Ah, Paris. The city that has infatuated the romantic and the romantic at heart for years. Throughout history, Paris has drawn dreamers, writers, philosophers, and artists to its neighborhoods. The picturesque city oozes charm, culture, romance, history, and art. That is probably what makes Paris one of the most visited cities in the world year after year. So, it is no wonder that there are numerous quotes about Paris!
I love finding travel quotes. I feel like they help to inspire wanderlust as much as songs about travel. Quotes just help you to see someone else’s perspective of a place, and personally, I love that!
I started dreaming of visiting Paris when I was a little girl and discovered that my great-grandfather was 100% Parisian. This discover lead me to a love affair with a city I had never visited, but dreamed of constantly.
Marty and I included Paris on our first trip to Europe, our honeymoon, and I could instantly see how people so easily fell in love with the city. Surrounded by beautiful people, great food, and incredible history and culture, Paris easily gets into not only your blood but also your soul.
I think that is why this list of Paris quotes speaks to me so much. I feel as though I can relate to so many of them just based upon my brief encounter with Paris. I hope they speak to you also!
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100 Quotes About Paris
There are so many quotes about Paris that we could really go on and on for days. Here are some of our favorites:
“To know Paris is to know a great deal.” — Henry Miller
“It’s true, you never forget your first love, and for me, that will always be Paris.” — Caitriona Balfe
“We’ll always have Paris.” — Howard Koch
“Paris is always a good idea.” Audrey Hepburn
“The chief danger about Paris is that it is such a strong stimulant.” — T.S. Eliot
“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” – Thomas Jefferson
“She wanted to die, but she also wanted to live in Paris.” -Gustave Flaubert
“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.” — Ernest Hemingway
“In Paris, they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.” -Mark Twain
“I like the Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace.” — Natalie Lloyd
“When good Americans die, they go to Paris.” — Oscar Wilde
“There is but one Paris, and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even- the French air cleans the brain and does good- a world of good.” -Vincent Van Gogh
“To know Paris is to know a great deal.” – Henry Miller
“Just add three letters to Paris, and you have paradise.” — Jules Renard
“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.” -Victor Hugo
“London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.” — G.K. Chesterson
“Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Breathe Paris in. It nourishes the soul.” — Victor Hugo
Paris Quotes For Everyone
“In Paris, our lives are one masked ball.” — Gaston Leroux
“America is my country, and Paris is my hometown.” -Gertrude Stein
“What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!”-Charles Dickens
“The shopping, the city, the views! Paris is a city that entrances us all -and I’m no exception.” -Michael Kohrs
“Paris is not a city; it’s a world.” — King Francis I
“The French and their food. They put each meal on a pedestal.”-Giada De Laurentiis
“There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.” — Ernest Hemingway
“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.” -Honore de Balzac“I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.” -Kristin Hannah
“An artist has no home in Europe except Paris.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.” –Gustave Eiffel
“To be a Parisian is not about being born in Paris, it is about being reborn there.” — Sacha Guitry
“Though I often looked for one, I finally had to admit that there could be no cure for Paris.” – Paula McLain, The Paris Wife
“Paris was a museum displaying exactly itself.” — Jeffrey Eugenides
“When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise.” — Henry Miller
“Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. It brings tears to your eyes” ― Lee Radziwill
“To study in Paris is to be born in Paris!” – Victor Hugo
“You’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.” -E.A. Bucchianeri
“You don’t go to Notre Dame to learn something; you go to Notre Dame to be somebody” — Lou Holtz
“Whether you like it or not, Paris is the beating heart of Western civilization. It’s where it all began and ended” ― Alan Furst
“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.”-Midnight in Paris
“In Paris, I really do like to try and do nothing… but that’s impossible” — Christian Louboutin
“Paris at dawn is one of those rare cities where you get the impression that something worthwhile could actually happen to you” – Pierre Assouline, The Light of Paris
“My roots are in Paris, and I will not pull them up” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“A breath of Paris preserves the soul” — Victor Hugo
“The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older – intelligence and good manners” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Paris has always seemed to me to be the only city in which one can live as one sees fit” — Natalie Clifford Barney
“Paris is the only place where I feel that I lead a life that I can call my own” — Joan Juliet Buck
“I can never decide whether Paris is more beautiful by day or by night” ― Adriana, Midnight in Paris.
