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10 Inspirational Quotes about New York City

by Jo-Ann Downey

in Inspiration

I just spent another heart-opening and inspirational week in New York City! Enjoy these quotes.

“One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.” Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

“It couldn’t have happened anywhere but in little old New York.” Henry O (1862-1910)

“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” John Updike (1932-2009)

“New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.” Alistair Cooke (1908-2004)

“It isn’t like the rest of the country – it is like a nation itself – more tolerant than the rest in a curious way. Littleness gets swallowed up here. All the viciousness that makes other cities vicious is sucked up and absorbed in New York.” John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” Simone de Beauvior (1908-1986)

“Give me such shows — give me the streets of Manhattan!” Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

“So I went to New York City to be born again. It was and remains easy for most Americans to go somewhere else and start anew. I wasn’t like my parents. I didn’t have any supposedly sacred piece of land or shoals of friends to leave behind. Nowhere has the number zero been of more philosophical value than in the United States…. and when the [train] plunged into a tunnel under New York City, with its lining of pipes and wires, I was out of the womb and into the birth canal.”  Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

“Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. Always I return home weary but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real flesh and I myself am not a dream.” Helen Keller (1880-1968)

“New York, you are an Egypt! But an Egypt turned inside out. For she erected pyramids of slavery to death, and you erect pyramids of democracy with the vertical organ-pipes of your skyscrapers all meeting at the point of infinity of liberty!”  Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)

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