We’ve lined up some of our favorite San Francisco quotes and sayings from one of our favorite cities.
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San Francisco’s influence is seen in literature, movies, and culture. It’s a city that’s made an impact on Americans across the country and visitors from outside the country.
Here are some famous San Francisco quotes and sayings about this beautiful city.
Good San Francisco Quotes
1.) San Francisco has only one drawback – it is hard to leave.
2.) San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.
3.) There may not be a Heaven, but there is San Francisco.
4.) If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.
5.) San Francisco is perhaps the most European of all American cities.
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6.) One day, if I go to heaven… I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.’
7.) You know what it is? (It) is a golden handcuff with the key thrown away.
8.) You are fortunate to live here. If I were your President, I would levy a tax on you for living in San Francisco!
9.) It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco.
10.) San Francisco is a city where people are never more abroad than when they are at home.
Benjamin F. Taylor
11.) Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.
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12.) San Francisco is really fun and liberal, and it’s my kind of politics. It’s like being Jewish in front of Jewish people.
13.) I always see about six scuffles a night when I come to San Francisco. That’s one of the town’s charms.
14.) Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco.
15.) San Francisco is a mad city – inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of remarkable beauty.
16.) 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.
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17.) The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco
18.) I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.
San Francisco Sayings
19.) Money lives in New York. Power sits in Washington. Freedom sips cappuccino in a sidewalk cafe in San Francisco.
20.) It’s simply a very romantic place. Just one look at any of those streets, and you couldn’t be anywhere else — it’s so beautiful, and there’s that location and the sense of the free spirit. Who couldn’t become ravenous in such a place?
21.) San Francisco is the only city I can think of that can survive all the things you people are doing to it and still look beautiful.
Frank Lloyd Wright
22.) East is East, and West is San Francisco.
23.) I was appalled that the San Francisco ethic [of the 1960s] didn’t mushroom and envelop the whole world into this loving community of acid freaks. I was very naive.
24.) San Franciscans are very proud of their city, and they should be. It’s the most beautiful place in the world.
25.) Suddenly, we 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.
26.) I don’t think San Francisco needs defending. I never meet anyone who doesn’t love the place, Americans, or others.
27.) The morning, like all San Francisco mornings, promised spring. In California, the seasons come daily: spring, the dewy mornings covered lightly in gray mist; summer, when the sun burns through and rises directly overhead at midday; afternoon autumns, crisp breezy, when colors show off and the air smells clean into twilight; winter is the night.
28.) I can walk down the streets of San Francisco, and here I’m normal.
29.) To a traveler paying his first visit, it has the interest of a new planet. It ignores the meteorological laws which govern the rest of the world.
Fitz Hugh Ludlow
30.) When you get tired of walking around in San Francisco, you can always lean against it.
31.) San Francisco itself is art, above all, literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, and every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.
32.) The Bay Area is so beautiful; I hesitate to preach about heaven while I’m here.
33.) It is a good thing the early settlers landed on the east coast… if they’d landed in San Francisco, the rest of the country would still be uninhabited.
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34.) A city is where you can sign a petition, boo the chief justice, fish off a pier, gape at a hippopotamus, buy a flower at the corner, or get a good hamburger or a bad girl at 4 a.m. A city is where sirens make white streaks of sound in the sky, and foghorns speak dark grays — San Francisco is such a city.
35.) San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world — one of the really urbane communities in the United States — one of the truly cosmopolitan places, and for many, many years, it always has had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world.
36.) The extreme geniality of San Francisco’s economic, intellectual, and political climate makes it the most varied and challenging city in the United States.
37.) I have seen purer liquors, better segars, finer tobacco, truer guns and pistols, larger dirks and bowie knives, and prettier courtesans here in San Francisco than in any other place I have ever visited.
38.) San Francisco beats the world for novelties, but the inventive faculties of her people are exercised on a specialty. Controversy is our forte.
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39.) Every man should be allowed to love two cities, his own and San Francisco.
40.) I prefer a wet San Francisco to a dry Manhattan.
41.) Chicago is the great American city, New York is one of the capitals of the world, and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic; San Francisco is a lady.
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42.) It may be Baghdad by the Bay to you, but to me, it’s Resurrection City.
43.) The cool, grey city of love.
44.) I’m just mad for San Francisco. It is like London and Paris stacked on top of each other.
45.) What I like best about San Francisco is San Francisco.
46.) This is the friendliest city in the world.
Joe di Maggio
47.) 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.
48.) There are a thousand viewpoints in the viewtiful city.
49.) The port of San Francisco is a marvel of nature and might well be called the harbor of harbor.
Juan Bautista de Anza
50.) San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world…I would probably rank it at the top or near the top. It’s small but photogenic and has layers…You never have problems finding great angles that people have never done.
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51.) Perpetual spring, the flare of adventure in the blood, the impulse of men who packed Virgil with their bean bags on the overland journey conspired to make San Francisco a city of artists.
