The city of New York evokes mighty feelings. No wonder so many artists and writers have flocked to this city of dreams, and in a way or other, tried to capture the truest vibe of the city. Let alone the creators and the visionaries, quite honestly, almost each of the commoner has his/her take on the city that never sleeps.
With romance and inspiration lurking around each corner, it doesn’t come as surprising that hundreds of quotes and sayings about NYC circulate in popular culture. Sure, some of them try to spruce up the city’s image and are embellished, there still are a few of them that as are as real and as relevant as they can get.
Here are some of our favourites:
“One belongs to New York instantly. one belongs to it as much in 5 minutes as in 5 years.” – The Web and the Rock by Thomas Wolfe
“No other American city is so intensely American as New York City.” – Anthony Trollope
I moved to New York City for my health. I’m paranoid and it was the only place where my fears were justified.” – Anita Weiss
“In other parts of the world, couples try to stay together for the sake of children. In NYC, they do so for the sake of the apartment.”
The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” – John Updike
New York City is the most beautiful city in the world. It’s not far from it. No urban night is like the nights here. Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here’s our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.” – Ezra Pound
“A lot of the time when I write about a person I love, I feel like I’m writing about New York City.” – Lana Del Ray
“New York City is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.” – Djuna Barnes
I happen to take the train from NYC to DC quite often. As I go away from home, I go through these quotes again and again and it makes me feel closer to home. One word at a time.