New York City Quotes

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New York City Quotes

The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.

Douglas Adams

For most visitors to Manhattan, both foreign and domestic, New York is the Shrine of the Good Time. This is only natural, for outsiders come to New York for the sole purpose of having a good time, and it is for their New York hosts to provide it.

The visiting Englishman, or the visiting Californian, is convinced that New York is made up of millions of gay pixies, flittering about constantly in a sophisticated manner in search of a new thrill. "I don't see how you stand it," they often say to the native New Yorker who has been sitting up past his bedtime for a week in an attempt to tire his guest out.

Robert Benchley 

New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.

Alistair Cooke

The thing that impressed me then as now about New York . . . was the sharp, and at the same time immense, contrast it showed between the dull and the shrewd, the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor, the wise and the ignorant . . . the strong, or those who ultimately dominated, were so very strong, and the weak so very, very weak-- and so very, very many.

Theodore Dreiser

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

Henry Ford

New York is an arrogant city; it has always wanted to be all things to all people, and a surprising amount of the time it has succeeded. It has always been a city of commerce, and the values of commerce have tended to supercede other values. There is no pretense here of excessive gentility, and the rush was always to the new, the large, the prosperous, the fashionable.

Paul Goldberger

The city of right angles and tough, damaged people.

Pete Hamill

This is New York, a combat zone, and everyone has to have an angle or they're not allowed over the bridges or through the tunnels. Let them have their angles, it's what they live for. You got better things to worry about, like making sure the people that actually matter don't try any funny stuff.

Cynthia Heimel

You come to New York to find the ambiance that will evoke your best. You do not necessarily know precisely what that might be, but you come to New York to discover it.

Dr. James Hillman

It wasn't until I got to New York that I became Kansan. Everyone there kept reminding me they were Jewish or Irish, or whatever, so I kept reminding them that I was mid-western. Before I knew it, I actually began to brag about being from Kansas! I discovered I had something a bit unique, but it was the nature of New York that forced me to claim my past.

William Inge

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 and I myself am not a dream.

Helen Keller

The faces in New York remind me of people who played a game and lost.

Murray Kempton

No one as yet had approached the management of New York in a proper spirit; that is to say, regarding it as the shiftless outcome of squalid barbarism and reckless extravagance. No one is likely to do so, because reflections on the long narrow pig-trough are construed as malevolent attacks against the spirit and majesty of the American people, and lead to angry comparisons.

Rudyard Kipling

To start with, there's the alien accent. "Tree" is the number between two and four. "Jeintz" is the name of the New York professional football team. A "fit" is a bottle measuring seven ounces less than a quart. This exotic tongue has no relationship to any of the approved languages at the United Nations, and is only slightly less difficult to master than Urdu.

Fletcher Knebel 

As a city, New York moves in the forefront of today's great trend of great cities toward neurosis. She is confused, self-pitying, helpless and dependent.

John Lardner

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


Le Corbusier

In New York it's not whether you win or lose--it's how you lay the blame.

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

Not only is New York the nation's melting pot, it is also the casserole, the chafing dish and the charcoal grill

Mayor John V. Lindsay

Robinson Crusoe, the self-sufficient man, could not have lived in New York City.

Walter Lippmann

New York attracts the most people in the world in the arts and professions. It also attracts them in other fields. Even the bums are talented.

Edmund Love

I come from New York, where if you fall down they pick you up by your wallet.

Al McGuire

A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else, the same with good manners.

Mignon McLaughlin

A person who speaks good English in New York sounds like a foreigner.

Jackie Mason

My one thought is to get out of New York, to experience something genuinely American.

Henry Miller

New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness if you have no inner stabilizer.

Henry Miller

He speaks English with the flawless imperfection of a New Yorker.

Gilbert Millstein

Roaming the streets of New York, we encountered many examples of this delightful quality of New Yorkers, forever on their toes, violently, restlessly involving themselves in the slightest situation brought to their attention, always posing alternatives, always ready with an answer or an argument.

Jessica Mitford

New York, the nation's thyroid gland.

Christopher Morley

The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.

Desmond Morris

Unfortunately there are still people in other areas who regard New York City not as a part of the United States, but as a sort of excrescence fastened to our Eastern shore and peopled by the less venturesome waves of foreigners who failed to go West to the genuine American frontier.

Robert Moses

Most human beings are driven to seek security and comfort. But there is another group that can only thrive on change and the unexpected of New York.

Cathleen Nesbit

The thing I can't tell is whether cab drivers yield to each other out of fear or respect.

New York Policeman

I miss the animal buoyancy in New York, and the animal vitality. I do not mind that it had no meaning and no depth.

Anais Nin

A New Yorker is a person with an almost inordinate interest in mental health, which is only natural considering how much of that it takes to live here.

New York Times

"Been in the city long?" inquired the New Yorker, getting ready for the exact tip against the waiter's coming with large change from the bill. "Me?" said the man from Topaz City. "Four days. Never in Topaz City, was you?" "I" said the New Yorker. "I was never farther west than Eighth Avenue. I had a brother who died on Ninth, but I met the cortege at Eighth . . . I cannot say I am familiar with the West."

O. Henry

In dress, habits, manners, provincialism, routine and narrowness, he acquired that charming insolence, that irritating completeness, that sophisticated crassness, that overbalanced poise that make the Manhattan gentleman so delightfully small in his greatness.

O. Henry

I've been in New York for ten years, and the only people who are nice to us turn out to be Moonies.

P.J. O'Rourke

"One day there was four innocent people shot. That's the best shooting done in this town. Hard to find four innocent people in New York."

Will Rogers

That's the New York thing, isn't it. People who seem absolutely crazy going around telling you how crazy they used to be before they had therapy.

Judith Rossner

Manhattan is a narrow island off the coast of New Jersey devoted to the pursuit of lunch.

Raymond Sokolov

As we drew near New York I was at first amused, and then somewhat staggered, by the cautious and grisly tales that went around. You would have thought we were to land upon a cannibal island. You must speak to no one in the streets, as they would not leave 'til you were rooked and beaten. You must enter a hotel lobby with military precautions; for the least you had to apprehend was to awake the next morning without money and baggage, or necessary raiment, a lone forked radish in a bed; and if the worst befell, you would instantly and mysteriously disappear from the ranks of mankind.

Robert Lewis Stevenson

New York has more hermits than will be found in all the forests, mountains and deserts of the United States.

Simeon Strunsky

Skyscraper national park.

Kurt Vonnegut