Quotations About / On: PARIS

  • 1.
    Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.
    (Thomas Appleton (1812-1884), U.S. author. Quoted in The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, ch. 6, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1858). The saying also found its way into Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 3 (1891) and A Woman of No Importance, act 1 (1893).)
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  • 2.
    We'll always have Paris.
    (Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Michael Crutiz. Rick (Humphrey Bogart), Casablanca, as he says good-bye to Ilsa, his former lover (1943).)
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  • 3.
    Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.
    (Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, essay on James Joyce, New Society (1982).)
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  • 4.
    The production of obscurity in Paris compares to the production of motor cars in Detroit in the great period of American industry.
    (Ernest Gellner (b. 1925), British anthropologist, philosopher. "The Late Show," October 15, 1992, BBC2 television broadcast. Quoted in Observer Review (London, October 18, 1992).)
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  • 5.
    Totem poles and wooden masks no longer suggest tribal villages but fashionable drawing rooms in New York and Paris.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 6.
    Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.
    (Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. novelist. Willa Cather in Europe, ch. 11 (1956). Written on September 3, 1902.)
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  • 7.
    As an artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. Ecce Homo, "Why I Am So Clever," sct. 5 (1888).)
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  • 8.
    ... in the movies Paris is designed as a backdrop for only three things—love, fashion shows, and revolution.
    (Jeanine Basinger (b. 1936), U.S. movie and social historian. A Woman's View, ch. 7 (1993).)
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  • 9.
    I'd like to see Paris before I die. Philadelphia will do.
    (Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Cuthbert Twillie (W.C. Fields), My Little Chickadee, response to the hangman who asks if Twillie has any last wish (1940). In a 1925 Vanity Fair article, Fields suggested his epitaph should read: "Here lies W.C. Fields. I would rather be living in Philadelphia.")
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  • 10.
    The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).)
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