I raise my stein to the builder who can remove ghettos without removing people as I hail the chef who can make omelets without breaking eggs.
When you operate in an overbuilt metropolis, you have to hack your way with a meat ax,
Those who can, build. Those who can't, criticize.
You can draw any kind of picture you want on a clean slate and indulge your every whim in the wilderness in laying out a New Delhi, Canberra, or Brasilia, but when you operate in an overbuilt metropolis, you have to hack your way with a meat ax.
If the ends don't justify the means, then what does?
Every true New Yorker believes with all his heart that when a New Yorker is tired of New York, he is tired of life.
Here the skeptic finds chaos and the believer further evidence that the hand that made us is divine.
[It is] the most hideous waterfront structure ever inflicted on a city by a combination of architectural conceit and official bad taste. the Cathedral of Asphalt.
Unfortunately there are still people in other areas who regard New York City not as part of the United States, but as a sort of excrescence fastened to our Eastern shore and peopled by the less venturesome waves of foreigners who failed to go West to the genuine American frontier.
l have no fear of change as such and, on the other hand, no liking for it merely for its own sake.
I have long since abandoned the notion that higher education is essential to either success or happiness. Hothouses of learning do not always grow anything edible.
He continued to be an infant long after he ceased to be a prodigy.
If you elect a matinee idol mayor, you're going to have a musical comedy administration.
Critics build nothing.
Majorities, of course, start with minorities.
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