155 Best NYC Quotes and Sayings

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“My dad was the town drunk. Most of the time that’s not so bad; but New York City?”

@Henny Youngman

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“He stepped to the window and pointed to the skyscrapers of the city. He said that we had to extinguish the lights of the world, and when we would see the lights of New York go out, we would know that our job was done.”

@Ayn Rand

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“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

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“New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent.”

@Frank Lloyd Wright

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“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

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“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

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

@Agatha Christie

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“If you think of doing something in New York City, you can be certain that at least two thousand other people have the same thought. And of the two thousand who do, about one thousand will be standing in line waiting to do it.”

@E.L. Konigsburg

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“Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.”

@Angela Carter

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“I was born and raised in New York City, Manhattan, uptown.”

@Ana Ortiz

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“New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the world.”

@F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“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 the beauty in the world.”

@F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“In March 1950, in New York City, I was married to Marietta Soffer. We have three children: Vilhelm, Tomas, and Margrethe.”

@Aage Bohr

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

@John Updike

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“New York is the only city in the world where you can get run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian.”

@Russell Baker

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“In 1964, I tried to convince my grandfather, who was active in the New York City firefighters union, to vote for Barry Goldwater over Lyndon Johnson because at the time I thought his approach to limited government was right on.”

@Joe Lhota

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“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

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“After the 9/11 apocalypse happened in New York City, people, particularly New Yorkers, who breathed in the ash, or saw the results of that, have a tendency to keep seeing echoes and having flashbacks to it.”

@Stephen King

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“True New Yorkers do not really seek information about the outside world. They feel that if anything is not in New York it is not likely to be interesting.”

@Jimmy Breslin

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“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

@Tom Wolfe

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“Living in New York City, you have to keep trying to do a lot of things.”

@Caroline Shaw

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“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”

@Tennessee Williams

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“Neighborhoods change. In some ways, it’s part of the beauty of New York City. It’s in a constant state of flux.”

@Wylie Dufresne

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“Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night.”

@Dorothy Parker

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“Central Park is the grandiose symbol of the front yard each child in New York hasn’t got.”

@Robert Benchley

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“I have a special place in my heart for New York City. I spent my early childhood there before moving to Los Angeles.”

@Kathy Hilton

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“If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.”

@Peter Shaffer

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“There is hardly a place in New York that you can’t walk a block and a half and get a cup of coffee. Believe me, I’ve been all over the world. There’s no place like that but New York City.”

@Patti Smith

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“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

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“These stories seem at times to be stories of a long-lost world when the city of New York was still filled with a river light, when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationery store, and when almost everybody wore a hat.”

@John Cheever

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“No place epitomizes the American experience and the American spirit more than New York City.”

@Michael Bloomberg

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“People go to LA to “find themselves”, they come to New York to become someone new.”

@Lindsey Kelk

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“Living in New York City, I am reminded by the Statue of Liberty that the United States of America has always welcomed those yearning to breathe free and seek a better life.”

@Charles B. Rangel

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

@Simone de Beauvoir

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“And it was where I learned how to play tennis and eventually became captain of the tennis team at the school and was on the Junior Davis Cup in New York City.”

@Sanford I. Weill

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“What’s the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don’t yield to them?”

@P.G. Wodehouse

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“The life of a dancer is tragically short. What is remarkable about the New York City Ballet is that it makes us forget that. Because it keeps the ballet alive.”

@John Guare

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“…for in that city [New York] there is neurosis in the air which the inhabitants mistake for energy.”

@Evelyn Waugh

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“I was a bouncer for ten years in New York City.”

@Vin Diesel

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“There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from midtown and how late is it open?”

@Woody Allen

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Best Quotes for New York City

“I was just a queer theater kid from New York City.”

@Princess Nokia

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“That’s the problem with living in New York. You’ve got no New York to run away to.”

@Amor Towles

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“I’ve never had a treehouse because I live in New York City. It would be a little bit hard to fit a treehouse in a New York City apartment.”

@Abigail Breslin

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“A city full of eight million people. It was all rather lonely sometimes.”

@Kelly Moran

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“It’s fascinating to see how versatile New York City is. It lends itself to being so many different places!”

@Margot Robbie

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“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

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“It’ll be interesting to raise kids in New York City. I’m from suburbia, so I don’t really have any experience with what it’s going to be like here.”

@Aaron Lazar

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“I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.”

@Amy Thomas

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“My first American experience was in the harbor of New York City when I saw that amazing big, tall lady. I remember thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, a lady runs this country.'”

@Rita Moreno

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“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

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“U.S.A. greatest country in world. Sheikie-baby live in the America. I live in Atlanta, the L.A. and the New York City – greatest city in the world.”

@The Iron Sheik

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“When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.”

@Fran Lebowitz

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“I always have a positive reaction to Times Square – you’ve got so many people passing through here, so many cultures, and so many people merging into the central community of New York City. This is the hub of America.”

@Dhani Jones

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“Were you ever actually going to leave New York, or were you just saying that to get her to finally make a move?” “Clary,” said Luke, “I am shocked that you would suggest such a thing.”

@Cassandra Clare

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“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.”

@Chaske Spencer

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“New York is made up of millions of different people, and they all come here looking for something”

@Lindsey Kelk

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“Everything seems to be going faster and faster. It’s really harder to create something that endures. The New York City Ballet has succeeded in doing that.”

@Robert Caro

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“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

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“I have taught students from the New York City area so long I have a special affinity and rapport with them. It surprises me sometimes that there are students from anywhere else.”

@Robert Morgan

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“Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book -and does”

@Groucho Marx

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Saying Quotes About New York City

“I went to a foreign land, New York City in 1982 and had no money, no respect in the gym. Everyone thinks you’re full of it. The remit in those days was break his heart, get him out of the gym.”

