234+ Best Los Angeles Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Los Angeles Quotes

I am the grandson of immigrants from Japan who went to America, boldly going to a strange new world, seeking new opportunities. My mother was born in Sacramento, California. My father was a San Franciscan. They met and married in Los Angeles, and I was born there. — George Takei

My mother passed when I was in the third grade, my father when I was in the seventh, and that’s when I was shipped to Los Angeles to live with an aunt. — Ice T

The only Angels in Los Angeles are in Heaven, and they’re looking down on the Dodgers. — Tommy Lasorda

I formed my first band when I was going to Valley Torah High School in Los Angeles. — David Draiman

I drink just as much tea when I’m in Los Angeles as I do when I’m in London. I take my tea bags with me wherever I go. — Helen Mirren

I finished the movie a month ago in downtown Los Angeles. I had a lot of fun doing it. — Coolio

I’ve worked with the Los Angeles Zoo for 45 years, and we have this magnificent photographer, Tad Motoyama. He takes these wonderful, wonderful animal pictures. All through the years he’s given me copies of these pictures. Well, I have all these gorgeous ones, so I said, ‘Tad, I want to do a book with your picture on one side.’ — Betty White

There was an interesting article in Los Angeles Magazine about women directors. A woman director makes one bad independent film and her career is over. Guys tend to get an opportunity to learn from their mistakes. — Dick Wolf

In Los Angeles and other cities, being around immigrants is inspiring. They are touching the American Dream and reminding you how much you take it for granted. — Ryan Holiday

There’s something particular about the way Los Angeles feels in the summertime. It slows down and is hazy and dreamy, and you can put on certain music and go for a drive and be totally sober but feel stoned. — Katherine Waterston

So, we come out to Los Angeles. And we met with every network. We met with show runners, directors, writers, everything. And what we had an idea for, they didn’t like. And what they had an idea for, we didn’t like. So, we went home. — Reba McEntire

I think poverty is the biggest challenge for Los Angeles and for many of our cities that have come back from the recession. — Eric Garcetti

I always wanted to be a zookeeper when I was growing up, and I’ve wound up a zookeeper! I’ve been working with the Los Angeles Zoo for 45 years! I’m the luckiest old broad on two feet because my life is divided absolutely in half – half animals and half show business. You can’t ask for better than two things you love the most. — Betty White

A tuna steak and a salad? Seventy bucks. Welcome to Los Angeles. — Mark Zupan

There are two worlds here in the U.S., especially here in Los Angeles. All the Latinos have watched my shows for 30 years, but Americans haven’t seen them. So I am living in this world where I am a huge star for part of the population and a nobody to the other part. — Eugenio Derbez

I think every young actor in Los Angeles went up for that role. It was between Frankie Muniz and me, and he pulled out, so I got the role. — Shia LaBeouf

In New York, the street adventures are incredible. There are a thousand stories in a single block. You see the stories in the people’s faces. You hear the songs immediately. Here in Los Angeles, there are less characters because they’re all inside automobiles. — Joni Mitchell

I have lovely memories of Los Angeles in the 1930s. I came down to live with my mother’s cousin and they invited me to come and go to junior college for a year. — Beverly Cleary

In Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world, we have 1,100 gangs and 120,000 gang members so it is a daunting, complex social dilemma. — Greg Boyle

People come to Los Angeles and sell their soul every day. It’s sad. — Fabio Lanzoni

Growing up in Los Angeles, obviously it’s a really fashionable city, but it has a really relaxed quality to it as well. So, my fashion education came while working on ‘Suits’. — Meghan Markle

I keep thinking I’m going to miss it back in Los Angeles. But I don’t. The only thing I miss is driving out in the desert in the Southwest. — Tim Burton

For me, returning to Los Angeles annihilates the memories of where I have just been with an astonishing speed. — Henry Rollins

I want to start a Dunkin’ Donuts in Los Angeles. I already have the perfect location picked out. It would be the old Tower Records buildings on Sunset. — John Krasinski

I don’t know if you have ever seen the Woody Allen film ‘Annie Hall,’ but it is, in a way, to Los Angeles and ‘Hollywood’ what ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ is to many musicians. — Henry Rollins

In the 1950s and ’60s, America’s natural resources were in bad shape. Communities were so polluted that clouds of smog lingered over cities like Los Angeles. Rivers and lakes were filled with chemicals. In my hometown of Boston, the harbor was among the nation’s most polluted waterways. — John F. Kerry

Cold weather probably played a bigger role in bringing back the hat, but sadly, the hat common to New Jersey guidos, South Carolina rednecks, Idaho potato farmers and Los Angeles gang bangers is the ubiquitous ‘tractor hat,’ which is derived from the cheap baseball style cap with the adjustable plastic tab. — Roger Stone

I normally live in Los Angeles, if you can call it normally living. — Morrissey

I live in a small town in Connecticut, and they don’t write scripts there, but I get them anyway because my agent is in Los Angeles. — Gene Wilder

