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1. "I have a bold plan to break from the Bloomberg years, and end the 'Tale of Two Cities' by providing real opportunity to all New Yorkers, no matter where they live."
Author: Bill De Blasio
2. "What, indeed, is a New Yorker? Is he Jew or Irish? Is he English or German? Is he Russian or Polish? He may be something of all these, and yet he is wholly none of them. Something has been added to him which he had not had before. he is endowed with a briskness and an invention often alien to his blood. He is quicker in his movement, less trammeled in his judgement...The change he undergoes is unmistakeable, New York, indeed, resembles a magic cauldron. Those who are cast into it are born again."
Author: Charles Whibley
3. "I'm just not gonna let up until I know I've done absolutely everything I can for New Yorkers."
Author: Christine Quinn
4. "I am a New Yorker."
Author: Connie Stevens
5. "I do love to walk around in New York because people will notice me, smile, but they never bother anyone. New Yorkers are very cool. I love New York."
Author: Creed Bratton
6. "Publication in 'The New Yorker' meant everything, and it's no exaggeration to say that it changed my life."
Author: Daniel Alarcon
7. "People say New Yorkers can't get along. Not true. I saw two New Yorkers, complete strangers, sharing a cab. One guy took the tires and the radio; the other guy took the engine."
Author: David Letterman
8. "New Yorkers love the bigness -- the skyscrapers, the freedom, the lights. But they also love it when they can carve out some smallness for themselves. When the guy at the corner store knows which newspaper you want. When the barista has your order ready before you open your mouth. When you start to recognize the people in your orbit, and you know that, say, if you're waiting for the subway at eight fifteen on the dot, odds are the redhead with the red umbrella is going to be there too."
Author: David Levithan
9. "J. D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield is a literary descendant of Huck Finn: more educated and sophisticated, the son of affluent New Yorkers, but like Huck a youthful runaway from a world of adult hypocrisy, venality and, to use one of his own favourite words, phoniness. What particularly appals Holden is the eagerness of his peers to adopt that corrupt grownup behaviour."
Author: David Lodge
10. "I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they've ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn't know, because I won't ever dare ask that question."
Author: Dylan Thomas
11. "By comparison with other less hectic days, the city is unconfortable and inconvenient; but New Yorkers tempramentally do not crave comfort and convenience - if they did they would live elsewhere."
Author: E.B. White
12. "I said, to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you're a New Yorker."
Author: Ed Koch
13. "So you got the cool New Yorkers, and then there are the less-than-cool New Yorkers."
Author: Edward Burns
14. "When I had to work Shea Stadium for a Mets-Braves game – Atlanta pitcher John Rocker had recently given an interview in which he denounced New Yorkers of all Colors and preferences – I was assigned to a parking lot, where numerous drivers asked me for directions to various highways. When my first answer – "I have no idea" – seemed to invite denunciation and debate, I revised it to "Take the first left." For all I know, those people are still lost in Queens."
Author: Edward Conlon
15. "A New Yorker can never be beat, Gorham, because he gets right back up again. Remember that."
Author: Edward Rutherfurd
16. "If "Sex and the City" taught us anything, it's that Paris is the only city in the world that New Yorkers actually fantasize about."
Author: Elizabeth Bard
17. "Most New Yorkers want to look amazing, and they want you to understand that they look amazing, but they also want you to stop staring at them."
Author: Ellie Kemper
18. "The dangerous man is the one who has only one idea, because then he'll fight and die for it."[As quoted in The New Yorker, April 25, 2011]"
Author: Francis Crick
19. "On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood. All Americans became New Yorkers."
Author: George Pataki
20. "Back in 1992, I had my first story accepted by 'The New Yorker.'"
Author: George Saunders
21. "Never mind gas masks and fallout shelters in the event of biological warfare. Many New Yorkers move from place to place equipped with the essentials of vermin assault weaponry: mouse traps, roach spray, and sticky tapes. In some neighborhoods, it's a must."
Author: Isabel Lopez
22. "I am a music snob, and proud of it. I'm a New Yorker; smugness is my birthright."
Author: J.J. Howard
23. "The 'New Yorker' asked me to shoot a story on climate change in 2005, and I wound up going to Iceland to shoot a glacier. The real story wasn't the beautiful white top. It ended up being at the terminus of the glacier where it's dying."
Author: James Balog
24. "New Yorkers, by reputation, are fast-talking, assertive and easily annoyed; I fit right in."
Author: Jane Pauley
25. "New Yorkers are either the nicest or the rudest."
Author: Janet McTeer
26. "I submitted a poem last night to The New Yorker. They said it can take up to three months to hear back. I got rejected immediately."
Author: Jarod Kintz
27. "New Yorkers, I figured, just pretended to be unfriendly."
Author: Jeannette Walls
28. "New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up."
Author: Jimmy Connors
29. "The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding."
