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70 Most Famous Quotes About New York City (NYC)

Top 12 Most Famous Quotes About New York City (BEST)

“Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. Always I return home weary but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real flesh and I myself am not a dream.”

Helen Keller
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
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
And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you.
And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you. – Michael Bloomberg
One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to its as much as five minutes as in five years. - Tom Wolfe
One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to its as much as five minutes as in five years. – Tom Wolfe
Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night. - Dorothy Parker
Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night. – Dorothy Parker
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
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

“New York is a different country. Maybe it ought to have a separate government. Everybody thinks differently, they just don’t know what the hell the rest of the United States is.”

Henry Ford
New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice. - Bob Dylan
New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice. – Bob Dylan
There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless. - Simone de Beauvoir
There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless. – Simone de Beauvoir
The city seen from the Queensborough Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The city seen from the Queensborough Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan! - Walt Whitman
Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan! – Walt Whitman
In Boston, they ask, how much does he know In New York, how much is he worth In Philadelphia, who were his parents - Mark Twain
In Boston, they ask, how much does he know? In New York, how much is he worth? In Philadelphia, who were his parents? – Mark Twain

22 Quotes About New York City That Will Make You Want to Visit

“I love New York. You can pop out of the Underworld in Central Park, hail a taxi, head down Fifth Avenue with a giant hellhound loping behind you, and nobody even looks at you funny.”

Rick Riordan
New York is really the place to be; to go to New York, you’re going to the centre of the world, the lion’s den. - Zubin Mehta
New York is really the place to be; to go to New York, you’re going to the centre of the world, the lion’s den. – Zubin Mehta
I wake up every morning and say to myself, ‘Well, I’m still in New York’. Thank you, God. - Ed Koch
I wake up every morning and say to myself, ‘Well, I’m still in New York’. Thank you, God. – Ed Koch
For me, New York is comfortable, not strange. - Karl Lagerfeld
For me, New York is comfortable, not strange. – Karl Lagerfeld

“I love that about New York: You just dress the way you want to dress and feel really comfortable because nobody is judging. You can just be yourself, and it’s perfectly normal.”

Henrik Lundquist
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
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
Somewhere between living and dreaming, there’s New York.
Somewhere between living and dreaming, there’s New York.
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
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

“In New York, the sky is bluer, and the grass is greener, and the girls are prettier, and the steaks are thicker, and the buildings are higher, and the streets are wider, and the air is finer than the sky, or the grass, or the girls, or the steaks, or the air of any place else in the world.”

Edna Ferber
When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie. - Ryan Adams
When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie. – Ryan Adams
There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe. - Elbert Hubbart
There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe. – Elbert Hubbart
'New York!' he said. 'That’s not a place, it’s a dream'. - Ralph Ellison
‘New York!’ he said. ‘That’s not a place, it’s a dream’. – Ralph Ellison
New York is a work of art in and of itself. It’s a masterpiece that shouldn’t make sense, yet somehow, it does. - Jacqueline E. Smith
New York is a work of art in and of itself. It’s a masterpiece that shouldn’t make sense, yet somehow, it does. – Jacqueline E. Smith
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 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 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 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
A hundred times I have thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times it’s a beautiful catastrophe. - Le Corbusier
A hundred times I have thought: New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: it’s a beautiful catastrophe. – Le Corbusier
Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book and does. - Groucho Marx
Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book and does. – Groucho Marx
Don't you love New York in the fall It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. - Nora Ephron
Don’t you love NeIf you’re greedy for life, that’s what New York is all about. If you’re trying to get as much as you can every day, this city is the place to be. – Pam Nelsonw York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. – Nora Ephron
If you’re greedy for life, that’s what New York is all about. If you’re trying to get as much as you can every day, this city is the place to be. - Pam Nelson
If you’re greedy for life, that’s what New York is all about. If you’re trying to get as much as you can every day, this city is the place to be. – Pam Nelson
One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt. - Georgia O’Keefe
One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt. – Georgia O’Keefe
Make your mark in New York and you are a made man. - Mark Twain
Make your mark in New York and you are a made man. – Mark Twain
It wasn’t so much that I thought there was nowhere to go, in this huge city; but with so many places to go, where were you supposed to begin - Kelly Braffet
It wasn’t so much that I thought there was nowhere to go, in this huge city; but with so many places to go, where were you supposed to begin? – Kelly Braffet
It was never built for the comfort and happiness of its citizens, but to astonish the world. - Susan Ertz
It was never built for the comfort and happiness of its citizens, but to astonish the world. – Susan Ertz

7 Quotes About New York City for New Yorkers

“Being a New Yorker grounds you in every way. Before you walk out of the house, you can dress in the nicest clothes and be whoever you think you are, but when you’re on those streets, you’re just in the school of fish.”

