99+ Best Brooklyn Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational Brooklyn quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Brooklyn Quotes

Peter O’Malley grew up in the ’50s around the clubhouse, so all of us who were playing in his kid days mean a lot to him. Peter’s made a very conscious effort to reconnect the Brooklyn team with the Los Angeles history, and he’s done that. — Carl Erskine

It may be that they’re tired of talking about the Brooklyn Bridge (terror plot), and they’re trying to find a different edifice of some sort. — Jay Rockefeller

I was unaware of the dispute in Brooklyn. I would never knowingly wear any clothes or support any company who produced clothing with alleged wage and labor violations. — Shakira

For every good person that comes from Brooklyn or the Bronx, there are some bad people who bring their more criminal-intensive ways to small communities. We think we can be an antidote to that. — Curtis Sliwa

I could do nothing but Brooklyn shows for the rest of my career, and I could die ignorant. — Anthony Bourdain

Brooklyn is the only place in baseball where money doesn’t matter. Only the fans do. — A.J. Chilson

It meant that she belonged some place. She was a Brooklyn girl with a Brooklyn name and a Brooklyn accent. She didn’t want to change into a bit of this and a bit of that. — Betty Smith

Cruise and containers can happily coexist. The container port is a vibrant and essential component of Brooklyn’s varied waterfront. By bringing both aesthetics and billions of dollars in economic activity, it provides Brooklyn with a worthwhile use for her storied piers, and brings much-needed wealth to our local economy. — Matt Yates

The whole point of bike-sharing is to give New Yorkers another way to commute. A lot of folks in Bay Ridge work in downtown Brooklyn or other parts of the borough. For them, it would make more sense to hop on a Citi Bike than to wait for a train or a bus. — Sal Albanese

I was educated in the public school system of New York City and was bright enough to be accepted at Brooklyn College. — Stanley Cohen

We have asked the conference adviser, the Brooklyn Bridge/TBLI Group, and conference sponsors and participants to take a stand against Mr. Keiser’s violent hate speech but to no avail. — Tom Borelli

School work and intellectual interests such as music and the arts were not especially important to me while I was growing up, although mathematics, my favorite subject, was fun. Baseball was my first passion: I played sand lot and Little League and rooted for the Brooklyn Dodgers. — Robert C. Merton

I first saw ‘The Dinner Party’ in 2007 at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. While perusing the Heritage Panels, which honor 999 women who have made important contributions to Western history, I came upon the names of two sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke. — Sue Monk Kidd

I’m from Brooklyn. I grew up very poor- seven people, four rooms. My dad had no education. — Peter Criss

‘The Good Guy’ is a totally differently-looking New York than ‘How To Make It’ portrays. ‘The Good Guy’ is all about Wall Street and that culture, which ‘How To Make It’ touches on, but ‘How To Make It’ also is downtown, Lower East Side loft parties, cool clubs, Brooklyn and that world. — Bryan Greenberg

Professors certainly have a right to disagree about pedagogy, … It would have been both illegal and immoral for Brooklyn College to allow KC Johnson to face another official inquisition. Thankfully, this dire outcome has been averted. — David French

When I went to Brooklyn in 1948 Jackie Robinson was at the height of his brilliant career. — Ernie Harwell

I have some Russian friends. But probably only 10 percent. I don’t hang out usually in the big Russian communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey. — Mikhail Baryshnikov

‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’ — Betty Smith

I know there’s Brooklyn and all the boroughs, but Manhattan specifically is so condensed that the energy is very vibrant. Everywhere you look there is something happening. — Theo James

There’s a scene at the end of the movie where I tell her, ‘You know you’ve got to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, — Breckin Meyer

For instance, he had a show at the Brooklyn Museum. An opening would have been the start of a career for many artists. Instead of going, he hopped on his bike and cycled off and got on a plane and went to China. — Winston Riley

My life in Brooklyn was in constant danger because of my bad health. — Maurice Sendak

I didn’t appreciate Brooklyn until I left it. — Rosie Perez

I was born in Brooklyn in 1922. Both my mother and father were Russian Jewish emigrants who came to America in the early 1900’s. My father was a tailor and my mother, a housewife. Though of limited education themselves, they instilled in me the values of intellectual achievement and the use of whatever talents I possessed. — Stanley Cohen

