Gypsy Sayings and Quotes

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


Gypsies never belong to the places they travel. They only belong to other gypsies.     

Ellen Klages

For Travellers, the physical fact of moving is just one aspect of a nomadic mind-set that permeates every aspect of our lives. Nomadism entails a way of looking at the world, a different way of perceiving things, a different attitude to acommodation, to work, to life in general.     

Colm Power

The Gypsies taught me skills I had never imagined existed. Their observation skills, for example, were sharp and finely nuanced. They would size up a public context quickly and triumph over it before I had time to figure out what was going on.     

Anne H. Sutherland

Although Gypsies/Travellers have a strong identity that we defend fiercely, we are just as confused as others as to our origins.     

Willie Reid

Live a little be a gypsy, get around. Get your feet up off the ground, live a little, get around.     

Paul Mccartney

No other minority community generates such a polarized response as Roma. On the one hand, Roma signify an intriguing object of fascination with a unique history and culture, while on the other hand, Roma are excluded and persecuted wherever they live.     

Aiden Mc Garry

The Gypsies are a litmus test not of democracy but of civil society.     

Vaclav Havel

What is this gypsy passion for separation, this readiness to rush off when we've just met?     

Marina Tsvetaeva

There is something in October that sets the gypsy blood astir.     

William Bliss Carman

Throughout the length of the paths of their history, the only documents that Gypsies and Travellers have left behind them have--for better or worse, factual or fantastic--been written by others     

Jean-Pierre Liegeois

The reader of European history who goes searching for Gypsies will find them only in footnotes.     

Wim Willems

The Gypsies do not travel about aimlessly, as either the romantics or the anti-Gypsy suggest. Neither do their movements follow fixed and invariable routes. The Travellers' movements are goverened by a complex inter-relation of political, economic and ideological factors.     

Judith Okely

The heart, the soul and the history of the Romani people--of whom I am one--are embodied in the Romani language.     

Ian Hancock