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25 Famous Authors’ Poetic Descriptions of Paris

Happy Bastille Day! It’s the 224th anniversary of the storming of the famous Paris prison, which helped dismantled France’s repressive monarchy. If you can’t dance along the Champs-Élysées, but want to spread the Parisian pride, head past the jump for a few eloquent and adoring words from famous writers that celebrate the City of Light.

Image credit: Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Image credit: Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Ernest Hemingway

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

“Paris is so very beautiful that it satisfies something in you that is always hungry in America.”

“There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.”

Charles Dickens

“I cannot tell you what an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!”

Henry James

“The great merit of the place is that one can arrange one’s life here exactly as one pleases… there are facilities for every kind of habit and taste, and everything is accepted and understood.”

“Paris is the greatest temple ever built to material joys and the lust of the eyes.”

Honoré de Balzac

“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.”

Victor Hugo

“To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.”

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