New York Sayings and Quotes

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


New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it - once you have lived in New York and it has become your h     

John Steinbeck

New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.

Bob Dylan

New York is the only city in the world where you can get run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian.     

Russell Baker

New York, the nation's thyroid gland.

Christopher Morley

New York - that unnatural city where every one is an exile, none more so than the American.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

New York now leads the world's great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn't make a sudden move.

David Letterman

New York is appalling, fantastically charmless and elaborately dire.     

Henry James

New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.      

Alistair Cooke

New York is a different country. Maybe it ought to have a separate government. Everybody thinks differently, they just don't know what the hell the rest of the United States is.      

Henry Ford

New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.      

Djuna Barnes

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

Fran Lebowitz

In New York you've got to have all the luck.     

Charles Bukowski

As for New York City, it is a place apart. There is not its match in any other country in the world.

Pearl S. Buck

New York is the only real city-city.     

Truman Capote

New York City is a great apartment hotel in which everyone lives and no one is at home.

Glenway Wescott

The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost.      

John Chapman

There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.     

Don Herold

There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.

Simone De Beauvoir

New York is the capital, the national headquarters of homelessness.... No one feels he belongs here.     

Gerald Stanley Lee

New York is not even a city, it's a congerie of rotten villages.

James M. Cain

A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners.      

Mignon McLaughlin

New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most of it unsolved.      

Johnny Carson

New York is the dirtiest, largest, ugliest, broken-down city in the world-but it's the only one.      

Isaac Stern

The faces in New York remind me of people who played a game and lost.      

Murray Kempton

It is a miracle that New York works at all. The whole thing is implausible.      

E.B. White

New Yorkers like to boast that if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. But if you can survive anywhere, why live in New York?      

Edward Abbey

New York is like a disco, but without the music.

Elaine Sritch

New York is a great city to live in if you can afford to get out of it.      

William Cole

New York is a place where the rich walk, the poor drive Cadillacs, and beggars die of malnutrition with thousands of dollars hidden in their mattresses.     

Duke Ellington

New York was an inexhaustible space, a labyrinth of endless steps, and no matter how far he walked, no matter how well he came to know its neighborhoods and streets, it always left him with the feeling of being lost.     

Paul Auster