quote by Jane Jacobs

Streets and their sidewalks-the main public places of a city-are its most vital organs.

— Jane Jacobs

Romantic Sidewalk quotations

The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any one place is always replete with new improvisations.

Lowly, unpurposeful and random as they may appear, sidewalk contacts are the small change from which a city's wealth of public life may grow.

Don't be a marshmallow. Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk. Stop being vegetables. Work for Justice. Viva the boycott!

Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk.

I hate fashion. Or the word fashion, which sounds colorful, extravagant, expensive and gorgeous. “I never wanted to walk the main street of fashion. I have been walking the sidewalks of fashion from the beginning, so I’m a bit dark.

Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.

Obsolescence and death, the reign of the archaic, the abandoned, and the corny: Really, if you saw Windows 3.0 on the sidewalk outside the building, would you bend over and pick it up?!?

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again;

we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.

It's hard to see your destination when you're focused on the cracks in the sidewalk.

And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.

People will sooner aid a sick dog lying on the sidewalk than to try to find shelter for a sick person. It's too much to deal with.

But all the magic I have known I've had to make myself.

On a whim, he stopped and bought a watch from a sidewalk vendor.

Normally, Billy could not abide keeping time, especially when it was attached to one’s body. Time was like a relentlessly needy lapdog one had to haul around. It barked too much and had no sense of loyalty.

My boy is a mean kid. I came home the other day and saw him taping worms to the sidewalk, he sits there and watches the birds get hernias. Well, only last Christmas I gave him a B-B gun and he gave me a sweatshirt with a bulls-eye on the back. I told my kids, "Someday, you'll have kids of your own." One of them said, "So will you."

We have to do what we have to do. Miracles happen. The life force of this planet is very strong. Dandelions poke through sidewalks. We don't know enough to give up. We only know enough to know that we have to try to change the course of human events.

My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.

That's not my world. My world has a cracked sidewalk.

There is a place where the sidewalk ends, And before the street begins, And there the grass grows soft and white, And there the sun burns crimson bright, And there the moon-bird rests from his flight To cool in the peppermint wind.

I'll be clickin' by your house about two forty-five, Sidewalk Sundae Strawberry Surprise.

There is a place where the sidewalk ends.

I stand on the sidewalk watching it because the responsibility is mine and I must, I take a very firm hold on the handles of the baby carriage and I wheel it into the traffic.

I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness.

There is no end to the beauty for the person who is aware.

Even the cracks between the sidewalk contain geometric patterns of amazing beauty.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black And the dark street winds and bends. Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow, And watch where the chalk-white arrows go To the place where the sidewalk ends.

In Paris, one is always reminded of being a foreigner.

If you park your car wrong, it is not the fact that it's on the sidewalk that matters, but the fact that you speak with an accent.

I only come up with things when I am talking to myself, which I do constantly.

The sidewalk and the subway are the best places for this. I speak at full volume and then laugh at myself if I like what I just said.

Ah, stardom! They put your name on a star in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard and you walk down and find a pile of dog manure on it. That tells the whole story, baby.

There was a time when I liked a good riot.

Put on some heavy old street clothes that could stand a bit of sidewalk-scraping, infect myself with something good and contagious, then go out and stamp on some cops. It was great, being nine years old.

I like to keep my feet on the sidewalk.

For those that say I endanger my child: it's more likely that you will fall while walking on the sidewalk than I will while skating with my daughter.

I was almost impeached for getting cars off sidewalks which car owning upper classes had illegally appropriated for parking.

Nothing makes a man feel older than to hear a band coming up the street and not to have the impulse to rush downstairs and out on to the sidewalk.

You're probably on the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm.

Safe is good for sidewalks and swimming pools, but life requires risk if we are to get anywhere.

This is what I like, sitting at a table and watching people go by.

It does something to your outlook on life. The Anglo-Saxons make a great mistake not staring at people from a sidewalk table.

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