Los Angeles, I don’t like that town. Too decadent, and it’s slimy. — Layne Staley

I have known Tavis Smiley since the 1980s, when we both worked at the same radio station in Los Angeles. He is smart, and he is a gentleman who has accorded me great respect both on and off the air. — Dennis Prager

I can rock out anything. I mean, I can rock out a little ‘Time After Time’. I can do a little ‘Grease Lightning’. It depends on the mood, but we do go karaoke, my friends and I in Los Angeles, and it’s a lot of fun. — Kristen Bell

More than 30 years ago, in Washington, D.C., I secured a copy of a single by a Los Angeles band called The Bags. The two-song 7-inch, released on Dangerhouse, had a girl on the cover who looked right at you with huge eyes. The songs, ‘Survive’ and ‘Babylonian Gorgon,’ were great and made many of my mix tapes. — Henry Rollins

I would describe Los Angeles as actually not having taste. In New York, there’s taste. But you have to remember that taste is censorship. It’s a form of restriction. — James Turrell

I always believed in the YouTube community and myself. I saw something there. The most difficult thing was others not believing in me. I had a lot of friends in Los Angeles who really thought I was crazy for leaving a steady acting job to start on YouTube. — Rosanna Pansino

In Los Angeles, I feel like the ugly duckling, like I’m from Venus or something. — Eva Green

You don’t see me in Los Angeles a lot. I go back home. Because I can’t play the game. I can’t – my tolerance – I know I’m getting old; I’ll be 50 this year. And you know how I know I’m getting old? ‘Cause my tolerance level is low. — Bernie Mac

Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang’s feeble imagination. — Henry Miller

I am British. I love Britain for all its faults and all its virtues. My husband is American and I am largely based in Los Angeles, but whenever someone asks me where home is, I automatically say ‘London.’ — Helen Mirren

Well, rather than to give you my impression on Los Angeles, per se, my older sister’s husband is and American, therefore I have a pretty good idea of the, perhaps the characteristics of Americans in general. — Nobuo Uematsu

I think the best thing I ever did was, years before I got the ‘Late Night’ show, when I first got out to Los Angeles to be a television writer, the first thing I did was I signed up to take improvisational classes… And I studied that for years, and I really loved it. — Conan O’Brien

Having an automobile in Los Angeles enables me to change clothes at least three times a day: I will go from western wear to nautical to Savile Row in the course of 12 hours. — RuPaul

It took me forever to leave Chicago. I went to Columbia College because I wasn’t ready to leave! My professors had to kick me in the pants to move to Los Angeles. — Lena Waithe

The Olympics have been an amazing part of Los Angeles’ history. In many ways in 1932, they put us on the map when people didn’t even know where Los Angeles was. In 1984, they were the first profitable Olympics of the modern era. — Eric Garcetti

I live in New York, and I love New York as well, but I think Los Angeles is a place where if you have the right person with you, there are all these little worlds that you would never guess by just looking at the exterior of what the city is. — Greta Gerwig

I was the only person I’d ever met who had a record contract. None of the E Street Band, as far as I know, had been on an airplane until Columbia sent us to Los Angeles. — Bruce Springsteen

I remember being 24 in Los Angeles. And up until that moment, when my mom would call my cell phone and it would ring, I would be flushed with some sort of excitement that we all have – a little dopamine rush, when my phone rings – and I’d look down, and it would say, ‘Mom.’ It used to feel like a job to pick that up. — Mike Posner

Los Angeles and New York are the big centers of the music industry worldwide so of course it can be hard for newcomers who don’t know what to expect from the music business. — Ville Valo

I lived for 15 years in Los Angeles, and I still can’t believe that the handsomest man in the world, Cary Grant, and the greatest performer in the world, Fred Astaire, and Johnny Carson, one after another – they were all in my home at different times. I celebrated my 50th birthday with them. Unforgettable. — Tony Bennett

Everyone out here in Los Angeles is trying to do whatever to break into films. It is a tough industry to get into, kind of like pro wrestling in a lot of respects when you think about it. — Stone Cold Steve Austin

I’ve always wanted to be able to say that I come from Los Angeles, California and feel quintessentially American – even if I said that in Spanish. — Cheech Marin

Dating in Los Angeles can be hard, which makes it all the better when you meet a really nice guy. — Lauren Conrad

I’m not actually from Compton – I’m from South Central Los Angeles, and my father still lives in the same house I grew up in, so I’m there all the time. — Ice Cube

When I was 13 years old, my mom had me start getting facials in my hometown of Los Angeles. — Meghan Markle

People don’t live in Los Angeles because we are tied to the same old, same old. We live in Los Angeles because of the intoxicating energy of new beginnings that permeate our city. — Marianne Williamson

I fell in love with theater there, and after graduation I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. — Olivia Wilde

You can have a laugh in Los Angeles, or you can weep in Los Angeles, depending on your attitude towards it. — Miranda Richardson

People ask where I’m from, and I say ‘Los Angeles.’ Then they ask again. ‘Well, my parents are from Korea.’ — Chloe Kim

