Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. quote about city from The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table - The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city.
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The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city.
 Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). copy citation

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“Frenchmen—you remember the line about Paris, the Court, the World, etc.—I recollect well, by the way, a sign in that city which ran thus: «Hôtel l'Univers et des États Unis»; and as Paris is the universe to a Frenchman, of course the United States are outside of it.—«See Naples and then die.» —It is quite as bad with smaller places. I have been about, lecturing, you know, and have found the following propositions to hold true of all of them.
1. The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city.
2. If more than fifty years have passed since its foundation, it is affectionately styled by the inhabitants the «good old town of»—(whatever its name may happen to be.)
3. Every collection of its inhabitants that comes together to listen to a stranger is invariably declared to be a «remarkably intelligent audience.»” source

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