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62 Best Paris Quotes to Inspire Travel and Experiences in the City of Love

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62 Dreamy Paris Quotes

There’s something about Paris that just makes you feel alive! Maybe it’s the history, the culture, or the food.

There’s no denying that Paris is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe and the world!.

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit, you know what I’m talking about.

If you haven’t had a chance to go yet, these Paris quotes will definitely inspire you to book a trip!

The beauty of Paris is captured in these words, and they will leave you longing to see it for yourself.

Here are the best Paris quotes that will give you a little taste of Paris!


Famous Paris Quotes

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Famous Paris quotes.

These famous Paris quotes come from some of the most well-known people in the world and perfectly capture the city’s magic.

“Paris is always a good idea.” — Audrey Hepburn (One of the most iconic Paris quotes)!

“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.” — Ernest Hemingway

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.” — Thomas Jefferson

“I love Paris in the springtime. I love Paris in the fall. I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles. I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles.” — Cole Porter

“Paris is the most beautiful city in the world, even more so when you are in love.” — Julius Caesar

“There is something in the air of Paris that makes a man forget himself.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Just add three letters to Paris, and you have paradise. — Jules Renard

– “London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.” — G. K. Chesterson

“Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history.” — Anne Rice

“You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights. I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe.” — Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

“If “Sex and the City” taught us anything, it’s that Paris is the only city in the world that New Yorkers actually fantasize about.” — Elizabeth Bard

“If “Sex and the City” taught us anything, it’s that Paris is the only city in the world that New Yorkers actually fantasize about.” — Elizabeth Bard

“I’m not a complicated girl, she laughed, I just want to run away with you, rob a bank, fall in love and eat ice creams in Paris.” — Michael Faudet

 “A bad day in Paris is still a good day anywhere else.” — Unknown 

“The Seine. I have painted it all my life, at all hours of the day, at all times of the year, from Paris to the sea…Argenteuil, Poissy, Vétheuil, Giverny, Rouen, Le Havre.” — Claude Monet

“I’d love to be a tabletop in Paris, where food is art and life combined in one, where people gather and talk for hours. I want lovers to meet over me. I’d want to be covered in drops of candle wax and breadcrumbs and rings from the bottom of wine glasses. I would never be lonely, and I would always serve a good purpose.” — Maureen Johnson

“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.” — Victor Hugo

“You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.” — Amy Howard

“Paris est une fête” / “Paris is a party” — Ernest Hemingway

 “There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even – the French air clears up the brain and does good – a world of good.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“I think Paris smells not just sweet but melancholy and curious, sometimes sad but always enticing and seductive. She’s a city for the all senses, for artists and writers and musicians and dreamers, for fantasies, for long walks and wine and lovers and, yes, for mysteries.” — M J Rose

“There should be a name for the syndrome that occurs when you’re in Paris and you already miss it.” — Rosecrans Baldwin

“The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In Paris, they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.” — Mark Twain

 “I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.” — Amy Thomas

“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.” — Honoré de Balzac

“I do not believe there is another city on earth so beautiful as Paris nor another people with such an appreciation of the beautiful as the French…” — Edward Hopper

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Short and Sweet Paris Quotes

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Short Paris quotes.

These short and simple Paris quotes are perfect for social media captions or simply to inspire you to travel there!

“When good Americans die, they go to Paris.” — Oscar Wilde

“She wanted to pass, but she also wanted to live in Paris.” — Gustave Flaubert

“If you have ever walked in Paris, you will see that Paris will ever walk in your memories!”— Mehmet Murat Ildan

 “America is my country and Paris is my hometown.” — Gertrude Stein

“Paris seems like a big city, but it’s really just a small town.” — Camille, Emily in Paris

 “When Paris sneezes, Europe catches a cold.” — Klemens von Metternich

“It’s true, you never forget your first love, and, for me, that will always be Paris.” — Caitriona Balfe

“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.” — Honoré de Balzac

“Paris is so delicious they should call it the City of Bites.” — Audrey Hepburn

“It’s Paris. You don’t come here for the weather.” — Adrian Leeds

 “You’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.” — E.A. Bucchianeri

“To be a Parisian is not about being born in Paris, it is about being reborn there.” — Sacha Guitry

“Paris at night is a street show of a hundred moments you might have lived.” — Courtney Maum

“Though you may leave Paris, Paris never really leaves you.” — Janice Macleod

“An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

“Secrets travel fast in Paris.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“We’ll always have Paris.” — Howard Koch

“Paris is a city where time is best to spend doing nothing.” — Erich Maria Remarque

“In Paris, our lives are one masked ball.” — Gaston Leroux

“Paris is not a city; it’s a world.” — King Francis I

“Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art.”  — Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Paris holds the key to your heart.” — Anastasia

“There’s something about Paris, people just don’t have anything else to do there but love each other.” — Louis Garrel

“Paris is so very beautiful that it satisfies something in you that is always hungry in America.” — Ernest Hemingway

“Like a book on a shelf I’d waited years to open, Paris had always been waiting for me…” — Louisa Deasey

“Of course, I think of the past and of Paris, what else is there to remember?” — Djuna Barnes

“Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past.” — Michael Simkins

Inspiring Paris Quotes

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Use these inspiring Paris quotes to fuel your French wanderlust.

