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London in Quotations: Daniel Defoe

The City is the Centre of its Commerce and Wealth. The Court of its Gallantry and Splendor. The Out-parts of its Numbers and Mechanicks; and in all these, no City in the World can equal it.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), Vision of Britain Letter 5 (London), Part 2: The City

London in Quotations: Arthur Conan Doyle

. . . the lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful country-side.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Copper Beeches

London in Quotations: John Bancks

Houses, churches, mixed together; Streets unpleasant in all weather; / Prisons, palaces contiguous, / Gates, a bridge, the Thames irriguous.
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Many a beau without a shilling, / Many a widow not unwilling; / Many a bargain, if you strike it: / This is London! How d’ye like it?

John Bancks (1709-1751), A Description of London

London in Quotations: Sir Nikolaus Pevsner

The essential qualities of the city are closeness variety, and intricacy, and the ever-recurring contrasts of tall and low, of large and small, of wide and narrow, of straight and crooked, the closes and retreats and odd leafy corners.

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-1983)

London in Quotations: Christopher Marlowe

The sight of London to my exil’d eyes / Is as Elysium to a new-come soul;

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), Edward II