115 San Francisco Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous San Francisco Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Anyone who doesn't have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me. — Anthony Bourdain

San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality. — Paul Kantner

Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible. — Walter Cronkite

San Francisco has only one drawback—‘tis hard to leave. — Rudyard Kipling

Every window in Alcatraz has a view of San Francisco. — Susanna Kaysen

I always see about six scuffles a night when I come to San Francisco. That's one of the town's charms. — Errol Flynn

San Francisco lags behind other communities in providing a vital, vibrant and ecologically sustainable urban canopy, as well as open space in the city. — Gavin Newsom

I have always loved the Bay Area. I spent a lot of time in the Bay Area. I started my career there. That's a huge part of the excitement for me. — Chili Davis

The thing about coming back to the Bay Area, it's like coming home for me. — Richard Serra

I think maybe L.A. or San Francisco could be rushed, but Sacramento is just laid back! — Nick Johnson

Short San Francisco Quotes

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  • The Bay Area is so beautiful, I hesitate to preach about heaven while I'm here. — Billy Graham
  • If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair. — Scott McKenzie
  • The City that knows how. — William Howard Taft
  • There is more grace per square foot in San Francisco than any place on earth. — Fulton J. Sheen
  • Isn't it nice that people who prefer Los Angeles to San Francisco live there? — Herb Caen
  • Two days in this city is worth two months in New York. — Robert Menzies
  • Every man should be allowed to love two cities, his own and San Francisco — Gene Fowler
  • I’m just mad for San Francisco. It is like London and Paris stacked on top of each other. — Twiggy
  • There are a thousand viewpoints in the viewtiful city. — Herb Caen
  • Most things in San Francisco can be bought or taken. — Dashiell Hammett

Top 10 San Francisco Quotes

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As many of you know, I came from San Francisco. We don't have a lot of farms there. Well, we do have one - it's a mushroom farm, so you know what that means. — Nancy Pelosi

San Francisco lags behind other communities in providing a vital, vibrant and ecologically sustainable urban canopy, as well as open space in the city. — Gavin Newsom

Why can't DFW compete like San Francisco does with Oakland, like Miami does with Fort Lauderdale, and like Chicago O'Hare does with Midway? — John Ensign

The Bay Area is so beautiful, I hesitate to preach about heaven while I'm here. — Billy Graham

Every window in Alcatraz has a view of San Francisco. — Susanna Kaysen

I used to travel in tennis shoes; I am just not allowed to anymore. I'm an old hippie from San Francisco. — Amy Irving

I think maybe L.A. or San Francisco could be rushed, but Sacramento is just laid back! — Nick Johnson

San Francisco has only one drawback—‘tis hard to leave. — Rudyard Kipling

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair. — Scott McKenzie

Anyone who doesn't have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me. — Anthony Bourdain

Francisco Quotes

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Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. Cesar Chavez Address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Nov. 9, 1984 — Cesar Chavez

I have long argued that we need to reopen Alcatraz to house government criminals, and let tourists on excursion boats in San Francisco Bay pay to chum the water with meat with an expired sell-by date that would otherwise have to be discarded. — L. Neil Smith

I was married once--in San Francisco. I haven't seen her for many years. The great earthquake and fire in 1906 destroyed the marriage certificate. There's no legal proof. Which proves that earthquakes aren't all bad. — W. C. Fields

I think unleashing 3,000 smart bombs against the city of Baghdad in the first several days of the war... to me, if those were unleashed against the San Francisco Bay Area, I would call that an act of extreme terrorism. — Pete Stark

It{California} is the land where the fabled Aladdin's Lamp lies buried-and she {San Francisco} is the new Aladdin who shall seize it from its obscurity and summon the genie and command him to crown her with power and greatness and bring to her feet the hoarded treasures of the earth. — Mark Twain

I remember when I couldn't afford to eat like this. It was ramen noodles and the San Francisco Treat [Rice-A-Roni]. Dessert? Get you a honey bun and put a slice of cheese on it. Put it in the microwave for 45 seconds and you had the gift of a lifetime. — Sayings

We're crazy about this city. Los Angeles? That's just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco. — John Lennon

