30 Amazing Quotes About Paris That You Will Love

Are going to travel to the French capital and want some inspiration? Oh so romantic! Paris is the city of lights and many famous writers have something to say about it. Check out these (love) quotes about Paris! #MidnightIn #EiffelTowers #Instagram

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Oh, Paris! There’s no place like the city of lights, right? Plenty of coffee shops, bookstores, and art. Paris, France, is actually an open-air museum. And as I plan my trip to the French capital, I felt inspired enough to look for some quotes about Paris. After all, the city is so romantic and inspiring, and this is a habit of mine – Wherever I go, I search quotes about the city.

Maybe it has something to do with that wanderlust inspiration we all have before traveling somewhere. I don’t know. But famous quotes do give me a new angle to look at the city.

You either hate or love Paris, but I think you know in which group fit in. The Champs Elysees, the Notre Dame, examples of light and darkness in the city. Think about all the modern, shining store lights getting blurred and turning into gargoyles spiking out of a 14th-century Gothic construction. That’s Paris, and you see many more examples like this as you walk around the city.

Paris Quotes

Many of the quotes below are from artistry people. Some of them are gentle, others harsh, and others are just romantic quotes about Paris. But they all have one thing in common – the love & hate relationship Paris inspires on people.

So, #24 and #28 are my favorite quotes for Paris, what about you?

Ah, if you’re looking for funny travel puns or Paris captions, check out this post I wrote full of hilarious Instagram captions.

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30 Inspiring Quotes About Paris

1. “Paris is always a good idea.”

Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina

2. “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

3. “Paris is the only city in the world that starving to death still considered art.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

4. “She wanted to die, but she also wanted to live in Paris.”

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

5. “Cities have sex: London is a man, Paris is a woman, and New York City a well-adjusted transsexual.”

Angela Carter

6. “When good Americans die, they go to Paris.”

Oscar Wilde

7. “London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.”

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Two women arching their arms to form a heart in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. #Quotes
Inspiring Paris quotes
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8. “In Paris, they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.”

Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

9. “I’m not a complicated girl; she laughed, I just want to run away with you, rob a bank, fall in love and eat ice creams in Paris.”

Michael Faudet

10. “London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.”

Dorothy Parker

11. “Oh, London is a man’s town, there’s power in the air;
And Paris is a woman’s town, with flowers in her hair;
And it’s sweet to dream in Venice, and it’s great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living, there is no place like home.”

Henry Van Dyke

12. “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.

Thomas Jefferson

13. “Paris is like a whore. From a distance she seems ravishing, you can’t wait until you have her in your arms. And five minutes later you feel empty, disgusted with yourself. You feel tricked.”

Henry Miller

14. “I should go to Paris and jump off of the Eiffel Tower. If I took the Concorde, I could be dead three hours earlier.”

Woody Allen, Everyone Says I Love You

Quote about Paris in front of Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
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15. “There is but one Paris, and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even—the French air clears up the brain and does good—a world of good.”

Vincent Van Gogh

16. “He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.
Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.
Nothing is more sublime.”

Victor Hugo

17. “I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace.”

Natalie Lloyd

18. “I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.”

Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

19. “America is my country, and Paris is my home town.”

Gertrude Stein

20. “To study in Paris is to be born in Paris!”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

21. “An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Quote about Paris on a photo of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, in the evening
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22. “Just add three letters to Paris, and you have paradise.”

Jules Renard

23. “Though I often looked for one, I finally had to admit that there could be no cure for Paris.”

Paula McLain, The Paris Wife

24. “Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards, and ancient winding medieval streets–as vast and indestructible as nature itself.

All was embraced by her, by her volatile and enchanted populace thronging the galleries, the theaters, the cafes, giving birth over and over to genius and sanctity, philosophy and war, frivolity and the finest art; so it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower.

Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris.”

Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

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25. “Breathe Paris in. It nourishes the soul.”

Victor Hugo

26. “The shopping, the food, the views! Paris is a city that entrances us all—and I’m no exception.”

Michael Kors

27. “Paris is not a city; it’s a world.”

King Francis I

28. “That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.”

Marion Cotillard, Midnight in Paris

29. “People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris, and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies, you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.”

Roman Payne, Crepuscule

30. “Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.”

Honoré de Balzac

Which of these famous quotes about Paris, France, did you like the most? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you! Also, if you know any other Paris quotes, please type them too!

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