Quotations About / On: PARIS

  • 1.
    In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.
    (Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950). "Le Coq et l'Arlequin," Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926).)
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  • 2.
    Paris is a mighty schoolmaster, a grand enlightener of the provincial intellect.
    (Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915), British writer. The Cloven Foot, ch. 4 (1879).)
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  • 3.
    Outside of Paris, there is no hope for the cultured.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Mascarille, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 9 (1659).)
  • 4.
    Paris: a city of pleasures and amusements where four-fifths of the people die of grief.
    (Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 496 (1796, trans. 1926).)
  • 5.
    The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).)
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  • 6.
    We'll always have Paris.
    (Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Michael Crutiz. Rick (Humphrey Bogart), Casablanca, as he says good-bye to Ilsa, his former lover (1943).)
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  • 7.
    As an artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. Ecce Homo, "Why I Am So Clever," sct. 5 (1888).)
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  • 8.
    Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.
    (Thomas Appleton (1812-1884), U.S. author. Quoted in The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, ch. 6, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1858). The saying also found its way into Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 3 (1891) and A Woman of No Importance, act 1 (1893).)
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  • 9.
    Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day's wine to La Guillotine.
    (Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. A Tale of Two Cities, Part 3, ch. 15 (1859).)
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  • 10.
    America is a nation with no truly national city, no Paris, no Rome, no London, no city which is at once the social center, the political capital, and the financial hub.
    (C. Wright Mills (1916-1962), U.S. sociologist. The Power Elite, ch. 3 (1956).)