William Henry Irwin
52.) Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.
53.) Every morning in San Francisco was a bit like waking up on the edge of the earth: beautiful and damp and wild, full of the strange music people make, open-armed, into the wind.
Elizabeth Percer, author of Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco, is pretty much dead to me.
54.) If free speech and individuality are American characteristics, there is no place more American than San Francisco.
Desi del Valle
55.) I love this city. If I am elected, I’ll move the White House to San Francisco. Everybody’s so friendly.
56.) It’s simply a very romantic place. Just one look at any of those streets, and you couldn’t be anywhere else.
Golden Gate Quotes
57.) The Golden Gate wasn’t our fault either, but we still put a bridge across it.
58.) The Golden Gate Bridge’s daily strip tease from enveloping stoles of mist to full frontal glory is still the most provocative show in town.
Mary Moore Mason
59.) Such was life in the Golden Gate: / Gold dusted all we drank and ate, / And I was one of the children told, / ‘We all must eat our peck of gold.’
60.) San Francisco! City of dreaming spires, people live here… Golden Gate Bridge, ahh, the Romans came here.
61.) The Golden Gate Bridge should have a long bungee cord for people who aren’t quite ready to commit suicide but want to get in a little practice.
62.) Animation had been used only for things like King Kong and the destruction of cities, which was very popular in the 1950s. I got tired of destroying cities – I destroyed New York, I destroyed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Rome, and Washington. I was looking for a new outlet, and I came across the Sinbad Legends.
63.) Drafting is like painting the Golden Gate Bridge. The closer you get to the end, the more you start to worry about the beginning.
64.) You can find your way across this country using burger joint the way a navigator uses stars…We have munched Bridge burgers in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge and Cable burgers hard by the Golden Gate, Dixie burgers in the sunny South, and Yankee Doodle burgers in the North. We had a Capitol Burger – guess where. And so help us, in the inner courtyard of the Pentagon, a Penta burger.
65.) Every window in Alcatraz has a view of San Francisco.
66.) This studio has more suspensions than the Golden Gate Bridge.
Humphrey Bogart on Warner Bros.
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67.) West Coast, Best Coast.
68.) Golden State of Mind.
69.) Stay golden, San Francisco.
70.) Falling in love, one cable car at a time.
71.) Chillin’ in the San Francisco hills.
72.) Golden Beach. Golden Life.
73.) Happy as a clam at Fisherman’s Wharf.
74.) Sea-sing every moment in San Fran.
San Francisco Slogans
75.) San Francisco: The Golden Gate City.
76.) Sanny Franny.
77.) Baghdad by the Bay.
78.) The City By the Bay.
79.) San Fran – frowned upon by many locals.
80.) Fog City.
81.) San Francisco: Everybody’s Favorite City.
82.) San Francisco: The City That Knows How.
84.) San Francisco: Golden City.
85.) San Fran State of Mind.
Notable San Francisco Quotations
86.) San Francisco is poetry. Even the hills rhyme.
87.) A bend reveals a sudden vision of San Francisco in shades of blue, a city in a dream, and I was filled with a tremendous yearning to live in that place of blue hills and blue buildings, though I do live there, I had just left there after breakfast.
88.) San Francisco, coolest place ever.
89.) I grew up in Marin County, north of San Francisco, and in the 1950s and ’60s, it was a natural paradise.
90.) I would rather be in San Francisco than just about anywhere on Earth.
91.) I’ve always had a connection here in the city from the first day I arrived. I stayed in the city. I made San Francisco my home. (And) I was seen in the offseason at a lot of different functions, and people liked that.
92.) I have this insane and unabated longing for San Francisco. I come up there every chance that I get.
93.) 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 means that earthquakes aren’t always bad.
94.) You are fortunate to live here. If I were your President, I would levy a tax on you for living in San Francisco!
95.) San Francisco is exciting, moody, and exhilarating. I even love the muted fogs.
Short San Francisco Quotes
96.) I am a San-Fan-Cisco.
97.) This is one Hart that you will not leave in San Francisco.
98.) I prefer a wet San Francisco to a dry Manhattan.
99.) America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.
100.) There is more grace per square foot in San Francisco than any place on Earth.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
101.) Now there’s a grown-up swinging town.
102.) San Francisco is the friendliest city in the world.
103.) I left my heart in San Francisco.
104.) Every window in Alcatraz has a view of San Francisco.
105.) Every man should be allowed to love two cities, his own and San Francisco.
106.) This city is a point upon a map of fog.
107.) San Francisco, city of dreaming spires.
Background on the City by the Bay
San Francisco has always been special, whether it’s the weather, the people, its natural beauty, the industries, or anything else about it. It is the city of creativity.
The culture of this city is like no other. Many important men and women have made the Golden City their home because they fell in love with it. And many cherish it as the best city in the world and dream of living here someday. Few do not fall for the City the first time they visit it.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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