Awkafina
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 Rutherfurd
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 Rutherfurd
The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding. - John Updike
The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding. – John Updike

“If you want to become a real New Yorker, there’s only one rule: You have to believe New York is, has been, and always will be the greatest city on earth. The center of the universe.”

Ellen R. Shapiro
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
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
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
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

“By comparison with other less hectic days, the city is uncomfortable and inconvenient; but New Yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience—if they did they would live elsewhere.”

E.B. White

3 Quotes About New York City and Los Angeles

“When its 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.”

Neil Simon
People go to LA to find themselves, they come to New York to become someone new. - Lindsey Kelk
People go to LA to “find themselves”, they come to New York to become someone new. – Lindsey Kelk

“I don’t like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game. I’m from New York. I will kill to get what I need.”

Lady Gaga

2 Quotes About New York City at Night

“At night… the streets become rhythmical perspectives of glowing dotted lines, reflections hung upon them in the streets as the wisteria hangs its violet racemes on its trellis. The buildings are shimmering verticality, a gossamer veil, a festive scene-prop hanging there against the black sky to dazzle, entertain, amaze.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

“And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there… Squares after squares of flame, set up, and cut into the ether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.”

Ezra Pound

2 Quotes About New York City Skyline

“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline. Particularly when one can’t see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need? And then people tell me about pilgrimages to some dank pesthole in a jungle where they go to do homage to a crumbling temple, to a leering stone monster with a pot belly, created by some leprous savage. Is it beauty and genius they want to see? Do they seek a sense of the sublime? Let them come to New York, stand on the shore of the Hudson, look and kneel. When I see the city from my window – no, I don’t feel how small I am – but I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body.”

Ayn Rand

“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 Ephron

5 Funny Quotes About New York City

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. - Brendan Behan
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. – Brendan Behan
Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place. - Johnny Carson
Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place. – Johnny Carson
The flag of New York City should be someone with four bags opening a door with their shoulder. - Alex Baze
The flag of New York City should be someone with four bags opening a door with their shoulder. – Alex Baze
When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough. - Fran Lebowitz
When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough. – Fran Lebowitz
Cities have sexes London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual. - Angela Carter
Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual. – Angela Carter

17 Quotes About New York City that will Make You Think & Ponder

“I wanted solitude, but a treasure like that didn’t exist in the city. I only found silence in Central Park, still littered with people of course, but the only place that held moments of calm. I breathed in that wonderful silence as my pace finally slowed, and nature delighted my senses.”

Lee Matthew Goldberg
What's the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don't yield to them - P.G. Wodehouse
What’s the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don’t yield to them? – P.G. Wodehouse
When you leave New York you ain't going anywhere. - Jimmy Breslin
When you leave New York you ain’t going anywhere. – Jimmy Breslin
A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I'd die for my fans. - Lady Gaga
A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I’d die for my fans. – Lady Gaga
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent. - Frank Lloyd Wright
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent. – Frank Lloyd Wright

“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
It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story. - Agatha Christie
It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story. – Agatha Christie
Things always change and New York teaches you that. - Richard Hell
Things always change and New York teaches you that. – Richard Hell

“New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness if you have no inner stabilizer…. In New York, I have always felt lonely, the loneliness of the caged animal, which brings on crime, sex, alcohol, and other madnesses.”

Henry Miller
Sometimes, from beyond the skyscrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island. - Albert Camus
Sometimes, from beyond the skyscrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island. – Albert Camus
One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. - Tom Wolfe
One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. – Tom Wolfe
The city is like poetry; it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines. - E.B. White
The city is like poetry; it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines. – E.B. White
To Europe she was America. To America, she was the gateway to the earth. But to tell the story of New York would be to write a social history of the world. - H.G. Wells
To Europe she was America. To America, she was the gateway to the earth. But to tell the story of New York would be to write a social history of the world. – H.G. Wells
Anything is possible. This is New York. - Carrie Bradshaw
Anything is possible. This is New York. – Carrie Bradshaw
If a newspaper prints a sex crime, it’s smut, but when The New York Times prints it, it’s a sociological study. - Adolph S. Ochs
If a newspaper prints a sex crime, it’s smut, but when The New York Times prints it, it’s a sociological study. – Adolph S. Ochs
New York is appalling, fantastically charmless, and elaborately dire. - Henry James
New York is appalling, fantastically charmless, and elaborately dire. – Henry James
...for in that city [New York] there is neurosis in the air which the inhabitants mistake for energy. - Evelyn Waugh
…for in that city [New York] there is neurosis in the air which the inhabitants mistake for energy. – Evelyn Waugh

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