Quotations About / On: PARIS

  • 21.
    To have one's mother-in-law in the country when one lives in Paris, and vice versa, is one of those strokes of luck that one encounters only too rarely.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Meditation Number XII, Canel (1829). Balzac's generalizations about mothers-in-law.)
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  • 22.
    I am savage enough to prefer the woods, the wilds, and the independence of Monticello, to all the brilliant pleasures of this gay capital [Paris].
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, September 6, 1785, to Geismar. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 8, p. 500, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).)
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  • 23.
    The American arrives in Paris with a few French phrases he has culled from a conversational guide or picked up from a friend who owns a beret.
    (Fred Allen (1894-1957), U.S. radio comic. Quoted in Paris After Dark, introduction, Art Buchwald (1954).)
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  • 24.
    That's playgirl stuff, Brownie. I've seen them in London, Paris, Rome. They start life in a New York nightclub and end up covering the world like a paid advertisement. Not an honest feeling from her kneecap to her neck.
    (John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Victor Marswell (Clark Gable), Mogambo, response to Brownie's (Philip Stainton) suggestion that he make a play for Kelly (Ava Gardner) (1953). Based on the play Red Dust by Wilson Collison.)
  • 25.
    [Paris] is dirty. It has pigeons and black yards. The people have white skin.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Meursault describes Paris to his fiancee, in The Stranger, p. 65, Gallimard (1942).)
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  • 26.
    Nowhere is one more alone than in Paris ... and yet surrounded by crowds. Nowhere is one more likely to incur greater ridicule. And no visit is more essential.
    (Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Outside: Selected Writings (1984). "Tourists in Paris," France-Observateur (Paris, 1957).)
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  • 27.
    I do not think it altogether inappropriate to introduce myself to this audience. I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.
    (John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, June 2, 1961, at SHAPE Headquarters, Paris, France.)
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  • 28.
    Love, that is all I asked, a little love, daily, twice daily, fifty years of twice daily love like a Paris horse-butcher's regular, what normal woman wants affection?
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First edition, 1958. Mrs. Rooney, in "All That Fall," reprinted in Krapp's Last Tape, p. 37, Grove Press (1960).)
  • 29.
    If you want to establish an international presence you can't do so from New York. You need the consecration of Paris.
    (Oscar De La Renta (b. 1932), Dominican fashion designer. International Herald Tribune (Paris, February 26, 1991).)
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  • 30.
    Virtue, my pet, is an abstract idea, varying in its manifestations with the surroundings. Virtue in Provence, in Constantinople, in London, and in Paris bears very different fruit, but is none the less virtue.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Louise de Chaulieu to Renée de l'Estorade in a letter, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
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