– Sherwood Anderson
I think New York is not the cultural center of America, but the business and administrative center of American culture.
– Saul Bellow
Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.
– Irving Berlin
A great many people go after success simply for the shiny prizes it brings…And nowhere is it pursued more ardently than in the city of New York.
– Stephen Birmingham
As for New York City, it is a place apart. There is not its match in any other country in the world.
– Pearl S. Buck
Sometimes, from beyond the skycrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.
– Albert Camus
New York is the only real city-city.
– Truman Capote
New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.
– Alistair Cooke
There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.
– Simone De Beauvoir
Over the great bridge, with sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of non-olfactory money. The city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times : It is a beautiful catastrophe.
– Le Corbusier