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San Francisco is one of our favorite cities in the USA. We don’t mind the fog or the cold (hey we are from Canada!) SF is just a wonderful city break. In this post, we are sharing the coolest San Francisco quotes for Instagram, so get ready to be inspired! 

San Francisco quotes for Instagram

San Francisco Quotes

San Francisco has only one drawback – ’tis hard to leave. – Rudyard Kipling

Money lives in New York. Power sits in Washington. Freedom sips cappuccino in a sidewalk cafe in San Francisco. – Joe Flower

There may not be a Heaven, but there is San Francisco. – Ashleigh Brilliant

SF Quotes

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

East is East, and West is San Francisco. – O. Henry

Chicago is the great American city, New York is one of the capitals of the world, and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic; San Francisco is a lady. – Norman Mailer

If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life. – William Saroyan

San Franciscans are very proud of their city, and they should be. It’s the most beautiful place in the world. – Robert Redford

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

You can go one block to the next in San Francisco and get a completely different opinion of what the issue is. –  Don Johnson

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 is poetry. Even the hills rhyme. – Pat Montandon

San Francisco is a breathtakingly beautiful city, with lots of great contrasts between dark and light, often overlapping each other. It’s a great setting for a horror story. – Christopher Moore

Quotes About San Francisco Sayings By Famous people & others

The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. – Unknown

San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality. – Paul Kanter

You are fortunate to live here. If I were your President, I would levy a tax on you for living in San Francisco! – Mikhail Gorbachev

I love San Francisco and Brighton has something of San Francisco about it. It’s by the sea, there’s a big gay community, a feeling of people being there because they enjoy their life there. – Brian Eno

San Francisco is a city where people are never more abroad than when they are at home. – Benjamin F. Taylor

The extreme geniality of San Francisco’s economic, intellectual and political climate makes it the most varied and challenging city in the United States. – James Michener

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

Perpetual spring, the flare of adventure in the blood, the impulse of men who packed Virgil with their bean-bags on the overland journey, conspired to make San Francisco a city of artists. – William Henry Irwin

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I can walk down the streets of San Francisco, and here I’m normal. – Robin Williams 

San Francisco is really fun and liberal, and it’s my kind of politics. It’s like being Jewish in front of Jewish people. – Elayne Boosler

As many of you know, I came from San Francisco. We don’t have a lot of farms there. Well, we do have one, it’s a mushroom farm, so you know what that means. – Nancy Pelosi

San Francisco has always been a haven for misfits and weirdos. I’m both of these, which is why I came here. – Michael Franti

San Francisco is a mad city – inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of remarkable beauty. – Rudyard Kipling

I was appalled that the San Francisco ethic [of the 1960s] didn’t mushroom and envelop the whole world into this loving community of acid freaks. I was very naive. – Grace Slick

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

San Franciscans are very proud of their city, and they should be.  It’s the most beautiful place in the world. – Robert Redford

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

Every man should be allowed to love two cities, his own and San Francisco. – Gene Fowler

I prefer a wet San Francisco to a dry Manhattan. – Larry Geraldi

To a traveler paying his first visit, it [San Francisco] has the interest of a new planet. It ignores the meteorological laws which govern the rest of the world. – Fitz Hugh Ludlow

Once I knew the city very well, spent my attic days there, while others were being a lost generation in Paris, I fledged in San Francisco, climbed its hills, slept in its parks, worked on its docks, marched and shouted in its revolts… It had been kind to me in the days of my poverty and it did not resent my temporary solvency. – John Steinbeck

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world…I would probably rank it at the top or near the top.  It’s small but photogenic and has layers…You never have problems finding great angles that people have never done. – Ang Lee

It is a good thing the early settlers landed on the east coast… if they’d landed in San Francisco, the rest of the country would still be uninhabited. – Herbert Mye

I have seen purer liquors, better segars, finer tobacco, truer guns and pistols, larger dirks and bowie knives, and prettier courtesans here in San Francisco than in any other place I have ever visited. – Hinton Helper

Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day. – Tom Hanks

San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth. – William Saroyan

Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me. You go there as a snarky New Yorker thinking it’s politically correct, it’s crunchy granola, it’s vegetarian, and it surprises you every time. It’s a two-fisted drinking town, a carnivorous meat-eating town, it’s dirty and nasty and wonderful. – Anthony Bourdain

SF City Quotes

I love this city. If I am elected, I’ll move the White House to San Francisco. Everybody’s so friendly. – Robert Kennedy

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world. I would probably rank it at the top or near the top. It’s small but photogenic and has layers. You never have problems finding great angles that people have never done. – Ang Lee

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

San Francisco China Town
San Francisco China Town

It is a rich, lusty city, rippling with people, with movement, with girls in summer dresses, with flowers, with color; one of the great and wonderful cities of the world the great seaport of the Pacific now, one of the great naval bases. Through it have poured a million men… And the sea is always just on the other side of those hills. – James Marlow

I’m just mad for San Francisco. It is like London and Paris stacked on top of each other. – Twiggy

I never dreamed I’d like any city as well as London. San Francisco is exciting, moody, exhilarating. I even love the muted fogs. – Julie Christie

Where else but in San Francisco would characters such as Sister Boom-Boom, a transvestite who dresses in a miniskirted nun’s habit, and a punk rocker named Jello Biafra run for seats on the Board of Supervisors? And where else would 75,000 runners dress like centipedes, gorillas, and six packs of beer to participate in the ‘moving masquerade ball’ otherwise known as the Bay to Breakers Race? – JoAnne Davidson

I think San Francisco is the best place in the whole world for an easy life. – Imogen Cunningham

You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight here, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills… And all the people are open and friendly. – Dylan Thomas

Funny San Francisco Captions 

It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. – Oscar Wilde

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

Anthony Bourdain

Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco. – John Lennon

I always see about six scuffles a night when I come to San Francisco. That’s one of the town’s charms. – Errol Flynn

I was married once in San Francisco. I haven’t seen her for many years. The great earthquake and fire in 1906 destroyed the marriage certificate. There’s no legal proof. Which means that earthquakes aren’t always bad. – W.C. Fields

Golden Gate Quotes San Francisco

Drafting is like painting the Golden Gate Bridge. The closer you get to the end, the more you start to worry about the beginning. – Peter James

Such was life in the Golden Gate: / Gold dusted all we drank and ate, / And I was one of the children told, / ‘We all must eat our peck of gold.’ – Robert Frost

Animation had been used only for things like King Kong and the destruction of cities, which was very popular in the 1950s. I got tired of destroying cities – I destroyed New York, I destroyed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Rome, and Washington. I was looking for a new outlet, and I came across the Sinbad legends. – Ray Harryhausen

You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars….We have munched Bridge burgers in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge and Cable burgers hard by the Golden Gate, Dixie burgers in the sunny South, and Yankee Doodle burgers in the North. We had a Capitol Burger – guess where. And so help us, in the inner courtyard of the Pentagon, a Penta burger. – Charles Kuralt

San Francisco! City of dreaming spires, people live here… Golden Gate Bridge, ahh the Romans came here. – Eddie Izzard

This studio has more suspensions than the Golden Gate Bridge. – Humphrey Bogart on Warner Bros.

The Golden Gate Bridge should have a long bungee cord for people who aren’t quite ready to commit suicide but want to get in a little practice. – George Carlin

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

San Francisco Bay Area Quotes

I was born in San Francisco. I was raised in Oakland, so I’m, like, super Bay Area born, and, you know, it’s just really multicultural up there, and there’s a lot of subcultures just from, like, anything, like from rockabilly to, like, crazy punk scenes to, you know, a huge rap scene, and there are just all kinds of things you can do out there. – Kreayshawn

The thing about coming back to the Bay Area, it’s like coming home for me. – Richard Serra

Be inspired by 85 San Francisco Quotes for Instagram with free photos for use on social media. These quotes about San Francisco are super fun!
San Francisco Bay Area Quotes

I was watching ‘Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood’, ‘Sesame Street’, ‘Electric Company’, ‘Romper Room’, and ‘Villa Alegre!’ when I said to myself, ‘Hey, self! Wouldn’t it be fun to be one of those kids on the TV?’ My mom thought it was a pretty good idea, too… and she instantly moved us from the Bay Area to Malibu… nice. – Keith Coogan