Poor thing. To die and never see Brooklyn. — Anne Sexton

Even though I grew up as a Sephardic Jew in Brooklyn where we ate Syrian food and went to temple, it was still America. — Isaac Mizrahi

A lot of my friends who grew up in Manhattan have a strange phobia about Brooklyn. It’s big and scary and they get lost. — Moby

One of the reasons why Brooklyn didn’t go to a (Spanish) school was because of the press attention, — David Beckham

The stories of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate already had been well-told by others, both on film and in books, … But here was this remarkable, all-but-unknown story about Gustav Lindenthal and Othmar Ammann … and how they fought each other to realize the dream of bridging the Hudson with what would be the longest bridge in the world. — James Tobin

I think of myself as a girl from Brooklyn. — Barbra Streisand

I was a middle child. I grew up in Brooklyn with three sisters and a brother. You know what that means: everybody is constantly fighting with everybody and you are in the middle of the storm trying to make peace. That is your life. Making everybody work and play well together. — Richard Parsons

Being from Staten Island and Brooklyn, I’m used to eating pasta and meatballs every single day. — Theo Rossi

The cables that hold up (the Brooklyn Bridge) on big stone piers are beautiful and not hidden. It’s metal in your face ? taking traditional material and putting it to use in a way that you can see what it can do. — Alan Goodheart

We have seen increased mosquito activity in parts of the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, — Thomas Frieden

It seemed like I always did some great hitting in Brooklyn. The field there was close to the stands. Every time I started walking to the plate, I could hear the fans say, ‘Here comes that man again. Here comes that man.’ — Stan Musial

We estimate that the … remediation at our property at Third St. and Third Ave. in Brooklyn is about 75%-80% completed at this point. — Tim White

I am happy everywhere except in places where I see glitz and rich farts. I am happiest in Brooklyn, where the concentration of rich farts is minimal. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

We’re definitely going to get Brooklyn christened, but we don’t know into which religion. — David Beckham

To win the championship you have to go through Brooklyn or the Bronx. I’ve been coaching 37 years and only eight times has a team outside of those boroughs won. — Chuck Granby

It’s more than strange, it’s disturbing. Baseball was the sport growing up in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Dodgers were everybody’s life. Then, all of a sudden, they’re leaving. They’re going to a foreign place. I was angry. I never lost that anger. — Steve Golden

From the time I could read, I’ve been devouring these things. I had a $5 allowance growing up in Brooklyn and I spent the whole thing every week at the Nostrand Avenue Comics shop. — Brad Meltzer

I live in Brooklyn, in Williamsburg, so I just like to wander around. Williamsburg’s such a cool little neighborhood community spot. — Zoe Kravitz

I was raised on the streets, in hot, steamy Brooklyn, with stifled air. — Barbra Streisand

There’s already some movie interest, and this is the first of a series of books. In the next book, Nicky Deuce brings the Brooklyn gang to his New Jersey hometown and sets it on its ear. — Steve Schirripa

Night was a wonderful time in Brooklyn in the 1930s. Air conditioning was unknown except in movie houses, and so was television. There was nothing to keep one in the house. Furthermore, few people owned automobiles, so there was nothing to carry one away. That left the streets and the stoops. The very fullness served as an inhibition to crime. — Issac Asimov

The idea of trust-fund guys who live in Brooklyn in their 30s is really interesting to me. There’s a time and a place where that kind of bohemian lifestyle is appropriate, soon after college, in your 20s. But there are people still living that many years later; they haven’t evolved to the next phase. — Tim Heidecker

I’m a tough old broad from Brooklyn. I intend to go on acting until I’m ninety, and they won’t need to paste my face with make-up. — Barbara Stanwyck

This case is the latest of several joint operations demonstrating our commitment to protecting New York neighborhoods from violent street gangs. For years, this Latin Kings crew controlled the drug trade in the area of Jefferson Street and Central and Irving Avenues in Brooklyn through fear and intimidation. With this prosecution we have ended their reign and taken another step toward returning one of our communities to its law-abiding residents. — Roslynn Mauskopf

Brooklyn was a dream. All the things that happened there just couldn’t happen. It was all dream stuff. Or was it all real and true and was it that she, Francie, was the dreamer? — Betty Smith

I was chomping at the bit to get my career started – so after I took all the theater courses at Brooklyn College I enrolled in a two year program at AMDA in the city (The American Musical Dramatic Academy) I was there for 6 months and loved it. — Didi Conn

