Wanderlust Inspiration: 10 Great Quotes about New York City

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3/15/19

If you don’t have a crush on New York,  please forgive us for questioning your taste in cities. This mighty island has captured the hearts and imaginations of some of the world’s most influential thinkers and creatives—from  John Updike to Lady Gaga and Joan Didion. Here’s what a few of NYC’s famous admirers have to say about the city that never sleeps.

 

“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 beauty in the world.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” – Simone de Beauvoir

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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. No other city is so spitefully incoherent.” – James Baldwin

 

“If I had to choose a single destination where I’d be held captive for the rest of my time in New York, I’d choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” – Tim Gunn

 

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

 

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

 

“Quite simply, I was in love with New York. I do not mean ‘love’ in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again.” – Joan Didion

 

“Sometimes I feel like my only friend, is the city I live in, is beautiful Brooklyn.” – Mos Def

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