150+ City Quotes – Inspirational Quotes About Cities Ideas

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Welcome to our collection of Inspirational City Quotes! Cities have a unique energy and allure that captivates people around the world.

In this article, we’ve gathered a delightful array of City Quotes that beautifully encapsulate the spirit of urban living. Whether you’re a seasoned city dweller or a wanderer, these quotes will resonate.

People use these quotes for various purposes – from sharing them on social media to add a touch of urban charm to their posts to using them as mantras for motivation and embracing cities’ vibrant possibilities.

Join us on this inspiring journey through cities’ wisdom and charisma.

Best City Quotes

I travel continuously, and I see many cities, but there is nowhere like London. – Norman Foster


Paris is always a good idea. – Audrey Hepburn

The surface of Venice is constantly metamorphosing [and] painting Venice is almost like being a restorer, peeling off the layers to find the picture after picture underneath. –  Arbit Blatas


Men who are too good looking are never good in bed because they never had to be. – Carrie


A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. – Thomas Jefferson


Calcutta’s the only city I know where you are actively encouraged to stop strangers at random for a quick chat. – Tahir Shah


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…


The city’s enthusiasm to do great things without territoriality. — Maxwell L. Anderson

London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it. – Dorothy Parker


Give him alms, woman, because there is nothing sadder in life than being blind in Granada. – Francisco de Icaza


I could hear everything, together with the hum of my hotel neon. I never felt sadder in my life. LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; New York gets godawful cold in the winter but there’s a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle. – Jack Kerouac


When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie. – Ryan Adams


Maybe We Can Be Each Other’s, Soul Mates. And Then We Can Let Men Be Just These Great, Nice Guys To Have Fun With. – Charlotte


I said no white, no ivory, no nothing that says virgin. I have a child. The jig is up. — Miranda Hobbes

Some people are settling down, some people are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.  – Carrie


Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward. – Maxwell Maltz


When I was younger, I had wanted to be at the very center of all the action in New York, but I slowly came to realize that there is no one center. The center is everywhere – wherever people are living out their lives. It’s a city with a million centers.- Elizabeth Gilbert


If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast – Ernest Hemingway


The commitment of cities to set targets to reduce their own carbon footprint and also to deploy five large scale ICT pilots for cities before 2015 is truly inspiring. – Neelie Kroes


I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes! – Carrie Bradshaw


We made a deal ages ago… men, babies, it doesn’t matter. We’re soulmates. – Samantha


Who goes to Rome a beast returns a beast. – Italian Proverb

I’m looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love. – Carrie


Dirt is an inert substance that holds up plants. Soil is a system. – Chad Adams


Now there’s a grown-up swinging town. – Frank Sinatra


A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. – Aristotle


If you want your subordinates to do or not do certain things, build a city. – Niccolò Machiavelli


I think writers like old cities and are made very nervous by new cities. – Donald Barthelme


City life is millions of people being lonesome together. – Henry David Thoreau

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.  –  John Ruskin


We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation. – John F. Kennedy


There are natures that go to the streams of life in great cities as the hart goes to the water brooks.  -Philip G. Hamerton


Towered cities please us then, And the busy hum of men. – JOHN MILTON


What is a city, but the people; true the people are the city.  – Coriolanus


There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave. ― Charlotte Eriksson


What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters. ― Charles Baudelaire

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not. – Georgia O’Keeffe


My Dad says that being a Londoner has nothing to do with where you’re born. He says that there are people who get off a jumbo jet at Heathrow, go through immigration waving any kind of passport, hop on the tube and by the time the train’s pulled into Piccadilly Circus, they’ve become a Londoner.– Ben Aaronovitch


Paris is the only city in the world that starving to death still considered art. – Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go. –  Truman Capote


To know Paris is to know a great deal. – Henry Miller


For years and years, even during the time of my first visit in 1962, it has been said that Calcutta was dying, that its port was silting up, its antiquated industry declining, but Calcutta hadn’t died. It hadn’t done much, but it had gone on. – V.S Naipul


The people: We are brash, bold, good-spirited and hell-bent for leather. — Lucy Billingsley


Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough. – John Steinbeck

Granada is so moving that it stimulates and melts all of the senses. – Henri Matisse


Los Angeles is 72 suburbs in search of a city. –Dorothy Parker


If you want to become a real New Yorker, there’s only one rule: You have to believe New York is, has been, and always will be the greatest city on earth. The center of the universe. – Ellen R. Shapiro


Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with. – Carrie


Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is. – George Lucas


I found that eating alone by the window in a quiet restaurant is one of life’s greatest secret pleasures. – Elizabeth Gilbert


