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Community, L. communitatus (com+munis+tatus), means 'close exchange'. The exchanges of ideas, goods and services can be based on geographic proximity, familial and ethnic ties, and/or shared interests. An individual can, and does, belong to more than one "community": we live in physical communities sharing streets, laws and customs; before virtual online communities we shared communities of gender, age, and fatih.

Aristotle ~
• “A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.”
• “The most perfect political community must be amongst those who are in the middle rank, and those states are best instituted wherein these are a larger and more respectable part, if possible, than both the other; or, if that cannot be, at least than either of them separate, so that being thrown into the balance it may prevent either scale from preponderating.”

Antonin Artaud ~
• “No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.”

Wendell Berry ~
• “A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members - among them the need to need one another. The answer to the present alignment of political power with wealth is the restoration of the identity of community and economy.”
• “A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.”

Rupert Brooke ~
• “Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.”

Constantin Brancusi ~
• “Architecture is inhabited sculpture.”

Dorothy Irene Height ~
• “Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.”

Oliver Wendel Holmes, Sr. ~
• “The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the center of each and every town or city.”

Aldous Huxley
• “A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.”

Jane Jacobs ~
• “The point of cities is multiplicity of choice.”
• “You can't rely on bringing people downtown; you have to put them there.”

Lyndon Baines Johnson ~
• “The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individual’s dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is what we seek today.”

Colman McCarthy ~
• “What makes us happy is service to others. If schools don't expose students to the joys of community service, we graduate people who are idea rich but experience poor. In these addled times of leave no child untested, we think it's enough to pound ideas into the kids' heads. You can make all A's in school and go out and flunk life.”

Michelangelo ~
• “I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.”

Christopher Morley ~
• “All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim.”

Desmond Morris ~
• “The city is not a concrete jungle. It is a human zoo.”

Lewis Mumford ~
• “The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.”
• “The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind.”
• “New York is the perfect model of a city, not the model of a perfect city.”
• “Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.”
• “Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.”

Kathleen Norris ~
• “There is no solitude in the world like that of the big city.” ~

Plato ~
• “Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.”

Ezra Pound ~
• “All great art is born of the metropolis.”

Rainer Maria Rilke ~
• “Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connexion with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle.” ~ Worpswede, 1903

Theodore Roszak ~
• “Technology has destroyed interrelations in the human community. ... We are living among dispirited and agonized teenagers who can't find any hope.”

John Ruskin ~
• “An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.”

Rudolph Steiner ~
• “A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.”

Henry David Thoreau ~
• “City life is millions of people being lonesome together.”

Arnold J. Toynbee ~
• “A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man.”

Derek Walcott ~
• “A culture, we all know, is made by its cities.”

Walt Whitman ~
• “A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.”

Frank Lloyd Wright ~
• “To look at the cross-section of any plan of a big city is to look at something like the section of a fibrous tumor.”

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