100+ Best New Orleans Quotes: Exclusive Selection

New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Profoundly inspirational New Orleans quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous New Orleans Quotes

Coltrane came to New Orleans one day and he was talking about the jazz scene. And Coltrane mentions that the problem with jazz was that there were too few groups. — Branford Marsalis

The inconveniences we faced within this state are minor compared to… New Orleans. — Richard Burr

The Madden NFL franchise holds a special place in popular culture and the cover is a coveted position for players all over the league. I’m honored to be the first cover athlete chosen by Madden NFL fans and it’s a great way to cap off an amazing year for the Saints and the city of New Orleans. — Drew Brees

Invite the best and brightest to compete for a grand prize to come up with designs, including new zoning, building codes and so forth, for New Orleans that could make it safe from water, and let the state and city pick the plan that works best for Louisiana. — Billy Tauzin

We owe it to the flood victims of New Orleans to give them truthful answers as to why this event took place and to assure our citizens that tragedies like this will never happen again. — Charles Rangel

I grew up in the South, in New Orleans, where guys torture you all the time. So I didn’t really grow up on the self-esteem campaign. When you were lousy at something, they told you you were lousy, and they told you how to fix it. — Wynton Marsalis

New Orleans jazz is a complex and embracing art form that began about the same time as the blues and encompassed many of its excellences. — Tim Cahill

What, other than injustice, could be the reason that the displaced citizens of New Orleans cannot be accommodated by the richest nation in the world? — Wynton Marsalis

I had a really good time in New Orleans, although I had some very tragic times in Baton Rouge. Some guys beat me up and threw my horn away. ‘Cause I had a beard, then, and long hair like the Beatles. — Ornette Coleman

New Orleans has a real spirit. It’s the most authentic of all American cities. — Brad Pitt

My last trip to New Orleans was for the fifth anniversary of Katrina, and I had the awesome opportunity to bring my family down. We all worked on a house together and met some of the families. — AnnaLynne McCord

We have been working with Habitat for Humanity and we have built eighty homes, 80% of which are being lived in by New Orleans’ musicians. It is called the Musicians’ Village and at the center is the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. — Harry Connick, Jr.

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in New Orleans, goes home with you. — Laurell K. Hamilton

Venice, Italy, survives 365 days out of every year in water; New Orleans can survive a few days of water if it has to. — Billy Tauzin

I was born in New Orleans, and I wasn’t allowed to go to the movies. — Kitty Carlisle

The condition in New Orleans was changing every day. I said, why don’t we appropriate another $10 billion, come back and look at the situation, and do another $10 billion every week, or every 10 days? — Lynn Westmoreland

The feeling of New Orleans is so pervasive. It’s such a strange and decadent and enchanted embrace that that city has. There’s a dark magic present. It’s no wonder that it’s been the hot bed for so much vampiric folklore. The city has got an ancient quality. It’s one of the oldest cities in North America. — Daniel Gillies

We were poor. But my mom never accepted that. She worked hard to become a residential contractor – got her master’s with honors at the University of New Orleans. I used to go to every class with her. Her father was my paternal figure. — Frank Ocean

I was just mind-blown to find that New Orleans is just so much more fun and interesting than I had ever thought. — Harold Perrineau

I fell in love with the place! You know, the people, the bourbon, the music… it’s in the air. It’s something you can’t describe on camera. — Brad Pitt

For a while I was living in New Orleans for like 4, 5 years. I had just come back to town. — Delta Burke

What is interesting in this is the exchange of music that occurred between New Orleans and Cuba, I mean, they had ferries that would go from one port to another. — Ruben Blades

I like historical fiction. I fell in love with New Orleans the first time I visited it. And I wanted to place a story in New Orleans. — Isabel Allende

You know, for 300 years it’s been kind of the same. There are restaurants in New Orleans that the menu hasn’t changed in 125 years, so how is one going to change or evolve the food? — Emeril Lagasse

The most interesting place I’ve gone on location was New Orleans — Taryn Manning

In the dining room, next to my collection of colorful papier-mache Mardi Gras float art, hang draperies made of the New Orleans toile fabric that I designed pre-Katrina for Hazelnut. — Bryan Batt

Being from North Carolina, it’s kind of slow-paced. There’s not too much going on there, whereas in New Orleans, there’s always something going on. I just love all the people, going out to dinner and enjoying anything I want. — Chris Paul

You can’t vote that water out of the city of New Orleans. — Russel Honore

It’s impossible to predict which paintings will last and which won’t. In New Orleans I painted on a dilapidated shop in a street littered with abandoned cars and rotting mattresses, then two hours later the piece was gone. It turned out I’d picked the side of a crack house and the proprietor didn’t like the attention. — Banksy

It’s a wonderful city and every American has enjoyed New Orleans in one way or the other. — Henry Bonilla

There’s nothing like New Orleans. When it comes back, it will be a tremendous highlight for America. — Peter Max

I have a deep affinity for New Orleans – its like a second home to me – they treat me like I’m their own. — Teena Marie

In ’71 or ’72 I returned to New Orleans and stayed there. I started cooking Louisiana food. Of all the things I had cooked, it was the best-and it was my heritage. — Paul Prudhomme

New Orleans has to learn to live with water rather than in fear of water, and we need a master plan that shows us how to do this. It’s so critical that we send a signal to everyone in the country that we’re serious about rebuilding New Orleans. — Billy Tauzin

My dad loved black singers. So listening to New Orleans music, eventually I wanted to play an instrument. — Bill Kreutzmann

Why are we rebuilding New Orleans? Whose idea was this, Aquaman? — Carlos Mencia

The murder rate in Chicago is skyrocketing, and you see who’s doing it and perpetrating it – they all look like Chief Keef. When it comes to the point that, you know, that kids who are doing the killings, and they’re kids 13 to 19 years old, and you can replicate that in New Orleans, you can replicate that in Oakland. All the kids look the same. — Lupe Fiasco

New Orleans is just a doggone fun place to be. — Archie Manning

You could spend your life trying to uncover all the treasures in New Orleans and not even scratch the surface. It’s such an amazing place. — Blake Lively

I needed New Orleans so badly back in 2006, just somebody to believe in me, somebody to care about me — Drew Brees

Bureaucracy has committed murder here in the greater New Orleans area, and bureaucracy has to stand trial before Congress now. — Aaron Broussard

New Orleans in an amazing town. — Benjamin Walker

New Orleans, more than many places I know, actually tangibly lives its culture. It’s not just a residual of life; it’s a part of life. Music is at every major milestone of our life: birth, marriage, death. It’s our culture. — Wendell Pierce

New Orleans is like the bad-kid island in ‘Pinocchio.’ — Jonah Hill

If you’re open to it, New Orleans will teach you about yourself, but if you want to hide from who you really are, the city will help you do that, too. — Laurell K. Hamilton

You look at public education system, charter schools, infrastructure, in so many ways New Orleans has come back stronger. — Drew Brees

I love New Orleans physically. I love the trees and the balmy air and the beautiful days. I have a beautiful house here. — Anne Rice

Before I went to New Orleans, I was a little scared of New Orleans. I don’t know why. I had only been there a few times. Something about it made me feel nervous, knowing a bit about the history. — Harold Perrineau

The grand jury, composed of 12 eminent New Orleans citizens, heard our evidence and indicted the defendant for participation in a conspiracy to assassinate John Kennedy. — Jim Garrison

The people who couldn’t get out of New Orleans to escape the storm were predominantly Black. — Charles Rangel

I’m from New Orleans. There’s a lot of vampire mystique and mythology that resonates there, and I was fascinated by it. I always wanted to play one. — Ian Somerhalder

New Orleans cuisine is Creole rather than Cajun. — Poppy Z. Brite

I live in Connecticut, but eventually I’d like to move back to New Orleans. I grew up there; the pace is a bit slower. Plus, I love crawfish and po’boys. — Harry Connick, Jr.

We closed the restaurant in New Orleans and brought the entire staff to San Francisco. But we had to go home. — Paul Prudhomme

I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina, — Arne Duncan

What we do in New Orleans, man – we party! — Jamie Foxx

Watching the scenes out of New Orleans, if you turn down the sound it could be the Sudan or any Third World country. But it’s not. it’s the United States of America. — Al Roker

I started this charity, Fashion for Relief, in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina happened. New Orleans was actually the first place I visited in the United States. It was one of my first big jobs, a shoot for British ‘Elle.’ It was April 14, 1986. — Naomi Campbell

There was this rapper from New Orleans, Mystikal, who when I hear his music, I hear myself. Whenever I wanna get hyped, I put on Mystikal. — Anthony Mackie

Creole is New Orleans city food. Communities were created by the people who wanted to stay and not go back to Spain or France. — Paul Prudhomme

New Orleans is a city whose basic industry is the service industry. That’s why it makes its money. That’s – it brings people to the city. People come to the city and experience the wonders of this extraordinary city and everything else. The question is that, how do we create jobs which are the jobs that have pay, that – living wages? — Danny Glover

Well, my dad was the district attorney of New Orleans for about 30 years. — Harry Connick, Jr.

In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful. … With the best restaurants in New York, you’ll find something similar to it in Paris or Copenhagen or Chicago. But there is no place like New Orleans. So it’s a must-see city because there’s no explaining it, no describing it. You can’t compare it to anything. So, far and away New Orleans. — Anthony Bourdain

The biggest challenge in New Orleans has been to find workers who can climb a ladder after lunch. — Harry Anderson

Yeah, I think A Confederacy of Dunces is probably the perfect New Orleans book. — Poppy Z. Brite

I have no doubt that the government of this great nation will work with its people to lead New Orleans and the Gulf Coast back to an enlightened, proud, safe part of the world. — Harry Connick, Jr.