This section about Paris quotes is dedicated to those that are inspiring and make you want to travel there or live there someday!

“I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.” — Kristin Hannah

“The whole of Paris is a vast university of Art, Literature, and Music… it is worth anyone’s while to dally here for years. Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in everything.” — James Thurber

“Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. It brings tears to your eyes.” — Lee Radziwill

“A final reminder. Whenever you are in Paris at twilight in the early summer, return to the Seine and watch the evening sky close slowly on the last strand of daylight fading quietly, like a sigh.” — Kate Simon

“Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees—nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train?” — Margaret Anderson

“People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris, and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas.” — Anonymous

“When spring comes to Paris, the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise.” — Henry Miller

“There is but one Paris, and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even—the French air clears up the brain and does good-a world of good.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards and ancient winding medieval streets – as vast and indestructible as nature itself.” 

All was embraced by her, by her volatile and enchanted populace thronging the galleries, the theaters, the cafes, giving birth over and over to genius and sanctity, philosophy and war, frivolity and the finest art; so it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower.

Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris.”- Anne Rice

Eiffel Tower Paris Quotes

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These Eiffel Tower quotes are perfect Paris captions.

If you’re looking for Instagram caption ideas for your photos in front of the Eiffel Tower, we have plenty of those too!

“I like the Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace.” — Natalie Lloyd

“…It looked very different from the Statue of Liberty, but what did that matter? What was the good of having the statue without the liberty, the freedom to go where one chose if one was held back by one’s color? No, I preferred the Eiffel Tower, which made no promises.” — Josephine Baker

Every time I look at the Eiffel Tower, it completely blows my mind.” — Brian Fallon

“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.” — Gustave Eiffel

“My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.” — Roger Ebert

“The Eiffel Tower was once thought impossible to build.” — Hector Jesus Arencibia

” I miss a lot about Paris. After three and a half years, you get a little sick of it, and you just want to be home. But there are little things, sights. Like seeing the Eiffel Tower every day, that’s kind of cool.” — Lindsey Horan

Funny Paris Quotes

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These funny Paris quotes and captions will make you laugh.

I love some good Paris puns and jokes, and these Paris quotes are sure to make you laugh!

“It is perfectly possible to be enamored of Paris while remaining totally indifferent or even hostile to the French.” — James Baldwin

“Paris is the only city in the world that starving still considered art.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“It would be humiliating if Eiffel in Paris.” — Anonymous

“Pardon my French.” — Anonymous

“Paris, I louvre you.” — Anonymous

“Don’t come to Paris with no Monet.” — Anonymous

“In Paris, Eifel in love.” — Anonymous

“Paris, I hope our paths croissant again.” — Anonymous

“Going in Seine over this city!” — Anonymous

“Breakfast of Champs-Elysees.” — Anonymous

“Eiffel hard for this city.” — Anonymous

“Life is pain au chocolat.” — Anonymous

Love Paris Quotes

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Paris is filled with love and romance!

Here are some of the most romantic Paris quotes to inspire your next trip! After all, Paris is one of the most romantic cities in Europe!

“I’m not a complicated girl; she laughed, I just want to run away with you, rob a bank, fall in love, and eat ice creams in Paris.” —Michael Faudet

“You’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

“The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay, I heard the laughter of her heart in every street café.” —Oscar Hammerstein II

“Even the pigeons are dancing, kissing,

going in circles, mounting each other.

Paris is the city of love,

even for the birds.”

—  Samantha Schutz

“The chief danger about Paris is that it is such a strong stimulant.” T.S. Eliot

“To avoid sounding like a cliche, I won’t say I want to get proposed to in Paris, but Paris. I want it to happen somewhere public where people can be excited that I just got proposed to, and everyone applauds, like in a restaurant – that, or somewhere totally secluded… in Paris.” Betty Who

Final Thoughts About These Paris Quotes

I hope you enjoyed reading these Paris quotes as much as I enjoyed writing them!

If you’re looking for more Paris travel inspiration or you’re ready to pack your bags and go, check out my 3 days in Paris itinerary!

Which Paris quote is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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