San Francisco Sayings and Quotes

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


In San Francisco, Halloween is redundant.     

Will Durst

San Francisco is poetry. Even the hills rhyme.     

Patricia Montandon

San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.     

Paul Kantner

San Francisco isn't what it used to be, and it never was.     

Herb Caen

San Francisco is the place where most people were last seen.     

Ambrose Bierce

The thing about San Francisco is that it has this kind of magical quality.     

Muddy Waters

You know what it is? San Francisco is a golden handcuff with the key thrown away.     

John Steinbeck

What makes San Francisco work is that high-value people like to live there and cluster.     

James Coulter

San Francisco is a world to explore. It is a place where the heart can go on a delightful adventure.     

William Saroyan

Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.     

Walter Cronkite

San Francisco's winter is a season unto itself. Fleeting, rain-soaked, verdant, a brief period of shadows and renewal.     

Nathaniel Dorsky

San Francisco is a mad city - inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.     

Rudyard Kipling

San Francisco leads the world in the category of Most People On The Sidewalk Holding Conversations With Purely Imaginary Companions.     

Dave Barry

San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.     

William Saroyan

San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world - one of the really urbane communities in the United States - one of the truly cosmopolitan places and for many, many years, it always has had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world.     

Duke Ellington

San Francisco is perhaps the most European of all American cities.     

Cecil Beaton

The old San Francisco is under attack to the point where it's disappearing.     

Nancy Peters

San Francisco is a city with the assets of a metropolis without the disadvantages of size and industry.     

Jack Kenny

San Francisco is a breathtakingly beautiful city, with lots of great contrasts between dark and light, often overlapping each other. It's a great setting for a horror story.     

Christopher Moore

San Francisco is an interesting place. It's always been such a nice culturally diverse environment, which it still is, but there's a lot of money there now and a lot of dot com's so it's a little different than it used to be.     

Les Claypool