I grew up in the projects in Brooklyn, and I consider myself lucky and blessed to be where I am – just working. — Tracy Morgan

It is exciting to have these great musicians perform at a dynamic performance venue like Long Island University’s Kumble Theater. I am grateful to the University for providing the central Brooklyn community with access to world-class productions at the Kumble Theater. — Bob Myers

I grew up, as I joke around, in the ‘People’s Republic of Charlestown’ in the city of Boston. And I was blessed to be raised right there on Monument Square in Charlestown, and every morning I’d hop on the bus and go on a 45-minute ride out to the suburbs in Brooklyn for elementary school. And I got to have my seat, really, in both worlds. — Jonathan Tucker

I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Pittsburgh. I’ve never been to Iran, I don’t speak the language, and, probably most important of all, my Iranian father left home when I was nine months old. That’s the extent of my connection to Iran. — Said Sayrafiezadeh

Perhaps it’s because a writer lives in Brooklyn that he’d want to get away from it. It can be very sustaining, this community of writers – sometimes it’s the feeling of many hands giving you a boost. But all that identical ambition can be choking, too. The many hands slide up to your throat. — Darin Strauss

Newark might be one of few the places where the politics is tougher than even Brooklyn. — Hakeem Jeffries

Brooklyn is not the easiest place to grow up in, although I wouldn’t change that experience for anything. — Neil Diamond

I wrote a great deal of a novel, ‘Winter’s Tale,’ on the roof of a Brooklyn Heights tenement on Henry Street. I was a technical climber, and now and then I would put down my manuscript and get up to walk along parapets and climb walls and chimneys. — Mark Helprin

If the borough of Manhattan was peaceful, but there was a car bomb in Brooklyn every day, it’s tough to talk about the tranquility. — Jackie Spinner

I’ve lived most of my life in Manhattan, but as close as Brooklyn is to Manhattan, there are people who live there who have been to Manhattan maybe once or twice. — Ellen Burstyn

The picture focuses on Brooklyn and Queens, and reinforces our message that Mayor Bloomberg has made all of New York safer, … We hadn’t asked or considered where the photo was taken from, and we don’t plan on using it again. — Stu Loeser

I rooted for the Dodgers when they were in Brooklyn. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I love living in Brooklyn. Originally I moved there because I could enjoy a bigger space for less money than I would ever get in Manhattan. — Raquel Zimmermann

My style is cinematic; it is a touch of French woman of the ’60s and American hippie with a Brooklyn edge. I love wearing wide-brim hats, newsboy caps, mini dresses and sheer blouses with details. — Wynter Gordon

it never occurred to me that anyone would buy into the notion that Mr. Bush and his supporters would actually do something about poverty and racism. Someone who believed that could probably be persuaded to make a bid on eBay to buy the Brooklyn Bridge. — P. Herbert

Everyone who does not live in Berlin lives in Brooklyn now. — Don DeLillo

Also, I preached to gangs on the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx – and miracles began to happen. — David Wilkerson

Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson in 1945 and he went to the minor leagues and then to Montreal in 1946 before being called up to the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. That one move still has a huge impact on baseball almost 60 years later. — Larry Hartzell

On Sunday morning, it’s Brooklyn Bagels on Beverly Boulevard. We get them hot. Then we walk some of the famous Silver Lake steps or hike in the hills to the highest vantage point to see the reservoir. — Jill Soloway

It would take me three or four lifetimes to do everything I want. I’m a Brooklyn boy who learned to hustle, and I have to do something every day or I get the guilties. — Wolfman Jack

This is a further attempt by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office to besmirch Lou’s excellent reputation and to discredit an otherwise outstanding and remarkable police career, … With Lou’s career, there is nothing to ever run from. — Bruce Cutler

The next day, the Department of Homeland Security issues warnings of attacks against railroads nationwide, and against New York City landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Number two. Thursday, June 6, 2002. — Keith Olbermann

He comes from a really tough background as far as growing up in Brooklyn and he’s helped really helped our team by being someone who can go and get a tough basket or a rebound. We’re going to need him to be successful at the regional tournament. — Grant McCasland

I was raised in Brooklyn, and I lived there for 59 years. — Herbie Mann

What I love about Brooklyn is there are more wonderful little joints than anywhere. — Arthur Schwartz

I was a prosecutor in Brooklyn in the homicide division and then as a senior assistant district attorney. — Star Jones

