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Quotations about Towns and Cities

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Cities around the world are like characters in the grand narrative of life, each with their own quirks, charms, and rhythms. They captivate our senses with their unique sights, sounds, tastes, and feel, beckoning us to delve into their distinct stories. But what does it truly mean to explore a city? Is it tasting its local delicacies, meandering through its historic lanes, marvelling at its architectural wonders, or simply immersing oneself in the daily ebb and flow of its people?

Renowned artists, writers, travellers, and local luminaries have often tried to capture the essence of cities they've known and loved, and their words offer us a glimpse into these captivating urban landscapes. This collection of quotations offers you a global journey through the eyes of these individuals, serving not just as an inspiration for future travel, but also a testament to the rich tapestry of human experiences across these metropolitan mosaics.

quotations about towns and cities

"Last week, I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed." W. C. Fields (American humorist, 1880-1946)

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson (English lexicographer, 1709-84)

"God made the harbour, and that's all right, but *Satan*we all*the angels* made Sydney." Anon

"Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough! It isn't fit for humans now." John Betjeman (English poet, 1906-84)

"Venice is like eating an entire *box of chocolate liqueurs*pizza*scabby horse* in one go." Truman Capote (American writer, 1924-84)

"A big hard-boiled city with no more personality than a paper cup." Raymond Chandler (American writer, 1888-1959) of Los Angeles

"People don't talk in Paris; they just look lovely...and eat." Chips Channon (American-born British Conservative politician, 1897-1958)

In Los Angeles, everyone is a *star.*thief.*lunatic.* Denzel Washington (American actor, 1954-)

"New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most unsolved." Johnny Carson (American broadcaster and comedian, 1925-2005)

San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by *reality.*desert.*shark-infested custard.* Paul Kantner (American rock musician, 1941-2016)

"Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring." Nelson Algren (American novelist, 1909-81)

"I'm leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when it's not raining." Groucho Marx (American film comedian, 1890-1977)

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Paris is always a good *idea.*stop-off point.*laugh.* Audrey Hepburn (British actress, 1929-1993)

"Las Vegas is the only place I know where money really talks. It says, 'Goodbye.'" Frank Sinatra (American singer and actor, 1915-98)

"The thing about Mumbai is you go five yards and all of human existence is revealed. It's an incredible cavalcade of life, and I love that." Julian Sands (English actor, 1958-)

"They say it's the 'City of Angels' but it wouldn't be Los Angeles without demons." J. Irvin Dally (occupation unknown, DOB unknown)

"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 (American writer, 1835-1910)

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"Seattle is for people who love *culture*money*religion* but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Kimberly Kinrade (American author, DOB unknown)

"Melbourne is the kind of town that really makes you consider the question 'Is there life after death?'" Bette Midler (American actress, 1945-)

"A city like London is sociable on a certain level, but there's definitely *an anonymity*a monster*violence* here." Sienna Miller (American-born British actress, 1981-)

Toronto is New York, as run by the *Swiss.*French.*British.* Peter Ustinov (British actor, 1921-2004)

"Berlin combines the culture of New York, the traffic system of Tokyo, the nature of Seattle, and the historical treasures of, well, Berlin." Hiroshi Motomura (Professor of Law, 1953-)

"In Atlanta, I'm a record maker. In L.A., I'm a TV producer. In New York, I'm a filmmaker. But in D.C., I'm a crackhead." Chris Rock (American comedian, 1965-)

"I passed through Glasgow on my way here and couldn't help noticing how different it was from Venice." Raymond Asquith (English lawyer, 1878-1916)

"One has no great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound." Jane Austen (English novelist, 1775-1817)

"In Manhattan, every flat surface is a potential stage and every inattentive waiter an unemployed, possibly unemployable, actor." Quentin Crisp (English writer, 1908-99)

This is Soho, where anything goes, just make sure it's not your *wallet.*sanity.*self-esteem.* Len Deighton (English writer, 1929-)

"They used to say that Cambridge was the first stopping place for the wind that swept down from the Urals: in the thirties that was as true of the politics as the weather." Stephen Fry (English comedian, actor, and writer, 1957-)

"The people of *Berlin*Hamburg*Glasgow* are doing very exciting things with their city at the moment. Basically they had this idea of just knocking it through." Stephen Fry (actor and author, 1957-)

"Liverpool, though not very delightful as a place of residence, is a most convenient and admirable point to get away from." Nathaniel Hawthorne (American novelist, 1804-64)

"New York, New York, so good they named it twice." Gerard Kenny (American singer-songwriter, 1947-)

"According to legend, *Telford*London*Milton Keynes* is so dull that the bypass was built before the town." Victor Lewis-Smith (British television producer, 1957-2022

"A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners." Mignon McLaughlin (American writer, 1913-83)

"Oh, to be back in Hollywood, wishing I was back in New York." Herman J. Mankiewicz (American screenwriter, 1897-1953) from a New York bar

The difference between Los Angeles and a yogurt is that yogurt *has real culture.*can be plain.*has no cheese.* Tom Taussik (occupation unknown, DOB unknown)

"Brighton looks like a town that is constantly helping the police with their enquiries." Keith Waterhouse (English writer, 1929-2009)

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