Nyc Sayings and Quotes

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


New York is a city with virtually no habitable public space - only private spaces expensively maintained within the general disaster.     

John Updike

One's life and passion may be elsewhere, but New York is where you prove if what you think in theory makes sense in life.     

Miuccia Prada

It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city for only the very young.     

Joan Didion

New York is to the nation what the white church spire is to the village - the visible symbol of aspiration and faith, the white plume saying the way is up!     

E. B. White

I think New York is not the cultural center of America, but the business and administrative center of American culture.     

Saul Bellow

New York is like that perfect lover that just won't commit but he's so good that you hang around anyway, NYC is dreamy!     

Bevy Smith

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

Johnny Carson

The great thing about living in New York is the constant change of things. It inspires me to keep moving, push forward, question ideas.     

John Varvatos

New York is the true capital of America. Every New Yorker knows it, and by God, we always shall.     

Edward Rutherfurd

The great city of New York wields more of the destinies of this great nation that five times the population of any other portion of the country.     

Malcolm Forbes

As a city, New York moves in the forefront of today's great trend of great cities toward neurosis. She is confused, self-pitying, helpless and dependent.     

John Larnder

New York remains what it has always been : a city of ebb and flow, a city of constant shifts of population and economics, a city of virtually no rest. It is harsh, dirty, and dangerous, it is whimsical and fanciful, it is beautiful and soaring - it is not one or another of these things but all of them, all at once, and to fail to accept this paradox is to deny the reality of city existence.     

Paul Goldberger

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 perfect place for a film festival because there's already so much energy and life here, and New Yorkers love movies.     

Clark Gregg

New York is a wonderful place to shoot. The bystanders are great. They are enthusiastic. They respect the process, and you get the energy of the city.     

Jane Curtin

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

Murray Kempton

New york provides not only a continuing excitation but also a spectacle that is continuing.     

E.B. White

New York means so much to people. If you're inclined to leave the nest, New York is where most people think they have to go, and it's been that way since the first skyscraper.     

Griffin Dunne

New York is at once cosmopolitan and parochial, a compendium of sentimental certainties. It is in fact the most sentimental of the world's great cities – in its self-congratulation a kind of San Francisco of the East.     

John Gregory Dunne

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

Russell Baker

New York is a great place to be fed in the arts. The arts in general are a large part of my life. The city was my postgraduate course.     

Kathleen Battle

One of the things you see in New York is that offices keep their lights on at night. They're proud of their building. Great. But they must find another way to be proud without draining energy.     

Richard Rogers

More than anything else New York is a city of superlatives, a place where the best, the brightest, the biggest is the norm.     

Marilyn J. Appleberg

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

Alistair Cooke

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

Djuna Barnes

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

Glenway Wescott

New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the world. The returning troops marched up Fifth Avenue and girls were instinctively drawn East and North toward them — this was the greatest nation and there was gala in the air.     

F. Scott Fitzgerald

New York City is crazy and beautiful and really close to my heart, and I've always had dear friends here - family, actually, I would say.     

Benedict Cumberbatch

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