100+ Best Paris Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Profoundly inspirational Paris quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Paris Quotes

When I’m sitting in a casting room in Paris, I’m not the thinnest model. Sometimes I’m not the most flat-chested, either. — Andrej Pejic

What Paris has done right is to make it awful to get around by car and awfully easy to get around by public transportation or by bike. — Serge Schmemann

I had arrived years ago in Paris and just wanted to be famous, fast. When you’re pretentious like that, and you think you’ve planned everything perfectly, it’s then that everything goes in the opposite way. — Yael Naim

I was scouted when I was, like, sixteen, and I hated it. I wasn’t ready to work. When I turned 19, I decided to move to Paris to pursue modeling for myself there. It was kind of a way to get out of the house and discover something for myself, in a way. — Dree Hemingway

I’m an adaptable nomad. I love Paris, I’ve been living in Los Angeles and New York since 1990. I love London, too. My roots are inside of me. — Julie Delpy

America is my country and Paris is my hometown. — Gertrude Stein

Beginning under the Roman Empire, intellectual leadership in the West had been provided by Christianity. In the middle ages, who invented the first universities – in Paris, Oxford, Cambridge? The church. — Nancy Pearcey

In Paris, one is always reminded of being a foreigner. If you park your car wrong, it is not the fact that it’s on the sidewalk that matters, but the fact that you speak with an accent. — Roman Polanski

Sometimes I think my past life was unrealized. I met a tragic end – it might have been a car over a cliff. But it’s true, I came from another time and place, and landed in Paris Hilton’s backyard. — Christine Ebersole

My dream date is a tall, dark, handsome, blue eyed man with a bubble butt who will whisk me away to Paris in a hot air balloon to wine me, dine me and. — Karen McDougal

When I lived in Paris in the early ’80s, I had the occasion to hang out with Prince Albert of Monaco quite a few times. — Cheech Marin

In Paris, it used to feel like you were living in a museum. As beautiful as it was, it’s still limited. But here you have just everything. — Isaac Mizrahi

I loved every place I lived and traveled. London, Paris, Rome, Venice. I fell hard for Central America and Mexico. In each country, I had fantasies that I could live there. — Frances Mayes

When I want to be incognito, I don’t wear any hat. Unfortunately, even without the hat, they now recognise me in Paris. — Amelie Nothomb

When I’d go to Israel, I felt like a tourist. My social and professional ties had started to dissolve, and it confused me. I didn’t know whether I should stay here in Paris or go back to Israel, or even cut off all my ties with Israel so I could really plant roots here. Or maybe go somewhere else altogether. — Yael Naim

Living in Paris was a crash course in chic. — Rebecca Romijn

Whether you like it or not, Paris is the beating heart of Western civilisation. It’s where it all began and ended, — Alan Furst

It is this research into pure painting that is the problem at the present moment. I do not know any painters in Paris who are really searching for this ideal world. — Robert Delaunay

Paris is a wonderful city. I can’t say I belong to an especially anglophone community. — Marilyn Hacker

A woman should be less concerned about Paris and more concerned about whether the dress she’s about to buy relates to the way she lives. — Geoffrey Beene

I love as you come into Paris, you’ve got the Arch de Triomphe and all that crazy traffic. Then I love the drive from Paris down to Antibes and you veer off east in through the Alps and you come into the south of France on the mountain road as opposed to the freeway. — Luke Goss

When I was going to Paris for Paris Fashion Week, I’d often walk down the street and go into all the different shops that we didn’t necessarily have in the U.K., and Maje was definitely one of the ones that stood out for me. — Alexa Chung

America is a nation with no truly national city, no Paris, no Rome, no London, no city which is at once the social center, the political capital, and the financial hub. — C. Wright Mills

Michael Jackson wanted to be in Men in Black II. He told me he had seen the first Men in Black in Paris and had stayed behind and sat there and wept. I had to explain to him that it was a comedy. — Barry Sonnenfeld

The art galleries of Paris contain the finest collection of frames I ever saw. — Humphrey Davy

My first modeling job in Paris, the photographer said, ‘Tue es belle,’ which means, ‘you are pretty,’ and I thought he said, ‘Tu es poubelle,’ which means, ‘you are the trash can.’ I burst into tears. He was not happy about that. — Rachel Nichols

Sexiness is about confidence and individuality. I can’t keep my eyes off the women you see in cities like London, New York and Paris – the way they carry themselves and put themselves together are always so unique. — Christina Hendricks

Look at the Paris Commune. That was the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. — Friedrich Engels

When I first started coming to New York in the early Nineties and seeing the vitality of the programme compared to what was going on back in London or Paris, it was just in a different league. It’s like a 16th-century court. — Thomas P. Campbell

Paris is a place where, for me, just walking down a street that I’ve never been down before is like going to a movie… — Wes Anderson

I have been back in Paris for two weeks. Nothing new. Life is still bitter. — Camille Claudel

I’m 50% Asian actually, so yes I was born in Paris but I feel more international than French so I can’t talk about French women. — Berenice Marlohe

I really, really want to go to Paris. I’ve never been. — Kristen Wiig

My idea was to go to Vienna to study conducting and perhaps play in an orchestra first, so I thought before I got to Vienna I could do with a little training in Paris. — Harry Mathews

Almost every one of my various zero numbered birthdays has had a big concert in London and often in Paris. — Elliott Carter

I seemed to belong to three countries: I had an apartment in Paris, a house in Hollywood, and when I married British theater director Peter Hall, I moved to London. — Leslie Caron

I’d always been extremely fascinated by the French Nuit Blanche, which is a weekend that they have in Paris where they keep all the museums open until dawn. You can go and hang out in Versailles in the middle of the night and watch the sun come up. — Anna Wintour

My best efforts were some modern things that looked like very lousy Matisses. Thank God I had the sense to realize they were lousy, and leave Paris. — Norman Rockwell

You show up in Paris, and on the drive from the airport to the hotel you’re like, ‘This is so cool! I want to see something! I want to go to the Eiffel Tower!’ And then you leave the next morning. You think, Oh, I didn’t get to do anything. I tell people: I’ve been just about everywhere, but I’ve seen nothing. — Taylor Lautner

One of the things I say is, ‘You want to know what it’s like to be a baby? It’s like being in love for the first time in Paris after four double espressos.’ And boy, you are alive and conscious. — Alison Gopnik

When I made my first film, I had hardly ever seen a camera before, and I was a young man when I arrived in Paris from the suburbs. At the time, I didn’t talk much. I was very shy, so the bluff served me. I was telling people that I had no money, and that I knew how to make films, but I had no proof. — Leos Carax

I went to Paris for a year in 1986 to study theatre; there was a lot of clowning around, buffoonery and fencing. It was then that my own style kind of blossomed. — Orla Brady

Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris. — Thomas Gold Appleton

I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson’s poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano. — Gordon Getty

At Ungaro, I discovered the flou and the language of Paris. — Giambattista Valli

Paris is a city that liberates you as a woman from all your sins that you think you are guilty of; it washes away all of that, and you are free. — Golshifteh Farahani

In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise. — Virgil Thomson

I totally heard by chance that they were doing the casting for a James Bond movie, and that one of the auditions was taking place in Paris. So I tried myself to contact every name involved in the movie I could possibly find on the IMDb! — Berenice Marlohe

Of one thing there is no doubt: if Paris makes demands of the heart, then Munich makes demands of the stomach. — Rachel Johnson

When we arrived in London, my sadness at leaving Paris was turned into despair. After my long stay in the French capital, huge, ponderous, massive London seemed to me as ugly a thing as man could contrive to make. — James Weldon Johnson

In Nicaragua, liberty, equality and the rule of law were the stuff of dreams. But in Paris I discovered the value of those words. — Bianca Jagger

