101 London Quotes & Inspiration for London Instagram Captions

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Last Updated on: 15th September 2021, 10:41 pm

Looking for beautiful quotes about London, England? This glorious city has inspired novelists, historians, and travel writers for centuries.

From its beautiful riverfront to its epic architecture, the city never ceases to delight.

Whether you’re looking for travel inspiration or London Instagram captions, here are my favorite London quotes. 

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London Quotes & London Instagram Captions

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The Best London Quotes & London Instagram Captions

Here are my favorite quotes about London from literature, history, travel, and beyond, broken up into categories (otherwise this list might be a tad overwhelming).

London Travel Quotes

Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

Samuel Johnson

Now the red rim of the sun pushes itself over the London cloud-bank. It shines on a good many folk, but on none, I dare bet, who are on a stranger errand than you and I. How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!

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Arthur Conan Doyle

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The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. Each sentence we produce, whether we know it or not, is a mongrel mouthful of Chaucerian, Shakespearean, Miltonic, Johnsonian, Dickensian and American… English, by comparison, is a shameless whore.

Stephen Fry

For me, London seemed to be frantic without going anywhere.

-Dick Strawbridge

Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.

Jack Kerouac

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London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present. And for that reason it will always have meaning for the future, because of all it can teach about disaster, survival, and redemption. It is all there in the streets. It is all there in the books.

Anna Quindlen

I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and for ever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity?

Charlotte Brontë

Nothing is certain in London but expense. 

-William Shenstone

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London goes beyond any boundary or convention. It contains every wish or word ever spoken, every action or gesture ever made, every harsh or noble statement ever expressed. It is illimitable. It is Infinite London.

-Peter Ackroyd

London’s like a forest… we shall be lost in it.

-Mary Elizabeth Braddon

The vibe of London as a city is captivating. It’s both fast-paced and extremely rushed but still has the calmness that would attract any big-city person.

-Ali Fazal

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The interesting thing about London is that there are always stylish surprises around every corner.

-Natalie Massenet

One might fancy that day, the London day, was just beginning. Like a woman who had slipped off her print dress and white apron to array herself in blue and pearls, the day changed, put off stuff, took gauze, changed to evening, and with the same sigh of exhilaration that a woman breathes, tumbling petticoats on the floor, it too shed dust, heat, colour; the traffic thinned; motor cars, tinkling, darting, succeeded the lumber of vans; and here and there among the thick foliage of the squares an intense light hung.

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Virginia Woolf

These friends – and he laid his hand on some of the books – have been good friends to me, and for some years past, ever since I had the idea of going to London, have given me many, many hours of pleasure. Through them I have come to know your great England; and to know her is to love her.

Bram Stoker

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The city defeated him. It refused to be bent into shape; it stayed a willful, sprawling, sinful place. It even told him as much.

Jonathan Barnes

As to London we must console ourselves with the thought that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old, inwardly its poetry is much deeper.

-Goldwin Smith

I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals.

Noël Coward

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My Dad says that being a Londoner has nothing to do with where you’re born. He says that there are people who get off a jumbo jet at Heathrow, go through immigration waving any kind of passport, hop on the tube and by the time the train’s pulled into Piccadilly Circus they’ve become a Londoner.

Ben Aaronovitch

This was London, in all its filth and glory. Nostalgic for the past, while yearning to cast off the chains of bygone ages and step forward into the bright utopia of the future. Proud of its achievements, yet despising its own flaws. A monster in both size and nature, that would consume the unwary and spit them out again, in forms unrecognizable and undreamt. London, the monster city.

Marie Brennan

One of the the things she most liked about the city -apart from all its obvious attractions, the theatre, the galleries, the exhilarating walks by the river- was that so few people ever asked you personal questions.

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Julia Gregson

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When it’s three o’clock in New York, it’s still 1938 in London.

Bette Midler

This melancholy London — I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually.

W.B. Yeats

The air used to be clean and the s** used to be dirty. Now it is the other way around.

Sebastian Horsley

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From the top of the bus she could see the vast bowl of London spreading out to the horizon: splendid shops with mannequins in the window, interesting people and already a much bigger world.

Julia Gregson

Stopping abruptly in central London is a heinous crime, and immediately gives the people around you permission to kick you.

Beth O’Leary

He dreamed of London and of a life that mattered.

J.K. Rowling

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I live in east London, but I’m not cool.

-Greg McHugh

There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear — the city of London and the South Seas. 

-Herman Melville

There’s only one London. That’s it. We are what we are.

-Craig Taylor 



London Quotes about Love

The most wonderful thing in life is to be delirious and the most wonderful kind of delirium is being in love. In the morning mist, hazy and amorous, London was delirious. London squinted as it floated along, milky pink, without caring where it was going.

Yevgeny Zamyatin

In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.

-John Osbourne

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.

-George Bernard Shaw

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The best bribe which London offers to-day to the imagination, is, that, in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts.

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-Ralph Waldo Emerson

No, the last thing she cared about was whether people were staring at the boy and girl kissing by the river, as London, it’s cities and towers and churches and bridges and streets, circled all about them like the memory of a dream. And if the Thames that ran beside them, sure and silver in the afternoon light, recalled a night long ago when the moon shone as brightly as a shilling on this same boy and girl, or if the stones of Blackfriars knew the tread of their feet and thought to themselves: At last, the wheel comes to a full circle, they kept their silence.

-Cassandra Clare

It was a summer night: laughter fell softly: it was the sort of night that if you wasn’t making love to a woman you feel like you was the only person in the world like that.

-Sam Selvon


Quotes about London at Night 


One thing about London is that when you step out into the night, it swallows you.

Sebastian Faulks

I like walking round London at night, I do it all the time. Not for no reason, just cos… it’s home, innit? It’s brilliant, you can’t ever get bored of London cos even if you live here for like a hundred and fifty years you still won’t ever know everything about it.

Richard Rider

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London was beginning to illuminate herself against the night. Electric lights sizzled and jagged in the main thoroughfares, gas-lamps in the side streets glimmered a canary gold or green. The sky was a crimson battlefield of spring, but London was not afraid.

-E.M. Forster

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.

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-Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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I knew this with my intuition, and yet I sat there in my dark room, looking at the hazed wet brilliance of the purple London night sky, longing with my whole being.

-Doris Lessing 

Live your life in any way, London says. It encourages defiance. I loved what it gave me, who it allowed me to be. On the nights I could afford a minicab home, I rolled down the window while crossing the river and watched the lights on the water, knowing most late-night minicabbers were reaffirming their love of London with the same view. I loved its messiness, its attempts at order. I loved the anonymity it afforded.

-Craig Taylor 


London Food Quotes


Tea at the Ritz is the last delicious morsel of Edwardian London. The light is kind, the cakes are frivolous and the tempo is calm, confident and leisurely.

Helen Simpson

The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. 

-Oscar Wilde

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I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust.

-Jonathan Swift

The first time I was in London, I went to an English greasy spoon to get some breakfast and realised that all the waiters were speaking Italian. That’s when it hit me what an international city this is.

-Monica Bellucci



Quotes from Poems about London


Go where we may, rest where we will,
Eternal London haunts us still.

Thomas Moore

You are now

In London, that great sea, whose ebb and flow

At once is deaf and loud, and on the shore

Vomits its wrecks, and still howls on for more

Yet in its depth what treasures! 

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-Percy Bysshe Shelley, You are now / In London, that great sea

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Unreal City,
Under the brown fog of a winter dawn.
A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
I had not thought death had undone so many.
Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled,
And each man fixed his eyes before his feet.
Flowed up the hill and down King William Street,
To where St Mary Woolnoth kept the hours
With a dead sound on the final stroke of nine.

-T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky.

John Betjeman

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Earth hath not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

-William Wordsworth, Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

I wander thro’ each charter’d street,
Near where the charter’dThames does flow,
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

-William Blake, London

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And every day there passes by my side, 

Up to its western reach, the London tide—

The spring tides of the term. My front looks down
On all the pride and business of the town;
My other fair and more majestic face
For ever gazes on itself below,
In the best mirror that the world can show.

-Abraham Cowley, On the Queen’s repairing Somerset House 1668

Prepare for death, if here at night you roam
And sign your will before you sup from home.
Some fiery fop, with new commission vain,
Who sleeps on brambles till he kills his man;
Some frolic drunkard, reeling from a feast,
Provokes a broil, and stabs you for a jest.

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-Samuel Johnson, London

London, thou art the flower of cities all!

-William Dunbar

Song Lyrics about London

London, London, London town,
You can toughen up or get thrown around.

Kano, London Town

London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls
London calling, now don’t look to us
Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain’t got no swing
Except for the ring of that truncheon thing.

-The Clash, London Calling

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You hear him howlin’ around your kitchen door
You better not let him in
Little old lady got mutilated late last night
Werewolves of London again

-Warren Zevon, Werewovles of London

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, rolling into the night
People so busy, make me feel dizzy, taxi light shines so bright
But I don’t, need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise
Every day I look at the world from my window
Chilly chilly is the evening time, Waterloo sunset’s fine.

-The Kinks, Waterloo Sunset

Just another one champion sound
Me and you about to get down
Who the hottest in the world right now
Just touched down in London town
Bet they give me a pound
Tell them put the money in my hand right now
Tell the promoter we need more seats
We just sold out all the floor seats
-Kanye West & Estelle, American Boy


London Fog & London Weather Quotes

I’m leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when it’s not raining.

-Groucho Marx

London is too full of fogs and serious people. Whether the fogs produce the serious people, or whether the serious people produce the fogs, I don’t know.

-Oscar Wilde

London and Fog! When these two come together, it is time to be a writer!

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Mehmet Murat ildan

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In London, the weather would affect me negatively. I react strongly to light. If it is cloudy and raining, there are clouds and rain in my soul.

-Jerzy Kosinski

Wet weather in London, but when was it anything else?

-Cassandra Clare

Once on a dark winter’s day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted and the shop windows blazed with gas as they do at night, an odd-looking little girl sat in a cab with her father and was driven rather slowly through the big thoroughfares.

-Frances Hodgson Burnett

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In London the day after Christmas (Boxing Day), it began to snow.

-Sylvia Plath

Everything in London is quite good, apart from the weather: it’s cold and rainy there, and the winter is long.

-Sayed Kashua

River Thames Quotes

On Waterloo Bridge where we said our goodbyes,
the weather conditions bring tears to my eyes.
I wipe them away with a black woolly glove
And try not to notice I’ve fallen in love

Wendy Cope

I have admired the romantic elegance of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, have felt the mystic message from a thousand glittering windows at sunset in New York, but to me the view of the London Thames from our hotel window transcends them all for utilitarian grandeur – something deeply human.

Charles Chaplin

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Twenty bridges from Tower to Kew –
Wanted to know what the River knew, 
Twenty Bridges or twenty-two,
For they were young, and the Thames was old
And this is the tale that River told.

Rudyard Kipling

‘Cause London is drowning, and I, I live by the river.
-The Clash
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Millions of people swarming like flies ’round Waterloo underground
Terry and Julie cross over the river where they feel safe and sound
And they don’t, need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo Sunset, they are in paradise

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-The Kinks, Waterloo Sunset

And if the Thames that ran beside them, sure and silver in the afternoon light, recalled a night long ago when the moon shone as brightly as a shilling on this same boy and girl, or if the stones of Blackfriars knew the tread of their feet and thought to themselves: At last, the wheel comes to a full circle, they kept their silence.

-Cassandra Clare


Quotes about St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral is the finest building that ever I did see

-William McGonagall

The heavy bell of St. Paul’s cathedral rang out, announcing the death of another day.

-Charles Dickens

When he walked through the gutted wreck of old Saint Paul’s, he tripped and fell over a piece of rubble — a tombstone. When he got to his feet and dusted himself down he saw that it read, in Latin, ‘Resurgam’ — ‘I Will Rise Again.

Jonathan Barnes

Human beings, for some reason or another, like symmetry. You leave a bunch of them next to a jungle for a couple of days and you’ll come back to find an ornamental garden. We take stones and turn them into the Taj Mahal or St. Paul’s Cathedral.

-Mark Forsyth 

In my youth, I saw St Paul’s Cathedral. The Big Ben touched my precious silent heart, forever!

-Petra Hermans

London is not a city, London is a person. Tower Bridge talks to you; National Gallery reads a poem for you; Hyde Park dances with you; Palace of Westminster plays the piano; Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral sing an opera! London is not a city; it is a talented artist who is ready to contact with you directly!

-Mehmet Murat ildan

It is good to recall that three centuries ago, around the year 1660, two of the greatest monuments of modern history were erected, one in the West and one in the East; St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Taj Mahal in Agra. Between them, the two symbolize, perhaps better than words can describe, the comparative level of architectural technology, the comparative level of craftsmanship and the comparative level of affluence and sophistication the two cultures had attained at that epoch of history.

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-Abdus Salam

Quotes About King’s Cross Station

Temple of the Rat King. Ark of the Soot God. Sphincter of Hades. Yes, King’s Cross Station, where, according to Knuckle Sandwich, a blow job costs only five quid – any of the furthest-left three cubicles in the men’s lavvy downstairs, twenty-four hours a day.

David Mitchell

Dear Mr. Potter, Please note that the new school year will begin on September the first. The Hogwarts Express will leave from King’s Cross station, platform nine and three-quarters, at eleven o’clock.

-J.K. Rowling

To Margaret—I hope that it will not set the reader against her—the station of King’s Cross had always suggested Infinity. Its very situation—withdrawn a little behind the facile splendours of St. Pancras—implied a comment on the materialism of life. Those two great arches, colourless, indifferent, shouldering between them an unlovely clock, were fit portals for some eternal adventure, whose issue might be prosperous, but would certainly not be expressed in the ordinary language of prosperity.

