The Best Quotes about Detroit

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I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit.– Anna Sui

I donate heavily to the church and various churches in the Detroit community and food banks.– Aretha Franklin

I quit because I didnt feel like the Detroit Lions had a chance to win. It just killed my enjoyment of the game.– Barry Sanders

The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night. Brahms lost.– Bennett Cerf

It doesn’t take a genius to see what happens when the entitlement state outgrows the economy upon which it rests. The time of Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, the rest of insolvent social-democratic Europe – and now Detroit – is the time for conservatives to raise the banner of Stein’s Law and yell, ‘Stop.’ You can kick the can down the road, but at some point it disappears over a cliff.– Charles Krauthammer

Go ahead and laugh at Detroit. Because you are laughing at yourself.– Charlie LeDuff

Faygo’s like a Detroit thing, and you can’t really find it everywhere, but the difference between Faygo Creme Soda and other cream sodas is that it’s foamy. Faygo Creme Soda is almost like Sprite, but it’s cream soda, so that’s ill!– Danny Brown

From an early age, music was my only thing. You come from Detroit, you learn how to make the most of what you can do best.– Danny Brown

I was kinda scared. I thought Detroit was gonna take me. I would’ve asked them for so much money they would have to put me on layaway.– Deion Sanders

The music is just like Detroit, a complete mistake. It’s like George Clinton and Kraftwerk are stuck in an elevator with only a sequencer to keep them company.– Derrick May

I was brought up in this part of Detroit that they used to call the ghetto.– Diana Ross

I was born in Detroit. I never really saw myself working in comics, I just fell into it. But it’s been one of the best things to happen to a kid from Detroit.– Dwayne McDuffie

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Detroit is saying that the hydrogen vehicle is the vehicle of the future. But it’s 15 years from now.– Ed Markey

I was just about 6 weeks old when we moved to Detroit.– Eddie Floyd

Detroit was kind of a random thing where it was like a chance to be in a rock ‘n’ roll movie.– Edward Furlong

Many of us prefer to live in places abandoned by humans. Less work for us. Detroit is very popular.– G. Willow Wilson

Detroit… where ‘mother’ is half a word.– Glenn Frey

I have a strange fascination with the Midwest. I’m waiting to find out that my parents are actually from the Midwest. I grew up in Beverly Hills, up the street, and I just feel comfortable there. I’ve shot in Minneapolis, in Detroit, in St. Louis, in Omaha – they would say they’re the Plains, not the Midwest – and I love it.– Jason Reitman

I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and I hate Michigan.– Jerome Bettis

Everybody has a gun in their car in Detroit.– Jim Harrison

Well, Detroit Institute is kind of a key – probably the largest permanent collection of puppets in the US.– Jim Henson

I care about the children of Detroit.– John Engler

I wish we could have acted quicker on Detroit or other failing schools.– John Engler

I’ve performed in Auburn Hills, at The Palace, so I haven’t really been in downtown Detroit, but I’ve been able to be here, and I can really see, what the city was. Like, I can feel why Motown started here and how amazing it was.– Jordin Sparks

Ever since I’ve become chairman, there have been profiles of me in People, George, The Washington Post, The Detroit News, and all of them could have been written by the same person– Julian Bond

Race always comes up in the conversation of Detroit.– Julie Mehretu

Go where you’re celebrated, not tolerated. I’m celebrated in Detroit.– Kid Rock

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Detroit, the heart of the country… I grew up on 10 Mile, 2 miles better than 8 Mile.– Kristen Bell

I’m not super thin, but I’m thin, for like, Detroit– Lena Dunham

Hollywood – an emotional Detroit.– Lillian Gish

LBJ held up Detroit as a model of what the Great Society could accomplish. He was right.– Mark Steyn

Detroit is full of talent.– Martha Reeves

Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell.– Marvin Gaye

Even drunk, I knew any escape plan that involved going to Detroit, Michigan, was a harbinger of doom.– Mat Johnson

That’s one of the most important things to me is that Detroit and Ann Arbor got my back. If you don’t have hometown love, then what’s the point?– Mayer Hawthorne

Nowhere on earth has more soul than Detroit.– Mayer Hawthorne

I have no interest in romanticizing poor black people, having been one of them myself in our beloved hometown of Detroit.– Michael Eric Dyson

There’s only one movie theater in the entire city of Detroit. The entire city has one open movie theater, and it is in the – it is in the General Motors headquarters complex.– Michael Moore

If you want to be in the automotive business, you go to Detroit, and you figure it out. If you want to be in entertainment, go to where it’s at. Go to Hollywood, go to New York.– Nick Cannon

Detroit is right now a new Mecca for Hip Hop.– Obie Trice

I’m the 1st black platinum artist in Detroit, solo artist in Detroit.– Obie Trice

Yeah I grew up on the Westside of Detroit.– Obie Trice

My mum’s American. She’s from Detroit.– Rebecca Hall

I grew up not far from where Motown was founded, maybe 300 miles from Detroit and I’ve always liked – I used to like the way they made records. I still do, I just haven’t had a chance to hear as much. They used to entertain me.– Rick Danko

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There are very few courses around Detroit I haven’t played– Smokey Robinson

I was born in Detroit, in an all black neighborhood.– Steven Seagal

I am a huge Pistons fan. Those were some of my best times in college, watching the Detroit Pistons.– Steven Yeun

By 1946, I knew Detroit was the best hockey city in the Original Six.– Ted Lindsay

I grew up in Hollywood. Saying my name here is like mentioning Ford in Detroit– Tony Goldwyn

I was playing with the Aquabats, and then I quit to join a band called Suicide Machine in Detroit.– Travis Barker

If I was an exceptional human being in Detroit, then I saw no reason why I couldn’t be an exceptional human being in Mississippi. In Hattiesburg.– Victoria Gray Adams

Very few cities in the NHL have the history or the following of the Detroit Red Wings.–Steve Yzerman

Look what venison does to a goofy guitar player from Detroit? I’m going to be 54 this year and if I had any more energy I’d scare you.–Ted Nugent

Nowhere on earth has more soul than Detroit.–Mayer Hawthorne

There are cities that get by on their good looks, offer climate and scenery, views of mountains or oceans, rockbound or with palm trees. And there are cities like Detroit that have to work for a living.–Elmore Leonard

Since its founding, Detroit has been a place of perpetual flames. Three times the city has suffered race riots and three times the city has burned to the ground. The city’s flag acknowledges as much. Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus: We hope for better things; it shall rise from the ashes.–Charlie LeDuff

When you go to Detroit you see a town that is resilient, that’s just fighting to win again, and there’s an energy to that. Just watching a city really fighting to get back on its feet and watching the inner strength of a city is tremendous.–George Clooney

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Detroit: Cars and rock ‘n’ roll. Not a bad combo.–Kid Rock

I haven’t reached nirvana yet, but I’ve been to Detroit.–David Letterman

I come from Detroit where it’s rough and I’m not a smooth talker.–Eminem

Detroit is a metaphor for America, for America’s challenges and America’s opportunities. It is a hothouse for new innovation, for ingenuity and risk taking. That doesn’t happen in a lot of American cities. We need to be in Detroit because of that.–Darren Walker

Let Detroit go bankrupt.–Mitt Romney

I remember back in Detroit, I used to go to the Apex Bar every night after I got off work. The bartender there used to call me Boom Boom. I don’t know why, but he did.–John Lee Hooker

That’s one of the most important things to me is that Detroit and Ann Arbor got my back. If you don’t have hometown love, then what’s the point?–Mayer Hawthorne

It is a tough city to live in (Detroit) but a great city to be around. There is so much promise. There just needs to be a movement to help push the city beyond the automobile industry. The music business needs to learn how to support itself.–MC Serch

Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell.–Marvin Gaye

Detroit is right now a new Mecca for Hip Hop.–Obie Trice

Things were a lot simpler in Detroit. I didn’t care about anything but boyfriends.–Madonna Ciccone

I love meeting fans. The people who are fans of my books are really smart and dedicated, because some independent comics are hard to get. I will drive all the way to Pittsburgh or Detroit to put it in their hands.–Brian Michael Bendis

People in Detroit aren’t just urban gardening. They’re starting a new mode of education. They’re trying to give children the education to be “solutionaries” rather than people who are going to get jobs in the system. And that is a huge change, a cultural revolution. The things that are happening in Detroit would amaze you if you’re used to only looking at statistics, and only thinking of blacks as sufferers and not as activists.–Grace Lee Boggs

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It’s a terrible thing to have to tell your fans, who have waited like Detroit’s have, that their team won’t win it this year. But it’s better than lying to them.–Sparky Anderson

The production of obscurity in Paris compares to the production of motor cars in Detroit in the great period of American industry.–Ernest Gellner

Detroit, the heart of the country… I grew up on 10 Mile, 2 miles better than 8 Mile.–Kristen Bell

I quit because I didnt feel like the Detroit Lions had a chance to win. It just killed my enjoyment of the game.–Barry Sanders

I went on to Cincinnati. I had got a taste of the big cities and them bright lights. I stayed there until I was about 18 or 19 and then I went on to Detroit.–John Lee Hooker

Yeah I grew up on the Westside of Detroit.–Obie Trice

I was brought up in this part of Detroit that they used to call the ghetto.–Diana Ross

There are very few courses around Detroit I haven’t played–Smokey Robinson

The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night. Brahms lost.–Bennett Cerf

It’s easier to record in LA than in New York and Detroit, because the space in LA is green, and there’s sunshine, and I need all those positive vibes.–Big Sean

All my life I’ve been dealing with my race because of where I grew up [Detroit] and being in the rap game. I’m at a boiling point…Anybody who pulls the race card is getting it right back in their face.–Eminem

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit.–Anna Sui

Detroit, my ‘great’ subject, made me the person I am, consequently the writer I am – for better or worse.–Joyce Carol Oates

Detroit was kind of a random thing where it was like a chance to be in a rock ‘n’ roll movie.–Edward Furlong

By 1946, I knew Detroit was the best hockey city in the Original Six.–Ted Lindsay

Go ahead and laugh at Detroit. Because you are laughing at yourself.–Charlie LeDuff

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Though I’d have to say it was generally the guys in Detroit, as a group, that won the two Championships. They were terrific and I always look back very fondly.–Chuck Daly

I grew up in Hollywood. Saying my name here is like mentioning Ford in Detroit–Tony Goldwyn

I started radio in 1950 on the Lone Ranger radio program, a dramatic show that emanated from Detroit when I was 18 years old and just beginning college. I did that for a couple of years.–Casey Kasem

When you are already in Detroit, you don’t have to take a bus to get there.–Ram Dass

It’s been a great honor for me to be a player for the Detroit Red Wings, to play for an Original Six franchise. I know I’m far from perfect, but I learned a lot.–Steve Yzerman

Detroit is saying that the hydrogen vehicle is the vehicle of the future. But it’s 15 years from now.–Ed Markey

Well, Detroit Institute is kind of a key – probably the largest permanent collection of puppets in the US.–Jim Henson

I’d watch my father get up at 5 o’clock and go down to the Eastern Market in Detroit to do the shopping for his restaurant, and get that business going and then go out on his vending machine business.–Ed Bradley

I’m the 1st black platinum artist in Detroit, solo artist in Detroit.–Obie Trice

I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio.–Gerald R. Ford

Everybody has a gun in their car in Detroit.–Jim Harrison

If you want to be in the automotive business, you go to Detroit, and you figure it out. If you want to be in entertainment, go to where it’s at. Go to Hollywood, go to New York.–Nick Cannon

I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.–Gerald R. Ford

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If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed. Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course – the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.–Mitt Romney

I grew up not far from where Motown was founded, maybe 300 miles from Detroit and I’ve always liked – I used to like the way they made records. I still do, I just haven’t had a chance to hear as much. They used to entertain me.–Rick Danko

I think when you saw this year’s playoffs, Miami and Detroit have a pretty fierce rivalry now. Also, the Suns and San Antonio look like they’re starting to develop something there. I look forward to seeing those rivalries continue and develop.–John Starks

I had sort of exhausted all the avenues playing in Detroit. So again, through the stewardship of my brother, I ended up in California and went to the Musicians Institute in L.A. I wanted to get better as a player.–Chad Smith

I care about the children of Detroit.–John Engler

A series of rumors about my attitude, as well as derogatory remarks about myself and my family showed me that the personal resentment of the Detroit general manager toward me would make it impossible for me to continue playing hockey in Detroit.–Ted Lindsay

