sternfeld

Dallas is a huge city. Great shopping, great restaurants, great museums.

— Julie Gonzalo

I was married to a dancer who had a dance company in New York City, and she toured.

— John Cullum

I lived in New York City, and when I was about 24 in the 1980s, I decided to get out of here. I wanted to go live in Australia for a year or something, and it ended up being 18 years.

— John Curran

It was during my first trip to America in 1953 – that’s when I learned to visit museums. I was then 26 years old. When I travel, the first thing I do is to visit museums. When I go to New York City, I usually go to Broadway to see the shows.

— John Gokongwei

The New York City Ballet is always about the realm of possibilities, the realm of what the human body can do, what the human spirit can do. And it’s about listening, it’s about listening to remarkable music and how we respond to that.

— John Guare

Does the New York City Ballet affect other places? Yeah, it lets people know they should come to New York.

— John Guare

However, the moral center of New York City, I believe, is the New York City Ballet.

— John Guare

The city of Cork – the urban center, where all the shops and bars and everything are – is actually an island, a river island.

— John Jeremiah Sullivan

The first time I’ve actually filmed in London, the locations we’ve all had have been real inner city, grimy urban places which has been great. Filming here, you’ve got everything on your doorstep, so when you’ve got time off, you can go into town, so I’ve really enjoyed it.

— Jonas Armstrong

I started my career as an urban planner, working for the city, doing what I would call ‘do-gooder’ things, particularly for low-income neighborhoods.

— Jorge M. Perez

By the mid 1970s, the great downtown bookstores had begun to disappear as their customers migrated from city to suburb where population density was too thin to support major backlist retailers.

— Jason Epstein

I spend half my time in Montana, the other half in New York City. In unique ways, both places help me unwind, and both are the most satisfying places to live I can imagine.

— Jeff Shaara

That was sort of the ‘Second City’ approach, which was try to be intelligent and assume your audience is intelligent. We were influenced by ‘Monty Python,’ too, which would have philosophers in a wrestling match.

— Joe Flaherty

I have been robbed of three million dollars all told. Everyone today is playing my stuff and I don’t even get credit. Kansas City style, Chicago style, New Orleans style hell, they’re all Jelly Roll style.

— Jelly Roll Morton

Introduced to this world in Llandyssul, Cardiganshire, Wales, November 14, 1843, I celebrated my first anniversary by landing at Castle Garden, in New York City.

— Jenkin Lloyd Jones

The attraction in this city is money, from gambling. What you are if you work here is a shill.

— Joe Williams

Chicago’s like Melbourne – there’s a city center, there’s public transport, and there’s more of a cultural scene.

— Jesse Spencer

The year after I graduated from high school, they came to shoot ‘Mr. and Mrs. Bridge’ in Kansas City.

— Jason Wiles

When we did the sign outside, we did not do the cigarette or the mug of beer because it was going to be outside. I wasn’t sure if the city would object.

— John Gates

The last copy of the Chicago Daily News I picked up had three crime stories on its front page. But by comparison to the gaudy days, this is small-time stuff. Chicago is as full of crooks as a saw with teeth, but the era when they ruled the city is gone forever.

— John Gunther

I came from the country, and when I came to the city, I was ridin’ high, you know. I was seeing more lights than I ever dreamed to shine in the world. ‘Cos where I came from, there wasn’t too many lights. Bugs made a lot of light, but after that there wasn’t no lights.

— John Hunter

Not only is New York City the nation’s melting pot, it is also the casserole, the chafing dish and the charcoal grill.

— John Lindsay

I have had the privilege of serving as city comptroller, and I lead 750 professionals in the office, have appointed eight deputy comptrollers… no one has criticized my management of these 750 professionals.

— John Liu

You can learn a lot when you play in a little town in Holland or Western Australia, and you learn different things than you would learn playing a big city.

— Jonathan Richman

I’ve lived in London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Turin. But New York is my favorite city. It has so much energy, so much toughness.

— Lapo Elkann

The story that I wanna tell is pretty much about the way I grew up. Being bi-racial, growing up in a big city and being an artist.

— Lenny Kravitz

If we would leave parties to the politicians, and would vote not for the party, not even for men, but for the city, and the State, and the nation, we should rule parties, and cities, and States, and nation.

— Lincoln Steffens

New York is the perfect model of a city, not the model of a perfect city.

