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Venice

  • This city, with its weighty past, its small outlines, its strong odor, reveals in essence such wide perspectives that we are outside of time in it. We find here, better than elsewhere, the proof that difficulties are the best artisans of great destinies.

    • Adrienne Monnier,
    • on Venice, 1936, in Richard McDougall, tr., The Very Rich Hours of Adrienne Monnier ()
  • Descendants of pigeons once fed by Keats, Byron, George Sand, Chopin and many other famous lovers are still being fed, and the sudden sound when they all rise together, frightened away, is like the sound of giant sails flapping.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1959, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 6 ()
  • Venice astonishes more than it pleases at first sight ...

  • City of rest! — as it seems to our modern senses, — how is it possible that so busy, so pitiless and covetous a life as history shows us, should have gone to the making and the fashioning of Venice!

  • Venice is all sea and sculpture ...

  • ... he — or she — who could be bored in Venice will find the eternity of the tomb a desolation indeed.

  • O! to make children of us again, nothing like Venice!

    • Anna Jameson,
    • "The House of Titian," Studies, Stories, and Memoirs ()
  • It seems to me that we can find a similitude for everything else, but Venice is like nothing else — Venice the beautiful, the wonderful!

    • Anna Jameson,
    • 1845, in Geraldine Macpherson, Memoirs of the Life of Anna Jameson ()
  • ... it will haunt me until I see it again, for nothing in this world is like Venice.

    • Anna Jameson,
    • 1845, in G.H. Needler, Letters of Anna Jameson to Ottilie Von Goethe ()
  • The trouble is, walking in Venice becomes compulsive once you start. Just over the next bridge, you say, and then the next one beckons.

  • If anything can rival Venice in its beauty, it must be its reflection at sunset in the Grand Canal.

  • [On Venice:] Every hour of the day is a miracle of light. In summer with daybreak the rising sun produces such a tender magic on the water that it nearly breaks one's heart.

  • To go out in a gondola at night is to reconstruct in one's imagination the true Venice, the Venice of the past alive with romance, elopements, abductions, revenged passions, intrigues, adulteries, denouncements, unaccountable deaths, gambling, lute playing and singing.

  • [On Venice:] A wondrous city of fairest carving, reflected in gleaming waters swirled to new patterning by every passing gondola.

    • Sylvia Pankhurst,
    • in Richard Pankhurst, Sylvia Pankhurst: Artist and Crusader ()
  • I have been between heaven and earth since our arrival at Venice. The heaven of it is ineffable. Never had I touched the skirts of so celestial a place. The beauty of the architecture, the silver trails of water up between all that gorgeous colour and carving, the enchanting silence, the moonlight, the music, the gondolas — I mix it all up together, and maintain that nothing is like it, nothing equal to it, not a second Venice in the world.

  • To live in Venice is like being domesticated in the heart of an opal.

  • History and legend and art and romance meet and mingle to create that indefinable sorcery of Venice. It is like nothing on earth except a poet's dream ...