After Hurricane Katrina, over New Orleans, my helicopter crashed and the pilot and I were only saved because we fell on the roof of a flooded house that absorbed the shock. When the helicopter was spiraling downward out of control, I didn’t expect to survive at all. — Yann Arthus-Bertrand

There’s no way New Orleans will ever be the city it was. I think it will have half the population. They may create a sort of Disneyland at the French Quarter for tourists. The rest I don’t know — Geraldo Rivera

There have been nine Super Bowls in New Orleans, and not all of them have brought the best of luck to NFL Films. We got robbed twice there, got food poisoning, and my hotel room was broken into on the day the Bears played the Patriots in January 1986. — Steve Sabol

I have a love/ hate relationship with the city of New Orleans, which is the strongest kind of relationship. — Nicolas Cage

There’s a lot of UFO sightings in New Orleans, which isn’t really too surprising. There’s a lotta crazy people there. The people there lack the intelligence to know what they are seeing, so that’s why the UFO’s go there. — Billy Corgan

Half of my family has a deep-rooted connection to the South and Louisiana, and for me, New Orleans is one of our most precious, historic communities: visually, emotionally, artistically. — Sandra Bullock

New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population, the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere. — Constance Baker Motley

We have an excellent list of speakers, but the spark will be provided by the crowd to turn talk into action. The Iraq occupation and the government’s bumbling effort in New Orleans, has people wanting to act. — Ed Garvey

And I wound up in New Orleans for all those years and it was a great place, really a catalyst creatively. — Jimmy Buffett

So the mayor of New Orleans would have used his own buses had the people had been white? — Sean Hannity

The immediate, highest priority need, in my humble opinion, is that we build quickly the interim structures that can channel water away from population and businesses in the New Orleans area. — Billy Tauzin

It is a cultural tradition that makes New Orleans what it is. It also represents the roots of American music and an important part of the African-American community in New Orleans. It unites people in some of the poorer neighborhoods of the city. It is absolutely critical to continue. — Bill Taylor

Bureaucracy has murdered people in the greater New Orleans area. And bureaucracy needs to stand trial before Congress today. So I’m asking Congress, please investigate this now. Take whatever idiot they have at the top of whatever agency and give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don’t give me the same idiot. — Aaron Broussard

The rebuilding of New Orleans is an important point in the history of the United States. — Wynton Marsalis

New Orleans is the only city in the world you go in to buy a pair of nylon stockings they want to know your head size. — Billie Holiday

And if citizens of New Orleans who are really contemplating coming back heard that we’re really intent upon making the place secure again – regardless of whether the levees held or not – then I think a rebuilding process would really take shape. — Billy Tauzin

A lot of cats in New Orleans, very soulful, very soulful musicians and they assume that they’re singers. And they just make that assumption. And so when there’s a little intonation problem, people are very forgiving of them because they heard how soulful they play. — Wendell Pierce

I’d like to move back to New Orleans. — Harry Connick, Jr.

Places I’ve lived since then had to have some kind of uniqueness and character about them. And logically Key West, and then Down Island. So, all of that stuff sort of had it’s roots in New Orleans and went crazy. — Jimmy Buffett

If New Orleans is allowed to die, a crucial part of the world’s music heritage will disappear. — Ray Davies

Four months after we finished shooting, I’d been in New Orleans shooting another movie and my agent and I were having a bite to eat – actually in London – and he’s sitting there and goes, ‘Wow, I just can’t believe how ripped you are.’ — Ryan Reynolds

This rebuilding of New Orleans gives us the perfect opportunity to see if we’re ready to extend the legacy of Dr. King. — Wynton Marsalis

And you find as a writer there are certain spots on the planet where you write better than others, and I believe in that. And New Orleans is one of them. — Jimmy Buffett

I have held the following jobs: office temp, ticket seller in movie theatre, cook in restaurant, nanny, and phone installer at the Super Bowl in New Orleans. — Adriana Trigiani

I’d love to live in New Orleans. I love the freedom of it – for good and for bad. — James Gandolfini

Well I went to New Orleans to cover the jazz festival for Trio, it’s this new arts channel, it’s really great. — Amy Sedaris

The Saints are doing a good job adjusting. I think their focus is on trying to make the best of their season, but also to try and help the people of New Orleans in the process. From everything I’ve seen and heard they are doing a good job of it. — Archie Manning

I’m sure that there are reasonable people that had some reasonable projections about the future of New Orleans, but none of those could include not trying to rebuild the city and make it better than it was before. — Harry Connick, Jr.

New Orleans. Born and raised. I lived there until I was 19. — Patricia Clarkson

And we live in a French Quarter a lot of the time, in New Orleans. And the camaraderie of everybody there. Everybody takes care of each other. — Delta Burke

It’s important to address young people in the reopening of New Orleans. In rebuilding, let’s revisit the potential of American democracy and American glory. — Wynton Marsalis

In New Orleans, where I’m from, the average household income, with two working parents, two kids, a dog and a little fence is $16,000 a year, so $15,000 for a movie sounds pretty good. — Anthony Mackie

My office in New York is overflowing with all kinds of cookbooks, and in New Orleans we have a huge culinary library. So yeah, I guess I’m a little bit obsessed. — Emeril Lagasse

I did grow up in New Orleans. I grew up right on the lake, right across the levee. — Bryan Batt

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