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30+ Inspiring Brooklyn Quotes

Hello Brooklyn! One of New York City’s boroughs, Brooklyn is loved by the people who call it home and admired by those who come to visit at least once in their lives and that is why there are so many inspiring Brooklyn quotes about the city.

What is not to love about this awesome borough? It is diverse, with people of different cultures coming together to occupy a beautiful portion of a great city!

With all this energy and culture, no wonder Brooklyn has produced many top-level performers that have taken the world by storm. Beyond its performers and the art they produce, Brooklyn is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in New York City. Starting from the legendary Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and many more.

Brooklyn also has a lot of wisdom in its heart and many of its natives have shared that wisdom from time to time. To show this, we collected a lot of inspiring Brooklyn quotes that showcase a love for one of the world’s greatest cities.

Some of these quotes are from famous people like Sean Carter, Betty Smith, Alec Baldwin, Paul Dano, and the Notorious B.I.G. These are all people who grew up under the wing of the borough and hold its wisdom in their hearts.

Read on and enjoy this collection of quotes about Brooklyn and Brooklyn Bridge quotes.

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Quotes About Brooklyn

“Brooklyn was a dream. All the things that happened there just couldn’t happen. It was all dream stuff. Or was it all real and true and was it that she, Francie, was the dreamer?”

― Brooklyn quote By BETTY SMITH


“Late June in Brooklyn is like the very beginning of a party-when the music is really good, but you know that it’s about to get way better, so you just do a little two-step before the real turn-up starts.”

― Brooklyn quote By IBI ZOBOI


notorious BIG quote about Brooklyn

“Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.”

–  Brooklyn quote By THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

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“In Brooklyn, it was as though you were in your own little bubble. You were all part of one big, but very close family, and the Dodgers were the main topic of everybody’s conversations and you could sense the affection people had for you.”

– Brooklyn quote By DON DRYSDALE


“It’s ironic that no matter where I go, I meet people from Brooklyn. I’m proud of that heritage. It’s where I’m from, who I am.”

– Brooklyn quote By HOWARD SCHULTZ


“It meant that she belonged to some place. She was a Brooklyn girl with a Brooklyn name and a Brooklyn accent. She didn’t want to change into a bit of this and a bit of that.”

– Brooklyn quote By BETTY SMITH


“Manhattan is like Beverly Hills. And the soul of New York has moved to Brooklyn, where everything new and exciting seems to be.”

– Brooklyn quote By ALEC BALDWIN


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“I love Brooklyn; it’s a part of who you are.”

– Brooklyn quote By PAUL DANO


“I have a very resilient Brooklyn personality that allows me to stay thick-skinned and focused on my mission and goals.”

– Brooklyn quote By LINDA SARSOUR


“Born in Brooklyn, got a place in Manhattan, going back to Brooklyn to escape the madness.”

– Brooklyn quote By JAY-Z


“He’d get lost if he tried to find his way back to New York from her neighborhood. Brooklyn was tricky that way. You had to live there in order to find your way about.”

― Brooklyn quote By BETTY SMITH


“Comparing the Brooklyn that I know with Manhattan is like comparing a comfortable and complacent duenna to her more brilliant and neurotic sister.”

– Brooklyn quote By CARSON MC CULLERS


“Brooklyn was like Philadelphia made better by its proximity to Manhattan.”

–Brooklyn quote By JONATHAN FRANZEN


“I once started out to walk around the world but ended up in Brooklyn, that Bridge was too much for me.”

– Brooklyn Bridge quote By LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI


“Whatever it is, it avails not—distance avails not, and place avails not,
I too lived, Brooklyn of ample hills was mine,
I too walk’d the streets of Manhattan island, and bathed in the waters around it,
I too felt the curious abrupt questionings stir within me,
In the day among crowds of people sometimes they came upon me,
In my walks home late at night or as I lay in my bed they came upon me,
I too had been struck from the float forever held in solution,
I too had receiv’d identity by my body,
That I was I knew was of my body, and what I should be I knew I should be of my body.”
– Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry By WALT WHITMAN


“Mentally been many places but I’m Brooklyn’s own”

–Brooklyn quote By JAY-Z


“At all events there is in Brooklyn something that makes me feel at home.”

– Brooklyn quote By MARIANNE MOORE


“People from Brooklyn grow up with a certain common sense. If it doesn’t ring true, it’s not true.”

– Brooklyn quote By JUDY SHEINDLIN


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“Brooklyn’s good. Brooklyn’s funky. Brooklyn’s happening.”

– Brooklyn quote By WARIS DIRIE


“Brooklyn, it’s a great town, a great city. It’s New York.”

– quote about Brooklyn By PATRICK EWING


“Everyone should walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I did it three days in a row because it was one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had. The view is breathtaking.”

– Brooklyn Bridge quote By SEAN WILLIAM SCOTT


“Don’t worry about Brooklyn, I continue to flame”

–quote about Brooklyn By JAY-Z


Looking up at the Brooklyn Bridge

“New York is the quietest city I know
only amongst
a milllion beating hearts
could you still hear
the cigarette burn
on a balcony
in Brooklyn.”

– quote about Brooklyn By @ATTICUSPOETRY


“Brooklyn was the most wonderful city a man could play in, and the fans there were the most loyal there were.”

– quote about Brooklyn By PEE WEE REESE


“Brooklyn is not the easiest place to grow up in, although I wouldn’t change that experience for anything.”

– quote about Brooklyn By NEIL DIAMOND


“I was raised on the streets, in hot, steamy Brooklyn, with stifled air.”

– quote about Brooklyn By BARBRA STREISAND


“Shooting in Brooklyn is like opening a time capsule. Nothing has changed. Everything looks like it did in the eighties.”

– quote about Brooklyn By FREDDIE PRINZE JR.


“Brooklyn just got that energy to me that’s so hip-hop and so New York City. You know, New York City is the grittiest city in the world.”

− quote about Brooklyn By STATIK SELEKTAH


“I come from nowhere Brooklyn, New York. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These days Williamsburg is kind of a hip area, but when I grew up there, the taxi drivers wouldn’t even go over the bridge, it was so dangerous.”

– Brooklyn Bridge quote By BARRY MANILOW


“Even though I grew up as a Sephardic Jew in Brooklyn where we ate Syrian food and went to temple, it was still America.”

– Brooklyn quote By ISSAC MIZRAHI


“Brooklyn is a very weird borough.”

– Quote about Brooklyn By KEETH SMART


“I’ve fallen in love with Brooklyn. I’m going to buy a little house in Brooklyn and live there. I’ll go to the coast only when I have to make a picture.”

– Famous Brooklyn quote By MARILYN MONROE


“Poor thing. To die and never see Brooklyn.”

– quote about Brooklyn By ANNE SEXTON


“Even with all of its changing, Brooklyn’s architecture still feels like home, the language feels like home. It’s changing so quickly that it’s surprising. It’s surprising still, when someone looks kind of askance to see me walking towards them.”

– quote about Brooklyn By JACQUELINE WOODSON


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