It’s no secret that London is a wellspring of inspiration, These +100 London Quotes capture the city in all its shame and glory

Understand this: there are two Londons. There’s London Above―that’s where you lived―and then there’s London Below―the Underside―inhabited by the people who fell through the cracks in the world.

Neil Gaiman

Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.

Angela Carter

Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and in this hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.

John Berger

If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.

Peter Shaffer

I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals.”

Noël Coward

Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.”

Jack Kerouac

London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present. And for that reason it will always have meaning for the future, because of all it can teach about disaster, survival, and redemption. It is all there in the streets. It is all there in the books.

Anna Quindlen

London – beautiful, immortal London – has never been a ‘city’ in the simplest sense of the word. It was, and is, a living, breathing thing, a stone leviathan that harbours secrets underneath its scales. It guards them covetously, hiding them deep within its body; only the mad or the worthy can find them.

Samantha Shannon

London is yours. If you want it

Jacquelyn Middleto

A city like London is sociable in a sense that there are people gathering in bars and restaurants, concerts and lectures. Yet you can partake of all these experiences and never say hello to anyone new. And one of the things that all religions do is take groups of strangers into a space and say it is OK to talk to each other

Alain de Botton
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I think England has served me very well. I like living in London for the reasons I gave. I have absolutely no intentions of cutting those ties. There is absolutely no reason to do so. Certainly not, so that I can have a swimming pool and a palm tree

Colin Firth

In some of the great cities of Europe – Paris, Vienna, Prague, and Brussels – tourists bored with life above ground can descend below. All these cities have sewer museums and tours, and all expose their underbelly willingly to the curious. But not London, arguably the home of the most splendid sewer network in Europe

Rose George

London has always been my favourite city. I visit it almost every other year

Karan Patel

The interesting thing about London is that there are always stylish surprises around every corner

Natalie Massenet

London is too full of fogs and serious people. Whether the fogs produce the serious people, or whether the serious people produce the fogs, I don’t know

Oscar Wilde

In London, the weather would affect me negatively. I react strongly to light. If it is cloudy and raining, there are clouds and rain in my soul

Jerzy Kosinski

London is the headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation, the location of the largest insurance market, and houses a significant ship-broking community, apart from the many other professional services related to shipping

Helmut Sohmen

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income

George Bernard Shaw
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The vibe of London as a city is captivating. It’s both fast-paced and extremely rushed but still has the calmness that would attract any big-city person

Ali Fazal

If London is the Emerald City, then Los Angeles is what exists at the other end of the yellow brick road

Monika Chiang

Here in London, you can go for picnics and have a barbecue; you can go to a park and wear bare feet, much like New Zealand. But there’s just so much buzz going on; you can be inspired by anything and everything. There’s always something to do. Always

Emilia Wickstead

London is the most commercially important city in Europe, and it’s the most populous city. It should be for the whole of the European continent what New York is to America. That’s what it should be

Boris Johnson

London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained

Arthur Conan Doyle

In London, you’ll be walking around and, ‘Oh, there’s the ground.’ Every area of the city has a Premier League club. They all survive; they all exist with enough money, and that’s good

Jurgen Klopp

London is a small place, and it is very incestuous. People know where you live. Everybody is sort of on top of each other

Jeanette Winterson

London changes because of money. It’s real estate. If they can build some offices or expensive apartments they will, it’s money that changes everything in a city

David Bailey

I love London. I came here to discover something different. It’s a great city; I like how people think here

Alexandre Lacazette

I really like London now. But probably, in the future, when I need to bring my child to the school and take up a school, when I finish my career, I’d prefer to come back to my country. It’s normal. For me, I prefer the place I was born

Alvaro Morata

London has become one of the great world destinations for someone who likes food

Danny Meyer

I loved London. In the 1970s… it was very exciting, really wild

Zaha Hadid

London was one of the worst places to have a bad day and one of the best places to have a good day”

Mhairi McFarlane

I want to stay in London. I am very happy here, and so are my family. I like the city

Luka Modric
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Competing in London would be a dream come true

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

London is a roost for every bird

Benjamin Disraeli

London was a really multi-racial city … It’s incredible how comfortable people are with race there

Sade Adu

It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom

Jonathan Swift

I hate going out in Brighton now. It’s different in London. People respect you more there

Katie Price

Walking around town and driving around London – it’s like a fashion show on every corner

Ashley Roberts

I’m like a tourist when I’m in London

Erin O’Connor

London has fine museums, the British Library is one of the greatest library institutions in the world… It’s got everything you want, really

David Attenborough

London is a fantastic creator of jobs – but many of these jobs are going to people who don’t originate in this country

Boris Johnson

I want London to be the most cycle-friendly city on Earth, and I want more people to be happy and safe on bicycles

Boris Johnson
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I love driving around east London – it’s always full of surprises. Actually, I don’t drive myself – I like to be driven

Zaha Hadid

When I first came to London, I loved hanging around in cafes, smoking, scribbling, dreaming. It was life-affirming and fun

Peter Capaldi

London is on the whole the most possible form of life.