@Chris Eubank Sr.

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“Just like an alley in New York -like every alley in the world, apparently- it smelled like cat pee.”

@Cassandra Clare

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“I knew I couldn’t live in America and I wasn’t ready to move to Europe so I moved to an island off the coast of America – New York City.”

@Spalding Gray

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“This isn’t a fairy tale. It’s New York City.”

@Alex Flinn

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“In the 1970s, New York City avoided bankruptcy because wise political leaders like Gov. Hugh L. Carey believed both in strong labor unions and robust banks and companies.”

@Felix Rohatyn

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“Life in New York was like being in a giant bookstore: all these trillions of paths and possibilities drawing dreamers into the city’s beating heart, saying, I make no promises but I offer many doors.”

@Emily Henry

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“I think small business is struggling in New York City. It’s a fantastic market, it’s a very appealing market, there’s lots of opportunity, at the same time it’s a very difficult place to build a small business.”

@Bill de Blasio

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“New York takes from her, sometimes. But she takes too. She takes its muggy air in fistfuls, and she packs it into the cracks in her heart.”

@Casey McQuiston

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“Brazil is a country that has rich people, as you have in New York City, as you have in Berlin or in London. But we also have poor people like in Bangladesh or in African suburbs.”

@Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

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“He looked longingly out the window at the towering skyline of New York City and thought about jumping. It would hurt less than following orders.”

@Kelly Moran

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“My favorite bar in New York City is called Milk and Honey, a great cocktail bar.”

@Chris Thile

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“The sixteen hundred dairies in California’s Central Valley alone produce more waste than a city of twenty-one million people-that’s more than the populations of London, New York, and Chicago combined.”

@Gene Baur

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“After ‘Spelling Bee,’ I started landing more jobs… I got ‘Candide’ at New York City Opera.”

@Lauren Worsham

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“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

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“I don’t think the isolation of the American writer is a tradition; it’s more that, geographically, he just is isolated, unless he happens to live in New York City. But I don’t suppose there’s a small town around the country that doesn’t have a writer.”

@Nelson Algren

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“New York! I’ve always wanted to see it and now I’ve see it. It’s true what they say– it’s the most wonderful city in the world.”

@Betty Smith

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“I’m convinced that the place, if you have your druthers, to go to have that experience is New York City.”

@Dabney Coleman

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“I know for sure that I will always compare every city skyline to New York’s. Just as I will always compare every boy to Daniel.”

@Nicola Yoon

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“I moved from Huntsville, Alabama to New York City right out of high school. I was alone, scared, and had very little money.”

@Cynthia Bailey

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“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

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“Had my grandparents not emigrated when they did, I might have been born Jewish in Eastern Europe during World War II, or I might not have been born at all. Instead, I was born in 1942 in New York City.”

@Carole King

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“When you leave New York you ain’t going anywhere.”

@Jimmy Breslin

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“It is imperative that we set the national example and make it clear that companies seeking to do business in New York City cannot be allowed to treat their workers like second-class citizens.”

@Letitia James

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“A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times : It is a beautiful catastrophe.”

@Le Corbusier

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“I was born in Dallas, and I grew up both there and in New York City, which was very schizophrenic.”

@Lesli Linka Glatter

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“This is the city, and I am one of the citizens/Whatever interests the rest interests me”

@Walt Whitman

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“Growing up in New York City, I was always encouraged to question authority, and I think I confused patriotism with jingoism.”

@Claire Danes

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“Once you have lived in New York and made it your home, no place else is good enough”

@John Steinbeck

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“I took a plane from New York City to Los Angeles for an audition. I met all the people. After that, I was told to have another audition, but I didn’t want to go there again.”

@Ed O’Neill

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“It couldn’t have happened anywhere but in little old New York.”

@O. Henry

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“The funny thing about New York City is that if you hide from her, she’s just gonna say, ‘Whatever, kid!’ and leave you in the dust.”

@Gavin Creel

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“Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, 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

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“I grew up in The Bronx. I mean, I was born and raised in New York City. And I started singing in Spanish because I was always just connected to my Latin roots.”

@Prince Royce

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“I carry the place around the world in my heart but sometimes I try to shake it off in my dreams”

@F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“I think the thing about New York City real estate is that you kind of just take what you can get when you’re renting.”

@Leandra Medine

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“Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft”

@Mary Schmich

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“New York City is a notoriously hard market to perform country music in.”

@Trace Adkins

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“If New York is the City That Never Sleeps, then Los Angeles is the City That’s Always Passed Out on the Couch.”

@Paul Beatty

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“I grew up in New York City. In elementary school, I was a charter member of the Scribble Scrabble Club, and in high school, my poems were published in an anthology of student poetry.”

@Gail Carson Levine

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“One of the highlights of the first Good Omens tour was Neil and I walking through New York singing Shoehorn with Teeth. Well, we’d had a good breakfast. And you don’t get mugged, either.”

@Terry Pratchett

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“Like I always tell people, Buffalo is closer to Toronto than New York City. We an hour and a half away – that’s the next major city to us is Toronto. Buffalo’s connected to Canada.”

@Westside Gunn

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“Pull up the shades so I can see New York. I don’t want to go home in the dark.”

@O. Henry

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“I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, but I live in New York City.”

@Topaz Page-Green

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“It can destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck. No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.”

@E B White

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“I’m street smart. You can’t con me. But that’s just from living in New York. Now if a guy came from Mississippi somewhere, Ohio somewhere, to New York City for the first time, he don’t have the street smarts. You can take him.”

@J. B. Smoove

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“If you live in New York, even if you’re Catholic, you’re Jewish”

@Lennie Bruce

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