101 Quotes about Los Angeles & LA Quotes that Make Perfect LA Instagram Captions

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The Best Quotes about Los Angeles, California

My favorite LA quotes:

A lot of people can forget about you in Los Angeles. -Viggo Mortensen

A lot of people come to Los Angeles and think that they’re going to be famous, just like that. -Alison Brie

All I’ve done is work… I arrived in Los Angeles in my early 20s and I’ve been pounding the pavement ever since. -Jeremy Piven

Hollyhock House was built in 1922 by Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles, California, USA. This house was added to UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019.

An afternoon drive from Los Angeles will take you up into the high mountains, where eagles circle above the forests and the cold blue lakes, or out over the Mojave Desert, with its weird vegetation and immense vistas. Not very far away are Death Valley, and Yosemite, and Sequoia Forest with its giant trees which were growing long before the Parthenon was built; they are the oldest living things in the world. One should visit such places often, and be conscious, in the midst of the city, of their surrounding presence.

For this is the real nature of California and the secret of its fascination; this untamed, undomesticated, aloof, prehistoric landscape which relentlessly reminds the traveller of his human condition and the circumstances of his tenure upon the earth.

“You are perfectly welcome,” it tells him, “during your short visit. Everything is at your disposal. Only, I must warn you, if things go wrong, don’t blame me. I accept no responsibility. I am not part of your neurosis. Don’t cry to me for safety. There is no home here. There is no security in your mansions or your fortresses, your family vaults or your banks or your double beds. Understand this fact, and you will be free. Accept it, and you will be happy.” -Christopher Isherwood

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Anyone living in Los Angeles who says they don’t need a psychiatrist, needs a psychiatrist. -Kathy Lette

Anyone who has tried to take a stroll at dusk through a strange neighborhood patrolled by armed security guards and signposted with death threats quickly realizes how merely notional, if not utterly obsolete, is the old idea of the ‘freedom of the city’. -Mike Davis

As I holed up in the City of Angels, I was also aware of a comforting feeling of anonymity. In the world’s biggest third-class city I could pass unnoticed. I spoke the language. I was familiar with the currency. I could drink the water. I could almost breathe the air, late April air, compounded of interesting hydrocarbons.-John Dann MacDonald 

Basically, what happened was, I had moved out to Los Angeles, I was pretty d**n lazy and I put on some pounds. -Jason Biggs

Cities are distinguished by the catastrophic forms they presuppose and which are a vital part of their essential charm. New York is King Kong, or the blackout, or vertical bombardment: Towering Inferno. Los Angeles is the horizontal fault, California breaking off and sliding into the Pacific: Earthquake. -Jean Baudrilliard

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Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water. -Robert Towne

Even though I grew up two hours south, I had rarely ventured to Los Angeles. I soon learned that my dad wasn’t totally off base when he said, “Los Angeles is like San Diego’s older, uglier sister that has herpes.” . . . “Remember. Family,” he said. “Also, how do I get back to I-5? I hate this f***ing city. -Justin Halpern

Everything moves a little quicker in Los Angeles. -Kyle Chandler

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees. -David Letterman

Hardly anything in L.A. was close to anywhere else you wanted to go. -Hilma Wolitzer

California - Group of friends going to surf at the beach

Hollywood’s two polar types are the cynically drunken writer aggressively nursing a ten-year-old reputation and the theatrically self-conscious hermit who strides the boulevard in sandals, home-made shorts and a prophetic beard, muttering against the Age of the Machines.-Christopher Isherwood

Holy the lone juggernaut! Holy the vast lamb of the middle class! Holy the crazy shepherds of rebellion! Who digs Los Angeles IS Los Angeles! -Allen Ginsburg

I both love and am terrified by Greg Van Eekhout’s vision of Los Angeles. I already want to go back.-John Scalzi

I come to a red light, tempted to go through it, then stop once I see a billboard sign that I don’t remember seeing and I look up at it. All it says is ‘Disappear Here’ and even though it’s probably an ad for some resort, it still freaks me out a little and I step on the gas really hard and the car screeches as I leave the light. -Bret Easton Ellis

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California - Hollywood boulevard sign, with palm trees in the background

