Quotes of Chicago

“ The trouble with you Chicago people is that you think you are the best people down here, whereas you are merely the most numerous. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world. ”

- Frank Lloyd Wright

“ In some Chicago neighborhoods, looking for a parking space is not unlike panning for gold. ”

- Gary Washburn

“ I'm impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work. ”

- Michael Douglas

“ It's a beautiful day in Chicago! ”

- Don McNeil

“ They planned this fair to bring business to Chicago, into the Loop. But you could have fired a cannon down state street and hit nobody, because everybody was out at the fair. ”

- Sally Rand

“ Hell has been described as a pocket edition of Chicago. ”

- Ashley Montagu

“ Chicago was a town where nobody could forget how the money was made. It was picked up from floors still slippery with blood. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Chicago - a pompous Milwaukee. ”

- Leonard L. Levinson

“ Chicago seems a big city instead of merely a large place. ”

- A. J. Liebling

“ I have struck a city - a real city - and they call it Chicago… I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages. ”

- Rudyard Kipling

“ I'd studied dance in Chicago every summer end taught it all winter, and I was well-rounded. I wasn't worried about getting a job on Broadway. In fact, I got one the first week. ”

- Gene Kelly

“ I think that's how Chicago got started. A bunch of people in New York said, Gee, I'm enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn't cold enough. Let's go west. ”

- Richard Jeni

“ I thought it was a joke, I pretended to go along with it, just to scare Chicago. Then my agent said, 'Bobby, these guys are serious.'. ”

- Bobby Hull

“ Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos. ”

- Ben Hecht

“ When I was a kid, I won a contest and played a Mozart concerto with the Chicago Symphony, and I've written some movie scores, and I've been listening to orchestral music for years. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ There was a radio station in Chicago, there was a guy named Al Benson, and he pretty much dominated black radio in the '50s. ”

- Herbie Hancock

“ I've never been arrested. I've been stopped, searched and had a gun put to my head by the Chicago cops. ”

- Tim Meadows

“ Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it. ”

- Claes Oldenburg

“ Going to Chicago was like going out of the world… I went up to St. Louis for a litle while, and I didn't like it. ”

- Muddy Waters

“ They are pure, unduplicatable Chicago. They help explain why - in Chicago - it is unwise to take your eyes off any asset smaller than a locomotive. ”

- Keith Wheeler

“ I studied with Robert Morss Lovett, the great professor of epic literature. Another important influence was Ronald S. Crane, a professor of aesthetics at the University of Chicago. ”

- Marguerite Young

“ My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here. ”

- Oprah Winfrey

“ I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of America. ”

- Sarah Bernhardt

“ You know what they say about Chicago. If you don't like the weather, wait fifteen minutes. ”

- Ralph Kiner

“ Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring. ”

- Nelson Algren

“ I give you Chicago. It is not London and Harvard. It is not Paris and buttermilk. It is American in every chitling and sparerib. It is alive from snout to tail. ”

- Henry Louis Mencken

“ Henry James would have been vastly improved as a novelist by a few whiffs of the Chicago stockyard. ”

- H. L. Mencken

“ Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent. ”

- Dave Barry

“ They have a saying in Chicago: 'Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action.'. ”

- Ian Fleming
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