People love travel quotes for all kinds of reasons. For some, it’s a way to travel in their heart when they can’t be out in the world. For others, it’s a way to organize their thoughts or celebrate something wonderful in the world. I’ve collected these quotes about Paris to help inspire your travels. As people wake up to the burned images of Notre Dame Cathedral today, I hope these bring some beauty and joy into a melancholy day. Feel free to share them however you need, whether as pins, Facebook posts, Instagram captions, or any other way you want.
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50 Beautiful Quotes about Paris
In no particular order…
The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay, I heard the laughter of her heart in every street café.
Oscar Hammerstein II
A final reminder. Whenever you are in Paris at twilight in the early summer, return to the Seine and watch the evening sky close slowly on a last strand of daylight fading quietly, like a sigh.
Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. It brings tears to your eyes.
I love Paris for the million reasons that everybody loves the city. It’s an incredibly romantic and beautiful place.
April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom, holiday tables under the trees.
E. Y. Harburg
I think Paris smells not just sweet but melancholy and curious, sometimes sad but always enticing and seductive. She’s a city for the all senses, for artists and writers and musicians and dreamers, for fantasies, for long walks and wine and lovers and, yes, for mysteries.
M. J. Rose
To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.
Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees—nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train?
It’s true, you never forget your first love, and, for me, that will always be Paris.
I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles.
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.
The chief danger about Paris is that it is such a strong stimulant.
One of the first drawings I did in Paris – I wasn’t thinking of doing drawings, but somehow or other, I kept drawing – I bought a hyacinth flower with a lot of leaves, just to make me feel like spring.
When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise.
I am happy in Paris.
America is my country and Paris is my hometown.
To know Paris is to know a great deal.
Secrets travel fast in Paris.
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 or something. Just wandering the city is entertainment.
Whether you like it or not, Paris is the beating heart of Western civilisation. It’s where it all began and ended.
In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.
Paris just exudes love and romance and, for me personally, hope and joy and faith, too; it just means so much to me. That place made me feel so happy and so safe, and my spirit was just so full of joy.
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.
When good Americans die, they go to Paris.
In Paris, I really do like to try and do nothing… but that’s impossible.
It is perfectly possible to be enamored of Paris while remaining totally indifferent or even hostile to the French.
Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.
Honoré de Balzac
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.
I have the feeling that I was born in Vienna in order to live in Paris.
I feel comfortable singing in the great cathedrals of the world because I spent so much time as a child singing in church. And it isn’t very different. Of course, nothing looks quite like Notre Dame de Paris.
I live in the Dark Ages, the 17th century. Actually, I would have loved to be in Paris in the early 20th century when the Ballets Russes were there and Chanel was designing.
When I was 20, I went to Paris and tried to meet French women. It didn’t work.
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.
To avoid sounding like a cliche, I won’t say I want to get proposed to in Paris, but Paris. I want it to happen somewhere public where people can be excited that I just got proposed to, and everyone applauds, like in a restaurant – that, or somewhere totally secluded… in Paris.
I had a go at changing history – maybe not all by myself – I fought at the battle of Normandy, I slogged through the Ardennes, and I celebrated the liberation of Paris on the streets with beautiful French girls throwing flowers at me. I said good-bye to my first true love and discovered what I really wanted to do with my life.
London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.
G. K. Chesterson
I love Milan because it’s my home town. But Paris is the dream city: even when you’re stressed out in shows, you look around, and everything is so beautiful.
When Paris sneezes, Europe catches cold.
Klemens von Metternich
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
Good talkers are only found in Paris.
Unknown in Paris, I was lost in the great city, but the feeling of living there alone, taking care of myself without any aid, did not at all depress me. If sometimes I felt lonesome, my usual state of mind was one of calm and great moral satisfaction.
Paris is the destination for brokenhearted American women. I think men go there and have their hearts broken, but women come there with their hearts broken.
It took me some years to clear my head of what Paris wanted me to admire about it, and to notice what I preferred instead. Not power-ridden monuments, but individual buildings which tell a quieter story: the artist’s studio, or the Belle Epoque house built by a forgotten financier for a just-remembered courtesan.
My roots are in Paris, and I will not pull them up.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I’d sometimes go to Paris by myself – it was an easy two-hour train ride – to get a break from the everyday grind, to walk around a big city, ride a subway, feel the energy of a world capital.
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.
I think that taking night trains or meeting someone on the road is pretty romantic. I’ve done a couple of things like that. I’ve surprised someone in Paris. And hopefully, when you surprise someone, they’re happy to see you.
I always dreamed of working in Paris, of going to the Coupole and slapping Picasso or Giacometti on the shoulder.
Paris can be like the land of the Lotus-Eaters. You can’t leave.
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