I came to the Bay Area not just to play basketball but to explore business interests. – Andre Iguodala

In the deep corner of my heart, I’m a Chicagoan, but it’s been covered over by 20 years of living in the Bay Area. – W. Kamau Bell

I’m a huge fan of the Bay Area so I always love coming to San Francisco. – Ezra Koenig

I’m extremely proud I was born and raised in the Bay Area and loved representing Oakland. I started recording in the Bay Area and worked with a lot of different producers. But I always wanted to collaborate with different writers and get different perspectives. – Goapele

The San Francisco Bay Area has more VC firms and dollars invested than all East Coast cities combined. – Jose Ferreira

Well, I grew up in the Bay Area, so I’ve been in earthquakes before. – Joe Morgan

Mark Twain Famous Quote San Francisco

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

San Francisco Love Quotes 

San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. – William Saroyan

Road trips from San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge views

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

Your city is remarkable not only for its beauty.  It is also, of all the cities in the United States, the one whose name, the world over, conjures up the most visions and more than any other city incites one to dream. – Georges Pompidou

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

Quotes about San Francisco

No city invites the heart to come to life as San Francisco does.  Arrival in San Francisco is an experience in living. – William Saroyan

San Francisco Quotes from Movies and Novels

The ultimate [travel destination] for me would be one perfect day in San Francisco. There’s no city like it anywhere. And, if I could be there with the girl of my dreams, that would be the ultimate! – Larry King, talk show host

It’s like Paris it’s soft, the breeze blows, the city may swelter but the hillers do fly over the bay is Oakland (ah me Hart Crane Melville and all ye assorted brother poets of the American night that once I thought would be my sacrificial altar and now it is but who’s to care, know, and I lost love because of it drunkard, dullard, poet)… – Jack Kerouac, The Subterraneans

Fog spilled from the heights of San Francisco like the liquid it almost was. On better days it spread across the bay and took over Oakland street by street, a thing you saw coming, a change you watched happening to you, a season on the move. Where it encountered redwoods, the most local of rains fell. Where it found open space, its weightless pale passage seemed both endless and like the end of all things. It was a temporary sadness, the more beautiful for being sad, the more precious for being temporary. It was the slow song in minor that the rock-and-roll sun then chased away. – Jonathan Franzen, Purity

There is no logic to San Francisco generally, a city built with putty and pipe cleaners, rubber cement, and colored construction paper. It’s the work of fairies, elves, happy children with new crayons. –  Dave Eggers, A Heartbeaking Work of Staggering Genius

San Francisco Sayings

After the Second World War, San Francisco was the main point of re-entry for sailors returning from the Pacific. Out at sea, many of these sailors had picked up amatory habits that were frowned upon back on dry land. So these sailors stayed in San Francisco… – Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

No other American city has undergone such an earth-shaking cultural shift in such a short span. Today San Francisco is seen as the ‘Left Coast City’ the wild, frontier outpost of the American Dream… San Francisco values did not come into the world with flowers in their hair; they were born howling, in blood and strife… One of San Francisco’s more flowery laureates anointed it ‘the cool gray city of love.’ But the people who cling to its hills and hollows and know its mercurial temperament, the sudden juggernaut of sea fog and wind that can shroud the sun and chill the soul recognize San Francisco as a rougher beast. – David Talbot, Season of the Witch

As the years went by, San Francisco became not only my city but also my way of life. From the time I was a boy, I wanted to live in a place like my father’s theater world, a magic box filled with lavishly made-up women, extravagant gay men, and other larger-than-life characters. I wanted a world that could encompass all worlds. I found something close to it in this soft-lit city in the ocean mists. – David Talbot, Season of the Witch

It seemed like a matter of minutes when we began rolling in the foothills before Oakland and suddenly reached a height and saw stretched out ahead of us the fabulous white city of San Francisco on her eleven mystic hills with the blue Pacific and its advancing wall of potato-patch fog beyond, and smoke and goldenness in the late afternoon of time. – Jack Kerouac, On the Road

So that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed this compilation of the best San Francisco quotes and are ready to book a trip to SF!

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