Just add three letters to Paris, and you have paradise. ― Jules Renard


The 19th century was a century of empires, the 20th century was a century of nation states. The 21st century will be a century of cities. – Wellington E. Webb

Honey, what’s the point of being in the suburbs if you’re not going to fuck a gardener? – Samantha Jones


No matter who broke your heart or how long it takes to heal, you’ll never get through it without your friends. – Carrie


I’ve been in many of them and to some extent, I would have to say this: If you’ve seen one city slum you’ve seen them all. – Spiro T. Agnew


F— me badly once, shame on you. F— me badly twice, shame on me. – Samantha


As a farmer, I am educated daily and wowed in a good way and in a bad way. – Tony D’Orazio


If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life. –  William Saroyan


A hick town is one in which there is no place to go where you shouldn’t be. – Alexander Woollcott


We need to draw lines in the ground and say, ‘The concrete stops here.’ That forces people to build in and up, rather than out – and there’s nothing wrong with high, dense urban environments as long as they’re planned correctly. They can be extremely livable. They tend to require less transportation, fewer sewer lines, fewer power lines, fewer roads, and more tightly packed structures, which in and of themselves are more energy efficient. –  Patrick Moore

Every sensitive person carries in himself old cities enclosed by ancient walls. – Robert Walser


A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again. – Margaret Mead


A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe and 50 times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.  – Le Corbusier


The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the center of each and every town or city. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


All cities are mad:  but the madness is gallant.  All cities are beautiful:  but the beauty is grim.  -Christopher Morley


Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody. – JANE JACOBS


We do not look at our great cities for our best morality. – Jane Austen


Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others. ― Charlotte Eriksson

I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it. ― Truman Capote


It is true that the king has made a truce with the duke of Burgundy for fifteen days and that the duke is to turn over the city of Paris at the end of fifteen days. Yet you should not marvel if I do not enter that city so quickly. – Joan of Arc


A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else. – Anon


She wanted to die, but she also wanted to live in Paris. – Gustave Flaubert


To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius. – Alexander Herzen


You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights. I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe.  – Owen Wilson


Calcutta is not for everyone. You want your city clean and green, stick to Delhi. You want your city rich and impersonal, go to Bombay. You want them hi-tech and full of draught beer, Bangalore’s your place. But if you want a city with a soul, come to Calcutta. – Vir Sanghvi


The can-do attitude. You see it in all walks of life. — Cindy Rachofsky

There’s something so romantic about being broke in New York. You gotta do it. You have to live there once without any money, and then you have to live there when you have money. Let me tell you, of the two, the latter is far better.  – Amy Poehler


Granada; more dazzling than the flower and more flavourful than the fruit it is named after, like a virgin lying in the sun. – Alejandro Dumas


Tip the world over on its side and everything lose will land in Los Angeles. – Frank Lloyd Wright


There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless. – Simone de Beauvoir


You shouldn’t have to sacrifice who you are just because somebody else has a problem with it. – Carrie


Change is a great and horrible thing, and people love it or hate it at the same time. Without change, however, you just don’t move. –Marc Jacobs


Nothing will uproot your life more violently than true love—at least as far as I’ve always witnessed. -Elizabeth Gilbert


There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris. — Ernest Hemingway


I know your friends just fine. Charlotte is the brunette, Miranda is the redhead, and Samantha is in trouble. – Mr. Big


Washington is no place for a good actor. The competition from bad actors is too great.  – Fred A. Allen


We need to center design on people. What’s the good in sustainable materials if you’re using them to make a prison? – Tommy Joshua


Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me. You go there as a snarky New Yorker thinking it’s politically correct, it’s crunchy granola, it’s vegetarian, and it surprises you every time. It’s a two-fisted drinking town, a carnivorous meat-eating town, it’s dirty and nasty and wonderful. – Anthony Bourdain

We might define an eccentric as a man who is a law unto himself, and a crank as one who had determined what the law insists on laying it down to others. – Louis Kronenberger


I’ve often thought that if our zoning boards could be put in charge of botanists, of zoologists and geologists, and people who know about the earth, we would have much more wisdom in such planning than when we leave it to the engineers. – William O. Douglas


The Old City of Jerusalem is in our hands. – Moshe Dayan


The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo. – Desmond Morris


I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday. – Raymond Chandler


A city that outdistances man’s walking powers is a trap for man. – Arnold J. Toynbee


Cities force growth and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ant-swarming city, a city abounding in dreams, Where ghosts in broad daylight accost the passerby! -CHARLES BAUDELAIRE