I could hear everything, together with the hum of my hotel neon. I never felt sadder in my life. LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; New York gets godawful cold in the winter but there’s a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle. -Jack Kerouac

I could not take one more minute of trying to convince the people of Los Angeles that a workers’ revolution and a complete overhaul of society was a tiny bit more exciting than getting a bit role in a Burger King commercial. -Susie Bright

I discovered Los Angeles in the late 90s. The city was not at its best at the time, but I fell for it right away. There is something almost haunted about it, a vibrant mythology I find rather inspiring. -Hedi Slimane

I do actually like Los Angeles. Partly because I was told I wouldn’t. -Hugh Laurie

I don’t know my armpit from my elbow in Los Angeles. -Taylor Schilling

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I don’t really know anything about the movie business, even though I’ve lived in Los Angeles my whole life – somehow I’ve never bumped into it. -Lisa See

I grew up in Chicago, and there was always snow. In Los Angeles there never was, so we would always import snow! -David Hasselhoff

I have eaten very well in Los Angeles. Marvelously! -Gustavo Dudamel

I have turned into a bit of a homebody as I’ve gotten older. I don’t really like to leave the couch in Los Angeles, but when a job comes around that you feel you have to do, you get up and do it.  -Justin Kirk

I like the enthusiasm but not the insincerity of Los Angeles. -Brenda Blethyn

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I live in a very dangerous part of Los Angeles.. it’s called Los Angeles. -Ralphie May

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. -Andy Warhol

I love Los Angeles. It reinvents itself every two days. -Billy Connolly

I love Thanksgiving turkey… It’s the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

I moved to Los Angeles to be with a man I loved. -Cat Power

I normally live in Los Angeles, if you can call it normal living. -Steven Morrissey

California - Cinatown, Los Angeles, California

I spoke with the crows before leaving for Los Angeles. They were the resident storytellers whose strident and insistent voices added the necessary dissonance for color. They had cousins in California, and gave me their names and addresses, told me to look them up.

They warned me, too, what they had heard about attitude there. And they were right. Attitude was thick, hung from the would-be’s and has-beens and think-they-ares, so thick that I figured it was the major source of the smog. -Joy Harjo

I still giggle when someone asks for my address and I say, Hollywood, Los Angeles. -Ashley Jensen

I think the paparazzi might have chased me out of Los Angeles. -Nicolas Cage

I was street-smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive. -Carrie Fisher

California- Color full Guitars closeup. Photo taken at Olvera Street Plaza, Los Angeles, California

I would fly to Los Angeles just for a cheeseburger with pickles and extra tomatoes from In-N-Out. -Zoe Kravitz

I would scarcely know how to “show” Los Angeles to a visitor. Perhaps the best plan would be to drive quite aimlessly, this way and that, following the wide streets of little stucco houses, gorgeous with flowering trees and bushes, jacaranda, oleander, mimosa, and eucalyptus, beneath a technicolor sky.

The houses are ranged along communal lawns, unfenced, staring into each other’s bedroom windows, without even a pretence of privacy. Such are the homes of the most inquisitive nation in the world; a nation which demands, as its unquestioned right, the minutest details of the lives of its movie stars, politicians and other public men.

There is nothing furtive or unfriendly about this American curiosity, but it can sometimes be merciless. -Christopher Isherwood

California - Beautiful woman traveler holding location map in hands while looking for some direction in street food china town.

I’d come out to Los Angeles for a vacation to see a friend and just fell in love with it. -Claire Forlani

I’d like to live in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles all at the same time. -Joan Juliet Buck

If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture. -Barbara Kruger

If we talk about the environment, for example, we have to talk about environmental racism – about the fact that kids in South Central Los Angeles have a third of the lung capacity of kids in Santa Monica. -Danny Glover

If you spend any time in Los Angeles, there’s only one topic of conversation. -Alan Rickman

California - Friends Gathered On Rooftop Terrace For Meal With City Skyline In Background

In Los Angeles you get the sense sometimes that there’s a mysterious patrol at night: when the streets are empty and everyone’s asleep, they go erasing the past. It’s like a bad Ray Bradbury story. -Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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In Los Angeles, as I gained and lost celebrity, then gained it again, I often found myself wondering why I, out of thousands like me, had become famous. -Patrick Dempsey

