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PICS: New York, the city that never sleeps

Last updated on: February 17, 2013 16:08 IST

Image: Lights from the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan skyline are reflected in the East River after sundown.
Photographs: Peter Morgan/Reuters

Great many things have been said about New York. In the pages to follow we bring you some of the best quotes about the American city and its spirit.

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.

-- Tom Wolfe

PICS: New York, the city that never sleeps

Image: A plane flies through the
Photographs: Eric Thayer/Reuters

As only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night.

-- Dorothy Parker

PICS: New York, the city that never sleeps

Image: A woman stops to watch the sun set over New Jersey from Battery Park in New York
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.

-- Nora Ephron

PICS: New York, the city that never sleeps

Image: A train conductor leans out his window as a subway car starts down the tracks in New York.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.

-- John Updike

PICS: New York, the city that never sleeps

Image: The New York Times building is struck by lightning
Photographs: Nic Fulton/Reuters

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

PICS: New York, the city that never sleeps

Image: Fireworks behind the Brooklyn Bridge
Photographs: Carey Horowitz /Reuters

Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book -- and does!

-- Groucho Marx

PICS: New York, the city that never sleeps

Image: The Statue of Liberty in New York harbour
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters

A great many people go after success simply for the shiny prizes it brings... And nowhere is it pursued more ardently than in the city of New York.

-- Stephen Birmingham

PICS: New York, the city that never sleeps

Image: The Wall Street sign is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange
Photographs: Chip East/Reuters

Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street (1987)

PICS: New York, the city that never sleeps

Image: The sun sets over Manhattan aligned exactly with the streets in a phenomenon known as 'Manhattanhenge'
Photographs: Reuters

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. Particularly when one can't see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need?

-- Ayn Rand

PICS: New York, the city that never sleeps

Image: A woman jogs through the snow in New York's Central Park
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters

You can do what you like, sir, but I'll tell you this. New York is the true capital of America. Every New Yorker knows it, and by God, we always shall.

-- Edward Rutherfurd, New York: The Novel