Quotes for a Sunday

I think you know that when an American stays away from New York too long something happens to him. Perhaps he becomes a little provincial, a little dead and afraid.

– 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


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