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Hard to believe that it’s been thirteen years since the September 11th attacks and the tragedy New York City underwent on that morning in 2001. For anyone who’s looked towards downtown Manhattan at night over the last week and seen those blazing towers of light sent skyward in memoriam, you know that the time to remember has come again. In honor of this city and its strength, we collected a handful of our favorite quotes about this unstoppable, remarkable place that has meant so much to so many people.
“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.”—Dylan Thomas
“One’s life and passion may be elsewhere, but New York is where you prove if what you think in theory makes sense in life.”—Miuccia Prada
“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”—Tom Wolfe
“Each man reads his own meaning into New York.”—Meyer Berger
“I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.” –Truman Capote
“My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realize how kind New York people are.”—Bill Murray
“New York remains what it has always been: a city of ebb and flow, a city of constant shifts of population and economics, a city of virtually no rest. It is harsh, dirty, and dangerous, it is whimsical and fanciful, it is beautiful and soaring – it is not one or another of these things but all of them, all at once, and to fail to accept this paradox is to deny the reality of city existence.”—Paul Goldberger
“Make your mark in New York and you are a made man.”—Mark Twain
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