You have to appreciate the Philly attitude. It’s like the city takes their motto, the city of brotherly love, very literally – but not in the original Quaker way. It’s a bit more literal, like how you’d treat your real brother as a kid. You yell and fight constantly, but you have each other’s backs against anyone else. After all, only you can talk about your brother like that, right?
Despite this attitude, Philadelphians aren’t actually rude. They’re just brutally blunt and never shy to voice their own opinion. Don’t let that deter you, Philadelphia is one of the most important cities in American history, home to a thriving food and art scene, and is one of the best cities in the United States for a weekend trip. And like their famous fictional hero, Rocky Balboa, they just have a lot of heart and have to direct it somewhere. If you’re visiting, make sure to check out our self-guided city tour app and here are a few Philadelphia quotes that sum up this endearing city:
Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system.
– GQ Magazine
Chef Michael Solomonov: What do you think the single best thing is about Philly?
Anthony Bourdain: The attitude.
— Philadelphia episode of The Layover
Philadelphia, more than any filmmaker, influenced me. It’s the sickest, most corrupt, decaying, fear-ridden city imaginable… I felt like I was constantly in danger. But it was so fantastic at the same time.
– David Lynch
A heat map showing national use of the F word on Twitter had only one bright red circle on it, and Philadelphia was right in the middle of that circle.
– Ian Douglass
The local love for microbrewing, dating to the late 1600s, shows up on beer lists so intricately compiled they’d be described as curated in more pretentious cities. (Yes, Brooklyn, I mean you.) Epic jukeboxes and random dartboards, roasted meat and melted cheese, super-hard-to-find beers and whiskey neat — all served up without judgment in an American stronghold for going big into the wee hours.
— Esquire Magazine, naming Philadelphia the late-night capital of the U.S.
William Penn was the first great hero of American liberty. During the late seventeenth century, when Protestants persecuted Catholics, Catholics persecuted Protestants, and both persecuted Quakers and Jews, Penn established an American sanctuary which protected freedom of conscience.
New York is a place where people go to reinvent themselves; Philadelphia is a place where people discover who they are.
– Chef Peter McAndrews
We’re neighborhood people. And that’s what Philly is: neighborhoods. That’s why this all works.
World-class museums, cutting-edge galleries, and ubiquitous street murals make this city a trove of creative riches.
— New York Magazine
I love the dignity in the name Philadelphia, but at heart, we’re Philly.
– Lisa Scottoline