California Quotes

New groups, whole families, kept arriving. He could see a change come over them as they had become part of the crowd. Until they reached the line, they looked diffident, almost furtive, but the moment they had become part of it, they turned arrogant and pugnacious. It was a mistake to think them harmless curiosity […]

Once there, they discover that sunshine isn’t enough. They get tired of oranges, even of avocado pears, and passion fruit. Nothing happens. They do not know what to do with their time… They watch the waves come in at Venice… but after you’ve seen one wave, you’ve seen them all… Their boredom becomes more and […]

When an Okie moves to California, he raises the IQ of both states.

California is a place where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors.

Living in California adds ten years to a man’s life. And those extra ten years I’d like to spend in New York.

Soon Los Angeles will be in San Diego, swallow San Francisco and pave every acre of earth up to the Gold river. The only historic monuments spared will be the rest rooms in the gasoline stations.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

I am a salesman by nature. And now most of my energies will go into selling California… if I can sell tickets to my movies like “Red Sonja” or “Last Action Hero,” you know I can sell just about anything.

L.A.: where there’s never weather, and walking is a crime.

L.A.: where the streetlights and palm trees go on forever, where darkness never comes, like a deal that never goes down, a meeting that’s never taken. The city of angels: where every cockroach has a screenplay and even the winos wear roller skates. It’s that kind of town.