Boston Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old boston quotes, boston sayings, and boston proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Boston is a moral and intellectual nursery always busy applying first principals to trifles.     

George Santayana

Boston is not an avant garde place. It stays literally 15 to 20 years behind New York at all times.     

Paul Laffoley

Boston's freeway system is insane. It was clearly designed by a person who had spent his childhood crashing toy trains.     

Bill Bryson

Boston has carried the practice of hypocrisy to the n-th degree of refinement, grace, and failure.     

Lincoln Steffens

Boston is so laced with jerseys that you can be dressed head to toe in team apparel and no one will look twice.     

David Walton

Boston is large enough to learn your independence and small enough to make your own.     

Henry Winkler

Boston is the one place in America where wealth and knowledge of how to use it are apt to coincide.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Boston does not represent the quintessential excellence of all the world's cities synthesized into a paradigm of urban beauty and virtue, but it is a place at once characteristic, mellow and mature, and possessed of many qualities not entirely divorced from charm.     

Lucius Beebe

The Boston people were willing to learn, but only if one recognized how much they knew already.     

Van Wyck Brooks

Boston is just a village, sprawling far and wide, more human than New York City.     

Frederick Engels

Boston has opened and kept open, more turnpikes that lead straight to free thought and free speech and free deeds than any other city of live or dead men.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is about Boston a certain reminiscent and classical tone, suggesting an authenticity and piety which few other American cities possess.     

E. B. White

Boston is the engine of the state's economy.     

Thomas Menino

Boston is an oasis in the desert, a place where the larger proportion of people are loving, rational and happy.     

Julia Ward Howe

Boston is really a small town, and the pro sports here are almost like a college sport.     

Stephen Pagliuca

Boston was a great city to grow up in, and it probably still is. We were surrounded by two very important elements: academia and the arts.     

Leonard Nimoy

Boston is the cream of the crop of the marathon world. It has such history that you feel such honor just being a part of it. All the other races have pacers to get you to a Boston qualifying time.     

Summer Sanders

In Boston, our strength is really our diversity.     

Marty Walsh