You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person.
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.
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.
California's a wonderful place to live - if you happen to be an orange.
Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.
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!
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.
Vehement silhouettes of Manhattan - that vertical city with unimaginable diamonds.
They turned the country up on its side, and everything loose fell into California.
France is France and a grand place for Frenchman.
~Harry Truman, letter to Bess Wallace, 5 May 1918
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.
Nobody can tell about this California climate. One minute its hot and the next minute its cold, so a person never knows what to hock.
I moved to New York City for my health. I'm paranoid and New York was the only place where my fears were justified.
Las Vegas: all the amenities of modern society in a habitat unfit to grow a tomato.
You can learn more about human nature by reading the Bible than by living in New York.
~William Loyn Phelps
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The final story, the final chapter of western man, I believe, lies in Los Angeles.