I love living in Los Angeles. — William Shatner

My aim was never to be an American star; otherwise, I would have moved to Los Angeles. — Juliette Binoche

The Silverlake Conservatory is a nonprofit music school in Los Angeles where we teach music, mostly to kids, but to people of all ages – people who are old, people with beards, all kinds of people. — Flea

I first met Michael in the early days of the Jackson 5 at the family home in Los Angeles, and the memory that stands out is that Michael, as cute and wide-eyed as an 11-year-old could be, was eager to get through the interview so he could watch cartoons before having to go to bed. — Robert Hilburn

I was born in California, and I lived on the outskirts of Los Angeles until I was 4. At that point, my family moved to Michigan. Between 4 and 18, I lived in Michigan, and at 18, I moved to New York. — Andrew W.K.

I do actually like Los Angeles. Partly because I was told I wouldn’t. — Hugh Laurie

Los Angeles is such a town of show business, and I’m a terrible celebrity. I find it difficult – it’s the beast that must be fed. There’s this big wheel of pictures and articles that goes around, and you get pinned on it. — Julia Roberts

Dr. King said, ‘We are all tied together in a garment of mutual destiny.’ Which says to me no matter how well I may be doing in Hollywood, if a young brother or sister in Louisiana, the South Bronx, the South Side of Chicago, South Central Los Angeles – is not doing well, then I’m not doing very well. — Hill Harper

The Los Angeles riots were not caused by the Rodney King verdict. The Los Angeles riots were caused by rioters. — Rush Limbaugh

When I went to Los Angeles right after high school, I got some acting jobs, and I never, ever wanted to be an actress! Public speaking and acting make me want to vomit. But I have never been nervous singing. When it comes to public speaking, I stumble on my words, sweat, and pull at my clothes. — Kelly Clarkson

Los Angeles is the strongest defender of immigrants perhaps of any city in this country. — Eric Garcetti

There’s one Baldessari work I genuinely love and would like to own, maybe because of my Midwestern roots and love of driving alone. ‘The backs of all the trucks passed while driving from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, California, Sunday, 20 January 1963’ consists of a grid of 32 small color photographs depicting just what the title says. — Jerry Saltz

Tobey Maguire and I had a tough relationship – it was a tough working relationship. We butted heads, and ultimately, I lost the Los Angeles game because of differences with him. But then I moved to New York and built a bigger game, five times bigger, making more money, and that was pretty exciting. — Molly Bloom

My wife and I are affiliated with a temple here in Los Angeles. We feel very close to the congregation and to the rabbi, who happens to be my wife’s cousin and who I admire greatly. I talk to him regularly but I consider myself more spiritual than religious. — Leonard Nimoy

I’m not that crazy about how some of the men dress in Los Angeles. — Blake Shelton

It’s not easy to leave your hometown and your family and your support system and come out to Los Angeles to – to pursue a dream where the odds are not in your favor. — Ryan Gosling

I confess I’ve got a yearning to go to Los Angeles, but I can’t work out if it is because a lot of British actors seem to go or because there’s this perception that the bottom has fallen out of British drama, so therefore, it’s the place to head for. — Richard C. Armitage

I was born in Compton, raised all through the city of Los Angeles. — YG

I’ll co-host ‘TODAY’ from Los Angeles Saturday morning and then make my way up to Merced for that evening’s graduation ceremony. I’m still touching up my remarks, but my challenge to the Class of 2010 will be to break through the deafening and too often negative echo chamber of the digital era and become critical and independent thinkers. — Lester Holt

One of our books has been made into a musical, ‘The Great American Mousical,’ which I directed at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. And another, ‘Simeon’s Gift,’ has been adapted for a symphony orchestra and five performers. I’m also a very proud member of the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. — Julie Andrews

I think there’s a difference between somebody who grows up in Paris or London and goes to Los Angeles. But if you grow up in the green fields, and you rarely go into the city, you’re so overprotected that when you do go to L.A., it’s almost a bigger slap in the head. — Dolores O’Riordan

We have a project with Unocal here in Los Angeles, where we as an environmental organization, the oil company, and the state all get together to promote the recycling of used motor oil. — Ted Danson

My father is an actor, so he brought me into his agency when I was young. It wasn’t something I wanted to do until high school, when I started taking theater and really liked it. Then an agent found me and wanted me to come out to Los Angeles and give it a shot. I gave myself six months, but it only took me like a week to get a job. — Jensen Ackles

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

If I hear that Quito, Ecuador, is doing something to have a whole area of town that’s zero emissions, and we’re thinking about that in Los Angeles’ downtown, I’m like, ‘I better catch up.’ — Eric Garcetti

The Clippers are more valuable in Los Angeles. It’s a phenomenal city, a phenomenal market, phenomenal everything. — Steve Ballmer

I came to Los Angeles and did auditions for television. I made a terrible mess of most of them and I was quite intimidated. I felt very embarrassed and went back to London. I got British television jobs intermittently between the ages of 23 and 27, but it was very patchy. — Michael Fassbender

