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  It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.  
 -  Agatha Christie
  

  New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.  
 -  Alistair Cooke
  

  Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.  
 -  Angela Carter
  

  The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendour that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. Particularly when one can't see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need?  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London.  
 -  Bette Midler
  

  They say if you stop smoking, you'll get your sense of smell back. I live in New York City, why would I want my sense of smell back?  
 -  Bill Hicks
  

  I was in a cab in New York. The cab had a sign, 'Please do not smoke, Christ is our unseen guest.' This guy was reaching. I figure, if he could overcome being nailed to a cross, I don't think a Marlboro Light's gonna faze him that much.  
 -  Bill Hicks
  

  My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they're misunderstood. I don't think people realize how kind New York people are.  
 -  Bill Murray
  

  Fall in New York is so pretty - watching the trash change colours.  
 -  Billiam Coronel
  

  New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.  
 -  Bob Dylan
  

  What opera isn't violent? Two things happen, violence and love. And other than that, name something else. You can't.  
 -  Cab Calloway
  

  I cannot go to the opera, because I have forsworn all expense which does not end in pleasing me.  
 -  Charles Townshend
  

  I don't think the real America is in New York or on the Pacific Coast; personally, I like the Middle West much better, places like North and South Dakota, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. There, I think, are the true Americans.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

  I'm sitting in the opera, and I'm thinking, 'Look how much work it takes to bore me.'  
 -  Dave Attell
  

  No matter what kind of music you ask them to play, your wedding band will play it in such a way that it sounds like 'New York, New York.'  
 -  Dave Barry
  

  When you're in New York City, always keep your money and other valuables in a safe place, such as Switzerland.  
 -  Dave Barry
  

  Aria is Italian for 'a song that will not end in your lifetime.'  
 -  Dave Barry
  

  New York now leads the world's great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn't make a sudden move.  
 -  David Letterman
  

  People say New Yorkers can't get along. Not true. I saw two New Yorkers, complete strangers, sharing a cab. One guy took the tires and the radio, the other guy took the engine.  
 -  David Letterman
  

  It's so cold in New York City. Today in Central Park, I saw a squirrel salting his nuts.  
 -  David Letterman
  

  New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.  
 -  Djuna Barnes
  

  As only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night.  
 -  Dorothy Parker
  

  London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.  
 -  Dorothy Parker
  

  Hemingway avoids New York, for he has the most valuable asset an artist can possess: The fear of what he knows is bad for him.  
 -  Dorothy Parker
  

  I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they've ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn't know, because I won't ever dare ask that question.  
 -  Dylan Thomas
  

  Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.  
 -  Ed Gardner
  

  I do not mind which language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.  
 -  Edward Appleton
  

  New York's such a wonderful city. Although I was at the library today. The guys are very rude. I said, 'I'd like a card.' He says, 'You have to prove you're a citizen of New York.' So I stabbed him.  
 -  Emo Philips
  

  I sometimes wonder, which would be nicer - an opera without an interval, or an interval without an opera.  
 -  Ernest Newman
  

  When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is.  
 -  Fran Lebowitz
  

  New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed - a race for rent.  
 -  Frank Lloyd Wright
  

  We're a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules. It's unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme, my dear.  
 -  Freddie Mercury
  

  Of course, in Los Angeles, everything is based on driving, even the killings. In New York, most people don't have cars, so if you want to kill a person, you have to take the subway to their house. And sometimes on the way, the train is delayed and you get impatient, so you have to kill someone on the subway. That's why there are so many subway murders; no one has a car.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book - and does.  
 -  Groucho Marx
  

  Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.  
 -  Hannah More
  

  New York is a different country. Maybe it ought to have a separate government. Everybody thinks differently, they just don't know what the hell the rest of the United States is.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness, if you have no inner stabilizer... In New York I have always felt lonely, the loneliness of the caged animal, which brings on crime, sex, alcohol and other madnesses.  
 -  Henry Miller
  

  My dad was the town drunk. Most of the time that's not so bad; but New York City?  
 -  Henry Youngman
  

  Getting on a plane, I told the ticket lady, 'Send one of my bags to New York, send one to Los Angeles, and send one to Miami.' She said, 'We can't do that!' I told her, 'You did it last week!'  
 -  Henry Youngman
  

  I go to the opera whether I need the sleep or not.  
 -  Henry Youngman
  

  Of course, in Los Angeles, everything is based on driving, even the killings. In New York, most people don't have cars, so if you want to kill a person, you have to take the subway to their house. And sometimes on the way, the train is delayed and you get impatient, so you have to kill someone on the subway. That's why there are so many subway murders; no one has a car.  
 -  George Carlin
  

  Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book - and does.  
 -  Groucho Marx
  

  Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  New York is a different country. Maybe it ought to have a separate government. Everybody thinks differently, they just don't know what the hell the rest of the United States is.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness, if you have no inner stabilizer... In New York I have always felt lonely, the loneliness of the caged animal, which brings on crime, sex, alcohol and other madnesses.  
 -  Henry Miller
  

  My dad was the town drunk. Most of the time that's not so bad; but New York City?  
 -  Henry Youngman
  

  Getting on a plane, I told the ticket lady, 'Send one of my bags to New York, send one to Los Angeles, and send one to Miami.' She said, 'We can't do that!' I told her, 'You did it last week!'  
 -  Henry Youngman
  

  I go to the opera whether I need the sleep or not.  
 -  Henry Youngman
  

  Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.  
 -  Irving Berlin
  

  Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city: all other cities seem, at best, a mistake, and, at worst, a fraud. No other city is so spitefully incoherent.  
 -  James Baldwin
  

  Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera.  
 -  James Stephens
  

  The city is an amusement park: Everything is concrete, it's full of tourists, and food vendors line the sidewalks. It's like living in a casino - the lights never dim, there's an incessant din of bells and horns, and there's always someone, somewhere, crying in a bathroom.  
 -  Jane Borden
  

  I love the opera. You can't sleep at home like that.  
 -  Janice Morden
  

  The crime problem in New York is getting really serious. The other day the Statue of Liberty had both hands up.  
 -  Jay Leno
  

  If you were smart in 1807 you moved to London. If you were smart in 1907 you moved to New York City. And if you are smart in 2007 you move to Asia.  
 -  Jim Rogers
  

  I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it's happening.  
 -  John Lennon
  

  If I'd lived in Roman times, I'd have lived in Rome. Where else? Today America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome itself.  
 -  John Lennon
  

  That's the question interviewers always work around to asking me. How did you get that way? And the first thing I tell them is, I'm a New Yorker. New Yorkers don't hold anything back - sitting in traffic or just walking down the street, we lay it on the line, and we don't whisper when we do it.  
 -  John McEnroe
  

  New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it - once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.  
 -  John Steinbeck
  

  The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.  
 -  John Updike
  

  Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.  
 -  Johnny Carson
  

  New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most of it unsolved.  
 -  Johnny Carson
  

  The only thing worse than opera is someone who hums along with opera.  
 -  Josh Lanyon
  

  A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I'd die for my fans.  
 -  Lady Gaga
  

  I don't like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game. I'm from New York. I will kill to get what I need.  
 -  Lady Gaga
  

  I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music, of wonderful opera.  
 -  Luciano Pavarotti
  

  Hi, I'm Lucy Liu and I'm a native New Yorker and I support marriage equality. I was born in Jackson Heights, Queens. New York has always been about diversity and acceptance. Please join me in supporting marriage equality for all New Yorkers.  
 -  Lucy Liu, for hrc.org
  

  An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.  
 -  Maria Callas
  

  It's in my genes. My mother was an opera singer. I'm clearly dramatic.  
 -  Mariah Carey
  

  My favourite sport in the Olympics is the one in which you make your way through the snow, you stop, you shoot a gun, and then you continue on. In most of the world it is known as the biathlon, except in New York City, where it is known as winter.  
 -  Michael Ventre
  

  I went to watch Pavarotti once. He doesn't like it when you join in.  
 -  Mick Miller
  

  I get out of the taxi and it's probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.  
 -  Milos Forman
  

  Times Square, New York: neon-classical.  
 -  Nicola Zweig
  

  If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.  
 -  Peter Shaffer
  

  I'm the only woman who can walk in Central Park at night - and reduce the crime rate.  
 -  Phyllis Diller
  

  I love New York. You can pop out of the Underworld in Central Park, hail a taxi, head down Fifth Avenue with a giant hellhound loping behind you, and nobody even looks at you funny.  
 -  Rick Riordan
  

  I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, 'There's no place like New York. It's the most exciting city in the world now. That's the way it is. That's it.'  
 -  Robert De Niro
  

  New Yorkers are so impersonal, if it wasn't for muggings there wouldn't be any contact at all!  
 -  Robert Orben
  

  New York is the only city in the world where you can get run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  New York, you are an Egypt! But an Egypt turned inside out. For she erected pyramids of slavery to death, and you erect pyramids of democracy with the vertical organ-pipes of your skyscrapers all meeting at the point of infinity of liberty!  
 -  Salvador Dali
  

  If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera.  
 -  Sarah Caldwell
  

  I think that New York is not the cultural center of America, but the business and administrative center of American culture.  
 -  Saul Bellow
  

  In New York, life is what happens while you're waiting for a table.  
 -  Sex and the City, 1998
  

  Is your vagina listed in the New York City guidebooks? Because it should be. Hottest spot in town. Always open!  
 -  Sex and the City, Charlotte York
  

  I think you know that when an American stays away from New York too long something happens to him. Perhaps he becomes a little provincial, a little dead and afraid.  
 -  Sherwood Anderson
  

  There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.  
 -  Simone De Beauvoir
  

  In Rome I am weighed down by a lack of momentum, the inertia of a spent civilization. In New York I feel plugged into a strong alternating current of hope and despair.  
 -  Ted Morgan
  

  No operatic tenor has yet died soon enough for me.  
 -  Thomas Beecham
  

  Interestingly, the millionaires I interviewed in Oklahoma and Texas, for example, had the same set of traditional American values as those whom I interviewed in New York City and Chicago. The large majority was keenly interested in being financially independent. That's why they lived below their means.  
 -  Thomas J. Stanley
  

  But if I had to choose a single destination where I'd be held captive for the rest of my time in New York, I'd choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  
 -  Tim Gunn
  

  One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.  
 -  Tom Wolfe
  

  I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.  
 -  Truman Capote
  

  Isn't it a shame when those big fat opera singers lean against the pianos and bend them?  
 -  Victor Borge
  

  I can't with any conscience argue for New York with anyone. It's like Calcutta. But I love the city in an emotional, irrational way, like loving your mother or your father even though they're a drunk or a thief. I've loved the city my whole life - to me, it's like a great woman.  
 -  Woody Allen
  

  My father described this tall lady who stands in the middle of the New York harbor, holding high a torch to welcome people seeking freedom in America. I instantly fell in love.  
 -  Yakov Smirnoff