In Brooklyn, it was as though you were in your own little bubble. You were all part of one big, but very close family, and the Dodgers were the main topic of everybody’s conversations and you could sense the affection people had for you. I don’t know that such a thing exists anymore. — Don Drysdale

I’m not a child star, but you could say that I’ve grown up on TV. I went from being an unknown, down-and-out comic from Brooklyn and the Bronx to being a regular character on a major network comedy called ‘Martin.’ From there I went on to become the most notable black comic on ‘Saturday Night Live’ since Eddie Murphy. — Tracy Morgan

I would like to have Brooklyn christened but I’m not sure which religion yet. — David Beckham

Bob Smith from Brooklyn is a guy who sometimes gets hung with problems and fears. Wolfman Jack is a happy-go-lucky guy who knows how to party. The challenge of my life has been letting more and more of Bob Smith go, becoming the Wolfman on an almost full-time basis, while still taking care of business. — Wolfman Jack

I come from nowhere Brooklyn, New York. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These days Williamsburg is kind of a hip area, but when I grew up there, the taxi drivers wouldn’t even go over the bridge, it was so dangerous. — Barry Manilow

I grew up to the sound of live music in our Brooklyn household. — Tony Visconti

Stinging rebuke of the incumbent. What it tells you is that the majority of Brooklyn prefer a change. — Hank Sheinkopf

Comparing the Brooklyn that I know with Manhattan is like comparing a comfortable and complacent duenna to her more brilliant and neurotic sister. — Carson McCullers

My uncle had trouble carving the turkey. He complained about the sharpness of the knife. My grandma proceeded to rip the turkey apart with her own hands and throw a leg and breast on everyone’s plate and said, ‘There, that’s Brooklyn style.’ — Steve Guttenberg

Last Exit to Brooklyn should explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read in a hundred years. — Allen Ginsberg

I’m just a simple kid from Brooklyn who landed into the most enchanted lifestyle imaginable. — Michael Musto

I love to walk around New York. Honestly, that’s like the best thing, to walk over to Park Slope and go visit my friend Betty and take her dog out in the park or go walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I really dig being outside and getting to see everybody in the street. — Zoe Kazan

Brooklyn has always been ahead of its time. — Jimmie Lee

I remember when I was 5 living on Pulaski Street in Brooklyn, the hallway of our building had a brass banister and a great sound, a great echo system. I used to sing in the hallway. — Barbra Streisand

The Brooklyn Dodgers had a no hitter last night. — Bob Dole

Every block of the city is a quintessential definition of the highly diversified New York food cultue. Each area is divided as a small village of its own unique flavors and history. The variety of cuisine that the city provides is almost infinite. Starting from Tribeca, Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho, Lower East Side, Meat Packing district, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Gramecy Park, Theater, Lincoln Center, Upper East Side, Harlem, The Bronx, Brooklyn to Queens; New York City will never fail to surprise us with its treasure of cuisines. The answer is in the pride New Yorkers take in saying ONLY IN NEW YORK — Vikas Khanna

I’m no Lance Armstrong, but I do use a bike to get from place to place in Manhattan, a little bit of Brooklyn. — David Byrne

I work in a small study on the top floor of a brownstone in Brooklyn – it’s about 75 square feet, 11 taken up by book shelves along one wall. — Kathryn Harrison

I’d like to see every Brooklyn organization raising funds for the relief effort, … Brooklyn book clubs, sports teams, block associations, business and professional associations, schools, libraries, houses of worship, and any other forum where Brooklynites come together can all join in and make a difference. I would also like to see all Brooklyn restaurants donate a percentage of their receipts for a week to the relief effort. Right now, donations of money are most urgently needed. As the rescue and recovery progresses, there will be many other needs, and we will continue to respond as those needs become clear. Brooklynites can be counted upon to come to the aid of our southern neighbors and we will be there for the long haul. — Marty Markowitz

Lacey didn’t like it, even though he was born here, I understand. I mean, he was born in Brooklyn. He told the staff that they better prepare themselves to say goodbye to some of their friends. — Sydney Schanberg

Saturdays are set for antique shops. Williamsburg in Brooklyn has some good ones. I get in there and start meddling around with dusty boxes and rickety, worn-in stuff. I like it when I find something with someone else’s name on it. — Valerie June

We got a safe in the trunk with money in a stack With dice in the front and Brooklyn’s in the back No Sleep il Brooklyn — Beastie Boys

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