Philadelphia Sayings and Quotes

Home to the beloved cheesesteak, Philadelphia has a rich history. Whether you prefer Geno's or Pat’s, want to tackle the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Rocky Balboa style, Philly has much to offer. Check out the City of Brotherly Love with the collection of insightful and humorous quotes about Philadelphia below.


I’ve never known a Philadelphian who wasn’t a downright ‘character’; possibly a defense mechanism resulting from the dullness of their native habitat     

Anita Loos

I love the dignity in the name Philadelphia, but at heart, we're Philly.     

Lisa Scottoline

In Boston, they ask, how much does he know? In New York, how much is he worth? In Philadelphia, who were his parents?     

Mark Twain

he very first words that we, the American nation, spoke were right here in Philadelphia. You know those words: 'We the people.' It wasn’t, 'We the conglomerates.' It wasn’t, 'We the corporations.' It was, 'We the people.     

Al Gore

Philadelphia is the only city, where you can experience the thrill of victory and the agony of reading about it the next day.     

Mike Schmidt

Philadelphia, the foundation of freedom, liberty and democracy, I still believe in the idea of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.     

Michael Nutter

I've said many, many, many unkind things about Philadelphia, and I meant every one.     

David Lynch

There's a lot of haters in Philly, but it's a lot of people that give you support - but way more haters. It's definitely a great city to be from. But it's not really a lot of people that come out of there. So when you, like, make it out of Philadelphia, everywhere else is easy.     

Lil Uzi Vert

Training and working in Philadelphia is a very unusual situation because that city does believe that Rocky is real. No one calls me Sylvester, it's Rocky.     

Sylvester Stallone