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The great capitals of the world are civilized, they say, and it is true. There you may find the intellectual and the aesthetic arts flourish most; you may observe more elegance in the manners, speech, clothes and homes than elsewhere. But the work and wealth centered there indirectly breed slums, multiply sins, and degrade men morally.

-- Notebooks Category 3: Relax and Retreat > Chapter 2: Withdraw from Tension and Pressure > # 78

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