It’s definitely different than living in Los Angeles or Miami Beach, but Milwaukee is still a great city in its own right. As far as the baseball goes, it’s been everything and more than I thought it was going to be. — Christian Yelich

At first I moved from Sydney to Melbourne, because most of the comedy was shot in Melbourne, and then from Melbourne to Los Angeles – and you have to sacrifice stuff. — Rebel Wilson

If you can speak Spanish, then you can have a stronger connection with the residents of Los Angeles. — Eric Garcetti

Oddly enough, Dame Edna is not interested in show business. Her friends in Los Angeles are mostly in the world of petroleum. She used to have some acting friends. Sadly, Joan Rivers has passed on. Larry Hagman was a close friend. A number of others. — Barry Humphries

There’s a vegan and gluten-free bakery called BabyCakes that I love. They’ve got shops in New York and Los Angeles. Their stuff is amazing. — Zooey Deschanel

I was so successful in Cleveland, and we moved to Los Angeles, and there was nothing for me to do. All of a sudden, from being a success, I was a has-been at 13. — Joel Grey

When I turned 11, my dad decorated a room at the Standard hotel in Los Angeles in a ’60s, Austin Powers style. There was human bowling: You run inside a giant inflatable ball and try to knock down pins. To this day, adults say it was one of the craziest parties they’ve ever been to. — Zoe Kravitz

I wasn’t attracted to American cinema, but I fell in love with Los Angeles the minute I arrived. — Agnes Varda

I was voted the most beautiful girl in the world in 1958, and courted by every young, available man in Los Angeles, most of whom I didn’t go out with, by the way. — Joan Collins

My formative years would be in South Central Los Angeles. It was a really volatile environment, but, I always say, when you’re living in the hood, you don’t live this life where you’re crying every day, downtrodden every day. — John Singleton

My favorite thing about Los Angeles is there are businesses that you can call, and they will deliver groceries to your house. — Blake Shelton

When I was living in Los Angeles, I always booked a moisturizing milk-and-honey massage the day before flying to Spain. It was heaven – I never got dry plane skin or felt stiff from sitting in one position. — Carolina Herrera

Los Angeles is not a town full of airheads. There’s a great deal of wonderful energy there. They say ‘yes’ to things; not like the endless ‘nos’ and ‘hrrumphs’ you get in England! — Alan Rickman

I grew up in South Central Los Angeles in the ’80s, back when it just wasn’t a cool scene. But my mother had the foresight to look for a number of projects that would keep us away from the streets. — Kehinde Wiley

I’m from Los Angeles, and we have 24/7 sun pretty much all year round. — Amber Liu

I studied music at the most remedial level when I was a kid, through the Los Angeles public schools, with a little private instruction. — Flea

Yeah, I love Los Angeles. — Lorne Michaels

You go to Los Angeles or New York or Miami or Chicago, and you see Latinos everywhere; they are involved in every part of American society. That’s why they have to start being represented in Hollywood, because an ‘Americano’ can’t walk down the street and not see a Latino. — Thalia

Los Angeles has been my home since the days even before Motley Crue, so I am beyond excited that ‘The Side Show’ has found a home on 98.7 FM. This is the station I listen to – my friends listen to it, my family listens to it. It’s the station I wanted to be on, and I’m psyched to get started. — Nikki Sixx

It’s impossible to walk a block in Miami, in Los Angeles, San Antonio without running into someone who is being deeply impacted by a broken legal immigration system. — Marco Rubio

I would say New York, Chicago, Memphis, and Los Angeles were my favorites. — Jimmy Page

It was go-along to get-along social. It was living in Los Angeles, being young and single, and flowing with the trendy liberal crowd. — Andrew Breitbart

I knew I had to stop running. I had to be in a place. Los Angeles became that place. — John Trudell

I had a band with David Gates. There was just a lot of opportunity at that time. But I left for Los Angeles the week after I graduated high school, and I actually left to try to get into the advertising business. That was really why I went out to L.A. My music career was almost an accident. — Leon Russell

In Los Angeles, I had the good fortune of anchoring the news right before Johnny Carson came on, so to see him, the Hollywood stars watched me first. — Tom Brokaw

Try driving the streets of Los Angeles without seeing a billboard depicting a film with a lead actor holding a gun. It’s almost as if guns are harmless props used to bring out the cheekbones and jawline of the screen star. — Henry Rollins

On this National Immigration Day of Action, it is worth remembering that it’s not just Americans in New York or Los Angeles who believe that we need a more humane and rational system. — Pete Buttigieg

Joe Mantegna is like my Los Angeles dad. — Matthew Gray Gubler

We were living in California, and it just wasn’t conducive for the lifestyle that we wanted with kids. Los Angeles is tricky to get around, there’s paparazzi to deal with, and I had this feeling that I just wanted to move back to Australia. — Chris Hemsworth

