Mankind which began in a cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a slum.
— H. G. [Herbert George] Wells

slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Cyril Connolly slum quote

The drive toward complex technical achievement offers a clue to why the U.S. is good at space gadgetry and bad at slum problems.
— John Kenneth Galbraith

Jesus got me through the slums without getting murdered. I just walked with him as though he were really there and not a spirit just floating around.
— Larry Norman

With breathtaking rapidity, we are destroying all that was lovely to look at and turning America into a prison house of the spirit. The affluent society, with relentless single-minded energy, is turning our cities, most of suburbia and most of our roadways into the most affluent slum on earth.
— slum quotation by Eric Sevareid