Cities are murky places–hatching grounds for monsters. – John Geddes


If Music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple. ― Vera Nazarian


Are you a lucky little lady in the City of Light? Or just another lost angel… City of Night? ― Jim Morrison


When I first encountered the name of the city of Stockholm, I little thought that I would ever visit it, never mind end up being welcomed to it as a guest of the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Foundation. – Seamus Heaney


In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea. – John Osborne


Cities have sex: London is a man, Paris is a woman, and New York City a well-adjusted transsexual. -Angela Carter


It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone. – Erica Jon


We’ll always have Paris.  – Howard Koch


Bengalis love to celebrate their language, their culture, their politics, their fierce attachment to a city that has been famously dying for more than a century. They resent with equal ferocity the reflex stereotyping that labels any civic dysfunction anywhere in the world ‘another Calcutta. – Bharti Mukherjee


You can make something of yourself in this town, and people will let you do that. — Dean Fearing


Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city: all other cities seem, at best, a mistake, and, at worst, a fraud. No other city is so spitefully incoherent. – James Baldwin


The truth is, that I’m beginning to wonder if there is any greater pleasure in life than visiting Granada. …and it is going back and visiting it again. – Alejandro Dumas


Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang’s feeble imagination. – Henry Miller


It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story. – Agatha Christie


Life gives you lots of chances to screw up which means you have just as many chances to get it right.  – Carrie


All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.  – Benjamin Franklin


Never has it felt more important for me to tell stories of joy and abandon, passion and recklessness. Life is short and difficult, people. We must take our pleasures where we can find them. Let us not become so cautious that we forget to live. – Elizabeth Gilbert


To be a Parisian is not about being born in Paris, it is about being reborn there. — Sacha Guitry


He has one ball, and I have a lazy ovary! In what twisted world does that create a baby? It’s like the Special Olympics of conception. – Miranda Hobbes


The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi. – Fred A. Allen


Resilience is hard to finance. Hospitals, data centers — they have backups. – Kevin Wright


San Francisco has only one drawback: ‘it’s hard to leave. – Rudyard Kipling


The country has charms only for those not obliged to stay there. – Edouard Manet


Don’t focus so much on single buildings as fabric. If the fabric is lost, we have a few heroic buildings in parking lots. – Steve Mouzon


People going into the cities for the opportunities and the towns are getting older, no young people. -Rachel Griffiths


What I like about cities is that everything is king-size, the beauty and the ugliness. – Joseph Brodsky


I hate small towns because once you’ve seen the cannon in the park there’s nothing else to do.  – Lenny Bruce


No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning. – Cyril Connolly


What is the city but the people?  WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


Vast is the power of cities to reclaim the wanderer. – SINCLAIR LEWIS


This city now doth, like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning; silent bare, ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie open unto the fields and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.  – William Wordsworth


You can’t understand a city without using its public transportation system. ― Erol Ozan


For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home. ― Simon Van Booy


The city is like a great house, and the house in its turn a small city. –  Leon Battista Alberti


If you’re curious, London’s an amazing place. – David Bailey


When good Americans die, they go to Paris. – Oscar Wilde


A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him. -Arthur Symons


London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation. – G. K. Chesterson


Calcutta is like another world. People, there are very special and grateful. – Penelope Cruz


I love the ballsiness of it all, how Dallas goes for it. — Todd Fiscus


Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place. – Johnny Carson


If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture. – Barbara Kruger


More than anything else New York is a city of superlatives, a place where the best, the brightest, the biggest is the norm. – Marilyn J. Appleberg


I will not be judged by you or society. – Samantha


If your world doesn’t allow you to dream, move to one where you can.  – Billy Idol


Love is like that is a deep well with steep sides. Once you fall in, that’s it. You will love that person always. – Elizabeth Gilbert


Paris was a museum displaying exactly itself. — Jeffrey Eugenides


I found Rome brick, I left it marble. – Caesar Augustus


You have to try things without knowing whether or not they’ll work in order to innovate. – Hari M. Osofsky


I can walk down the streets of San Francisco, and here I’m normal. – Robin Williams


As a remedy to life in society, I would suggest the big city. Nowadays it is the only desert within our reach. – Albert Camus


Stop texting me saying you’re having a city planning emergency. There’s no such thing as a city planning emergency. –  Mark Brendanawicz


It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. – P. D. JAMES


The smallest patch of green to arrest the monotony of asphalt and concrete is as important to the value of the real estate as streets, sewers and convenient shopping. – James Felt

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There is hardly one in three of us who live in the cities who is not sick with unused self.   – Ben Hecht

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