— Lewis Mumford

Helsinki isn’t all that bad. It’s a very nice city, and it’s cold really only in wintertime.

— Linus Torvalds

I grew up in New York City. I went to museums so much as a kid, and I guess I didn’t realize how much it affected me.

— Lisa Randall

When all those city folks try to fix up my talking, all they do is mess me up.

— Loretta Lynn

City governments ought to be abolished, if only as a public health measure.

— L. Neil Smith

When their city was occupied by the Gauls, and the Romans, who were besieged in the Capitol, had made military engines from the hair of the women, they dedicated a temple to the Bald Venus.

— Lactantius

When I was playing for Nacional in Montevideo, the players who lived outside the city would be given money by the club to get there and back on the bus.

— Luis Suarez

When we started the show, ‘Dallas’ was known as the city where JFK was assassinated. By the end it was known as JR’s home town.

— Larry Hagman

I forgot that San Francisco is not an angry city like New York. Gays have gotten what they wanted there over the years, unlike New York, where we had to fight for everything.

— Larry Kramer

In Nagasaki, American planes did drop warning leaflets – but not till Aug. 10, a day after the city was bombed.

— Lydia Millet

People from the rest of the state tend to hate Phoenix, with that typical resentment of the boroughs and the towns for the big city.

— Lydia Millet

When I was 16, I went to Berlin – West Berlin, since at that time a wall still divided the city – to live for three months with a family on an exchange program.

— Lydia Millet

We thought we’d name the magazine for the number of bridges within Edmonton’s city limits. We thought this number was 18. Much later, we learned that the number is actually 21. But we didn’t like the sound of that so much.

— Lynn Coady

I grew up in Connecticut, going in and out of New York City, and I worked in the city in the ’90s. I was freelancing for the Associated Press, and I fell in love with New York.

— Lynsey Addario

If you’re open to it, New Orleans will teach you about yourself, but if you want to hide from who you really are, the city will help you do that, too.

— Laurell K. Hamilton

New York is an ugly city, a dirty city… But there is one thing about it. Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.

— Lawrence Block

Caroline In The City’ was such an interesting thing, because I’d never been on the set of a sitcom or even auditioned for a sitcom when they gave me that part.

— Lea Thompson

I wish the city of San Francisco, bastion of liberalism, were more innovative when it comes to how to spread the wealth.

— Leila Janah

I was born in Dallas, and I grew up both there and in New York City, which was very schizophrenic.

— Lesli Linka Glatter

When I see Lemlem walking around New York City, it’s just mind-boggling, because I know it came from this one man sitting and weaving this little product.

— Liya Kebede

Minneapolis just embraced me. There are a lot of weirdos here. It’s awesome, because I’m a weirdo. Thankfully, the city embraced me with open arms. A lot about Minneapolis helped carve my musicality and open my eyes. The whole town is so open-minded compared to like, you know, Texas.

— Lizzo

At school, I would read the City pages before I read the sports pages.

— Lloyd Dorfman

In March 2005, I was appointed to the board of the Santa Barbara metro transit district. I was incredibly optimistic about how public transportation can be the solution to help people live in the city and not need a car.

— Logan Green

In L.A., it’s the sort of city where you have to have a car to get around.

— Logan Green

I am at home in Dublin, more than in any other city.

— Louis MacNeice

Over the last 15 years or so, Manchester has undergone huge transformation – from a city in decline and on its knees to one that is growing, vibrant and confident.

— Lucy Powell

Brazil is a country that has rich people, as you have in New York City, as you have in Berlin or in London. But we also have poor people like in Bangladesh or in African suburbs.

— Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

I’d ban all automobiles from the central part of the city. You see, the automobile was just a passing fad. It’s got to go. It’s got to go a long way from here.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Growing up in D.C. there are so many different types of educational and professional levels. They call D.C. ‘Chocolate City’ but just because we’re all chocolate doesn’t mean we’re all the same. In D.C., everyone co-exists harmoniously but the lines are still drawn. And people don’t really step over those lines.

— Laz Alonso

I just like a dirty, crumbling city. The Gotham I imagine is enticing and horrifying at the same time.

— Lee Bermejo

Dallas is a positive, get-it done city.

— Laura Miller

The city has to do what any citizen or family does, when you have a dream. You tighten your belt. You sacrifice some luxuries. Above all, you don’t waste a dime.

— Laura Miller

Dallas is a great city, and it’s worth fighting for.

