Paris in July: 13 quotes

Today I am combining Thursday 13 with Paris in July and found thirteen quotes about Paris.

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  • 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 movable feast. ~Ernest Hemingway
  • America is my country and Paris is my hometown. ~Gertrude Stein
  • When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise. ~Henry Miller
  • In Paris they simply stared at me when I spoke to them in French. I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language. ~Mark Twain
  • Of course I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open air cafe in Paris. ~Oscar Wilde
  • The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • [Paris] is dirty. It has pigeons and black yards. The people have white skin. ~Albert Camus
  • 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
  • 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
  • Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant. ~Honoré de Balzac
  • To err is human. To loaf is Parisian. ~Victor Hugo
  • …the whole of Paris is a vast university of Art, Literature and Music…it is worth anyone’s while to dally here for years. Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in Everything. ~James Thurber
  • Paris is the only city where you can step out of a railway station —and see, the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees—what other city offers as much as you leave a train? ~Margaret Anderson


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  1. I’ve never been to Paris, or anywhere else in France, and I’ve never really had any desire to go. But all this Paris in July stuff is making me reconsider. Wonderful quotes!


  2. I lack the “I must travel” gene, but what little of the impulse I’ve picked up has never resonated with Paris as PARIS. I think I would like to see it, but if I don’t, I won’t feel I missed it. Italy on the other hand…there are so many places there I’d love to see. But lovely quotes all the same. *smile*

    Happy TT,

    13 Smileys


    • Actually, I must agree with you. I have been to Paris a few times, and really liked it there, but if I could choose between Paris and anywhere in Italy, I’d take Italy anytime. Maybe I have to organize a “Rome in Spring” next year for the Italophiles.


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