The Best Quotes about Edinburgh, Scotland

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The view of Edinburgh from the road before you enter Leith is quite enchanting: it is, as Albert said, fairy -like and what you would only imagine as a thing to dream of, or to see in a picture.– Queen Victoria’s journal

Edinburgh is so cultural and such a beautiful place to walk around.– Rupert Friend

The most beautiful of all the capitals of Europe. – Sir John Betjeman (now buried in St Enodoc’s Church in Cornwall)

My dear Sir, do not think that I blaspheme when I tell you that your great London, as compared to Dun -Edin, ‘mine own romantic town’, is as prose compared to poetry, or as a great rumbling, rambling, heavy Epic compared to a Lyric, brief, bright, clear, and vital as a flash of lightning. – Charlotte Brontë

Coming back to Edinburgh is to me like coming home. – Charles Dickens

Edinburgh is alive with words. – Sara Sheridan

When I looked out in the morning it is as if I had waked in Utopia. – George Elliott

I find Edinburgh a stimulating place in which to live, with it being a city of contrasts, both architecturally and socially, and each district having a definite character.– Joan Lingard

There’s no leaving Edinburgh, No shifting it around: it stays with you, always. – Alan Bold

Edinburgh is a sort of gothic fairytale city, and it can be a gothic horror city as well. – David Mackenzie

I love Scotland. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and has a wonderful tradition of supporting the arts. – Peter Hambleton

I love coming back to Edinburgh. It’s nice to spend real time here. – Sophie Wu

This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again. – Alexander McCall Smith

Edinburgh is a hotbed of genius. – Tobias Smollett

The Scots think of it as their capital; they’re too possessive, Edinburgh belongs to the world. – Richard Demarco

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It is quite lovely – bits of it.– Oscar Wilde

But Edinburgh is a mad god’s dream.– Hugh MacDiarmid

I always feel that when I come to Edinburgh, in many ways I am coming home.– Alan Rickman

It seemed as if the rock and castle assumed a new aspect every time I looked at them; and Arthur’s Seat was perfect witchcraft. I don’t wonder that anyone residing in Edinburgh should write poetically.– Washington Irving

And yet the place establishes an interest in people’s hearts; go where they will, they find no city of the same distinction. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Edinburgh isn’t so much a city, more a way of life… I doubt I’ll ever tire of exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print. – Ian Rankin

Beautiful city of Edinburgh, most wonderful to be seen; with your ancient palace of Holyrood and Queen’s Park Green; and your big, magnificent, elegant New College; where people from all nations can be taught knowledge. – William McGonagall

There’s no leaving Edinburgh, No shifting it around: it stays with you, always.  – Alan Bold

Edinburgh is an experience A city of enormous gifts Whose streets sing of history Whose cobbles tell tales.  – Alan Bold

I always feel that when I come to Edinburgh, in many ways I am coming home.  – Alan Rickman

This might sound really foolish, but when I came to Edinburgh in 1988 I had spent nearly all my life living south of Bristol, and I was just amazed that a city like Edinburgh was actually in the British isles.  – David Nicholls

My first ever stage performance was in Edinburgh in 1960.  – Davy Jones

It was here in Edinburgh that in the 1980s I joined with many others to protest against Margaret Thatcher as she arrived to address the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  – Douglas Alexander

After a rest in Edinburgh, where, passing a music -shop, I heard some blind man playing a mazurka of mine…  – Frederic Chopin

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It seemed to him a very Edinburgh thing. Welcoming, but not very.  – Ian Rankin

There’s all this stuff that is happening in Edinburgh now, it’s a sad attempt to create an Edinburgh society, similar to a London society, a highbrow literature celebrity society.  – Irvine Welsh

I never realised that the Edinburgh skyline was so interesting  – it’s gothic and very urban and there’s a lot of church spires and old brownstone buildings.  – Jamie Bell

Robert Rotenberg does for Toronto what Ian Rankin does for Edinburgh.  – Jeffery Deaver

For those who like that sort of thing,” said Miss Brodie in her best Edinburgh voice, “That is the sort of thing they like.  – Muriel Spark

Glasgow is less polite than Edinburgh but that’s a good thing  – they keep it very real.  – Nik Kershaw

When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can’t teach poetry. This is ridiculous.  – Norman MacCaig

Edinburgh is so cultural and such a beautiful place to walk around.  – Rupert Friend

