By working and living in New York, you are breathing Western civilization, continuously reminded of its benefits and its values. - Ibn Warraq

By working and living in New York, you are breathing Western civilization, continuously reminded of its benefits and its values.

by Ibn Warraq

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Each time you admire the façade of the New York Public Library, you are paying homage to Western civilization.

In the West we are free to think what we want, to read what we want, to practice our religion, to live as we choose. Liberty is codified in human rights, a magnificent Western creation but also, I believe, a universal good.

I do not wish to live in a society where you are stoned for adultery. I prefer to live in a society where we get stoned first, and then commit adultery.

I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.

I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.

There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.

What I like about New York City is nobody cares. If they do, they don't ever approach. They just give you a 'What's up?' and that's it.

Most cities are nouns. New York's a verb.

It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.

In Boston they ask, how much does he know? In New York, how much is he worth? In Philadelphia, who were his parents?

New York forces you to be in endless surreal situations.

When I'm in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I'm in a movie.

When you leave New York you ain't going anywhere.

The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.

I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.

New York is my Lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment... a place where you're least likely to be bitten by a wild goat.



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