100+ Best Boston Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Boston Quotes

A Boston man is the east wind made flesh. — Thomas Gold Appleton

I remember the beginnings of the Kurzweil reading machine. I was one of the first to meet Ray Kurzweil and purchase the reading machine in Boston. To think that the machine was at least two and a half large suitcases at the time, and now you have a camera and it takes a picture and you have sound. — Stevie Wonder

I was born and grew up in Phoenix, and I left there when I was 17 to go to Interlochen Arts Academy – a boarding school in Michigan – for a year, and then I went to college for a year at The Boston Conservatory and landed the ‘Spring Awakening’ tour midway through my freshman year, which was pretty cool. — Kimiko Glenn

While most Americans know about the Boston Tea Party, few are aware of the Liberty Tree and how important it was to fanning the flames of rebellion that led to the revolution in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence. — Ronald Kessler

Boston is safe. And we’re going to keep it safe. — Thomas Menino

In Boston, they love their sports celebrities. And it’s great. — Tom Brady

I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University. — William F. Buckley, Jr.

I started in theatre. I went to the Boston Conservatory and majored in musical theater. — Rachael MacFarlane

I think we have a rawer version of capitalism and a more fragile community and family base than other nations. We are a more individualistic culture. From the Boston Tea Party on, we’ve had too little faith in government. — Arlie Russell Hochschild

In the 1990s, we introduced Boston’s community policing strategy. We reversed the tide of violent crime that threatened our city, and we established a national model for preventing and fighting crime. — Thomas Menino

And for the city’s birthday, we will host events in every neighborhood of the city, inviting all of our residents to share in the celebration of Boston’s great epic – the story of neighbors who support one another where it matters most. — Thomas Menino

Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it. — Paul Theroux

I belong to the Boston Biographers Group – and get my monthly ‘fix’ from them. Where else can I sit down for two hours with people who understand the challenge I face, daily, as a life-chronicler? — Nigel Hamilton

I knew I had to get out of Boston and stop making movies there, at least for one movie, otherwise no one would ever consider me for a movie that took place south of Providence. — Ben Affleck

There’s like a special group of people that come from different parts of the planet to study with me. It’s nice. I just gave a workshop in Boston at the New England Conservatory, which was really nice. — Charlie Haden

I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn’t pronounce my R’s. I wasn’t a beauty. — Barbara Walters

In my freshman year in high school, I went to the only public high school in Boston with a theatre program. — Donnie Wahlberg

You have in Vegas the most heterogeneous audience you’re gonna get anywhere in the country. In Boston, Chicago, Miami, you know who goes to the theater. In Vegas, you have people who only see one theater show a year, and it’s in Vegas. — Penn Jillette

I never even thought of myself as deadpan until someone wrote an article about me about a year after I was doing comedy. There was a paper called the ‘Boston Phoenix,’ and someone wrote a description of what I was doing and that’s where I first saw ‘deadpan.’ — Steven Wright

The 2013 Boston Marathon was, for me, a milestone. A bucket list event that was supposed to be my last marathon until my next big milestone, turning 50. But I couldn’t leave marathoning on a memory like that, so I am running this year to honor everyone in the running community and those unsung heroes from April 15, 2013. — Summer Sanders

My most memorable moment came in 1985 as we beat the Boston Celtics. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

‘Forever Amber,’ written by Kathleen Winsor in 1944, was banned in Boston at the time of its publication as obscene and offensive. This alone would have been enough to excite my interest, but in 1956, it was sitting inoffensively on the shelves of the small country library on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, where my family spent its summers. — Susanna Moore

I asked my parents for permission to study in America and they were so sure that I wouldn’t get in and get a scholarship that they encouraged me to try. So I applied to Yale and got an excellent scholarship. I then worked for the Boston Consulting Group for six and half years. — Indra Nooyi

A very considerable body of the German people live in America and propose to fight that Government. Bourke in his great speech last week welcoming the Belgian mission to Boston worked out the President’s meaning with care. — Shane Leslie

Boston has carried the practice of hypocrisy to the n-th degree of refinement, grace, and failure. — Lincoln Steffens