I want to hang out in Edinburgh with my friends and eat fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.  – Shirley Manson

Edinburgh used to be a haughty city.  -Alexander McCall Smith

Edinburgh is so cultural and such a beautiful place to walk around.  -Rupert Friend

Glasgow is less polite than Edinburgh but that’s a good thing  – they keep it very real.  -Nik Kershaw

When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can’t teach poetry. This is ridiculous.  -Norman MacCaig

When I used to do the Edinburgh Festival, there was a bunch of guys selling fresh oysters and I’d eat ten daily  – marvellous.  -Paul Merton

This possibility bothered me as I thought it was not advisable to remain in one academic environment, and the long dark winters in Edinburgh could be rather dismal.  – Paul Nurse

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There’s all this stuff that is happening in Edinburgh now, it’s a sad attempt to create an Edinburgh society, similar to a London society, a highbrow literature celebrity society.  -Irvine Welsh

It was here in Edinburgh that in the 1980s I joined with many others to protest against Margaret Thatcher as she arrived to address the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  -Douglas Alexander

I sang in a rock band when I was training as a lawyer. You know, not professional, we just did it for fun. We just did gigs all over Edinburgh and some in Glasgow and some at festivals.  -Gerard Butler

This might sound really foolish, but when I came to Edinburgh in 1988 I had spent nearly all my life living south of Bristol, and I was just amazed that a city like Edinburgh was actually in the British isles.  -David Nicholls

When I was deputy chairman I could travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh without leaving Tory land. In a two -week period I covered every constituency in which we had an MP. There were 14. Now we have only one. We appear to have given up.  -Jeffrey Archer

My first ever stage performance was in Edinburgh in 1960.  -Davy Jones

I had an Edinburgh, middle -class childhood and a public school education,  -Rory Bremner

I always feel that when I come to Edinburgh, in many ways I am coming home.  -Alan Rickman

The Duke of Edinburgh has perfected the art of saying hello and goodbye in the same handshake.  -Jennie Bond

I like the Edinburgh Film Festival, and I’ve liked what I’ve experienced of Glasgow’s Film Festival too.  -Aidan Gillen

Edinburgh is an experience A city of enormous gifts Whose streets sing of history Whose cobbles tell tales.  -Alan Bold

The instruction at Edinburgh was altogether by lectures, and these were intolerably dull, with the exception of those on chemistry.  -Charles Darwin

For those who like that sort of thing,” said Miss Brodie in her best Edinburgh voice, “That is the sort of thing they like.  -Muriel Spark

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[Edinburgh] is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.  -Alexander McCall Smith

I’m a bit of a Scotophile. I have a house on the Black Isle, so I’m in Scotland quite a lot and think Edinburgh is just the most beautiful city.  -Penelope Keith

Living in Edinburgh, I consider myself particularly lucky  – we have the biggest book festival in the world, a plethora of fascinating libraries and museums, and some of the greatest architecture in Europe.  -Sara Sheridan

My first ideas of human in vitro fertilization (IVF) arose with my Ph.D. in Edinburgh University in the early 1950s. Supervised by Alan Beatty, my research was based on his work on altering chromosomal complements in mouse embryos.  – Robert Edwards

Even though one of them is about an Edinburgh junkie and ones a little boy of eight in Manchester, you want them to always portray their world in such a vivid way that the audience can disappear inside the story.  – Danny Boyle

I am proud of Edinburgh’s status as a financial centre, but where is it on the index of global financial centres? Sixty -fourth. Below Hamilton, Casablanca and Mauritius. London, by contrast, is second only to New York. That’s a link worth keeping.  -Rory Bremner

It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  -Mark Twain

I do get recognized, but I must say Edinburgh is a fantastic city to live if you’re well -known. There is an innate respect for privacy in Edinburgh people, and I also think they’re used to seeing me walking around, so I don’t think I’m a very big deal.  – J. K. Rowling

I once waited on Sean Connery. A long time ago. This was at the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh. They closed down the restaurant for him, and when he walked in with his morning paper, all the waitresses started squealing. He was a big guy, bigger than in the movies.  – Tony D’Souza

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In 1987, I was in Edinburgh doing my first one -man show. I took part in a kickabout with some fellow comedians and tripped over my trousers and heard this cracking sound in my leg. A couple of days later I went into a coma and was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.  -Paul Merton

