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London Quote of the Month

31 Aug

“London is a bad habit one hates to lose.”
—William Sansom, Blue Skies, Brown Studies, 1961

London Quote of the Month

31 Jul

“It was summer time, and London is so beautiful in summer. It lay beneath my window a fairy city veiled in golden mist … an Aladdin’s cave of jewels.”
—Jerome K. Jerome, Preface to the second edition of Three Men in a Boat, 1909


London Quote of the Month

4 Jun

“The man who has stood upon the Acropolis/And looked down over Attica, or he/Who has sailed where picturesque Constantinople is,/Or seen Timbuctoo … May not think much of London’s first appearance–/But ask him what he thinks of it a year hence?”
—Lord Byron, Don Juan, 1819-1824

London Quote of the Month

30 May

“The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. Each sentence we produce, whether we know it or not, is a mongrel mouthful of Chaucerian, Shakespearean, Miltonic, Johnsonian, Dickensian and American. Military, naval, legal, corporate, criminal, jazz, rap and ghetto discourses are mingled at every turn. The French language, like Paris, has attempted, through its Academy, to retain its purity, to fight the advancing tides of Franglais and international prefabrication. English, by comparison, is a shameless whore.”
Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

London Quote of the Month

30 Apr

“I’ve been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day.”

Walter Besant, on his deathbed, June 1901

London Quote of the Month

28 Feb

“London doesn’t love the latent or the lurking, has neither time, nor taste, nor sense for anything less discernible than the red flag in front of the steam-roller. It wants cash over the counter and letters ten feet high.”

Henry James, The Awkward Age (1899), Bk. I, Ch.

London Quote of the Month

31 Jan

“London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet (1887)

London Quote of the Month

30 Nov

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

(Samuel Johnson, 20 September 1777. Quoted in The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) by James Boswell)

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