Henry James

Huge numbers of people in London depend on their cars. Fuel duty is becoming a big factor in people’s cost of living. I believe in trying to ease these burdens

Boris Johnson

You know, London is so sprawling, and you can sometimes forget that anybody else is on a stage anywhere else

Alan Rickman

In London I feel free; nobody bothers anyone and everyone is free to express themselves

Manolo Blahnik

In London, nobody comments on what you wear – they think that’s not important to you or your state of well-being

Steven Berkoff

I think London is one of the best cities to shop in

Chiara Ferragni

I love living in London

Trevor McDonald

Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford

Samuel Johnson

It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside

Arthur Conan Doyle

I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and for ever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity

Charlotte Brontë

Italy and London are the only places where I don’t feel to exist on sufferance

E.M. Forster

A few people paused to look at him, but Londoners were by now so accustomed to ‘weirdies’ of all kinds that his ritual aroused little interest

Iris Murdoch

London is one of the most fascinating, historic, amazing cities in the world!

Sophie Kinsella

In London, Man is the most secret animal on earth

Laurie Lee

London was so rich, and also so green, and somehow so detailed: full of stuff that had been made, and bought, and placed, and groomed, and shaped, and washed clean, and put on display as if the whole city was for sale.”

John Lanchester

Some cities bustle, some meander, I have read; London blazes and it incinerates. London is the wolf’s maw. From the instant I arrived there, I loved every smoldering inch of it

Lyndsay Faye

This was London, in all its filth and glory. Nostalgic for the past, while yearning to cast off the chains of bygone ages and step forward into the bright utopia of the future. Proud of its achievements, yet despising its own flaws. A monster in both size and nature, that would consume the unwary and spit them out again, in forms unrecognizable and undreamt.

Marie Brennan

London is not a city, London is a person. Tower Bridge talks to you; National Gallery reads a poem for you; Hyde Park dances with you; Palace of Westminster plays the piano; Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral sing an opera! London is not a city; it is a talented artist who is ready to contact with you directly!

Mehmet Murat ildan

“The cold is waiting to ooze through the soles of your shoes. Maggot-damp, this city is festering: home to hollow faces of grey flesh. They stare from windows unclean, into the sun never reaches: dismal lives lived in dismal constriction.”

“It’s hardly a wonder that they call London the most elusive city in the world. Its character changes from one street to the next. There’s no rhyme or reason, no pattern to the place. You could take six people at random from the centre of town, ask them to write down all the places they visit regularly and find that their circles of movement don’t overlap at more than one or two points. Each of them would see a different city.”

Christopher Fowler

“London has a quarter of the whole world’s supply of closed circuit cameras, all in one city.”

Lee Child

“Where are you? London. A phone booth on Fleet Street. The city still has working phone booths? It would appear so. Unless this is the TARDIS, in which case I’m in serious trouble.”

Kate Morton

“Londoners slag off London because, deep down, we know we are living in the greatest city in the world.”

David Mitchell

“Above, in the city, it was raining again: that slow but insistent icy rain that characterizes London for much of the winter. Not quite cold enough to be actually frozen; certainly cold enough to be utterly miserable for anyone unlucky enough to be out in it.”

Vivian Shaw

“his mother said. “How was your time in London?” “It is not a city I much relish,” Adam said. “It is too noisy and crowded.”

William Savage

“Duties had kept him in London. A place he increasingly detested. A mood that may have come with age, for he had loved the city when he was young, in those last golden days of Victoria’s reign. The world had seemed so sure.”

John Bainbridge

London, thou art the flower of cities all!

William Dunbar

In London, nobody comments on what you wear – they think that’s not important to you or your state of well-being.

Steven Berkoff

Aesthetically, London is just beautiful; it’s a gorgeous city. The architecture, monuments, the parks, the small streets – it’s an incredible place to be.

Sara Bareilles