Berlin Sayings and Quotes

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


Berlin's getting dark before it's getting late.     

Charlotte Eriksson

Berlin is all about volatility. Its identity is based not on stability but on change.     

Rory MacLean

Berlin stimulates like arsenic.     

Harold Nicolson

Berlin is like being abroad in Germany. It's German, but not provincial.     

Claudia Schiffer

In Berlin, things are serious but not hopeless. In Vienna, they are hopeless but not serious.     

Karl Kraus

Nobody had forgotten anything here. In Berlin, you had to wrestle with the past, you had to build on the ruins, inside them. It wasn't like America where we scraped the earth clean, thinking we could start again every time.      

Janet Fitch

The ethos of East Berlin punk infused the city with a radical egalitarianism and a DIY approach to maintaining independence-to conjuring up the world you want to live in regardless of the situation or surroundings.     

Tim Mohr

If there was an earthquake in Berlin the police would take charge of it and conduct it in that sort of orderly way that would make you think it was a prayer-meeting.     

Mark Twain

If it was possible to objectively measure the spiritual life of a city—through the language of its municipal charter, the legislative influence of its church leaders, the ratio of religious institutions to residents, its weekly church attendance, the judicious enforcement of Blue Laws, and so forth—then Berlin...would have to be considered as one of the most faithless—or heathen—cities in the Western world.      

Mel Gordon

Whereas the slums in Hamburg are the slums of its sailors, Berlin is a big slum.     

Kathy Acker

I don't think there is anything in the whole earth that you can't learn in Berlin except the German language.     

Mark Twain

The Berlin Wall is the defining achievement of socialism.     

George Will

In the past Berlin was much more radical and extreme and now it's becoming much more of a conventional European city.     

Olafur Eliasson

Berlin is well on its way to becoming one of the most vibrant startup hubs in the world.     

Jawed Karim