My ambition was to be cosmopolitan. I grew up in the suburbs. I went to college in Maine. I had a dream in my head that if you wanted to be the most urbane, living-life-to-the-fullest kind of person, Paris was the place to be. — Rosecrans Baldwin

One my favorite things is to go to the provinces of Russia and see the 18th century wood churches with the onion dome architecture. These humble wonders of incredible imagination of architects that were obviously not living in places like Paris or London, but they’ve created these amazing churches. — Andre Leon Talley

I did grow up in France, and even though I didn’t go to the school or dance with the Paris Opera Ballet, I absorbed similar ideas in my training. I understand the scale of a big company. I danced for one for almost 20 years. — Benjamin Millepied

It is true that the king has made a truce with the duke of Burgundy for fifteen days and that the duke is to turn over the city of Paris at the end of fifteen days. Yet you should not marvel if I do not enter that city so quickly. — Joan of Arc

I love Paris for the million reasons that everybody loves the city. It’s an incredibly romantic and beautiful place. — Alan Furst

The bohemian life that reigned in Paris until the end of the ’50s is gone. The artists had more time to think, to reflect; success didn’t come so suddenly. — Pontus Hulten

I stayed three weeks in Paris, fell in love with the city, and decided that I was born to live in Paris. — Ed Bradley

Lebanon was at one time known as a nation that rose above sectarian hatred; Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East. All of that was blown apart by senseless religious wars, financed and exploited in part by those who sought power and wealth. If women had been in charge, would they have been more sensible? It’s a theory. — Roger Ebert

I was living in Paris for, like, a year and a half, and I couldn’t speak French, so it was just hard to get a baguette or a pastry or whatever. All the stores close at 6 o’clock, and they’re not very into hospitality, so it’s not a convenient city. It’s so pretty, though, but I was raised in Tokyo, so it was hard to understand. — Tao Okamoto

I’m a nomad. I have a place in New York in the Flatiron District, and I have a place in Paris in Ile Saint-Louis, and I spend a lot of time in Congo. — Eve Ensler

If I weren’t acting, I would own my own chocolate shop in Paris. I would be a nice, overweight person that makes chocolate all day long. — Emma Bell

I was a ‘runaway girl’ from France who married an American and moved to New York City. I’m not sure I would have continued as an artist had I remained in Paris because of the family setup. — Louise Bourgeois

If you come from Paris to Budapest you think you are in Moscow. — Gyorgy Ligeti

As for the role of France and Germany: French politics is often more self-confident then German politics due to the catastrophe in the first half of the last century. If Berlin and Paris don’t agree, then it is difficult to make progress in Europe. — Wolfgang Schauble

I’ve never seen the Osbournes, I’ve never seen Paris Hilton. I’d rather read than watch reality TV. I’d rather live life than watch somebody else living it. — Al Jourgensen

Parisians overwhelmingly buy small cars. And it’s not because people are petite, but because fuel is drop-dead expensive. Gasoline costs more than twice as much in Paris as in New York. — Serge Schmemann

Paris Hilton, that’s very interesting what she did. I’ve never done that. I haven’t really sort of ever got into that. As time passes, maybe I should record it and put it in a vault so that when I get a little old don’t have the energy I can remember how life used to be. — Jeremy Irons

But if you go from Moscow to Budapest you think you are in Paris. — Gyorgy Ligeti

As a result of World War II, European artists migrated to America, enlarging the scene and diminishing Paris as the center. America was beginning its dominance of the art world with the emergence of the Abstract Expressionists. — Arne Glimcher

What switched me to films was the flood of American pictures into Paris after the Liberation. — Francois Truffaut

If you can live in Paris, maybe you should. — Alan Furst

For novelists, the imagination is everything. The trick is to guide one’s imagination using research. I love using old maps. When I wrote my novels on London and New York, I found wonderful historical atlases. Paris has the most lavish maps of all. — Edward Rutherfurd

I want to be adopted by the French. I want to go to live in Paris. — Asia Argento