I did a production of ‘Journey’s End,’ an RC Sherriff play about World War I, at the Edinburgh Festival. I was 18 and it was the first time that people I knew and loved and respected came up to me after the show and said, ‘You know, you could really do this if you wanted to.’  -Tom Hiddleston

Edinburgh is a comfortable puddle for a novelist.  -Sara Sheridan

I had an Edinburgh, middle -class childhood and a public school education.  -Rory Bremner

Robert Rotenberg does for Toronto what Ian Rankin does for Edinburgh.  -Jeffery Deaver

It seemed to him a very Edinburgh thing. Welcoming, but not very.  – Ian Rankin

I love coming back to Edinburgh. It’s nice to spend real time here.  -Sophie Wu

There’s no leaving Edinburgh, No shifting it around: it stays with you, always.  -Alan Bold

Edinburgh is my favourite city. We’ll be doing a lot of children’s theatre and galleries.  -Carol Ann Duffy

When I do the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I always go across to Loch Ness and stay there.  -Rhys Darby

I have got the best of both worlds; growing up in Edinburgh and now living outside Glasgow.  -Magnus Magnusson

I love Scotland. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and has a wonderful tradition of supporting the arts.  -Peter Hambleton

I want to hang out in Edinburgh with my friends and eat fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.  -Shirley Manson

After a rest in Edinburgh, where, passing a music -shop, I heard some blind man playing a mazurka of mine…  -Frederic Chopin

I’d done an Edinburgh show before, in 1981, called ‘The Importance of Being Varnished’  – I was in the pun trade at the time.  -Rory Bremner

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Edinburgh is my adopted home. It’s a place where I wanted to come and live, and I managed to arrange my life so it happened.  -Peter Higgs

A madhouse of frenzied moneymaking and frenzied pleasure -seeking, with none of the corners chipped off. It is beautifully situatedand the air reminds one curiously of Edinburgh.  -Aleister Crowley

I never realised that the Edinburgh skyline was so interesting  – it’s gothic and very urban and there’s a lot of church spires and old brownstone buildings.  -Jamie Bell

I owe a great deal to Harold Hobson, doyen drama critic of the ‘U.K. Sunday Times,’ who championed me as Shakespeare’s Richard II at the 1969 Edinburgh Festival.  -Ian Mckellen

I had a complicated life until I was 25. I was born in Bristol and was brought up by my mum and my stepfather in Edinburgh. He introduced me to books.  -Neil Cross

In Edinburgh, there was a lovely little Episcopalian Church of Scotland church on my way to the theater, so I used to pop in there and soak up the atmosphere.  -Neve McIntosh

My career has been a slow burn, so waiting to do the Edinburgh Festival was a smart move. If I’d spent a month there 10 -15 years ago, there’s no way anyone was gonna remember me.  -Bill Burr

My upbringing has always been quite equal in terms of cultural influences. But it’s unlikely that anything could prepare you for a job that involves belting out Proclaimers songs on camera, in Edinburgh and in public.  -Antonia Thomas

I joined the after -school club, School of Comedy, which progressed wildly, and in quite a Hollywood way. It sounds like ‘School of Rock’, right up to trying to raise money to pay for a venue in Edinburgh.  -Will Poulter

I no longer hated the whining, menacing dragonfly we rode in, but admired its grace as we surged towards the clouds, the lights of Edinburgh twinkling below us like the starry constellations of a world upside down.  -Rosie Pugh

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The colleges of Edinburgh and Geneva as seminaries of science, are considered as the two eyes of Europe. While Great Britain and America give the preference to the former, all other countries give it to the latter.  -Thomas Jefferson

I used to have a lovely wallet with lots of different compartments where I kept photographs of my grandmother, grandfather and friends. It was stolen one night when I was out in Edinburgh, and I never got it back.  -Neve McIntosh

According to the Captain of The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, striking your opponent or caddie at St Andrews, Hoylake or Westward Ho! meant that you lost the hole, except on medal days when it counted as a rub of the green.  -Herbert Wind

I’m hugely fond of Scotland. My daughter, Jemma, was born in the Simpson Memorial Maternity Hospital in Edinburgh, and it always tickled me that she was so vexed she didn’t have a Scottish accent even though she was brought up down south.  -Rick Wakeman

During my second year at Edinburgh [1826 -27] I attended Jameson’s lectures on Geology and Zoology, but they were incredible dull. The sole effect they produced on me was the determination never as long as I lived to read a book on Geology.  -Charles Darwin