Author: John Updike
30. "When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."[As attributed by Alastair Reid in Neruda and Borges, The New Yorker, June 24, 1996; as well as in The Talk of the Town, The New Yorker, July 7, 1986]"
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
31. ". . . New York doesn't leave a lot of time for pondering forks in the road. People who have paused to gather their wits often find themselves suddenly waking up in a cookie-cutter beige apartment in Hoboken. I will not ever leave New York. I don't know how long it takes to become a true New Yorker, but I assume that if I die here ... that would qualify me."
Author: Josh Kilmer Purcell
32. "I see and write things first as an artist, second as a woman, and third as a New Yorker. All three have built-in perspectives that aren't neutral."
Author: Laurie Anderson
33. "Leave it to a New Yorker to put a bunch of trees in one place and call it wonderful."
Author: M.K. Hobson
34. "Utter objectivity...is not only impossible when judging literature, it's not exactly desirable. Fiction involves trace elements of magic; it works for reasons we can explain and also for reasons we can't. If novels or short-story collections could be weighed strictly in terms of their components (fully developed characters, check; original voice, check; solidly crafted structure, check; serious theme, check) they might satisfy, but they would fail to enchant. A great work of fiction involves a certain frisson that occurs when its various components cohere and then ignite.(Source: "Letter from the Pulitzer Fiction Jury: What Really Happened This Year" in The New Yorker.)"
Author: Michael Cunningham
35. "When you get into statistical analysis, you don't really expect to achieve fame. Or to become an Internet meme. Or be parodied by 'The Onion' - or be the subject of a cartoon in 'The New Yorker.' I guess I'm kind of an outlier there."
Author: Nate Silver
36. "The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!"
Author: Patrick Henry
37. "I don't profess any religion; I don't think it's possible that there is a God; I have the greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words ‘spiritual' or ‘spirituality.'[Interview, The New Yorker, Dec. 26, 2005]"
Author: Philip Pullman
38. "New Yorkers are real gritty and tough."
Author: Raymond Kelly
39. "Italian cities have long been held up as ideals, not least by New Yorkers and Londoners enthralled by the ways their architecture gives beauty and meaning to everyday acts."
Author: Rebecca Solnit
40. "The debate about the war seems pretty robust and free. Many publications, from the New Yorker to the Nation, feel perfectly comfortable printing anti-American articles and that's fine. That's what the First Amendment is all about."
Author: Rich Lowry
41. "My parents put the New Yorker in my crib. I saw Vogue and Vanity Fair around the house before I could read."
Author: Richard Avedon
42. "My model, such as it is, is a mentorship model, which is to say that I care personally, and I involve myself personally/emotionally with the work of each student, and I try to make it such that they want to reach for more, do better, risk more, try new things, abandon limited objectives, individuate, and so on. For me it is personal, to the best of my ability, and it is about making more of the writer and of the writer's task in each case. I also think it's possible to do this, to teach in this way, in a classroom free of rancor and backbiting and competitive jostling. So: my class should be a place of peace, a place where anything is possible, where the code of realism is in disrepute, and the worst thing you can say, the absolutely verboten thing, is the phrase: The New Yorker."
Author: Rick Moody
43. "New York - The city where the people from Oshkosh look at the people from Dubuque in the next theater seats and say "These New Yorkers don't dress any better than we do."
Author: Robert Benchley
44. "Drinnen ist das Arcade selbst wie eine große Stadt; wie eine Insel. Dass ein Buchladen ein solcher Ort sein kann, hat man sich immer erhofft, doch das Arcade ist der ursprüngliche Wunsch, der hinter solchen Hoffnungen steckt. Bei jenem ersten Besuch war es, als würde New York hier ganz real. Das Arcade stand für die Menschenmassen, es versinnbildlichte die Großstadt. Die Bücherstapel waren wie die wuselnden New Yorker, unsichtbar in ihren Gebäuden und doch spürbar, Bienen in ihrem Korb."
Author: Sheridan Hay
45. "As most New Yorkers have done, I have given serious and generous thought to the state of my apartment should I get killed during the day."
Author: Sloane Crosley
46. "I am a New Yorker, and 7:00 A.M. is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it."
Author: Sonia Sotomayor
47. "There's that stigma about New Yorkers, how they're so mean, but in my experience it was quite the opposite. People were very genuine and very nice, even on the subway."
Author: Taylor Kitsch
48. "People say that New Yorkers aren't friendly, but I think they're more friendly than Londoners. Here there is a front-footed nature of Americans. You can go out on a night out and meet 10 random people and stay in touch with them, whereas that's not going to happen in the same way in London."
Author: Theo James
49. "The more New Yorkers like something, the more disgusted they are. "The kitchen was all Sub-Zero: I want to kill myself. The building has a playroom that makes you want to break your own jaw with a golf club. I can't take it."
Author: Tina Fey
50. "New York's my home. Born and raised. I'm a New Yorker to the bone."
Author: Vanessa Ferlito

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