God took the beauty of the Bay of Naples, the Valley of the Nile, the Swiss Alps, the Hudson River Valley, rolled them into one and made San Francisco Bay. — Fiorello H. La Guardia

America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland. — Tennessee Williams

It was my friend Frank, a writer in San Francisco, who finally set me straight. When asked about my new look he put down his fork and stared at me for a few moments. "A bow tie announces to the world you can no longer get an erection." — David Sedaris

San Diego Quotes

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Well, when I was a kid, I grew up in San Diego next to the ocean. The ocean was my friend - my best friend. — Robert Ballard

I was on the San Diego school board for 4 years, where I watched children successfully matriculate into elementary schools from Head Start programs from all around our city. — Bob Filner

People would ask what college are you going to, and I’d say, ‘San Diego State.’ And they’d say, ‘Why?’ — Kawhi Leonard

The past nine years in San Diego have represented such a period of questioning. — Brian Ferneyhough

I have been blessed to win a number of awards and be involved in numerous historical baseball moments over my 20-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. — Steve Garvey

I realized that it's all really one, that John Lennon was correct. We utilize the music to bring down the walls of Berlin, to bring up the force of compassion and forgiveness and kindness between Palestines, Hebrews. Bring down the walls here in San Diego, Tijuana, Cuba. — Carlos Santana

There is no such thing as a typical season, not for the Cardinals, not for San Diego, not for Minnesota. — Dennis Green

I'm pretty darn happy. I really wanted to go to San Diego and play for those offensive masterminds. I'm looking forward to a 15-year career, a couple of trips to the Super Bowl and a parade through downtown San Diego. — Ryan Leaf

It ended up being a great quarter across the country. The national trend was more on the IT (information technology) side of things. When you look at Southern California and San Diego specifically, it's driven largely by the life sciences and biotech side of things. — Don Williams

My buddy David Wells is a big motorcycle guy, so when I go visit him in San Diego, he takes me out on his bike. He's got some antique Indians. I never really rode during my career, because I was afraid I'd fall off and ruin my career. — David Cone

Los Angeles Quotes

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There is no question in my mind that Zionists, these Jewish radicals that they dominate Hollywood, nobody argues about the show you in the Los Angeles Times article by Joel Stein bragging about it. — David Duke

The consensus is that no more than five to ten people in a hundred who die by gunfire in Los Angeles are any loss to society. These people fight small wars amongst themselves. It would seem a valid social service to keep them well-supplied with ammunition. — Jeff Cooper

Los Angeles and New York are the big centers of the music industry worldwide so of course it can be hard for newcomers who don't know what to expect from the music business. — Ville Valo

I'd move to Los Angeles if New Zealand and Australia were swallowed up by a tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack. — Russell Crowe

I had dreamed of visiting Bali for many years and because I had an extended family of Balinese friends in Los Angeles, I felt connected. The island is so peaceful and the smiles are constant. — Carolyn Murphy

I finished my junior year of high school and flew out to Los Angeles. I didn't know the difference between a manager and an agent. But I got here and just started hustling and meeting anyone I could. — Jake Paul

I moved out to L.A. to pursue entertainment beyond social media. Because I could have made Vines from Ohio. — Logan Paul

There are two modes of transport in Los Angeles: car and ambulance. Visitors who wish to remain inconspicuous are advised to choose the latter — Fran Lebowitz

To all my friends in Los Angeles: the Sultan of Brunei, owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel, has signed legislation calling for gay people to be stoned to death. — Cleve Jones

Australia is so cool that it's hard to even know where to start describing it. The beaches are beautiful; so is the weather. Not too crowded. Great food, great music, really nice people. It must be a lot like Los Angeles was many years ago. — Mary-Kate Olsen

California Quotes

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There are four great measures for my administration - a reduction of tariff, an independent treasury, settlement of the Oregon boundary and acquisition of California. — James K. Polk

Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day. — Tom Hanks

Had a powerful meditation just now - caused an earthquake in Southern California. Was meditating on Shiva mantra & earth began to shake. Sorry about that. — Deepak Chopra

We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is manifest destiny. — William McKinley

Living in Maryland, I saw that the opportunities were far greater in California than back home. — Christina Milian

I was six months old at the time that I was taken, with my mother and father, from Sacramento, California, and placed in internment camps in the United States. — Bob Matsui

