Essay Village Life Quotations And Sayings

“The the street was quiet again. Country quiet.

That's partly what took city natives like the Whitlams by surprise, Falk thought: the quiet. He could understand them seeking out the idyllic country lifestyle, a lot of people did. The idea had an enticing, wholesome glow when it was weighed out from the back of a traffic jam, or while crammed into a gardenless apartment. They all had the same visions of breathing fresh clean air and knowing their neighbors. The kids would eat home-grown veggies and learn the value of an honest day's work.

On arrival, as the empty moving truck disappeared form sight, they looked around and were always taken aback by the crushing vastness of the open land. The space was the thing that hit them first. There was so much of it. There was enough to drown in. To look out and see not another soul between you and the horizon could be a strange and disturbing sight.

Soon, they discovered that the veggies didn't grow as willingly as they had in the city window box. That every single green shoot had to be coaxed and prized from the reluctant soil, and the neighbors were too busy doing the same on an industrial scale to muster much cheer in their greetings. There was no daily bumper-to-bumper commute, but there was also nowhere much to drive to.

Falk didn't blame the Whitlams, he'd seen it many times before when he was a kid. The arrivals looked around at the barrenness and the scale and the sheer bloody hardness of the land, and before long their faces all said exactly the same thing. "I didn't know it was like this."

He turned away, remembering how the rawness of local life had seeped into the kids' paintings at the school. Sad faces and brown landscapes.”
― Jane Harper, The Dry


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City life is millions of people being lonesome together.Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.Walt Whitman

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

All great art is born of the metropolis.Ezra Pound

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

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

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

Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.Rupert Brooke

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

Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial.Ralph Waldo Emerson

We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.Jane Austen

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

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

As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.Albert Camus

One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.Jane Austen

When in Rome, do as Rome does.Ambrose Bierce

If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.Alphonse de Lamartine

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

The cities of the world are concentric, isomorphic, synchronic. Only one exists and you are always in the same one. It's the effect of their permanent revolution, their intense circulation, their instantaneous magnetism.Jean Baudrillard

Towns oftener swamp one than carry one out onto the big ocean of life.D. H. Lawrence

The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi.Fred Allen

Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.Plato

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

The cities of America are inexpressibly tedious. The Bostonians take their learning too sadly; culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their Hub, as they call it, is the paradise of prigs. Chicago is a sort of monster-shop, full of bustles and bores. Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry. Baltimore is amusing for a week, but Philadelphia is dreadfully provincial; and though one can dine in New York one could not dwell there.Oscar Wilde

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

All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.Tacitus

Not to find one's way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance -- nothing more. But to lose oneself in a city -- as one loses oneself in a forest -- that calls for a quite different schooling. Then, signboard and street names, passers-by, roofs, kiosks, or bars must speak to the wanderer like a cracking twig under his feet in the forest.Walter Benjamin

The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo.John Kenneth Galbraith

New York, the nation's thyroid gland.Christopher Morley

Paris, a city of gaieties and pleasures, where four-fifths of the inhabitants die of grief. -- About ParisNicolas Chamfort

A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.Benjamin Disraeli

One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.Thomas Wolfe

Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn't changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.John Berger

The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.Lewis Mumford

Cities give us collision. 'Tis said, London and New York take the nonsense out of a man.Ralph Waldo Emerson

The city is recruited from the country.Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cities are distinguished by the catastrophic forms they presuppose and which are a vital part of their essential charm. New York is King Kong, or the blackout, or vertical bombardment: Towering Inferno. Los Angeles is the horizontal fault, California breaking off and sliding into the Pacific: Earthquake.Jean Baudrillard

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


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