„On this very spot a great city once stood,
It oozed with evil but it felt so good... ~ City“

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Steve Kilbey27
British artist 1954

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Charles Clarke photo

„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

Niccolo Machiavelli photo

„The reason is easy to understand, for it is the common good and not private gain that makes cities great.“

—  Niccolo Machiavelli Italian politician, Writer and Author 1469 - 1527
Context: It is truly a marvelous thing to consider to what greatness Athens arrived in the space of one hundred years after she freed herself from the tyranny of Pisistratus; but, above all, it is even more marvelous to consider the greatness Rome reached when she freed herself from her kings. The reason is easy to understand, for it is the common good and not private gain that makes cities great. Yet, without a doubt, this common good is observed only in republics, for in them everything that promotes it is practised, and however much damage it does to this or that private individual, those who benefit from the said common good are so numerous that they are able to advance in spite of the inclination of the few citizens who are oppressed by it. Book 2, Chapter 2


„Love of money is the mother-city (metropolis) of all evils.“

—  Bion of Borysthenes ancient greek philosopher -325 - -246 a.C.
As quoted by Stobaeus, iii.10.37

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Timothy McVeigh photo

„I understand what they felt in Oklahoma City. I have no sympathy for them.“

—  Timothy McVeigh American army soldier, security guard, terrorist 1968 - 2001
Dead Man Talking http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2001/apr/22/mcveigh.usa, The Observer (April 22, 2001)

 Hesiod photo

„Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.“

—  Hesiod Greek poet 70
Variant translation: Oft hath even a whole city reaped the evil fruit of a bad man. line 240.

Geoffrey West photo

„The good news is cities are extraordinarily resilient. The bad news is that they are also very hard to change.“

—  Geoffrey West British physicist 1940
From: Joao Medeiros. " The city in numbers: An equation that explains urban life http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/05/start/the-city-in-numbers," in wired.co.uk/magazine 29 March 2011.

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Walt Whitman photo

„The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman.“

—  Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
Song of the Broad-Axe

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John F. Kennedy photo

„Somebody once said that Washington was a city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Speech http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKPOF-036-014.aspx to the Trustees and Advisory Committee of the National Cultural Center in the White House Movie Theater, 14 November 1961

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