Victorian racehorse owners frequently named their horses after murderers. That was so astonishing. Can you imagine the equivalent today, with a horse named, say, Boston Strangler, running in the Kentucky Derby? This was a new discovery. The Victorians didn’t think it was odd, so no one ever mentioned it particularly. — Judith Flanders

There’s so many ways to do stand up, and I think, for awhile, people weren’t really maximizing the freedom of it. We were all kind of doing a similar kind of stand up, and I started to see some original voices come out of Boston. — Greg Fitzsimmons

About 25 years ago, I started out as a reporter covering politics. And that sort of just evolved into organized crime, because organized crime and politics were the same thing in Boston. — Howie Carr

A few years ago no hotel or restaurant in Boston refused Negro guests; now several hotels, restaurants, and especially confectionary stores, will not serve Negroes, even the best of them. — Ray Stannard Baker

Since I do not believe that there should be different recommendations for people living in the Bronx and people living in Manhattan, I am uncomfortable making different recommendations for my patients in Boston and in Haiti. — Paul Farmer

I was surprised when I finally moved to Boston and the East Coast, to discover that there weren’t that many vibraphone players around. And I was the only one playing with four mallets. — Gary Burton

Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn’t know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people. Not that I’m one of them. I just sorta sneaked in under the radar. — John Krasinski

I’m from Boston, and I’m hard-headed, opinionated and a good arguer. — Kenny Wormald

Probably the biggest thing that surprises people is that I am obsessed with hockey. I grew up in the Boston area so I am obsessed with hockey since I was a little kid. — Rob Zombie

It was 1975. I had spent the year at the Boston Museum School doing some very bizarre performance works. The last one included going to the North Magnetic Pole and spending all of my money. — Alex Grey

There was a time when I was wondering about this business of going public, so I visited about a half-dozen companies in the Boston area, all of them formed by MIT faculty and all had gone public. — Amar Bose

When you went into a Boston Chicken and ordered quarter-chicken, white, with mash and corn, when that was rung up, that would signal all the way along the supply chain the need for more potatoes to be put on a truck a thousand miles away, — Stephen Elop

We don’t have a full black community in Boston. Our people are scattered. There’s a middle class where I live in Highland Park but it’s not like a piece of Washington or Chicago. — Henry Hampton

You know, Boston people are full of sauce. — Ellen Pompeo

I’m not sure where I’m from! I was born in London. My father’s from Ghana but lives in Saudi Arabia. My mother’s Nigerian but lives in Ghana. I grew up in Boston. — Taiye Selasi

Sometimes you just don’t feel the same everyday, it doesn’t matter what you do, but when you have people looking forward to seeing you perform for them, that puts you in the mood, and that’s natural in Boston. That’s why it’s such a special place to play. — David Ortiz

Because we can’t escape our ancient hunger to live close to nature, we encircle the house with lawns and gardens, install picture windows, adopt pets and Boston ferns, and scent everything that touches our lives. — Diane Ackerman

We did experiments with the Boston Symphony for many years where we measured the angles of incidence of sound arriving at the ears of the audience, then took the measurements back to MIT and analyzed them. — Amar Bose

I find it funny how people from Boston and New York hate each other because of pro teams. But, like, everyone on the Red Sox is a random millionaire athlete from somewhere else. — Julian Casablancas

I ran track in high school very competitively, and then ran it D-1 at Boston University. I ran there on an athletic scholarship and chose BU because they had both a good track program and an arts program. — Uzo Aduba

I can remember back as far as age 8, performing with the Boston Folk Song Society. It was a Woody Guthrie song. — Frank Black

Currently, Boston has only nine percent of the state’s population – but we provide more than 16 percent of the jobs and 19 percent of the state’s revenues. — Thomas Menino

Our situation here, without any exaggeration, is beyond description almost; it is such as eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor hath it ever entered into the heart of men to conceive Boston ever to arrive at. — Peter Oliver

I’m definitely nervous and excited. I feel like I’ve been playing off-Broadway, not to say that Boston doesn’t have a great theatre district or great theatre, but it’s not going to Broadway; it’s just a different city. — Todd English

