London… the center of the world in the colonial and postcolonal times, the financial center in the new globalised era and the multicultural city par excellence in the post-modern times.
London has been the subject, character, villain in various books. Authors and novelist all around the world have written in length about London. The academic and cultural world shaped London and gave it it’s imminence. Oxford University, London School of Economics, Cambridge University made London the center of educational excellence.
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London, quoted many times in books or in movies, offers more than just multiculturalism or academic excellence. It offers a landscape which is amazing, it has an architecture which is of pure poetry.
The high things of London, which here and there peep over them, only make the spaces vaster by reminding you that you are, after all, not in Kent or Yorkshire; and these things, whatever they be–rows of “eligible” dwellings, towers of churches, domes of institutions–take such an effective gray-blue tint that a clever water-colorist would seem to have put them in for pictorial reasons. – Henry James
10 Best Quotes About London
The truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.
You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
There was a sound that London had. … There were kids dressed in velvet cloaks who lived free lives: there were thousands of black people everywhere, so I wouldn’t feel exposed; there were bookshops with racks of magazines printed without capital letters or the bourgeois disturbance of full stops; there were shops selling all the records you could desire; there were parties where boys and girls you didn’t know took you upstairs and fucked you; there were all the drugs you could use. You see, I didn’t ask much of life; this was the extent of my longing.
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
I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It’s one of the curses of London.
The best bribe which London offers to-day to the imagination, is, that, in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts. It is not in the showy evolutions of buildings, but in the multiplicity of human habitations which are crowded together, that the wonderful immensity of London consists.
There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear — the city of London and the South Seas.
A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
George Bernard Shaw
I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and for ever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity?