What do Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and many other famous American literary figures have in common? They all worked and lived in Paris, France. Read these 20 quotes about Paris by a sampling of American literary giants who spent time in the City of Light. Discover a comprehensive list of writers, poets, journalists, and publishers who lived in the French capital in Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There by Jayne Boisvert. This fun and unique travel guide book provides short biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans who spent time living la belle vie in the French capital.
1. “Of course I think of the past and of Paris, what else is there to remember?”—Djuna Barnes
2. “la belle, la brave, la raw, la rainy.”—Dorothy Parker
3. “The tranquil majesty of the architectural lines, the wonderful blurred winter lights, the long lines of lamps garlanding the avenues & the quays—je l’ai dans mon sang [I have it in my blood].”—Edith Wharton
4. “[Paris is a] divine section of eternity.”—E. E. Cummings
5. “Paris is so very beautiful that is satisfies something in you that is always hungry in America.”—Ernest Hemingway
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6. “The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald
7. “America is my country and Paris is my hometown.”—Gertrude Stein
8. “At last I have come into a dreamland…”—Harriet Beecher Stowe
9. “It is no accident that propels people like us to Paris.”—Henry Miller
10. “Than like a perfumed Paris turn and fly”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
11. “It is perfectly possible to be enamoured of Paris while remaining totally indifferent or even hostile to the French.”—James Baldwin
12. “I can never tire of speaking of the bridges of Paris. By day and by night have I paused on them to gaze at their views; the word not being too comprehensive for the crowds and groupings of objects that are visible from their arches.”—James Fenimore Cooper
13. “Paris. … There you can be whatever you want to be. Totally yourself.”—Langston Hughes
14. “…anywhere is better than Paris. Paris the cold, Paris the drizzly, Paris the rainy, Paris the damnable.”—Mark Twain
15. “[In Paris] I’ve never felt a moment of sorrow.”—Richard Wright
16. “I have never seen anything so beautiful in my life.”—Sherwood Anderson
17. “Paris is one of the largest, and certainly it is the pleasantest, of modern American cities.”—Sinclair Lewis
18. “The chief danger about Paris is that it is such a strong stimulant and like most stimulants incites to rushing about and produces a pleasant illusion of great mental activity rather than the solid results of hard work.”—T.S. Eliot
19. “Of all the places that I have seen in Europe, Paris is the most fascinating.”—Washington Irving
20. “Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.”—Willa Cather
Discover other writers, poets, journalists, and publishers who lived in the French capital in Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There by Jayne Boisvert.