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50+ Best Paris Quotes: Loving Quotes About the City of Love & Light

50+ Best Paris Quotes: Loving Quotes About the City of Love & Light


Searching for Paris quotes? Whether you’re dreaming of visiting or desperate to return, here are the best quotes about Paris to hold you over until you go.

Got Paris on your mind?

Whether you’re looking for one final push to visit Paris for the first time or you’re simply dying to return, we’ve got all the best quotes about Paris to help you get your fix.

Seine River and Eiffel Tower Paris city of light
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Here are all the best Paris quotes from past to present:

The chief danger about Paris is that it is such a strong stimulant.

T.S. Eliot

To know Paris is to know a great deal.

Henry Miller

Breathe Paris in. It nourishes the soul.

Victor Hugo

Paris is always a good idea.

Julia Ormond in Sabrina

That one above is one of the most famous Paris quotes, but it’s often attributed to Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. However, this particular quote on Paris seems to come from Julia Ormond in the Sabrina remake.

Paris is a place where, for me, just walking down a street that I’ve never been down before is like going to a movie or something. Just wandering the city is entertainment.

Wes Anderson

In Paris, our lives are one masked ball.

Gaston Leroux

The streets of Paris had a way of making me stop in my tracks, my heart suspended. They seemed saturated with presence, even if there was no one there but me. These were places where something could happen, or had happened, or both; a feeling I could never have had at home in New York, where life is inflected with the future tense.

Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London
Cour Napoléon and Louvre Pyramid Paris things to do
Cour Napoléon and Louvre Pyramid Paris. Taken by A. Holyoake via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

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

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Paris is unquestionably a city for lovers, and it has been a privilege and a delight to discover so many of its wonders by his side.

Mary McAuliffe, Paris Discovered: Explorations in the City of Light

Paris is a city where time is best to spend by doing nothing.

Erich Maria Remarque, Arch of Triumph

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

Okay, that Paris quote is really more about NYC. For more like that, check out all our New York quotes.

London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.

G. K. Chesterton

To study in Paris is to be born in Paris!

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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, A Moveable Feast

There was a florist at the corner, closed for the night. I stopped in my tracks. Along with the heavy branches of lilacs and tangled stems of forsythia was a fluffy mound of tiny sleeping chicks- a living, breathing Easter basket. Paris continued to surprise me; instead of the slick consumerism of a twenty-first-century world capital, it was the little things, the living things, that made me smile.

Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
Montmartre, Paris, France at dusk
The streets of Montmartre, Paris, France in the evening. Taken by J. Towner via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.

Victor Hugo

Paris is a heaven for all women’s obsessions: hot men, great chocolates, scrumptious pastries, sexy lingerie, cool clothes but, as any shoe-o-phile knows, this city is a hotbed of fabulous shoes.

Kirsten Lobe, Paris Hangover

Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Every girl needs Paris.

Eve Chase, The Wildling Sisters

There should be a name for the syndrome that occurs when you’re in Paris and you already miss it.

Rosecrans Baldwin

There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even—the French air clears up the brain and does good—a world of good.

Vincent Van Gogh

Paris was where the twentieth century was.

Gertrude Stein

I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.

Amy Thomas, Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light

Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.

Angela Carter

Related Read: 50+ London Quotes: All the Best Quotes About London, Past to Present

paris at sunset with all the gorgeous blue and orange colors
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We’ll always have Paris.

Howard Koch

America is my country, and Paris is my hometown.

Gertrude Stein

That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.

Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris

Like a book on a shelf I’d waited years to open, Paris had always been waiting for me.

Louisa Deasey, A Letter From Paris

People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.

Roman Payne, Crepuscule

When good Americans die, they go to Paris.

Oscar Wilde

He had thought that apart from the obvious signifiers of architecture and weather and language, all European cities were much the same, but Paris had proved him wrong. It was quite unlike anywhere else he had ever lived.

Dave Hutchinson, Europe in Winter

But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.

