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.


If you want to become a real New Yorker, there's only one rule: You have to believe New York is, has been, and always will be the greatest city on earth. The center of the universe.

Ellen R. Shapiro

New York has been the subject of thousands of books. Every immigrant group has had its saga as has every epoch and social class.

Edmund White

The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

New York is the cubist, the futurist city. It expresses in its architecture, its life, its spirit, the modern thought.     

Francis Picabia

New York is large, glamorous, easy-going, kindly and incurious, but above all it is a crucible - because it is large enough to be incurious.     

Ford Madox Ford

In New York, they like winners. They don't like second place.

Eli Manning

I love New York City. The reason I live in New York City is because it's the loudest city on the planet Earth. It's so loud I never have to listen to any of the shit that's going on in my own head. It's really loud. They literally have guys come with jackhammers and they drill the streets and just leave cones in front of your apartment; you don't even know why. Garbage men come; they don't pick up the garbage, they just bang the cans together.

Lewis Black

New York City is where specks of dust aspire randomly with all their cunning to become grains of sand.

David B. Lentz

New York is made up of millions of different people, and they all come here looking for something.     

Lindsey Kelk

New York has always been a city of change and a city about change, and it is a back-leading development. Nobody's going to want to come to New York if it looks like another strip mall.     

Debbie Harry