-E.M. Forster

I might be good at what I do, but despite the fact that King’s Cross station is indeed where Harry Potter headed off for Hogwarts, I do not possess an invisibility cloak.

-Harlan Coben

The imaginations of black Hermione’s detractors can stretch to the possibility of a secret platform at King’s Cross station that can only be accessed by running through a brick wall, but they can’t stretch to a black central character.

-Reni Eddo-Lodge

Quotes About the Tower of London


Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: ‘It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.

-James Keller

Always there have been six ravens at the Tower. If the ravens fly away, the kingdom will fall.

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-John Owen Theobald

For a fair maid of England hath told me
That the crows are departed the Tower.
So I’ll seek for my bailiwick elsewhere,
Sniffing out some new dungheap of power.

Paul Christensen

London Quotes by Shakespeare

Now could thou and I rob the thieves and go merrily to London, it would be argument for a week, laughter for a month, and a good jest forever.

William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1

Would I were in an alehouse in London.

-William Shakespeare

After them! nay, before them, if we can.
Now, by my faith, lords, ’twas a glorious day:
Saint Alban’s battle won by famous York
Shall be eternized in all age to come.
Sound drums and trumpets, and to London all:
And more such days as these to us befall!

William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 2


Harry Potter London Quotes

Even if I could, I wouldn’t. Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground.

J.K. Rowling

Don’t let the Muggles get you down! Try and come to London,

J.K. Rowling

And the ground and the dirty buildings on either side fell away, dropping out of sight as the car rose; in seconds, the whole of London lay, smoky and glittering, below them.

J.K. Rowling

Harry had never been to London before. Although Hagrid seemed to know where he was going, he was obviously not used to getting there in an ordinary way. He got stuck in the ticket barrier on the Underground, and complained loudly that the seats were too small and the trains too slow.

J.K. Rowling

Quotes About Hating London

I’ve started to hate this city, this country, all these STUPID F***ING PEOPLE.

Nick Bantock

I walk to Oxford Street and climb on the number 8. It’s freezing and it starts to rain and it’s the ugliest bus I’ve ever seen, rattling down the ugliest streets, in the ugliest city, in the ugliest country, in the ugliest of all possible worlds.

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David Thewlis

Come with me, ladies and gentlemen who are in any wise weary of London: come with me: and those that tire at all of the world we know: for we have new worlds here.

Lord Dunsany

Do you realise that people die of boredom in London suburbs? It’s the second biggest cause of death amongs the English in general. Sheer boredom…

Alexander McCall Smith

The truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be. 

-Jane Austen

London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.

-Arthur Conan Doyle

Have you read any beautiful quotes about London recently? If so, leave them in the comments, and I’ll add it to the list!

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5 Things to Pack for Your Trip to London

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If you’re headed to London, I have an entire London packing list that goes over exactly what to bring to with you. However, here are five items you definitely don’t want to forget!

  • The Lonely Planet England guidebook or the Rick Steves London guidebook for your trip. It can be kind of a pain to find the major guidebooks once you land, or you’ll find them overpriced. I always like to pick mine up ahead of time.
  • An Unlocked Cell Phone so that you can use a British sim card while here to help navigate public transportation.
  • Backup Charging Bank for your cell phone since you’ll be using it as a camera, GPS system, and general travel genie.
  • A Camera since London is super photogenic. I use a mix of my Nikon D810 and my  Samsung8 smartphone these days.
  • A Great Day Bag so you can carry what you need with you (like your camera, snacks, water, sunscreen, cash, etc). My current favorite is the Pacsafe Citysafe, which is especially great for London because it has many anti-theft features designed to deter pickpockets. It also transitions to a night bag more easily and won’t embarrass you if you go to dinner directly after sightseeing all day. 
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More London Travel Resources

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Headed to London? Start with my London Packing List, so you know what to bring with you and what to wear each season.

If you’re interested in visiting UNESCO sites and historic places around London, check out my posts on How to Visit the Tower of LondonHow to Visit Westminster Abbey, and How to Visit Westminster Abbey.

Love to listen while you plan your travels? I have episodes about London on both of my podcasts. You can check my podcast episode about the Roman Baths, The History of Windsor Castle, and Banqueting House.

You can also listen to my travel podcast episode about London.  Plus here are all the best travel podcasts I use to plan my own trips.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance!

Before you leave for England make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I pay for World Nomads, and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance if you’ll be hanging out in cities (like London…ahem) where tourists can be the victims of pickpockets. 


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