Ian Rankin’s Rebus is the king of modern British crime fiction. He is dour, determined, and constantly falls foul of his seniors. For all this, we root for him. He is eminently loveable, a quixotic hero moving through the darker half of a Jekyll and Hyde Edinburgh.  -Mark Billingham

I once waited on Sean Connery. A long time ago. This was at the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh. They closed down the restaurant for him, and when he walked in with his morning paper, all the waitresses started squealing. He was a big guy, bigger than in the movies.”  -Tony D’Souza

Many people have heard the remarkable example of devotion involving a Skye terrier dog who worked for a Scottish shepherd named Old Jock. In 1858, the day after Jock was buried (with almost nobody present to mourn him except his shaggy dog) in the churchyard at Greyfriars Abbey in Edinburgh, Bobby was found sleeping on his master’s grave, where he continued to sleep every night for fourteen years.  -Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

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At 17 years old, STG took me under its wing and shared its resources and wisdom with me, even allowing me to take part in a show at the Edinburgh Festival. Without STG and the Ramshorn Theatre, I would not have found access to the world of drama that I later made my profession.  -Peter Capaldi

I used to say Edinburgh was a beautiful actress with no talent. I thought it was just like a shortbread tin. I think that’s because I did six Festivals in a row there, and I never saw the real Edinburgh, just a lot of deeply annoying Cambridge Footlights kids wanting to be actresses.  – Michelle Gomez

I can see a day soon where you’ll create your own college degree by taking the best online courses from the best professors from around the world  – some computing from Stanford, some entrepreneurship from Wharton, some ethics from Brandeis, some literature from Edinburgh  – paying only the nominal fee for the certificates of completion.  -Thomas Friedman

I’ve spent a lot of very happy times in Edinburgh as a result of playing virtually every festival since 1996. It’s also a beautiful city in its own right, is walkable, within sight of the sea and mountains  – and was too far north for the Luftwaffe to have done any damage, hence the spectacularly beautiful architecture.  -Marcus Brigstocke

My identity has always been confused. Born in Edinburgh of a Scottish/Russian/Jewish mother and an English/Irish/Catholic father, there is no form of guilt to which I was not subjected in my childhood. Members of my immediate family live all over the world  – a diaspora of cousins, aunts, uncles and more in a dizzying mix.  -Sara Sheridan

I was an adult and I was in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I was performing in this cave  – they used to bury the plague victims in these caves underneath the streets of Edinburgh, when I got this weird cold sensation up my spine, it gave me this really weird feeling, and then I looked up and there was this white, sudden white shape, that just zapped from me and went straight to the light that was at the back of the room, and I just stopped cold and said to the audience, “Did you guys see that?” No one saw it.  -Rhys Darby

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I want to hang out in Edinburgh with my friends and eat fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.  -Shirley Manson

I never realised that the Edinburgh skyline was so interesting  – it’s gothic and very urban and there’s a lot of church spires and old brownstone buildings.  -Jamie Bell

As with the bud, so with the blossom. A boy is the only thing known from which a man can be made. I hope that we as parents are teaching our children that they are the sons and daughters of God, and that they have the capacity to become like him. It was the old Edinburgh weaver who prayed, ‘O God, help me to hold a high opinion of myself.’ Likewise I would counsel young people to hold a high opinion of themselves, to remember who they really are, and to put their faith in their Heavenly Father.  -Paul H. Dunn

Edinburgh is an experience

A city of enormous gifts

Whose streets sing of history

Whose cobbles tell tales.  -Alan Bold

After a rest in Edinburgh, where, passing a music -shop, I heard some blind man playing a mazurka of mine.  -Frederic Chopin

According to the Captain of The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, striking your opponent or caddie at St Andrews, Hoylake or Westward Ho! meant that you lost the hole, except on medal days when it counted as a rub of the green.  -Herbert Wind

During my second year at Edinburgh [1826 -27] I attended Jameson’s lectures on Geology and Zoology, but they were incredible dull. The sole effect they produced on me was the determination never as long as I lived to read a book on Geology.  -Charles Darwin

Buy products of genuine lasting value from brands that take their manufacturing seriously. I have things that are 75 years old, like the dinner suit of my grandfather’s that was made in 1933 by a tailor in Edinburgh. Clothes develop stories. You can remember where you’ve been through clothing that you’ve worn. I want products that are going to endure. I hate that we buy things that are disposable. We need to buy products with integrity.  -Patrick Grant