Willa Cather
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France aerial view
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France. Taken by R. Kugnharski via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

I wish I could go to Paris right now.

Emily J. Proctor, The Baseball Club for Girls

Paris was the crossroads of the world.

Lesley Blanch, The Wilder Shores of Love

Paris is, and must always remain, the fountain-head of fashion. Nobody, with any pretentions to style, will dress after any other mode.

Peterson’s Magazine

Here’s one of our longest Paris quotes, but you’ll agree it belongs here:

Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards and ancient winding medieval streets–as vast and indestructible as nature itself. All was embraced by her, by her volatile and enchanted populace thronging the galleries, the theaters, the cafes, giving birth over and over to genius and sanctity, philosophy and war, frivolity and the finest art; so it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower. Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris.

Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

Even the pigeons are dancing, kissing, going in circles, mounting each other. Paris is the city of love, even for the birds.

Samantha Schutz, I Don’t Want To Be Crazy

And, to prove that this quote about Paris is spot-on, here’s some evidence:

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You stumble, you soar. And if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.

Amy Howard

Though I often looked for one, I finally had to admit that there could be no cure for Paris.

Paula McLain

Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past.

Michael Simkins, Detour de France: An Englishman in Search of a Continental Education
buildings in Paris on a cloudy day are still beautiful paris quotes
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There is an atmosphere of spiritual effort here. No other city is quite like it. I wake early, often at 5 o’clock, and start writing at once.

James Joyce

I’ve never written in Paris before, but all the Paris quotes about art and literature make me want to give it a try!

In Paris, I really do like to try and do nothing… but that’s impossible.

Christian Louboutin

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

I know so much is going to happen here, but I just don’t know how. It feels like Paris is full of so many adventures just waiting to be had.

Rachel Kapelke-Dale, Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

I love the way the rain melts the colors together, like a chalk drawing on the sidewalk. There is a moment, just after sunset, when the shops turn on their lights and steam starts to fog up the windows of the cafés. In French, this twilight time implies a hint of danger. It’s called entre chien et loup, between the dog and the wolf.

Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes

You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden.

Allen Ginsberg

A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.

Thomas Jefferson

Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: 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—nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train?

Margaret Anderson

As an artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris.

Friedrich Nietzsche
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I think Paris smells, and not just sweet but melancholy and curious, sometimes sad but always enticing and seductive. She’s a city for all the senses, for artists and writers and musicians and dreamers, for fantasies, for long walks and wine and lovers and yes, for mysteries.

M.J. Rose

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

Jules Renard

That’s one of the truest Paris quotes, objectively and subjectively. But…

Fun Fact: Add just a few more letters to Paris, and you can make the words aspiration, inspiration, conspiracy, and even antiperspirant!

It is a good thing to go to Paris for a few days if you have had a lot of trouble, and that is my advice to everyone except Parisians.

Muriel Spark

If ‘Sex and the City’ taught us anything, it’s that Paris is the only city in the world that New Yorkers actually fantasize about.

Elizabeth Bard
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We would be remiss if we didn’t include Eiffel Tower quotes within our list of great Paris quotes, so here’s one for you:

I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace.

Natalie Lloyd

You’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.

E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.

Kristin Hannah

At night I would climb the steps to the Sacre-Coeur, and I would watch Paris, that futile oasis, scintillating in the wilderness of space. I would weep, because it was so beautiful, and because it was so useless.

Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

Though you may leave Paris, Paris never really leaves you.

Janice Macleod, A Paris Year: My Day-to-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World

I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles.

Cole Porter

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 postgraduate course in everything.

James Thurber

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

Ernest Hemingway

If that’s true, is it sadder when your home is Paris then?

What you don’t know about Paris, is that when you live there, over time, an invisible thread forms around your heart, and so when you leave, it always tugs you back.

Robert Black

Well, what did you think of our Paris quotes? Don’t they inspire you to want to visit? Got any other quotes about Paris to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

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