“I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace.”
Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past. -Michael Simkins
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. -Thomas Jefferson
It is perfectly possible to be enamoured of Paris while remaining totally indifferent or even hostile to the French.
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.
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 as Gil in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris
Best Eiffel Tower quotes
In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.
Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise.
What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!
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 a last strand of daylight fading quietly, like a sigh.