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Robert Rotenberg does for Toronto what Ian Rankin does for Edinburgh.  -Jeffery Deaver

Glasgow is less polite than Edinburgh but that’s a good thing  – they keep it very real.  -Nik Kershaw

I’m a bit of a Scotophile. I have a house on the Black Isle, so I’m in Scotland quite a lot and think Edinburgh is just the most beautiful city.  -Penelope Keith

Edinburgh used to be a haughty city.  -Alexander McCall Smith

I once waited on Sean Connery. A long time ago. This was at the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh. They closed down the restaurant for him, and when he walked in with his morning paper, all the waitresses started squealing. He was a big guy, bigger than in the movies.  -Tony D’Souza

I have an older brother and an older sister  – and they had the time of their lives at university. They were at Newcastle and Edinburgh. Looking up to them the whole time, I wanted to go to university and live the life they were living, having a blast, and I didn’t get in. I didn’t get into any of the universities I wanted to go to.  -Rose Leslie

I love Chatsworth, Winchester Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle… Every time I’m in the vicinity of something old and worth looking at, I try to go. You don’t even have to leave your home town to see some places. How many Londoners have seen the crown jewels? Not many, and they’ll blow you away, I promise.  -Alan Titchmarsh

When I do the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I always go across to Loch Ness and stay there.  -Rhys Darby

So far Kat has been through all the Wa’s she could think of, but Hale hadn’t admitted to being Walter or Ward or Washington. He’d firmly denied both Warren and Waverly. Watson had prompted him to do a very bad Sherlock Holmes impersonation throughout a good portion of a train ride to Edinburgh, Scotland. And Wayne seemed so wrong she hadn’t even tried. Hale was Hale. And not knowing what the W’s stood for had become a constant reminder to Kat that, in life, there are some things that can be given but never stolen. Of course, that didn’t stop her from trying.  -Ally Carter

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It seemed to him a very Edinburgh thing. Welcoming, but not very.  -Ian Rankin

When I used to do the Edinburgh Festival, there was a bunch of guys selling fresh oysters and I’d eat ten daily  – marvellous.  -Paul Merton

In 1987, I was in Edinburgh doing my first one -man show. I took part in a kickabout with some fellow comedians and tripped over my trousers and heard this cracking sound in my leg. A couple of days later I went into a coma and was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.  -Paul Merton

This might sound really foolish, but when I came to Edinburgh in 1988 I had spent nearly all my life living south of Bristol, and I was just amazed that a city like Edinburgh was actually in the British isles.  -David Nicholls

The colleges of Edinburgh and Geneva as seminaries of science, are considered as the two eyes of Europe. While Great Britain and America give the preference to the former, all other countries give it to the latter.  -Thomas Jefferson

A madhouse of frenzied moneymaking and frenzied pleasure -seeking, with none of the corners chipped off. It is beautifully situatedand the air reminds one curiously of Edinburgh.  -Aleister Crowley

When I come to a new city is I combine: I say, well, it’s like Barcelona and Edinburgh, though I can’t imagine what that would be. But Toronto, the last few times I’ve been here, what always comes up is Chicago and West Berlin. It’s a big, sprawling city beside a lake, of a certain age and a certain architectural complexity. But the high -end retail core looks more like West Germany than the Magnificent Mile. Yonge Street is like K -Damm. There’s an excess of surface marble and bronze: it’s Germanic and as pretentious as pretentious can be.  -William Gibson

When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can’t teach poetry. This is ridiculous.  -Norman MacCaig

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It was here in Edinburgh that in the 1980s I joined with many others to protest against Margaret Thatcher as she arrived to address the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  -Douglas Alexander

The Duke of Edinburgh has perfected the art of saying hello and goodbye in the same handshake.  -Jennie Bond

Even though one of them is about an Edinburgh junkie and ones a little boy of eight in Manchester, you want them to always portray their world in such a vivid way that the audience can disappear inside the story.

Danny Boyle

The Duke of Edinburgh has perfected the art of saying hello and goodbye in the same handshake.  -Jennie Bond

Even though one of them is about an Edinburgh junkie and ones a little boy of eight in Manchester, you want them to always portray their world in such a vivid way that the audience can disappear inside the story.  -Danny Boyle

I had an Edinburgh, middle -class childhood and a public school education.  -Rory Bremner

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