I was playing with the Aquabats, and then I quit to join a band called Suicide Machine in Detroit.–Travis Barker

Ever since I’ve become chairman, there have been profiles of me in People, George, The Washington Post, The Detroit News, and all of them could have been written by the same person–Julian Bond

Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.–Doug Collins

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Detroit is full of talent.–Martha Reeves

I’ll never forget that first night with the team. Going to the ballpark on the bus was the hardest 30 minutes of my life. I had to walk down that aisle between all the players. I really didn’t know too much about the Detroit Tigers at that time.–Al Kaline

I wish we could have acted quicker on Detroit or other failing schools.–John Engler

There are many really good teams in our conference this season. Miami, Indiana and Detroit will be our fiercest opponents this year. But we just have to focus on our game and be patient with the realistic hope that we’ll be on top after all is said and done.–Jason Kidd

I was just about 6 weeks old when we moved to Detroit.–Eddie Floyd

I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.–Jeffrey Eugenides

Each poet probably has his or her own cupboard of magnets. For some, it is cars; for others, works of art, or certain patterns of form or sound; for others, certain stories or places, Philip Levine’s Detroit, Gwendolyn Brooks’s Chicago, Seamus Heaney’s time-tunneled, familied Ireland.–Jane Hirshfield

Detroit… where ‘mother’ is half a word.–Glenn Frey

We need to invade Michigan and rebuild the state from the ground up. We will be greeted as liberators, we have clear supply lines, and we can easily rebuild the auto industry with the kind of money we spend on other countries we invade. Hell, our new Secretary of State, Hillary of Clinton, spent the better part of the past year fighting for the rights of average folks from Michigan, so think of the good will we have with the public. This is very doable. Just tell Congress we will give KBR no-bid contracts to fix Detroit.–John Cole

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It doesn’t take a genius to see what happens when the entitlement state outgrows the economy upon which it rests. The time of Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, the rest of insolvent social-democratic Europe — and now Detroit — is the time for conservatives to raise the banner of Stein’s Law and yell “Stop.” You can kick the can down the road, but at some point it falls over a cliff.–Charles Krauthammer

Cities like Detroit exist because they occupy important sites. In the case of Detroit, it sits on a river between two great lakes – very important and strategic.–James Howard Kunstler

I can read in any book and newspaper about the city of Detroit, but I want to hear what the people in Detroit have to say about Detroit. My best education is actually talking to people.–Erin Cummings

Detroit is a place where we’ve had it pretty tough. But there is a generosity here and a well of kindness that goes deep.–Mitch Albom

From an early age, music was my only thing. You come from Detroit, you learn how to make the most of what you can do best.–Danny Brown

I think Detroit would do real well if we started repopulating it with young, aspirational people.–Jeb Bush

I love Michigan, to be honest. I don’t think I’d live nowhere else. It’s cheap! This is Detroit. A little bit of nothing gets you a lot of something.–Danny Brown

I’ve performed in Auburn Hills, at The Palace, so I haven’t really been in downtown Detroit, but I’ve been able to be here, and I can really see, what the city was. Like, I can feel why Motown started here and how amazing it was.–Jordin Sparks

I want to disabuse people of the idea that knowledge is power. Knowing how to get to Detroit is not the same thing as having the bus fare.–Andrew Vachss

The real story of Detroit […] can be summed up in seven words. Private enterprise built it, government destroyed it.–Peter Schiff

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Just look at what this corrupt establishment has done to our cities like Detroit; Flint, Michigan; and rural towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and all across our country. Take a look at what’s going on. They stripped away these town bare. And raided the wealth for themselves and taken our jobs away out of our country never to return unless I’m elected president.–Donald Trump

Detroit is still seen as the tough city, a city that has a reputation for high crime, … The tough city thing is fine. Its always had a reputation as that. … You know, Gordie Howe, when I was watching hockey, was the toughest guy in the league playing for the Red Wings. He represented that tough aura.–Eugene Levy

I’m not a New Yorker. I grew up in Detroit. A lot of people think it’s one big city but they’re completely different.–Mike Binder

