I’ve never been to Paris. It’s been on my list of “Places to Visit,” for as long as I can remember. In the past few days, we’ve all seen Paris and her people in a way we’ll never forget- as victims in the seemingly never-ending war on terror. So today, in honor of those who’ve fallen and those who are left to mourn, here are a few quotes about this city that fascinates the world. . .
“Paris is always a good idea” –Audrey Hepburn
Taken from the film Sabrina, 1954
“America is my country and Paris is my hometown.” – Gertrude Stein
“The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay,
I heard the laughter of her heart in every street café
The last time I saw Paris, her trees were dressed for spring,
And lovers walked beneath those trees and birds found songs to sing.”
— Oscar Hammerstein II, 1940
“They say that when good Americans die they go to Paris.” — Oscar Wilde From the novel A Picture of Dorian Gray.
“I love Paris when it sizzles” –Cole Porter
“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
Ilsa: But what about us? Rick: We’ll always have Paris — Casablanca
“To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.” – Victor Hugo
“The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American.”
— F Scott Fitzgerald
“…the whole of Paris is a vast university of Art, Literature and Music…it is worth anyone’s while to dally here for years. Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in Everything.”—James Thurber
“What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!” –Charles Dickens
“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.”– Thomas Jefferson
“Yet with these April sunsets, that somehow recall
My buried life, and Paris in the spring,
I feel immeasurably at peace, and find the world
To be wonderful and youthful after all”
From Collected Poems 1909-1962 –T.S. Eliot
My prayers are with you Paris, France and with all those who’ve suffered so much at the hands of those who place so little value on life. God bless you as you heal.
Sensibility- Pausing to remember beauty and gentleness eases pain and reduces fear during times of great loss.
Sense- Use your writing today in some tangible way that shows love. Write a letter to a friend or loved one, a poem to your significant other or a note to your children. It will be a treasure they cherish always.