— Laura Miller

Others like City Hall the old way, when they could make deals behind closed doors with your tax money.

— Laura Miller

There’s still is a status-quo group at City Hall who likes things done the old way, behind closed doors.

— Laura Miller

I love L.A. and feel attached to this city, but I don’t identify myself as being a part of it.

— Lauren Lapkus

I live in New York and it’s the greatest city, but sometimes I want to move to the place with the porch and the lemonade and the farm.

— Leelee Sobieski

Iris Johansen’s lovers weathered the sack of city states and the vagaries of the French Revolution Judith McNaught’s heroines endured amnesia, social ostracism and misunderstandings so big they deserved their own ZIP code.

— Lauren Willig

After ‘Spelling Bee,’ I started landing more jobs… I got ‘Candide’ at New York City Opera.

— Lauren Worsham

I’m a half-breed. You know, I’m Puerto Rican and Norwegian from descent, and I grew up, born and raised in New York City, and I stood out amongst my friends in my community. I was very blond-haired, white, and ‘Lemonhead’ was the name that they gave me.

— Lemon Andersen

At the end of my life, I have achieved belated fame and recognition in the city of my birth.

— Leon Askin

The city is like a great house, and the house in its turn a small city.

— Leon Battista Alberti

The more you densify a city, the more congestion will increase, however technology changes… cities so packed that they will no longer function… vertical sprawl.

— Leon Krier

A city can only be reconstructed in the form of urban quarters. A large or a small city can only be reorganized as a large or a small number of urban quarters as a federation of autonomous quarters. Each quarter must have its own center, periphery and limit. Each quarter must be a city within a city.

— Leon Krier

New York, without a doubt, is my favorite city in the world.

— Linus Roache

I love everything about Philadelphia, and its food is like the city itself: real-deal, hearty, and without pretension. We’ve always had an underdog vibe as a city, but that just makes us try harder, and I love our scrappiness and scruffiness.

— Lisa Scottoline

But when I came back into the city for the first time last November, I thought every truck, every building was going to blow up. It has truly changed me something fierce.

— Lanford Wilson

Generally speaking, rural drivers are a much better behaved species than city drivers. I’m not sure whether they’re intrinsically this way, or there are just fewer opportunities for them to do behave badly. You can’t go around running red lights if there aren’t any red lights to run.

— Linwood Barclay

I think Baltimore suffers from nostalgia and it keeps us from being honest in talking about what really happened here. A place doesn’t have to be perfect to be beloved, and I love this city and I love it better for seeing its flaws.

— Laura Lippman

We’re half an hour from Toronto, which offers everything you could want from a city, and a couple of hours from beautiful vacation country. We have it all here, plus George W. Bush is not our president.

— Linwood Barclay

I saw my city gripped by fear. Because of violent acts committed by illegal aliens, my residents were afraid to shop – or even drive – on certain streets.

— Lou Barletta

By August 2008, we had left Voikovskaya and moved into a wooden dacha in the artists’ colony of Sokol in north-west Moscow. The house was a haven amid the madness of the city: lily of the valley grew near our front gate, Virginia creeper decked the green picket fence.

— Luke Harding

I left Kurdistan in April 2003 with the peshmerga, following their excited advance as Saddam’s forces crumbled. First Kirkuk, then Mosul – where looters broke into the city museum and seized its Parthian sculptures – then Tikrit. I reported from Baghdad in month-long stints until the end of 2004.

— Luke Harding

Hale had answered when the President of the United States can’t go to a city of the United States and be protected, we’ve come to a very difficult time in our nation’s history, and encouraged him to come.

— Lindy Boggs

What is most amusing and can happen only in India is that the most posh and big households that I’ve seen in Mumbai, the ‘big city’, will have their balconies and windows festooned with rows of baniyans and tauliyas hanging on them.

— Kailash Kher

Muslims remain the most convenient target for prejudice in a city like Delhi, which is far more ghettoized than Bombay or Bangalore, for example.

— Karan Mahajan

When I lived in Delhi, it was burdened with so many futures – fast roads, malls, flyovers – that one felt almost obliged to be hopeful. Now that hope has diminished, you can feel the city going into a frenzy to reinvent itself. I miss living there.

— Karan Mahajan

Apparently, the city of Delhi is a ‘character’ in my novels. I’d argue that it’s a … city… in my novels.

