Suicide , moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Then in vol. I, ch. VII, of the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Narrator, in A Daughter of Eve (Une Fille d'Eve), published with Massimilla Doni, Souverain (1839), first appeared in Le Siècle (1838-1839).)
If Paris lived now, and preferred beauty to power and riches, it would not be called his Judgment, but his Want of Judgment.
(Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 60, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978).
Originally written in 1787; in Greek mythology, the Judgment of Paris is the story of Paris's awarding the prize of beauty to the Goddess Aphrodite (over the Goddesses Hera and Pallas Athena) in return for the bribe of the fairest woman in the world, Helen.)
Paradoxically, the freedom of Paris is associated with a persistent belief that nothing ever changes. Paris, they say, is the city that changes least. After an absence of twenty or thirty years, one still recognizes it.
(Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French journalist, author. repr. In Outside: Selected Writings (1984). "Tourists in Paris," France-Observateur (Paris, 1957).)
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 (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in Papa Hemingway, pt. 1, ch. 3, A.E. Hotchner (1966).
The words "a moveable feast" were usedon Hotchner's recommendationas the title for Hemingway's posthumously published Paris memoirs. The above paragraph appeared as the book's epigraph.)
Most of my poetry was written on the road, far away from my boyhood home in New York City. I lived in abject poverty most of the time, depending on the generosity of strangers and friends. Most of my verse was composed in fields, in furrows, on beaches, in graveyards, in wooded lands and in between my returns to New York City, the majority of my rhyme was written in far away places such as Paris, London, California, much of New England, Florida and The Midwest. My first published book, 'Selected Poems' was written in Europe over two years. I composed a volume of verse never published to this day while I lived in Paris entitled 'Parisian Verse'. The majority of my poetry composed since I was in High School to the present day has never been published. In addition to 'Selected Poems' I have published over 500 poems in seven subsequent volumes.
That's playgirl stuff, Brownie. I've seen them in London, Paris, Rome. They start life in a New York nightclub and end up covering the world like a paid advertisement. Not an honest feeling from her kneecap to her neck.
(John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Victor Marswell (Clark Gable), Mogambo, response to Brownie's (Philip Stainton) suggestion that he make a play for Kelly (Ava Gardner) (1953).
Based on the play Red Dust by Wilson Collison.)