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Wilson MiznerHollywood is a trip through a sewer in a glass-bottom boat.

—  Wilson Mizner, 1876-1913, American playwright

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Cyril ConnollyNo city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.

—  Cyril Connolly, 1903-1974, British writer

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Wilson MiznerHollywood is a sewer with service from the Ritz Carlton.

—  Wilson Mizner, 1876-1913, American playwright

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Mignon McLaughlinA car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

H.L. MenckenNew York: A third-rate Babylon.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

G. K. ChestertonLondon is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Sacha GuitryBeing a Parisian is not about being born in Paris, it is about being reborn there.

—  Sacha Guitry, 1885-1957, French writer

Karl KrausIn Berlin, things are serious but not hopeless. In Vienna, they are hopeless but not serious.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Arthur ClarkeIf man can live in Manhattan, he can live anywhere.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Samuel JohnsonWhen a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer


Quotes in Verse

Constantine KavafyYou won’t find a new country, won’t find another shore.
This city will always pursue you. You will walk
the same streets, grow old in the same neighborhoods,
will turn gray in these same houses.
You will always end up in this city.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ The city


Funny Quotes

Fred AllenI have just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself up there.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian


Non-English Quotes

John KennedyIch bin ein Berliner!

I am a Berliner!

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

     (from a June 26, 1963 speech in West Berlin)


Movie Quotes

Ninotchka (1939)It's midnight. One half of Paris is making love to the other half.

—  from the film Ninotchka (1939)

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