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There's not a one of us who has lived for a long stretch of time in the capital, I believe, who has not experienced that awful moment of realization that a friend or acquaintance with some public responsibility is losing the gift of normal discourse. He will have begun to address us over a casual drink or at the supermarket as if he were orating at the United Nations.
-- Washington
Meg Greenfield

Were it not for the parks and monuments and great federal buildings that break up the monotony, downtown Washington would be a visual and architectural disaster.
-- States of Mind: A Personal Journey Through the Mid-Atlantic
Jonathan Yardley

She began to feel that there was a great throbbing arclighted world somewhere outside and that only living in Georgetown where everything was so poky and old-fashioned, and Mommer and Popper were so poky and old-fashioned, kept her from breaking into it.
-- The 42nd Parallel
John Dos Passos

Taken altogether, Washington as a city is most unsatisfactory, and falls more grievously short of the thing attempted than any other of the great undertakings of which I have seen anything in the United States.
-- North America
Anthony Trollope

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