According to the California Hospital Association, health care for illegal aliens is costing state taxpayers well over $1 billion a year. Eighty-four hospitals across California have already been forced to close because of unpaid bills by illegal aliens. — Ann Coulter

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But indeed a market like California is not good for Enron. — Kenneth Lay

But the most important thing is, Enron did not cause the California crisis. — Kenneth Lay

Judy Garland's father was gay. That seems to be the consensus. They left Minnesota and went to California because he got caught with some boy backstage. — Judy Davis

People Writing About San Francisco

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More San Francisco Quotes

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You wouldn't think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight there, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills. And all the people are open and friendly. — Dylan Thomas

They feel entitled, and when the food stamps stop, when the free services end, when the heating bills aren't paid and the heating doesn't come through in many of these large cities — Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles — this underclass that resides in these places, I think could become very violent. — Douglas Macgregor

We're crazy about this city. First time we came here, we walked the streets all day, all over town and nobody hassled us. People smiled, friendly-like, and we knew we could live here. We'd like to keep our place in Greenwich Village and have an apartment here, God and the Immigration Service willing. Los Angeles? That's just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco. — John Lennon

This is not to be cocky, but, I go over real well at Comic-Con. I've done quite a few Comic-Cons, and I enjoy the hell out of them. They are so much fun, and so bizarre. I've done the FX Show in Florida, Wizard-World in Chicago, Comic-Con in San Diego, Wonder-Con in San Francisco, the Comic-Con in New York, and I've done them numerous times. — Kristen Bell

I was at Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco hiking when a boulder came hurling down the mountainside and smashed my left hand. When I looked at my mangled bloody fingers, I had a strange reaction. 'Thank God I will never have to play again,' I said. The fact is that dedication to one's art does involve a sort of enslavement. — Pablo Casals

I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in the '60s at San Francisco State, and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit: one was Elizabeth Bishop. — Thom Gunn

I haven't had sex in two and a half years. A guy I met in San Francisco gave me a sympathy blow job. It didn't really work. I said, "You're just doing this 'cause you feel sorry for me." We stopped in the middle. — Kevin Sessums

East is East, and West is San Francisco, according to Californians. Californians are a race of people; they are not merely inhabitants of a State. — O. Henry

But I would rather be with you, somewhere in San Francisco on a back porch in July, just looking up to Heaven, at this crescent in the sky — Robert Hunter

It seemed like a matter of minutes when we began rolling in the foothills before Oakland and suddenly reached a height and saw stretched out ahead of us the fabulous white city of San Francisco on her eleven mystic hills with the blue Pacific and its advancing wall of potato-patch fog beyond, and smoke and goldenness in the late afternoon of time. — Jack Kerouac

I love New York, Chicago, London, St. Bart's and Italy but one of my fave cities in the whole world is San Francisco. Why? Those are all places that I love to go to cause it feels good to me personally when I'm there. — Steve Perry

It's funny, but when there are dominant teams, there are a number of people who rail about the fact that they're always seeing the Dallas Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers or the Green Bay either in the playoffs or in the Super Bowl. — Al Michaels

Once I knew the City very well, spent my attic days there, while others were being a lost generation in Paris, I fledged in San Francisco, climbed its hills. slept in its parks, worked on its docks, marched and shouted in its revolts~ It had been to me in the days of my poverty and it did not resent my temporary solvency. — John Steinbeck

I left my heart in San Francisco, high on a hill, it calls to me. To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars, the morning fog may chill the air, I don't care. My love waits there in San Francisco, above the blue and windy sea, when I come home to you, San Francisco , your golden sun will shine for me. — Tony Bennett

It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world — Oscar Wilde

A lot of the people in San Francisco think of themselves as healers - not just as people delivering this base service, but giving their clients spiritual help. It's almost like being an actor, playing a different part for each trick. — James Franco

Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word "Frisco", which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of High Misdemeanour, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars. — Emperor Norton

People in San Francisco and the East Bay have shown interest, done interviews, and have come to shows. I guess that the news travels fast out of this island that we are on. — Joanna Newsom

I was appalled that the San Francisco ethic didn't mushroom and envelope the whole world into this loving community of acid freaks. I was very naive. — Grace Slick

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