“April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom, holiday tables under the trees” ― E. Y. Harburg
“Paris… is a world meant for the walker alone, for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail” — Edmund White in The Flaneur.
“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” ― Betty Who
“If you have ever walked in Paris, you will see that Paris will ever walk in your memories!” — Mehmet Murat ildan
“To err is human. To loaf is Parisian” — Victor Hugo
Quotes About Paris Inspire Wanderlust
Paris at night is a street show of a hundred moments you might have lived ― Courtney Maum
It is perfectly possible to be enamoured of Paris while remaining totally indifferent or even hostile to the French — James Baldwin
That was the moment I fell in love with Paris and the moment that I felt that Paris had fallen in love with me.
I love Paris for the million reasons that everybody loves the city. It’s an incredibly romantic and beautiful place ― Alan Furst
I’m not a complicated girl; she laughed, I just want to run away with you, rob a bank, fall in love and eat ice creams in Paris ― Michael Faudet
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 ― Bianca Balti
Paris is so very beautiful that it satisfies something in you that is always hungry in America — Ernest Hemingway
Paris is not just a city for lovers, but a city to fall in love with.
I always thought falling in love was hard, but now I realize that was the easy bit. It’s staying in love that‘s the hard part ― Alexandra Potter
Even the pigeons are dancing, kissing, going in circles, mounting each other. Paris is the city of love, even for the birds — Samantha Schutz
There’s something about Paris, people just don’t have anything else to do there but love each other — Louis Garrel
You’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you — A. Bucchianeri
We belong to this earth. Now I can see the truth … I love you on this earth of ours. Love me, do! —Simone de Beauvoir
I fly to Paris and discover how to make love to God — Ann Voskamp
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 — Whit Stillman
Paris is a city of dreams.
Of course I think of the past and of Paris, what else is there to remember? — Djuna Barnes
A bad day in Paris is still better than a good day in anywhere else.
Paris exists to remind you that your dreams are real.
Eiffel hard for this city.
Paris is the greatest temple ever built to material joys and lust of the eyes – Henry James
To know Paris is to know a great deal – Henry Miller
If you’re going to be sad, you might as well be sad in Paris
Let’s go to Paris. Take me there and never look back – Lana Del Rey
Eiffel hard for this city.
Sorry for what I said when I wasn’t eating a crêpe by the Eiffel Tower.
Good talkers are only found in Paris — French poet Francois Villon
Paris is calling and I must go.
With an apple I will astonish Paris — French aritst Paul Cézanne
[Paris is a] divine section of eternity — E. E. Cummings
Paris, I louvre you
Than like a perfumed Paris turn and fly — Henry Longfellow
I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles — Composer and songwriter Cole Porter
I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace ― Natalie Lloyd.
You never forget your first trip to Paris.
Paris is a city of dreams.
Quotes About Paris -Timeless
Excuse my French, but I’m in France.
I refer of course to the soaring wonder of the age known as the Eiffel Tower. Never in history has a structure been more technologically advanced, materially obsolescent, and gloriously pointless all at the same time – Bill Bryson
The Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower. They’re monumental. They’re straight out of Page 52 in your school history book – Billy Crystal
The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi – Fred Allen
The only time France wants us to go to war is when the German Army is sitting in Paris sipping coffee — Regis Philbin
Every time I look at the Eiffel Tower, it completely blows my mind – Brian Fallon
We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it — Marge Simpson
I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely — Josephine Baker
For in Paris, whenever God puts a pretty woman there (the streets), the Devil, in reply, immediately puts a fool to keep her — Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly
The Eiffel Tower is nine hundred eighty-four feet high. On a clear day, you can see eighty-five miles from the top. It has three elevators. Each elevator can carry sixty-three people. It cost about one million dollars to build Eiffel Tower – Suzy Kline
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 ― Emma Bell
Take me back to Paris.
Final Thoughts on Quotes About Paris
Paris is such a unique and gorgeous city. Once you visit, it will forever be etched into your heart. I hope that these Paris quotes have inspired you to visit Paris if you haven’t. Please comment below and tell us your favorite Paris quote or share your favorite memory from Paris. Happy Travels, friends!
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About the Author
Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. While she is a professional educator by day, her passion for travel has her jet-setting all over the world during her free time.
Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blog, That Texas Couple. Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region. She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.