The best comedy audiences in the country and this is tried and true, I’m not just saying it, in my opinion are Boston, Atlanta, and Chicago. — Denis Leary

I grew up in Boston, so it’s a nice change to be cold after living in California. — Matt LeBlanc

When I was to come to Washington the first time as Music Director of the Boston Symphony, Mrs. Johnson phoned us to find out if they could give us a party and who we would like to meet. — Erich Leinsdorf

It’s all about hustling, whether it’s in Boston or the film industry. I’ve been hustling my entire life – acting my way into trouble and acting my way back out again. I’m just fortunate to have had the opportunity to apply it in a different direction. — Mark Wahlberg

I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday. — Raymond Chandler

And that’s the mistake that was made with Steel Pier. Roger was caught between a rock and hard place. It would have cost a couple of million dollars more to take it to Boston or someplace first. So we opened about a month too early. — Gregory Harrison

Playing in New England and the Boston area, the fans are so passionate about their sports if you don’t play well, they’ll let you know so I know it’s not something that they take lightly. — Drew Bledsoe

I had never been to the playoffs, and it was exciting. The fans went through the roof. They were excited about the whole team. It was great to be traded to a city like Chicago, which was a lot like Boston. — Dennis Eckersley

One of my first jobs was at the Boston Globe. I worked in the sports department six months a year. When I was ready to graduate, the sports editor gave me a job as a schoolboy sports writer. — Will McDonough

Boston is an oasis in the desert, a place where the larger proportion of people are loving, rational and happy. — Julia Ward Howe

My parents came from Russia and suddenly they wound up in Boston, Massachusetts, Brookline, Massachusetts and they felt the sun rose and set on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s backside because he meant so much to them. This was freedom. This was something totally different from the Russia they had left. — Mike Wallace

When I go abroad I always sail from Boston because it is such a pleasant place to get away from. — Oliver Herford

What we’re about is a manifestation of the Catholic roots of Boston College. — William P. Leahy

I lived in the States from 1996 till 2000. I attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1997. But I wasn’t the most hard-working student. I rarely went to school. At that time, I seriously doubted that you could learn creativity in school. Music isn’t something you can just learn from other people. Sometimes I regret missing classes. — Psy

I got a fan letter on the back of a prison menu. And I remember thinking, ‘Well, they get pie. It’s not so bad. They get pie on the weekends.’ I want to say blueberry and also a Boston cream pie. Not so bad. — Tina Fey

Growing up, I think I was arrested 20-odd times by the Boston police. The good news is that I’ve been able to use those experiences in a lot of my roles, and that has been a blessing. — Mark Wahlberg

I can’t say Boston is ‘home-home.’ It’s definitely a place I’m growing accustomed to. It’s such a great sports town. — Wes Welker

In Boston I got to a point where I thought I was putting out fires more than being a baseball coach. And some of it was my fault. I was getting stubborn. My fuse was a little shorter than it needed to be. And that helps nobody. — Terry Francona

In Massachusetts, scientists have created the first human clone. The bad thing is that in thirty years, the clone will still be depressed because the Boston Red Sox will still have not won a World Series. — Craig Kilborn

I guarantee you, if you could give me 10 points in all those seventh games against the Boston Celtics, instead of Bill Russell having 11 rings, I could’ve at least had nine or eight. — Wilt Chamberlain

You know, I’m from Boston, and in Boston, you are born with a baseball bat in your hand. — Eli Roth

And it was from Boston that one in every six American families began their journey into the land of the free. — Thomas Menino

When I was teaching in the 1960s in Boston, there was a great deal of hope in the air. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, Malcolm X was alive; great, great leaders were emerging from the southern freedom movement. — Jonathan Kozol

I brought together experts from health care, business, academic institutions, and the community to develop a comprehensive blueprint for eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care in the City of Boston. — Thomas Menino

People saying, ‘Life didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to.’ Welcome to the club. I wanted to be the starting center-fielder for the Boston Red Sox, for chrissakes! — Denis Leary

Boston is the cream of the crop of the marathon world. It has such history that you feel such honor just being a part of it. All the other races have pacers to get you to a Boston qualifying time. — Summer Sanders

