„Eve Moira had been a child of London, fascinated by the natural world, but drawn to the city. So, Kath Two looked to the bright lights of the big city.
Here, that meant gazing up into the sky.“
„My wife is in Portugal with the dog. The dog is with my wife so the city of London is safe, the big threat is away. [After his Yorkshire Terrier had issues with customs. ]“
— José Mourinho Portuguese association football player and manager 1963
— Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822
Peter Bell the Third http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/4697 (1819), Pt. III, st. 1
— Thomas Denison British judge (1699–1765) 1699 - 1765
Rex v. Davis (1758), 1 Burr. Part IV. 641.
— Lewis Mumford American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic 1895 - 1990
Context: Here was my city, immense, overpowering, flooded with energy and light... The world, at that moment, opened before me, challenging me, beckoning me, demanding something of me that it would take more than a lifetime to give, but raising all my energies by its own vivid promise to a higher pitch. " Sketches from Life: The Autobiography of Lewis Mumford (1982), p. 130
„A city is where you can sign a petition, boo the chief justice, fish off a pier, gaze at a hippopotamus, buy a flower at the corner, or get a good hamburger or a bad girl at 4 a. m. A city is where sirens make white streaks of sound in the sky and foghorns speak in dark grays. San Francisco is such a city.“
— Herb Caen American newspaper columnist 1916 - 1997
Caen, Herb. "A city is like San Francisco, not a faceless 'burb" http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/A-city-is-like-San-Francisco-not-a-faceless-burb-3168435.php S.F. Gate, 2010.
„How small life is here
and how big nothingness.
The sky, tired of light,
has given everything to the snow.
The two trees bow
their heads to each other.
Clouds cross the world’s
silence in a circle dance“
— Robert Walser, Oppressive Light: Selected Poems by Robert Walser
„The fact is, we're looking for a very small number of very evil needles in a very large haystack, which is the city of London.“
— Charles Clarke British Labour Party politician 1950
Home Secretary Charles Clarke, BBC radio, July 2005 following the London bombings
„You can lose yourself or disappear in a big city. You can even change your identity and live a new life. You can indulge in a very long investigation to find a trace of malice, starting only with one or two addresses in an isolated neighbourhood. I have always been fascinated by the short note that sometimes appears on search records: Last known address. Themes of disappearance, identity and the passing of time are closely bound up with the topography of cities. That is why since the 19th century, cities have been the territory of novelists, and some of the greatest of them are linked to a single city: Balzac and Paris, Dickens and London, Dostoyevsky and Saint Petersburg, Tokyo and Nagai Kafū, Stockholm and Hjalmar Söderberg.“
— Patrick Modiano French writer 1945
„Loyce gazed up, rigid with horror. The splotch of darkness, hanging over the City Hall. Darkness so thick it seemed almost solid. In the vortex something moved. Flickering shapes. Things, descending from the sky, pausing momentarily above the City Hall, fluttering over it in a dense swarm and then dropping silently onto the roof. Shapes. Fluttering shapes from the sky. From the crack of darkness that hung above him. He was seeing—them.“
— Philip K. Dick American author 1928 - 1982
"The Hanging Stranger"
Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,
A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
I had not thought death had undone so many.“
— T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
Line 60 et seq. This is a reference to Dante's Inferno, Canto III, lines 55-57
„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 American architect (1867-1959) 1867 - 1959
“Social and Economic Disease”
„And when we have that drink together which we both so richly deserve, I hope we can discover a way in which the mayoralty can continue to benefit from your transparent love of London, a city whose energy conquered the world and which now brings the world together in one city.“
— Boris Johnson British politician, historian and journalist 1964
„For see, the dapple-grey coursers of the morn
Beat up the light with their bright silver hoofs,
And chase it through the sky.“
— John Marston English writer 1576 - 1634
Antonio's Revenge, Act I, sc. i.