A city is a relatively large and permanent settlement. Although there is no agreement on how a city is distinguished from a town within general English language meanings, many cities have a particular administrative, legal, or historical status based on local law.
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Famous quotes containing the word city:
“Do you know what Agelisas said, when he was asked why the great city of Lacedomonie was not girded with walls? Because, pointing out the inhabitants and citizens of the city, so expert in military discipline and so strong and well armed: Here, he said, are the walls of the city, meaning that there is no wall but of bones, and that towns and cities can have no more secure nor stronger wall than the virtue of their citizens and inhabitants.”
—François Rabelais (14941553)
“Och, Dublin City, there is no doubtin,
Bates every city upon the say;
Tis there youll see OConnell spoutin,
An Lady Morgan makin tay;
For tis the capital of the finest nation,
Wid charmin pisintry on a fruitful sod,
Fightin like divils for conciliation
An hatin each other for the love of God.”
—Charles James Lever (18091872)
“The language of the younger generation ... has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power at hand, not to come. It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism.”
—Elizabeth Hardwick (b. 1916)