Monday, 27 June 2011


With an apple I will astonish Paris.

(Paul Cezanne)

Virtue, my pet, is an abstract idea, varying in its manifestations with the surroundings. Virtue in Provence, in Constantinople, in London, and in Paris bears very different fruit, but is none the less virtue.

(Honore De Balzac)

Monday, 20 June 2011


I was a free man in Paris 
I felt unfettered and alive
There was nobody calling me up for favours
And no one's future to decide
You know I'd go back there tomorrow 
But for the work I've taken on 
Stoking the star maker machinery 
Behind the popular song.

(Free Man in Paris Joni Mitchell)

For a painter, the Mecca of the world, for study,for inspiration and for living is here on this star called Paris. Just look at it, no wonder so many artists have come here and called it home. Brother, if you can't paint in Paris, you'd better give up and marry the boss's daughter.

(Alan Jay Lerner)

Monday, 13 June 2011


As an artist, man has no home in Europe save in Paris.

(Friedrich Nietzsche)

There is but one Paris and however hard living maybe here, and if it becomes worse and harder even - the French air clears up the brain and does good - a world of good!

(Vincent Van Gogh)

Tuesday, 7 June 2011


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.

(Ernest Hemingway)

You know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Paris? They got the metric system, they wouldn't know what the fuck a quarter pounder is. They call it a 'royale with cheese'.

(Vincent Vega-Pulp Fiction-Quentin Tarentino)

Thursday, 2 June 2011


Did not strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe I would choose to end my days in Scotland.

(Benjamin Franklin)

I would hate to die with a heart attack and have a good liver, kidneys and brains. When I die, I want everything to be knackered.

(Hamish Imlach)