The great thing about Los Angeles is that you can get so much money in this town by constantly failing. You can get a lot of television deals that don’t go anywhere, but you still get paid. — Daniel Tosh

I know how young black men are seen. They’re boys – scared little boys, oftentimes. I was one of them. I was completely afraid of the Los Angeles Police Department. — Kehinde Wiley

Environment, homelessness, infrastructure and immigration – I’m very focused on all four, which are critical to the success of Los Angeles. — Eric Garcetti

I grew up in Los Angeles when the racial tensions between blacks and Mexicans were very high. Gang violence was very prevalent. — Miguel

Los Angeles has all the ingredients of success… but we need to start with our education system. — Eric Garcetti

I’d read about Los Angeles and this fact stuck in my mind: that the city gained 1,000 new people every day. In 1956! A thousand people every day! I felt: ‘I want to be part of that.’ — Edward Ruscha

The silver and black may have another home, but the Raiders will always belong to the people of Los Angeles. — Ice Cube

In Los Angeles all the loose objects in the country were collected, as if America had been tilted and everything that wasn’t tightly screwed down had slid into Southern California. — Saul Bellow

Los Angeles is a microcosm of the United States. If L.A. falls, the country falls. — Ice T

At heart, I’m a dude from South Central Los Angeles. We roll the way we roll because we had survival tactics; we had to learn how to adapt. That’s just me. — John Singleton

I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. — Andy Warhol

The need to express yourself in Los Angeles makes the city so vibrant. If I lived here, it would be lovely to be in a cool new high-rise looking out over a city that is exploding. — Marcel Wanders

We city dwellers, we residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, are for the most part urbanized to some extent. We know deadlines, start times and traffic. — Henry Rollins

August in sub-Saharan Los Angeles is one of the great and awful tests of one’s endurance, sanity and stamina. — Henry Rollins

I remember the first time I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and saw a Kerry James Marshall painting with black bodies in it on a museum wall… It strengthened me on a cellular level. — Kehinde Wiley

When I worked in Los Angeles covering hard news, very often when something important would happen I’d be off in the woods covering something unimportant, which was more interesting to me. — Charles Kuralt

From cheesecake on a stick to meat skewers to deep-fried bananas on a stick – there are no plates anymore. In Los Angeles, everything has become a corn dog. Actually, corn dogs still work. But most other food should be stickless. — Steve Carell

When I moved to Los Angeles to be on the radio, there was an acting school on every corner. You can’t be in L.A. and not be into acting. — La La Anthony

I went from broke and homeless sleeping on couches. Couldn’t even figure out what I was doing in Los Angeles. Now, I’m paying my own bills. I’m about to move my mama in with me at 19. I’m on tour now, and this is all off of one mixtape. — Kehlani

I know some people who live this much more insulated life in Los Angeles, where their feet never touch public ground. They walk out of their bathroom, their living room, they get into their garage, their car, and the next thing you know, they’re at the valet parking of the restaurant or the store or the office. They’re in a bubble the whole time. — Alec Baldwin

As soon as I started working at the ‘Los Angeles Times,’ people warned me not to get too close to artists because it could make it difficult to review their work, and you can never really tell if the ‘friendship’ is genuine. — Robert Hilburn

I was 20 when I moved to Los Angeles. I went on probably 600 commercial auditions and couldn’t book any of them. — Dax Shepard

There’s been so many unbelievable players in Los Angeles, maybe the best of the best. — Jerry West

I have great confidence in Rick Caruso’s unique qualifications and his ability to lead a successful bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers. — Joe Torre

I spent the summers of 1984 and 1985 as an associate pastor at Dolores Mission Church, the poorest parish in the Los Angeles archdiocese. In 1986, I became pastor of the church. — Greg Boyle

I started as a child, in this PBS series ‘Voyage of the Mimi,’ which led to driving down to New York for ‘Afterschool Special’ auditions, which led to moving to Los Angeles. I wanted to be an actor. But in L.A., I got into film technology, and I was building cheap editing systems and would edit my friend’s acting reels. — Ben Affleck

As I was growing my social media following and doing things in Los Angeles, kids in my school would start to hate on me, tweet me stuff… you name it, they said it to me. — Jake Paul

I feel like I almost didn’t grow up in the business, because my parents worked so hard at sheltering us from that. I was raised in Connecticut. And I honestly wasn’t aware that my dad was a celebrity until I moved to Los Angeles a year ago. — Bryce Dallas Howard

I graduated high school a year early and moved to Los Angeles to go to acting school, which is hilarious. — Rachel Hollis

If you grow up in the South Bronx today or in south-central Los Angeles or Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, you quickly come to understand that you have been set apart and that there’s no will in this society to bring you back into the mainstream. — Jonathan Kozol

If I had free time to go to Los Angeles to shoot a movie, I would rather spend it with my kids. — Stephen Colbert

Being a kid with black skin in South Central Los Angeles, in a part of the world where opportunity didn’t necessarily knock every day, is what gave me this sensibility and drove me to explore my fascination with art. — Kehinde Wiley

