On this strange and chilly Mardi Gras day, many of us do “know what it means to miss New Orleans”. Here’s a selection of some of the best famous quotes about the city we love.
“Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine, I look right into the heart of good old New Orleans. It has given me something to live for.” — Louis Armstrong
“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” — Mark Twain
“In New Orleans, culture doesn’t come down from on high, it bubbles up from the streets.” — Ellis Marsalis
“There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better.” — Bob Dylan
“Don’t you just love those long afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour–but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands–and who knows what to do with it?” — Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire)
“New Orleans makes it possible to go to Europe without ever leaving the United States.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“There is no place on Earth even remotely like New Orleans. Don’t even try to compare it to anywhere else.” — Anthony Bourdain
“An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.” — Mark Twain
“New Orleans is a place that actually resembles no other city on the face of the Earth, yet it recalls vague memories of a hundred cities.” – Lafcadio Hearn
“You can live in any city in America, but New Orleans is the only city that lives in you.” – Chris Rose
“I’ve been all over the world. I love New York, I love Paris, San Francisco, so many places. But there’s no place like New Orleans. It’s got the best food. It’s got the best music. It’s got the best people. It’s got the most fun stuff to do.” — Harry Connick Jr.
“In New Orleans, we celebrate everything. It’s probably the only place you’ll see people dancing in a funeral home.” — Trombone Shorty
“The trap of growing up in New Orleans: you’re often preoccupied with what’s been lost while clinging to a grand, cobbled present.” – Anne Gisleson
“A man who forgets his past and allows the flame of the things he loves to be extinguished has no future.” ― T.J. Fisher, Orleans Embrace with The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré