Quotes of the Day for 13 July 2000 – Washington City
We all know that abolitionist newspaper editor Horace Greeley, with his visions of an agrarian utopia in the wide-open spaces toward the Pacific, said "Go West, young man!" We forget that when he published that line on this date in 1865 he also was referring to a specific place to not go: "Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West, and grow up with the country." At least they've done something about the dust since then.
Like a city in dreams, the great white capital stretches along the placid river from Georgetown to the west to Anacostia on the east. It is a city of temporaries, a city of just-arriveds and only-visitings, built on the shifting sands of politics, filled with people passing through.
- Allen Drury
The more I observed Washington, the more frequently I visited it, and the more people I interviewed there, the more I understood how prophetic L'Enfant was when he laid it out as a city that goes around in circles.
- John Mason Brown
If we were directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we would soon want bread.
- Thomas Jefferson
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