"Civilization -- a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures."
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"To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay."
"Civilization is the making of civil persons."
"A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them."
"The human race has improved everything, but the human race."
"To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization."
"Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder."
"There is no solitude in the world like that of the big city."
"Today's city is the most vulnerable social structure ever conceived by man."
"All great art is born of the metropolis."
"Washington is an endless series of mock palaces clearly built for clerks."
"Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home."
"All things may be bought in Rome with money."
"The faces in New York remind me of people who played a game and lost."
"Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm."
"We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation."
"If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul."
"Towns oftener swamp one than carry one out onto the big ocean of life."
"Man's course begins in a garden, but it ends in a city."
"I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all."
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