I began coming to Paris in the 1960s when I was told audiences here liked my work. More than 20 of my plays have been produced in Paris, and several have had long runs and have returned in revivals. — Israel Horovitz

Men have made the world. And they’ve made a brilliant job of it. I love men. You know, men, you built Paris and you invented The Beatles, and, you know, and you’ve taught dogs to say ‘sausages.’ You know, I love your world. Thank you for it. — Caitlin Moran

I get inspired in certain places. You have to write in places like Amsterdam or Paris or New Zealand, when you’re standing on a yacht, looking out at the middle of the ocean. — Action Bronson

In my family, I would never dare to think of being Paris Hilton! And to me, that doesn’t look like a happy existence – it’s just not who I am. — Eve Hewson

Germany expected that at the most a day or so would see Belgian resistance broken and the dash on Paris begun. It was not safe to start such a forward rush with Belgium unconquered. — Kelly Miller

I went to Brown to be a French professor, and I didn’t know what I was doing except that I loved French. When I got to Paris and I could speak French, I know how much it helped me to establish relationships with Karl Lagerfeld, with the late Yves St. Laurent. French, it just helps you if you’re in fashion. The French people started style. — Andre Leon Talley

The dark outside world of Paris under German occupation exerted a strong containing pressure. — Gerard Debreu

Paris. City of love. City of dreams. City of splendor. City of saints and scholars. City of gaiety. Sink of iniquity. — Edward Rutherfurd

I lived in Paris for six months when I was sixteen. It was a fend-for-yourself environment. — Beau Garrett

The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi. — Fred Allen

The influence of Paris, for instance, is now minimal. Yet a lot is written about Paris fashion. — Geoffrey Beene

Well we really meant you to visit Paris in May, but the rhythm required two syllables. — Vernon Duke

Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian would have left little more than lipstick stains in their passing had it not been for the sex videos that lofted them into reality-TV notoriety. Once notoriety has warmed into familiarity, celebrity itself becomes one big ‘Brady Bunch’ reunion, or a therapy session with Dr. Drew. — James Wolcott

We’re in a celebrity culture, and when I turn on the news today I hear about Lindsay Lohan, Tiger Woods and Paris Hilton and the Kardashian sisters and ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ one thing after another, Kate Gosselin’s new body. — Philip Yancey

The fall couture presentations in Paris are usually my favorite moment on the fashion calendar: beautiful weather, a busy rather than manic schedule, and, let’s face it, seeing the artistry, the embroidery, and handmade magnificence that goes into every dress. — Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Paris is where my family are, but it’s not really home now because I have dear friends in London and dear friends in New York. — Clemence Poesy

Sending Paris Hilton to jail for being the most loathed celeprosy lesion in the history of the species seems like a happening idea at first – forty-five days at Century Regional Detention Center is so the new thirty days at Promises Malibu! But it sets a dangerous precedent to jail celebs just because someone hates them. — Rob Sheffield

Growing up on stage, I was introduced to makeup at a young age and I will never forget the first time I tried on a L’Oreal Paris iconic lipstick – it was instant glamour and I’ve been hooked ever since. — Lea Michele

The attacks on the Paris Metro in the 1990s were committed by members of the local Muslim community, immigrants from the Maghreb region of North Africa. — Otto Schily

If Paris is a city of lights, Sydney is the city of fireworks. — Baz Luhrmann

When I wrote ‘Barefoot in Paris,’ I wanted to make simple recipes that you could make at home that tasted like French classics. — Ina Garten

I’ve never been to Paris. I don’t like to fly! — Pearl Cleage

I was born in Paris in 1950. I had a strict upper-class Catholic education but I never really fitted in the system and revolted against it quite early. — Francois Gautier

I was born in Paris, and I haven’t moved, except until now – I live in the suburbs and I hate it. — Luc Ferrari

The moon is essentially gray, no color; looks like plaster of Paris or sort of a grayish beach sand. — Jim Lovell

Eventually, I was sent to Wales and Germany, and after the war, to Paris. — Lloyd Alexander

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