Race always comes up in the conversation of Detroit.–Julie Mehretu

I donate heavily to the church and various churches in the Detroit community and food banks.–Aretha Franklin

The music is just like Detroit, a complete mistake. It’s like George Clinton and Kraftwerk are stuck in an elevator with only a sequencer to keep them company.–Derrick May

Growing up, I always thought of Detroit as a basketball town because of the Pistons, but everyone says it’s really, at its core, a football town.–Ndamukong Suh

Hollywood – an emotional Detroit.–Lillian Gish

You don’t have to be best friends as basketball players but I do believe in chemistry. I think it makes everything different if a team is really together and they’re all on that same page. They might not like each other, per se, but if you’re on the same page and the chemistry is there, you can play great basketball. You can go back to teams like Detroit, the Bad Boys. Those guys had great chemistry, that’s why they won.–Dwight Howard

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Detroit is really the most perfectly laid out city one could imagine, and such an enchanting park and lake, – infinitely better than any town I know in Europe. It ought to be a paradise in about fifty years when it has all matured.–Elinor Glyn

I think people fail to realize that teams and organizations have been stacking teams since way back in the day. The Lakers had the Showtime era. Boston had six hall of famers on one team. You had Detroit, the New York Knicks, and now the Miami Heat. They were stacking their teams back then, it just fell off over the years and now it picked back up. Boston did it first, then LA. I was fortunate enough to play against them when they had Shaq, Kobe, Rick Fox, Gary Payton, Karl Malone… that’s five hall of famers on one team! So you can’t get mad at Miami for doing what they did.–Carmelo Anthony

I know that’s blasphemous when you are from Detroit, but I was never a fan of Motown stuff. I don’t care for the production much.–Jack White

It’s great to see the people of Metro Detroit coming out to volunteer and help build homes for those affected by the recent Gulf Coast hurricanes. With all the Super Bowl excitement, it’s nice for people to participate in an event that will make such a significant impact in people’s lives while also being a part of the Super Bowl festivities.–David Daniels

I understand that Detroit was a pretty rough place to grow up in the ’70s and ’80s.–Buzz Aldrin

You can find old Jewish newspapers from Detroit that have my promotional ad in them. It was a totally insane time in my life. Paul Rudd was also a bar mitzvah emcee, you know? It was like being a local rock star in Detroit.–James Wolk

My eight years in Detroit, obviously, were my most successful years managing. I think that Pittsburgh and Detroit are probably very, very similar. We kinda rekindled the fire of baseball in Pittsburgh. We did the exact same thing in Detroit.–Jim Leyland

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From the takeover of Detroit and the failed stimulus packages to the enactment of Obamacare, the president and congressional Democrats chose to use Americas economic crisis as an excuse to expand government rather than as an opportunity to responsibly shrink it.–Jeb Hensarling

You also had in Detroit that summer, an early variation of Ferguson. A black prostitute was shot in the back by police. And all of the efforts that a very progressive police chief and mayor of that period had put into trying to restore race relations started to fall apart again, and you could see that unraveling for several years until the riots or rebellion of 1967.–David Maraniss

So, I mean, there’s still vast swaths of the city that are suffering from a lack of jobs and poor housing and poor public schools, but they are building momentum – you know, techies, foodies, artists, musicians, all coming to Detroit. So there is this vibrancy. You see it in the newspapers every day – some story about the new Detroit.–David Maraniss

Just take the lack of presence of F1 in the United States. In theory – and logically – you would have an East Coast Grand Prix, a West Coast Grand Prix, and I think you should have a street race in Detroit – it is still the motor capital of the US. You stay in the US for four weeks and could have two to three races, certainly two.–Martin Sorrell

Being here in Detroit, our public education in this city is – it’s shocking. And the oversight of it and the oversight of the teachers and the funding is nonexistent, and the priority that’s put on it is so low.–Mitch Albom

The [Hillary] Clinton campaign’s recent travel schedule shows how seriously it takes this problem. She and her surrogates have held rallies in cities like Philadelphia, Detroit and Cleveland, trying to boost turnout among African-Americans.–Mara Liasson

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In November 1963, [Malcolm X] gives his famous message to the grassroots address in Detroit, which really kind of marks off the real turning point in his own development.–Manning Marable

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