We moved to Los Angeles because our daughter wanted to go to Pepperdine. — Glen Campbell

There was a period of time in Los Angeles when I wondered if I was just going to lose everything. — Tom Hanks

If you spend any time in Los Angeles, there’s only one topic of conversation. — Alan Rickman

Now that I think about it, I was arrested in 1992. Some people may think of that as a bad thing, but I feel good about it. I chained myself to the gate of a phone book factory, a GTE factory in Los Angeles. They were using thousand-year-old trees to make phone books. I think that’s a total waste of a tree. — Winona LaDuke

I started at Moschino Oct. 31 or Nov. 1, 2013, and now I go back and forth between Milan and Los Angeles, where I live. — Jeremy Scott

I don’t know Hollywood very well. I’ve never lived in Los Angeles or New York. But what I can see in Paris, where I live, is that actresses like Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Charlotte Rampling, still get the chance to play strong, sexy roles even though they’re not 20. — Monica Bellucci

I followed a girl I met in Japan to Los Angeles and ended up working in a motorcycle store. I quit the job one night, went to a party in the Hollywood Hills and ended up yelling at a bunch of people. Someone saw me yelling and asked me to be in a play. The first night, there was an agent in the audience who took me on and sent me out for jobs. — Norman Reedus

I have always identified with Joan Didion’s depiction of Los Angeles and Southern California, ever since reading ‘Play It As It Lays,’ ‘Slouching Towards Bethlehem’ and ‘The White Album.’ — Henry Rollins

My first port of call was Los Angeles. That’s where I laid my first foot on America. — Elaine Chao

One night I’ll be in Los Angeles and it’ll be a Latin crowd, and then another night I’ll go to Fresno and it’ll be an all-black crowd. To me, that’s the beauty of the music. — Pitbull

I always wanted to have a family – that was one of my big wishes. And in school, I’d taken drama, and I’d always wanted to act. I did go to drama school in New York, Los Angeles and London, and I did small parts here and there, but I never really had the time. Modeling was always paying more. — Jerry Hall

After I quit the U.S. Ski Team, there was a fair amount of, you know, grief that follows that, and I just wanted to take a year off. And I had a friend that lived in Los Angeles, said I could crash on his couch. And so I just kind of did the first really spontaneous thing I’d done in my young adult life. — Molly Bloom

I love Los Angeles. I love Seattle, too, which is where we have our home. But the notion of spending a lot of time in Los Angeles has been exciting to me for years. The community down there is great. — Steve Ballmer

Everything moves a little quicker in Los Angeles. — Kyle Chandler

Because I direct films, I have to live in a major English-speaking production center. That narrows it down to three places: Los Angeles, New York and London. I like New York, but it’s inferior to London as a production center. Hollywood is best, but I don’t like living there. — Stanley Kubrick

The most I ever spent on technology is building a studio – I built one at home in Los Angeles. I can’t tell you how much exactly, but the whole process is very expensive. — John Legend

I was reading an article with Stevie Ray Vaughan a long time ago, and the number ‘1959’ stuck out to me for some reason. So I started searching those out as the band got more popular and I could actually afford one. And I found this one in Los Angeles. That’s what introduced me to the whole world of 1959s. — Mike McCready

I don’t like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game. I’m from New York. I will kill to get what I need. — Lady Gaga

I’m the one who started redevelopment in South Los Angeles, not Jan Perry. I did it. I love Jan. She’s a good person, and she did a wonderful job with what she did downtown, but in L.A., South L.A., I’m the one. — Magic Johnson

I grew up in Chicago, and there was always snow. In Los Angeles there never was, so we would always import snow! — David Hasselhoff

The cost of housing in L.A. has increased dramatically because more people want to live here. They come to Los Angeles every day, not just from around the United States but from around the world. — Eric Garcetti

I finished my junior year of high school and flew out to Los Angeles. I didn’t know the difference between a manager and an agent. But I got here and just started hustling and meeting anyone I could. — Jake Paul

I was born and raised in East Los Angeles by a single mom who had three biological kids and adopted four more. I never met my dad. — will.i.am

Drake went through my exhibition. I did meet him in Los Angeles, and he was in the spaces that I did do there, and has some images from that. — James Turrell

I love Los Angeles. It reinvents itself every two days. — Billy Connolly

The year after Russell retired, in the famous seventh game of the NBA Finals at Madison Square Garden, Willis Reed, the New York Knicks center, limped onto the court against the Los Angeles Lakers, inspiring his team and freezing Chamberlain into a benign perplexity. — Frank Deford

I just feel like growing up in Los Angeles, you learn, ‘Well you’re never gonna be the prettiest girl in the room, so just don’t even try.’ I mean, I care about being pretty, but it’s not my most valued thing. — Zooey Deschanel

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees. — David Letterman

My parents are both very funny but they’re also relatively soft-spoken, normal human beings while I’m just a lunatic. I don’t know where this loud, ballsy, hammy ridiculousness came from. I’m just glad I followed my goals and my parents did too. It’s not like we even had a plan when I dragged my mom to Los Angeles. — Emma Stone

