A few striking quotations about the greatest city on this football.
There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear—the city of London and the South Seas. (Herman Melville)
This melancholy London—I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air. (William Butler Yeats)
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. (John Berger)
Why, if one wants to compare life to anything, one must liken it to being blown through the Tube at fifty miles an hour- landing at the other end without a single hairpin in one’s hair! Shot out at the feet of God entirely naked! […] Yes, that seems to express the rapidity of life, the perpetual waste and repair; all so casual, all so haphazard. (Virginia Woolf)
I am at the heart of life. (Jinny in The Waves, Virginia Woolf)
What do you think about these utterances? Do you agree?