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You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person. ~Alec Waugh

Some places speak distinctly. Certain dank gardens cry aloud for a murder; certain old houses demand to be haunted; certain coasts are set apart for shipwrecks. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

How hard it is to escape from places. However carefully one goes they hold you — you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences — like rags and shreds of your very life. ~Katherine Mansfield

The worst of a modern stylish mansion is that it has no place for ghosts. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Poet at the Breakfast Table, 1872

New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness if you have no inner stabilizer. ~Henry Miller

California's a wonderful place to live — if you happen to be an orange. ~Author Unknown

Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go. ~Truman Capote

The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. ~Mark Twain, attributed

New York is to the nation what the white church spire is to the village — the visible symbol of aspiration and faith, the white plume saying the way is up! ~E.B. White

California can and does furnish the best bad things that are obtainable in America. ~Hinton R. Helper

I... wonder what it is in the New York air that enables me to sit up till all hours of the night in an atmosphere which in London would make a horse dizzy, but here merely clears the brain. ~James Agate

Vehement silhouettes of Manhattan — that vertical city with unimaginable diamonds. ~Le Corbusier

They turned the country up on its side, and everything loose fell into California. ~Author Unknown

France is France and a grand place for Frenchman. ~Harry Truman, letter to Bess Wallace, 1918 May 5th

It isn't like the rest of the country — it is like a nation itself — more tolerant than the rest in a curious way. Littleness gets swallowed up here. All the viciousness that makes other cities vicious is sucked up and absorbed in New York. ~John Steinbeck

I moved to New York City for my health. I'm paranoid and New York was the only place where my fears were justified. ~Anita Weiss

Las Vegas: all the amenities of modern society in a habitat unfit to grow a tomato. ~Jason Love

You can learn more about human nature by reading the Bible than by living in New York. ~William Lyon Phelps

But I do like churches. The way it feels inside. It feels good when you just sit there, like you're in a forest and everything's really quiet, expect there's still this sound you can't hear. ~Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

California, that advance post of our civilization, with its huge aircraft factories, TV and film studios, automobile way of life... its flavourless cosmopolitanism, its charlatan philosophies and religions, its lack of anything old and well-tried rooted in tradition and character. ~J.B. Priestley

I think my favorite 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, L.A. Daily News

[T]his is California. Blondes are like the state flower or something. ~From the television show Beverly Hills 90210, spoken by the character Steve Sanders

The tracks of the L Train are the manly stubble on the ruggedly handsome face of Chicago. ~Jason Sweeney

New York, the nation's thyroid gland. ~Christopher Morley, Shore Leave

It is the land of perpetual pubescence, where cultural lag is mistaken for renaissance. ~Ashley Montagu, about California

What a dear old wall that is that runs along by the river there! I never pass it without feeling better for the sight of it. Such a mellow, bright, sweet old wall; what a charming picture it would make, with the lichen creeping here, and the moss growing there, a shy young vine peeping over the top at this spot, to see what is going on upon the busy river, and the sober old ivy clustering a little farther down! There are fifty shades and tints and hues in every ten yards of that old wall. If I could only draw, and knew how to paint, I could make a lovely sketch of that old wall, I'm sure. I've often thought I should like to live at Hampton Court. It looks so peaceful and so quiet, and it is such a dear old place to ramble round in the early morning before many people are about. ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889

This school was on top of a hill so that God could see everything that went on. It looked like a cross between a prison and a church and it was. ~Quentin Crisp

Disneyland is the only people trap operated by a mouse. ~Author Unknown

When its 100 degrees in New York, it's 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it's still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and 72 in Los Angeles. ~Neil Simon

Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States! ~Commonly attributed to Porfirio Díaz but as yet unverified

California is a queer place — in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific.... It's sort of crazy-sensible. Just the moment: hardly as far ahead as carpe diem. ~D.H. Lawrence

The final story, the final chapter of western man, I believe, lies in Los Angeles. ~Phil Ochs

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