In Los Angeles, by the time you’re 35, you’re older than most of the buildings. -Delia Ephron

In Los Angeles, everyone is a star. -Denzel Washington

In Los Angeles, everything is 100 percent organic, except the people. -Kris Kidd

California - Los Angeles - Boy six years old in cap with sign " Los Angeles" eating ice cream at the beach

In Los Angeles, people dress with the deep and earnest hope that people will do nothing but stare at them. -Ellie Kemper

In Los Angeles, they don’t want you to fail, they want you to die. -David Geffen

In order to get the worst possible first impression of Los Angeles one should arrive there by bus, preferably in summer and on a Saturday night. -Christopher Isherwood

In the eternal lazy morning of the Pacific, days slip away into months, months into years; the seasons are reduced to the faintest nuance by the great central fact of the sunshine; one might pass a lifetime, it seems, between two yawns, lying bronzed and naked in the sand. -Christopher Isherwood

It’s mostly full of nonsense and delusion and egomania. They think they’ll be young and beautiful forever, even though most of them aren’t even young and beautiful now. -Christopher Hitchens

California - Beautiful couple skating with dog on ocean walk front during a summer vacation - Cheerful happy friends doing sport activity on the beach

L.A.: Come on vacation, go home on probation. -James Ellroy

Living in Los Angeles was like being an extra in a movie that was starring other people entirely.  -Sandra Tsing Loh

Los Angelenos dress like they’ve been focus-grouped. -Douglas Coupland

Los Angeles had no culture of its own, just a large collection of misreadings of the artistic histories of other, proper cities. -Warren Ellis

Los Angeles has no seasons, so it’s kind of hard to keep track of time here. The lines between spring, summer, fall, and winter all blur like my vision. I get stuck on repeat for different measures of eternity. -Kris Kidd

California - Los Angeles - Couple watching sunset from popular view point in Los Angeles, California. Sitting on the sport convertible car hood

Los Angeles has no seasons, so it’s kind of hard to keep track of time here. The lines between spring, summer, fall, and winter all blur like my vision. I get stuck on repeat for different measures of eternity. -Kris Kidd

Los Angeles has the greatest concentration of surviving movie palaces in the United States, yet most residents have never been inside one of them. -Leonard Maltin

Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic. -Norman Mailer

Los Angeles is a great place. Where else can you smell the air and see it coming at you at the same time. -Jackie Gayle

Los Angeles is a large city-like area surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel. -Fran Lebowitz

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Los Angeles is a microcosm of the United States. If L.A. falls, the country falls. -Ice T.

Los Angeles is a very transient town. It’s the only place I know where you can actually rent a dog. -Rita Rudner

Los Angeles is just New York lying down. -Quentin Crisp

Los Angeles is like a beauty parlor at the end of the universe. -Emily Mortimer

Los Angeles is like San Diego’s older, uglier sister that has herpes. – Justin Halpern

California - Aerial night view of financial district skyline in downtown Los Angeles; California

Los Angeles is not Mexico City, but we have many fine nightclubs and restaurants here. It is enough. One must not aim too high. -Ry Cooder

Los Angeles is one of those places where somebodies become nobodies and nobodies become somebody.-Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Los Angeles is peopled by waiters and carpenters and drivers who are there to be actors. -Patrick Duffy

Los Angeles is seven suburbs in search of a city.-Alfred Hitchcock

Los Angeles is such a town of show business, and I’m a terrible celebrity. I find it difficult — it’s the beast that must be fed. There’s this big wheel of pictures and articles that goes around, and you get pinned on it. -Julia Roberts

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Los Angeles is the evolutionary edge. -Robert Crais

Los Angeles is the home of the three little white lies: “The Ferrari is paid for,” “The mortgage is assumable,” and “It’s just a cold sore!”-Milton Berle

Los Angeles is the nation’s cultural scapegoat. -Sandra Tsing Loh

Los Angeles is the only place that I can honestly say I have ever called home. -Naveen Andrews

Los Angeles makes the rest of California seem authentic. -Jonathan Culler

California - Los Angeles, California, USA downtown skyline from Griffith Park.