Well, I certainly was exposed to and learned to appreciate the work of great directors early on. As a kid, my mother used to take me to see really interesting arty films in Los Angeles. — Jodie Foster

In a perfect world, my tennis game gets better. I have kids and a beautiful wife and live on some hill somewhere that’s not in Los Angeles. And the script that Tom Hanks just barely turned down gets in my hands. — Matthew Perry

The difference between Los Angeles and yogurt is that yogurt comes with less fruit. — Rush Limbaugh

I want to pay homage to Los Angeles. — Roy Choi

When you say you grew up in Los Angeles, a lot of people think the west side: they think the glitz and all this stuff that I actually had no relationship to growing up. — Juliette Lewis

I’ve always thought of Las Vegas as Los Angeles on its day off. There’s not any hierarchy of taste, and that’s what L.A. always was to me: It’s not really a town of culture – it’s a town of entertainment. — James Turrell

We didn’t build the interstate system to connect New York to Los Angeles because the West Coast was a priority. No, we webbed the highways so people can go to multiple places and invent ways of doing things not thought of by the persons building the roads. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

My father is Nigerian; my mother is from Texas and African-American. My father was the first in his family to go to university. He flew from Nigeria to Los Angeles in the ’70s to go to UCLA, where he met my mother. They broke up before I was born, and he returned to Nigeria. — Kehinde Wiley

Anaheim is not like Los Angeles, where there are more people and more paparazzi. You don’t have that in Anaheim. It’s more laid-back. — Albert Pujols

In Los Angeles, everyone is a star. — Denzel Washington

My very first NBA game was against the Los Angeles Lakers; it was a pre-season game against Magic Johnson. — Muggsy Bogues

I was raised in Connecticut. And I honestly wasn’t aware that my dad was a celebrity until I moved to Los Angeles a year ago. — Bryce Dallas Howard

I look forward to working with the White House in areas like infrastructure, where President Trump says he wants to spend a trillion dollars. Great – we’d love to start right here in Los Angeles. — Eric Garcetti

‘Cars’ is a really personal story for me because, first of all, I grew up in Los Angeles – the car crazy capital. — John Lasseter

I was a very good tennis player in Ottawa, Canada – nationally ranked when I was, like, 13. Then I moved to Los Angeles when I was 15, and everyone in L.A. just killed me. I was pretty great in Canada. Not so much in Los Angeles. — Matthew Perry

When I got to Los Angeles, I started building cabins in peoples’ yards, building post-and-beam structures and cutting the joinery for those. — Nick Offerman

I been all around the world and I haven’t found a city that I’d rather be from or rather come back to than Los Angeles. — Ice Cube

Chicago is seriously my favorite city in the country. People have roots here, which is nice. When you go to Los Angeles, no one is actually from Los Angeles. — Bill Rancic

I have a lot of land. I bought it because I had a very strong feeling. I was in my early twenties, and I had grown up in Los Angeles and had seen that city slide off into the sea from the city I knew as a little kid. It lost its identity – suddenly there was cement everywhere and the green was gone and the air was bad – and I wanted out. — Robert Redford

I was never an ambitious girl, or even a self-confident one. I never went in for beauty pageants or wore a stitch of make-up until I went to Los Angeles. — Pamela Anderson

I’m all in on the Los Angeles Clippers. We’re moving forward. We’ve got to work to be the best we can be to take advantage of all the assets in the community. — Steve Ballmer

AT&T sucks. There’s no excuse for being in downtown Los Angeles, and your phone loses service. That’s ridiculous. — Blake Shelton

I was doing a civil rights musical here in Los Angeles, and we sang at one of the rallies where Dr. Martin Luther King spoke, and I remember the thrill I felt when we were introduced to him. To have him shake your hand was an absolutely unforgettable experience. — George Takei

If you’re eight and you live in Los Angeles and everybody has toys and you go to a country that has a Marxist dictatorship and there are no toy stores and nobody speaks English and it’s blazing hot every day and they only have fish, which you don’t like, then you tend not to appreciate the cultural lessons you’re learning. — Zooey Deschanel

I can’t tell you how many times I get into a taxicab in New York or Los Angeles, and I’m talking to somebody who is a recent immigrant who was a doctor or lawyer or engineer or professor in the country they just came from. They’re starting over again in life, and I think the majority of people out there can relate to that. — Andrew Zimmern

I’m in the middle of my sixth book, which is about animals at the Los Angeles Zoo. — Betty White

After I finished school, I headed for Los Angeles, thinking, ‘Movies. Beaches.’ But I wanted to do serious stage work, so I upped sticks and moved to New York to study. I did the usual day jobs to support myself – waiting on tables, washing dishes, parking cars, anything to pay the rent. I was a terrible waiter, by the way. — F. Murray Abraham

