Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The New York Skyline in Quotes

Here is a list of our favorite quotes about the New York skyline -- so far. Remember that you can also use the search box at the bottom of this page, to find more quotes about the skyline (or any other aspect of NY).

1. "I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline."
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
2. "That skyline -- the apotheosis of New York's grace and swagger, creativity and hard labor-- is lovelier to me than the most serene sunset or snowcapped mountain range."
Maureen Corrigan, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading
3. "There's a swell when you first see Manhattan. It's true, you think, the skyline is not a mirage, and you can be inside of it, naked in that gold light."
John Weir, What I Did Wrong
4. "The skyline of New York is a monument, an outward symbol of an aggressive and once confident people, a technological achievement that is matchless in the history of the human race."
George H. Douglas, Skyscrapers: A Social History of the Very Tall Building in America
5. "The Manhattan skyline is like looking at a great work of art; when you're in the presence of a great work, it is hard to give your attention to anything else."
Maurice A. Hargraves, A More Perfect Union: Socialization to Realization
6. "The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendor that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach."
Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness
7. "The skyline of Manhattan soars into view, its towers and citadels shooting skyward in anarchic and bewildering profusion, overwhelming in their sense of power and their gargantuan beauty, looking more than ever like some unearthly fantasia out of a fairy tale. It is the one urban view in all the world which sings at a journey's end like a public triumph."
Clair Price, quoted in Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark
8. "Once you're on the bridge and moving towards Manhattan the skyline dominates, and it's almost as if the buildings are people, jammed shoulder to shoulder, rushing toward midtown, thinning out, and then congregating again downtown around Wall Street and Battery Park. They're all lit up, like they've got someplace special to be and they've put on their finest clothes. They know that everyone is looking at them,but they've grown accustomed to that kind of attention, and besides, those little people can look, but they can't really touch."
Andrea Giovino, Divorced from the Mob
9. "The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world."
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Tell us, what's your favorite?

1 comment:

  1. These are wonderful! My heart swells EVERY single time i see the NYC skyline - the energy is so magnetic, it feels like it reaches out and says "come Play ~ I'm game"! so much life... i can never ever get tired of it. But i do love going home to Long island!