— Karan Mahajan

New York City has no need to move on from 9/11 because, in a sense, it moved on days after, moments after.

— Karan Mahajan

In 1990, when I had just arrived in New York City as a wet-behind-the-ears 20-something girl from Arizona, I spent a year or more working as the personal secretary and secret ghostwriter to an American-born countess in her apartment on the Upper East Side.

— Kate Christensen

Living in New York City is one constant, ongoing literary pilgrimage. For 20 years, I lived among the ghosts of great writers and walked where they had walked.

— Kate Christensen

I’m a nature girl. I grew up in Colorado and was always outside. I still am, even when I’m in the city.

— Kate Hudson

Things that happen in Wyoming are things that wouldn’t happen in a big city – we’ve got bears, we’ve got a lot of shotguns – in Absaroka County, everybody’s got a shotgun in the back of their car!

— Katee Sackhoff

You know what’s funny is that I have this ongoing relationship with the city of Washington D.C. I went to George Washington University, and my nickname was K-Dub – based on G-Dub – and I’m now on the board of trustees at George Washington University.

— Kerry Washington

I grew up in Lambeth, I went to normal schools and I’ve grown up in a city where people say what they think.

— Ken Livingstone

I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus until I met my nanny, who helped me through a failing marriage and raising my two boys in a New York City apartment. She showed me by example what it was like to be able to talk to Jesus and bring all my cares and worries to Him. That was in 1990.

— Kim Alexis

Chicago has a burly, action-oriented but still self-assured and relaxed confidence to its stride. The city has a lot of wide-open space and all the possibilities that suggests. There’s a lot of horizontal grandeur here.

— Kurt Elling

In New York, the drummers rush for a reason – because there’s so much energy crackling through everything in that city and so many collisions at a highly accelerated rate.

— Kurt Elling

Be it a village or a city, education is very important, and it always comes into you.

— Kareena Kapoor Khan

I started my career with ‘Refugee’ in Bhuj. Now, it has become a full-fledged city.

— Kareena Kapoor Khan

These funerals always appear to me the more indecent in a populous city, from the total indifference of the beholders, and the perfect unconcern with which they are beheld.

— Karl Philipp Moritz

My favorite thing to do in a new city is find new fast food. I seek it out. I’ll tweet and ask people what their favorite local place is, and if I get four or five with the same answer, then I’ll check it out.

— Kate Micucci

There have been moments where I’m like, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to survive and pay next month’s rent.’ And the next month I’m filming a movie in New York City.

— Kate Micucci

There are very few shows that show women talking like strong, sassy women. Do you know what I mean? ‘Sex and the City’ started doing that, and that was why that was such a huge hit.

— Katie Aselton

I was raised in Oklahoma. I was actually born in Tulsa, but I grew up in a small town on the west side of Oklahoma called Elk City on a farm, where my dad grew up, actually.

— Kelli O’Hara

The scene then as now was centered in New York. For the most part, I’ve kept a bit apart from that attractive and seductive city. I’ve done it by living in the country within commuting distance.

— Kenneth Noland

I’ve always been in love with Melbourne. When I was 12, I was taken into the city by my grandmother to go to the ballet for the first time.

— Kerry Greenwood

In the early nineties, I was a cub reporter on a city newspaper in Limerick, and assigned to the courthouse there. One day, an old detective sergeant came and whispered to me in the press pit. He pointed out a young offender, a teenager who was up for stealing a car or something relatively minor, and said, ‘See this kid? He’ll kill.’

— Kevin Barry

City of Bohane’ has been optioned for film, and I’ve finished a first draft of the script.

— Kevin Barry

In my very early days as a journalist, as a cub reporter on a local newspaper, I used to cover the district courthouse in Limerick city – all human life passed through that establishment, and my time there remains a source of inspiration.

— Kevin Barry

Growing up in any big city, you get exposed to so many beautiful cultures. I’ve grown up with a lot of open eyes around me that’s influenced my eyes to open.

— King Krule

I love New York I love the city. It’s impossible. It’s a theme park of a city, isn’t it.

— Kit Harington

For people who mourn for old Times Square – hey, there’s a ton of places in the city still like that! Get on the train and go visit them!

— Kurt Braunohler

Well, very long ago, on the spot where the Wild Wood waves now, before ever it had planted itself and grown up to what it now is, there was a city – a city of people, you know.

— Kenneth Grahame
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