Places Quotes

India has 2,000,000 gods, and worships them all. In religion other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.

The spring came in Venice. There were flowers all the day long everywhere, and music all the night; the swallows and the doves were happy in the cloudless air; the sweet sea wind only blew softly enough to lift the hair of the women standing on the wet marble stairs to meet the boats of […]

Karachi, the Americans say, ‘is twice the size of Chicago cemetery and twice as dead.’

In Boston they ask, “How much does he know?” In New York, “How much is he worth?” In Philadelphia, “Who were his parents?”

South Carolina is too small for a republic, and too large for an insane asylum.

What was the use of my having come from Oakland, it was not natural to have come from there, yes, write about it if I like or anything, if I like, but not there, there is no there there.

Approaching Adelaide we dismounted from the train, as the French say, and were driven in an open carriage over the hills and along their slopes to the city. It was an excursion of an hour or two, and the charm of it could not be overstated, I think. The road wound around the gaps and […]

Africa always brings something new.

On San Francisco: . . .this gold and white acropolis rising wave on wave against the blue of the Pacific sky was a stunning thing, a painted thing like a picture of a medieval Italian city which can never have existed. I stopped in a parking place to look at her and the necklace bridge […]

When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it’s always twenty years behind the times. (often erroneously attributed to Mark Twain)