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.
    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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  • 3.
    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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  • 4.
    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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  • 5.
    Paris: a city of pleasures and amusements where four-fifths of the people die of grief.
    (Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 496 (1796, trans. 1926).)
  • 6.
    Outside of Paris, there is no hope for the cultured.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Mascarille, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 9 (1659).)
  • 7.
    Paris is a mighty schoolmaster, a grand enlightener of the provincial intellect.
    (Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915), British writer. The Cloven Foot, ch. 4 (1879).)
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  • 8.
    In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.
    (Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950). "Le Coq et l'Arlequin," Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926).)
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  • 9.
    I am told that Duclos' book is not in vogue in Paris, and that it is being violently criticized, apparently because readers understand it; and being intelligible is no longer the fashion.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Apr. 15, 1751, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. III, pp. 160, 164, London (1774). This letter is translated from the French. The book was Considérations sur les moeurs de ce siècle by Charles Pinot Duclos (1704-1772), whose work Chesterfield admired.)
  • 10.
    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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