A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
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- The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world.
- In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass, I find letters from God dropped in the street, and every one is signed by God’s name. And I leave them where they are, for I know that wherever I go, others will punctually come for ever and ever.
- Our leading men are not of much account and never have been, but the average of the people is immense, beyond all history. Sometimes I think in all departments, literature and art included, that will be the way our superiority will exhibit itself. We will not have great individuals or great leaders, but a great average bulk, unprecedentedly great.
- Produce great men, the rest follows.
- The city sleeps and the country sleeps, the living sleep for their time, the dead sleep for their time, the old husband sleeps by his wife and the young husband sleeps by his wife; and these tend inward to me, and I tend outward to them, and such as it is to be of these more or less I am, and of these one and all I weave the song of myself.
- The Past — the dark unfathomed retrospect! The teeming gulf –the sleepers and the shadows! The past! the infinite greatness of the past! For what is the present after all but a growth out of the past?