If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture. — Barbara Kruger

If the Los Angeles Police Department had enough officers, it could focus on one part of the community and stay there long enough to know and respect the people the officers are called on to protect and serve. — Greg Boyle

Long ago, I did a five-and-a-half-hour-a-day, six-day-a-week talk show for four years, early on, in Los Angeles – local show. And when you are on that many hours with no script, you know, you get very comfortable, maybe overly comfortable with that small audience. — Betty White

I’m very stodgy. I’m always looking at old photos of California and Los Angeles, knowing that what I’m looking at is now full of houses. There used to be vacant lots in Los Angeles, now all taken up by three-storey boxes – it’s all getting infilled. — Edward Ruscha

I’d move to Los Angeles if New Zealand and Australia were swallowed up by a tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack. — Russell Crowe

Withdrawing federal funds to prevent radiological or biological terrorist attack – that doesn’t just hurt Los Angeles: that hurts America. — Eric Garcetti

I love Los Angeles. I love when people make fun of it. I think, ‘Good, don’t come.’ All the jokes about it feel out of date. — Mary McCormack

I never thought I’d end up living in Los Angeles while my children grew up in Britain, but here I am, and we are all making the best of it. — Hugh Laurie

There were a lot of places, including Los Angeles, that didn’t have major league baseball. There were other really large cities that had no major league teams, but at least they had college football. — Frank Deford

I love Los Angeles, and it’s been very good to me, but if everyone is running around telling the stories, who’s living them? You don’t play characters that are celebrities – you play guys who know what to do when their septic tank’s blocked. — Matthew McConaughey

I never really made a full album in Los Angeles before. — Elton John

I get the ‘The New York Times’ and ‘Los Angeles Times’ thrown at my door every morning. I’ll read the front page of ‘The New York Times,’ then the op-eds, then scan the arts section and then the sports section. Then I do the same with the ‘L.A. Times.’ — Aaron Sorkin

I have a large collection of town cars because when I was just a snipe in the gutter, growing up in Los Angeles, a town car drove by. I remember running in the house to get my mother so she could see it. It was utterly magnificent. — Clive Cussler

Seasonal change in Los Angeles is often a very subtle thing. It’s not as if we finally stop having to shovel the snow out of our driveways and can put our parkas back in the closet. — Henry Rollins

Each and every one of us has multiple identities, and this is a fact that should be celebrated. I for example, am a queer black woman who grew up poor in Los Angeles. — Patrisse Cullors

I lived for 10 years in Los Angeles, and the one element that surpasses everything else – that you are very conscious of – is fear. You can smell it. — Christopher Lee

I started working at a soup kitchen in skid row of Los Angeles when I was 13 years old, and the first day, I felt really scared. I was young, and it was rough and raw down there, and though I was with a great volunteer group, I just felt overwhelmed. — Meghan Markle

In high school, I was on the youth advisory council for the Mayor’s Office of Los Angeles, and that was kind of my first experience in the bureaucratic system. We tried to get things done, and nobody was really interested in getting anything done. — Rashida Jones

I would fly to Los Angeles just for a cheeseburger with pickles and extra tomatoes from In-N-Out. — Zoe Kravitz

I tend to hang out with my friends in Los Angeles from high school. We know each other from back in the day. They still see me as just dumb Tyra. We have a strong bond. — Tyra Banks

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles. — Frank Lloyd Wright

I lived in St. Louis, Missouri, and now my kids are growing up in Los Angeles, so that’s culturally very different. — Sterling K. Brown

I moved to Los Angeles. My parents were not on board with that, and so I had to get a lot of different jobs. One of them was working for a man in Hollywood who had a weekly poker game. — Molly Bloom

Gangs are born of a lethal absence of hope, and hope has an address: 130 W. Bruno St. in Los Angeles, CA 90012. — Greg Boyle

I’ve been in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus since I was 8. — Billie Eilish

No, I did night clubs right here in Los Angeles. My partner, Phil Erickson, put me in the business, a guy from my home town, a dear friend who we just lost a couple of months ago. — Dick Van Dyke

I jumped between two seven-story buildings in Los Angeles, launching from one rooftop to the other with ramps. — Tony Hawk

I wake up every morning and I feel like I’m juggling glass balls. I live in Los Angeles, my business is run out of London, and most evenings I’m cuddled up in front of Skype, in my dressing gown, speaking with my studio in London. I travel a lot, my team travel a lot, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. — Victoria Beckham

I think the paparazzi might have chased me out of Los Angeles. — Nicolas Cage

I kept saying that I’d never live in L.A., and I didn’t think I would. But that’s where the work is, and I ended up making a lot of friends there, and my old friends moved out to Los Angeles too. And also, I think when you’re famous, its hard to live in a small town. — John Cusack

In late May 1993, I gave my first QLA Seminar at the Sheraton Hotel in Los Angeles. — Dan Pena

I was in Los Angeles in 1968, and I was fortunate enough to be a writer on ‘Laugh-In’ and a couple of other television shows. — Lorne Michaels

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