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Top 20 quotes about Paris

PUBLISHED: 10:58 19 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:17 08 January 2016

Putting Paris on the map with iconic quotes © Dreamstime

Putting Paris on the map with iconic quotes © Dreamstime

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Be it Amercian president or Irish novelist, everyone has some to say about the iconic city of Paris

The Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedral © DreamstimeThe Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedral © Dreamstime

“I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles” - Composer and songwriter Cole Porter

“An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris” - Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

“America is my country and Paris is my home town” - American writer Gertrude Stein

“In Paris, our lives are one masked ball” - Author of The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

“The Côte d’Azur is the greenhouse where the roots grow. Paris is the shop where the flowers are sold” - French writer Jean Cocteau

The Palais Garnier opera house © DreamstimeThe Palais Garnier opera house © Dreamstime

“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” - American writer Ernest Hemingway

“Just add three letters to Paris, and you have paradise” - French author Jules Renard

“Whoever does not go to Paris regularly will never be elegant” - French novelist Honoré de Balzac

“Paris is always a good idea” - Actress Audrey Hepburn in the film Sabrina

“A walk in Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and the point of life” - Thomas Jefferson, American President

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“When good Americans die, they go to Paris” - Irish writer Oscar Wilde

“What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!” - English novelist Charles Dickens

“When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise” - American writer Henry Miller

“Good talkers are only found in Paris” - French poet Francois Villon

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“The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American”

- American author F. Scott Fitzgerald

“When Paris sneezes, Europe catches cold” - Prince Metternich, Austrian statesman

“With an apple I will astonish Paris” - French aritst Paul Cézanne

“There is an atmosphere of spiritual effort here. No other city is quite like it. I wake early, often at 5 o’clock, and start writing at once” - Irish poet James Joyce

“Secrets travel fast in Paris” - French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte

The Tour Eiffel at dusk © iStockThe Tour Eiffel at dusk © iStock

“Yet with these April sunsets, that somehow recall my buried life, and Paris in the spring,I feel immeasurably at peace, and find the world to be wonderful and youthful after all” - American poet T.S. Eliot

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