Madrid Sayings and Quotes

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


Madrid is enjoyed most from the ground, exploring your way through its narrow streets that always lead to some intriguing park, market, tapas bar or street performer. Each night we'd leave our hotel to begin a new adventure in Madrid and nine out of 10 times, we'd walk through the Plaza Mayor.     

Emilio Estevez

To go to bed at night in Madrid marks you as a little queer. For a long time your friends will be a little uncomfortable about it. Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night. Appointments with a friend are habitually made for after midnight at the cafe.     

Ernest Hemingway

God worked six days, and rested on the seventh: Madrileños rest the six, and on the seventh...go on the bullfight.     

H O'Shea

At best Madrid is a hole, but in rainy weather it is a place fit only to drown rats in.     

Henry Adams

The haunting of history is ever present in Barcelona. I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it's a woman who's extremely vain.     

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Madrid will be remembered as the time when North America and Europe came together to shape the course of a new century, ... United by common purpose and shared values, the new alliance stands ready to shape a brighter, more secure future.     

Javier Solana

In the political confusion and the torrid heat, I convinced myself that Madrid was the world's stomach and that I had been chosen for the task of restoring this digestive organ to health.      

Leonora Carrington

Here is a city built in a wilderness. Philip II chose the site for no other reason than that it was the geographic centre of Spain.     

Gerald Brenan

I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!     

George Orwell

There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.     

Ernest Hemingway

There's a lot of people from the States and from Madrid who feel a kinship and deeper understanding of what we have been going through.     

Sven Eriksson

The problem is that they are all stars at Madrid. You need someone to carry the water to the well.     

Diego Maradona

Madrid is a big city. It's very dynamic and cosmopolitan.      

Xabi Alonso

I love Spanish cities, particularly Barcelona, Madrid and Palma, which has the most amazing cathedral that I once went to for a wedding.      

Louise Nurding