San Francisco Quotes - North Beach

Ah, San Francisco…. We’re in love with this fog covered city of hills. It’s a tie-dyed, technicolor wonderland that’s a haven for open minds and free spirits.  All are welcome, the food is world-class, and the scenery is breathtaking. If you’re visiting, make sure to check out our self-guided city tour app and read a few of our favorite San Francisco quotes to get you in the right mood:

One day if I go to heaven…..I’ll look around and say “It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco”.

– Herb Caen

The Bay Area is so beautiful, I hesitate to preach about heaven while I’m here.

– Billy Graham

Any one who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.

– Anthony Bourdain

San Francisco Quotes

San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.

– Paul Kantner

San Francisco is a complex town that lets you be yourself, that accepts you even if your family doesn’t. No matter how uncomfortable your own skin feels, you can move to this city, discover who you really are, and plant your feet on the ground.

– Jack Boulware

San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every house a poem, every dweller within immortal. This is the whole truth.

– William Saroyan

San Francisco Quotes - Palace of Fine Arts - Cable Cars

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

I’m proud to have been a Yankee. But I have found more happiness and contentment, since I came back home to San Francisco than any man has a rigo deserve. This is the friendliest city in the world.

– Joe di Maggio

Somehow the great cities of America have taken their places in a mythology that shapes their destiny: money lives in New York. Power sits in Washington. Freedom sips cappuccino in a sidewalk café in San Francisco.

– Joe Flower

San Francisco Quotes - Dolores Park

San Francisco can start right now to become number one. We can set examples so that others will follow. We can start overnight. We don’t have to wait for budgets to be passed, surveys to be made, political wheelings and dealings…….for it takes no money……it takes no compromising to give the people their rights……it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.

– Harvey Milk

San Francisco Quotes - Twin Peaks - Palace of Fine Arts - Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus in the world….one of the really urbane communities in the United States…one of the truly cosmopolitan places – and for many, many years, it has always had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world.

– Duke Ellington

Cities are like gentlemen, they are born, not made.  You are either a city, or you are not, size has nothing to do with it.  I bet San Francisco was a city from the very first time it had a dozen settlers.

– Will Rogers

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

San Francisco Quotes - Coit Tower

It is a good thing the early settlers landed on the East Coast; if they’d landed in San Francisco first, the rest of the country would still be uninhabited.

– Herbert Mye

San Francisco is perhaps the most European of all American cities.

– Cecil Beaton

I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.

– Mark Twain

San Francisco Quotes - Castro

It’s the grandest city I saw in America.  If everyone acted as the San Franciscans did, there would be hope for settlement of the world’s difficulties.

– Frol Zozlov

If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.

– William Saroyan

Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart.  You want to linger as long as possible.

– Walter Kronkite

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