Parisians Quotes

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Roman Payne
“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. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.”
Roman Payne, Crepuscule

Stephen Clarke
“I was also sick of my neighbors, as most Parisians are. I now knew every second of the morning routine of the family upstairs. At 7:00 am alarm goes off, boom, Madame gets out of bed, puts on her deep-sea divers’ boots, and stomps across my ceiling to megaphone the kids awake. The kids drop bags of cannonballs onto the floor, then, apparently dragging several sledgehammers each, stampede into the kitchen. They grab their chunks of baguette and go and sit in front of the TV, which is always showing a cartoon about people who do nothing but scream at each other and explode. Every minute, one of the kids cartwheels (while bouncing cannonballs) back into the kitchen for seconds, then returns (bringing with it a family of excitable kangaroos) to the TV. Meanwhile the toilet is flushed, on average, fifty times per drop of urine expelled. Finally, there is a ten-minute period of intensive yelling, and at 8:15 on the dot they all howl and crash their way out of the apartment to school.” (p.137)”
Stephen Clarke, A Year in the Merde

“Go to the theater, to museums, and to concerts as often as possible; it gives you a healthy glow.”
Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits

Maureen Johnson
“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 wineglasses. I would never be lonely, and I would always serve a good purpose.”
Maureen Johnson, The Last Little Blue Envelope

Vicki Lesage
“I was supposed to stay for 3 months. But I think I always knew I would stay a little longer, despite the crazy Frenchies. Or maybe because of them.”
Vicki Lesage, Confessions of a Paris Party Girl

E.A. Bucchianeri
“... far be it from a French man to interfere with love.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Vicki Lesage
“Random acts of kindness show that even amidst the hustle and bustle, Paris inhabitants are more welcoming that their reputation gives them credit for.”
Vicki Lesage, Confessions of a Paris Party Girl

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Paris has history, it has art, it has wonderful architecture, it has literature, but much more important than all these, it has freedom! If a city cannot offer freedom to its dwellers, all its other beauties will be meaningless!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Cassandra Clare
“Vampires took offense SO easily—and Parisian vampires were the worst of all.' - The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles, 2) by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson”
Cassandra Clare, The Bane Chronicles

Caroline de Maigret
“On a Parisienne’s Bookshelf
THERE ARE MANY BOOKS ON A PARISIENNE’S BOOKSHELF:

The books you so often claim you’ve read that you actually believe you have.
The books you read in school from which you remember only the main character’s name.
The art books your parents give you each Christmas so you can get some “culture”.
The art books that you bought yourself and which you really love.
The books that you’ve been promising yourself you’ll read next summer … for the past ten years.
The books you bought only because you liked the title.
The books that you think makes you cool.
The books you read over and over again, and that evolve along with your life.
The books that remind you of someone you loved.
The books you keep for your children, just in case you ever have any.
The books whose first ten pages you’ve read so many times you know them by heart.
The books you own simply because you must and, taken together, form intangible proof that you are well read.
AND THEN THERE ARE THE BOOKS YOU HAVE READ, LOVED, AND WHICH ARE A PART OF YOUR IDENTITY:

The Stranger, Albert Camus
The Elementary Particles, Michel Houellebecq
Belle du Seigneur, Albert Cohen
Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
L'Écume des jours, Boris Vian
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Les Fleurs du Mal, Charles Baudelaire
Journey to the End of the Night, Louis-Ferdinand Céline
À la recherche du temps perdu, Marcel Proust
“How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits” By Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas”
Caroline de Maigret

Guy de Maupassant
“On the land adjoining La Grenouillère strollers were sauntering under the gigantic trees which help to make this part of the island one of the most delightful parks imaginable. Busty women with peroxided hair and nipped-in waists could be seen, made up to the nines with blood red lips and black-kohled eyes. Tightly laced into their garish dresses they trailed in all their vulgar glory over the fresh green grass. They were accompanied by men whose fashion-plate accessories, light gloves, patent-leather boots, canes as slender as threads and absurd monocles made them look like complete idiots.”
Guy de Maupassant, A Parisian Affair and Other Stories

“We're all misunderstood heroes, overcoming perilous situations with no one there to give us a medal.”
Anne Berest Audrey Diwan Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas

Jojo Moyes
“You don't ever do something just because it makes you feel good?" The assistant shrugs. "Mademoiselle, you need to spend more time in Paris.”
Jojo Moyes, Paris for One

Edmund White
“The Parisians looked at each other constantly but were more curious about each other’s shoes than their sexual availability.”
Edmund White, Our Young Man

Tahar Ben Jelloun
“Je découvrais lentement que les habitants de Paris avaient un problème avec le temps, c'est-à-dire avec l'argent, en tout cas avec eux-mêmes. La générosité, une forme de disponibilité, paraissait condamnée, éloignée, irréalisable. Cela me choquait.”
Tahar Ben Jelloun, الكاتب العمومي

Roman Payne
“I thought of the fifteen years I lived 'sans papiers' in France and how Paris had belonged to me. I was like a king in France. And now that suddenly I was French, Paris was gone for me. I had abdicated the throne the French people had given to me. All those people were gone. The whole city had changed. I left for five years: three spent wandering in Europe, while two years I spent living in Muslim Morocco; and now Paris had changed and there was no going back.”
Roman Payne

Victor Hugo
“As long as he has for refrain nothing but la Carmagnole, he only overthrows Louis XVI.; make him sing the Marseillaise, and he will free the world.”
Victor Hugo, Fantine: Les Miserables #1

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