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The Best Quotes About New York City
Looking for quotes about New York City guaranteed to inspire you? Here are some of my favorites!
It’s no secret that I love New York, although I may be a little biased since I am from here. New York is one of the greatest cities in the world, so it’s no surprise that so many famous writers, musicians, and artists have a lot to say about the city.
Without further ado here are some of the best quotes about New York City!
“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.” – Dylan Thomas
“London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.” – Dorothy Parker
“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” – Tom Wolfe
“Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book — and does.” – Groucho Marx
“I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it’s happening.” – John Lennon
“Make your mark in New York and you are a made man.”– Mark Twain
“Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city: all other cities seem, at best, a mistake, and, at worst, a fraud.” – James Baldwin
“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” – Simone de Beauvoir
“My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realize how kind New York people are.” – Bill Murray
“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” – John Updike
“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.” – Truman Capote
“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.” – Ayn Rand
“You can do what you like, sir, but I’ll tell you this. New York is the true capital of America. Every New Yorker knows it, and by God, we always shall.” – Edward Rutherford
“One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
“I wake up every morning and say to myself, ‘Well, I’m still in New York. Thank you, God.” – Ed Koch
“Living in California adds ten years to a man’s life. And those extra ten years I’d like to spent in New York.” – Harry Ruby
“Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan!” – Walt Whitman
“It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city for only the very young.” – Joan Didion
“A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.” – Le Corbusier
“For me, New York is comfortable, not strange.” – Karl Lagerfeld
“I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.” – Milos Forman
“I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, ‘There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it.'” – Robert de Niro
“When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.” – Fran Lebowitz
“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.” – Nora Ephrom
“New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it – once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.” – John Steinbeck
“Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.” – Johnny Carson
Which of these quotes about New York City is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
I would say to say my favorite is the first one on this list from F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby: “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.”
I love that because that’s how I feel every time I drive across the Queensboro Bridge!
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