There is nothing like Ruth ever existed in this game of baseball. I remember we were playing the White Sox in Boston in 1919, and he hit a home run off Lefty Williams over the left-field fence in the ninth inning and won the game. It was majestic. It soared. — Waite Hoyt

Kev has these old Boston drills, where you all have to talk to each other, and interact, and it’s helped us. — Kevin Garnett

I won my first medal when I was nine years old. It was at the Boston Open. — Nancy Kerrigan

There’s a lot of history in Boston and a lot of history, obviously, in New York with all the championships. — Rafael Palmeiro

I felt like my pregnancy was a sacred moment for me. I stayed in Boston and I didn’t work apart from the contracts I have, and then I only let them use my face. — Gisele Bundchen

All Boston songs are fairly difficult to translate to the stage. None of them are especially easy to play or sing. A lot of them, of course, have very involved arrangements with lots of different sounds and sections that are difficult to play and sing. The prospect of doing any Boston song live is always an endeavor in itself. — Tom Scholz

I got private lessons in keyboard at Julliard, before New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. — Bernie Worrell

Here’s what I see all across this great city – people working together to make Boston a better place to live and to raise children, to grow and pursue dreams. — Thomas Menino

Paul Farmer has helped to build amazing health care system in one of the poorest areas of Haiti. He founded Partners in Health, which serves the destitute and the sick in many parts of the world from Haiti to Boston and from Russia to Peru. — Tracy Kidder

I sometimes feel it is to my disadvantage that I have not conducted the Cleveland Orchestra or the Boston or Chicago symphonies, but then I have had to sacrifice something in order to have enough time with my orchestras. — Zubin Mehta

I think of myself as a fairly logical, scientific and somewhat reserved person. Maura Isles, the Boston medical examiner who appears in five of my books, is me. Almost everything I use in describing her, from her taste in wine to her biographical data, is taken from my own family. Except I don’t have a serial killer as a mother! — Tess Gerritsen

I was nearly fired from my second job, which was writing press releases for Boston’s public television station. — Elinor Lipman

When I started at the Globe 40 years ago, there were seven newspapers in Boston and now there are only two. There were only three or four television stations in Boston and now there are a dozen. — Will McDonough

I used to love Danish. My father used to make a Boston cream pie. You never see that anymore. — Christopher Walken

Boston’s freeway system is insane. It was clearly designed by a person who had spent his childhood crashing toy trains. — Bill Bryson

I seem to be one of the few people in journalism who never worked or wrote for the ‘Boston Phoenix.’ I certainly read and admired it, and feel the same general malaise at news that it is gone. — James Fallows

Boston is a very proud franchise. The NBA misses them when they are not in the mix. They, along with teams like the Knicks and 76ers are a big part of the heart, soul and history of the league. — Doug Collins

I resent the fact that people in places like Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco believe that they should be able to tell us how to live our lives, operate our businesses, and what to do with the land that we love and cherish. — Wilford Brimley

Boston is the engine of the state’s economy. — Thomas Menino

I’m a big fan of all the Boston guys that are acting – Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg – they made a great career out of it, and they found a way to do it and still be cool guys, so that’s kind of where I want to be. — Kenny Wormald

The East Coast, and certainly Boston, has a provincial quality to it that makes it harder to bust out and move up. Try to be too different and they’ll pull you down. — Brad Falchuk

Talk radio around Boston is brutal, and I think that’s part of what goes on is that people as they’re driving to and from work start listening to these jerks, and I say jerks, because I don’t think they know what they’re talking about and they’re just serving some things up as controversy so they can sell the show to sponsors. — Tom Heinsohn

When I was applying to college, my mother told me I could apply to any school within the Boston subway map. — Susan Estrich

I’ve always been interested in both writing and music. When I first started getting published, I also worked as rehearsal pianist for the Boston Ballet, touring with them all over the U.S.A. and Europe – I wasn’t making enough money from writing to support myself. — William Sleator

The basic principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are simple, and they are universal. Faith in the Savior is the same in Boston as it is in Accra. — David A. Bednar

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