Los Angeles survives on that which is unpredictable. The unexpected courses through its very veins. -Ellie Kemper

Los Angeles was the kind of place where everybody was from somewhere else and nobody really droppped anchor. It was a transient place. People drawn by the dream, people running from the nightmare.

Twelve million people and all of them ready to make a break for it if necessary. Figuratively, literally, metaphorically — any way you want to look at it — everybody in L.A. keeps a bag packed. Just in case. -Michael Connelly

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Los Angeles, I don’t like that town. Too decadent, and it’s slimy. -Layne Staley

Los Angeles: Seventy-two suburbs in search of a city. -Dorothy Parker

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Los Angeles: where dreams go to make movies about themselves dying. -Liz Feldman

Marriages that last are with people who do not live in Los Angeles. -Farrah Fawcett

New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic. -Norman Mailer

No second chances in the land of a thousand dances, the valley of ten million insanities. -Ry Cooder

Of all the Christbitten places in the two hemispheres, it is the last curly kink in the pig’s tail.-Stephen Vincent Benet

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People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles. -Bret Easton Ellis

People cut themselves off from their ties of the old life when they come to Los Angeles. They are looking for a place where they can be free, where they can do things they couldn’t do anywhere else. -Tom Bradley

Perhaps there is no life after death….there’s just Los Angeles. -Richard Anderson

Probably the person who said the only color in Los Angeles is green was right. -Anna Deavere Smith

The final story, the final chapter of western man, I believe, lies in Los Angeles. -Phil Ochs

California - Los Angeles, California, USA downtown skyline viewed from Griffith Observatory.

The first thing I ask when Im offered a part is, Whos the director? which is something they never understand in Los Angeles. -Swoosie Kurtz

The landscape, like Los Angeles itself, is transitional. Impermanence haunts the city, with its mushroom industries–the aircraft perpetually becoming obsolete, the oil which must one day be exhausted, the movies which fill America’s theatres for six months and are forgotten.

Many of its houses–especially the grander ones–have a curiously disturbing atmosphere, a kind of psychological dankness which smells of anxiety, overdrafts, uneasy lust, whisky, divorce and lies. -Christopher Isherwood

The longest road trip I’ve ever been on is from Minnesota to Los Angeles. -Sean William Scott

The only Angels in Los Angeles are in Heaven, and they’re looking down on the Dodgers. -Tommy Lasorda

California - Canals in the residential area of Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The thing about living in Los Angeles and doing a lot of movies is that you get to go to a lot of premieres, and, regardless of whether or not you’re a celebrity, you still get to walk down the red carpet and then have everyone sort of screaming your name. The pictures never get printed anywhere, but they are nonetheless taking your picture. -Missi Pyle

The thing that really surprised me about strip malls in California, specifically Los Angeles, is that they have some really fantastic restaurants. -Dave Foley

There’s no need to travel further. The Los Angeles area is big enough for us. -Marvin Davis

These days, the City of Angels wasn’t the easygoing place it had once been–and the hope of actually finding anyone living even an approximation of an angelic existence was slim indeed. Devils, yes: Those were relatively easy to locate. -Dean Koontz

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Thought is barred in this City of Dreadful Joy and conversation is unknown. -Aldous Huxley

Tilt this country on end and everything loose will slide into Los Angeles. -Will Rogers

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles. -Frank Lloyd Wright

To live sanely in Los Angeles … you have to cultivate the art of staying awake. You must learn to resist (firmly but not tensely) the unceasing hypnotic suggestions of the radio, the billboards, the movies and the newspapers; those demon voices which are forever whispering in your ear what you should desire, what you should fear, what you should wear and eat and drink and enjoy, what you should think and do and be. -Christopher Isherwood

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When it’s 20 below in New York, it’s 78 in L.A. When it’s 110 in New York, it’s 78 in L.A. Of course, there are 8 million interesting people in New York, and only 78 in L.A. -Neil Simon

You can have a laugh in Los Angeles, or you can weep in Los Angeles, depending on your attitude towards it. -Miranda Richardson

You know you’re in L.A. when you put air in your tires and they cough. -Milton Berle

You know, you’re really nobody in LA unless you live in a house with a really big door. -Steve Martin

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