LONDON QUOTES

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London, thou art the flower of cities all!
Gemme of all joy, jasper of jocunditie.

WILLIAM DUNBAR, London

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London opens to you like a novel itself.... It is divided into chapters, the chapters into scenes, the scenes into sentences; it opens to you like a series of rooms, door, passsage, door. Mayfair to Piccadilly to Soho to the Strand.

ANNA QUINDLEN, Imagined London

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My Dad says that being a Londoner has nothing to do with where you're born. He says that there are people who get off a jumbo jet at Heathrow, go through immigration waving any kind of passport, hop on the tube and by the time the train's pulled into Piccadilly Circus they've become a Londoner.

BEN AARONOVITCH, Moon Over Soho

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I don't know what London's coming to -- the higher the buildings the lower the morals.

NOEL COWARD, Collected Sketches and Lyrics

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Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, The Life of Samuel Johnson

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner,
That I love London so;
Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner,
That I think of her wherever I go.
I get a funny feeling inside of me,
Just walking up and down;
Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner,
That I love London town.

HUBERT GREGG, "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner"

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Go where we may, rest where we will,
Eternal London haunts us still.

THOMAS MOORE, "Rhymes on the Road", The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore

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London is a city that offers all kinds of temptations, and whenever I go for a walk I discover things that I would like to bring back as souvenirs. But my resources are very limited. I cannot buy anything, and I make a point of taking my walks a good distance from these riches.

SOSEKI NATSUME, Spring Miscellany and London Essays

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But hail thou giant City of the world,
Thou that dost scorn a canopy of clouds,
And in the dimness of eternal smoke,
For ever rising like an ocean-stream,
Dost mantle thine immensity -- how vast
And wide thy wonderful array of domes,
In dusky masses staring at the skies!

ROBERT MONTGOMERY, "London", Religion and Poetry: Being Selections Spiritual and Moral

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In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.

JOHN OSBORNE, Tom Jones

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I journeyed to London, to the timekept City,
Where the River flows, with foreign flotations.
There I was told: we have too many churches,
And too few chop-houses.

T. S. ELIOT, The Rock

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London is an endless skirmish between angles and emptiness.

CHINA MIEVILLE, Kraken

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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, letter to Katharine Tynan, Aug. 25, 1888

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There's a hole in the world
Like a great black pit
And the vermin of the world
Inhabit it ...
And it goes by the name of London.

STEPHEN SONDHEIM, Sweeney Todd

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The truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.

JANE AUSTEN, Emma

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How can you ever be late for anything in London? They have a huge clock right in the middle of the town.

JIMMY KIMMEL, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mar. 5, 2013

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London is the epitome of our times, and the Rome of to-day.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Conduct of Life

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A mighty mass of brick, and smoke, and shipping,
Dirty and dusty, but as wide as eye
Could reach, with here and there a sail just skipping
In sight, then lost amidst the forestry
Of masts; a wilderness of steeples peeping
On tiptoe through their sea-coal canopy;
A huge, dun cupola, like a foolscap crown
On a fool's head--and there is London Town.

LORD BYRON, Don Juan

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A city like London was always going to be a paradox, the best of it so very riddled with the opposite, so Swiss-cheesed with moral holes.

CHINA MIEVILLE, Kraken

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London is a labyrinth, half of stone and half of flesh.

PETER ACKROYD, London: The Biography

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