Francisco Quotes

Francisco Quotes by Kaui Hart Hemmings, Craig Venter, Patti Harrison, Vernon Davis, Gary Hart, Lawrence Osborne and many others.

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Two days a week, I go to my office at The Grotto, a writer’s collective in San Francisco. I get there at 8:15 and write until around 1 or 2 P.M.
Kaui Hart Hemmings
San Francisco is one of my favorite cities on the planet.
Craig Venter
San Francisco is like, the most expensive city to live in, in the United States.
Patti Harrison
I was approached by a company in San Francisco called Fantex. I did my due diligence on it. I tried to outweigh the pros and cons. Then I just made a business decision.
Vernon Davis
This is one Hart that you will not leave in San Francisco.
Gary Hart
One winter, I went to Erfoud to research trilobites and got to know the quarries, the dealers, and the remote mining villages. They are not easy places to visit, and this was a completely unknown corner of the world economy: children slaving away on desert cliffs to furnish wealthy collectors in San Francisco.
Lawrence Osborne
As Mayor of San Francisco, I will work hard to ensure that, in the event of natural or man-made disasters, San Franciscans are prepared and our City is protected.
Gavin Newsom
In December 2014, Uber held its annual holiday party on an unfurnished floor at its swank, mood-lit headquarters in San Francisco. Employees and investors attended in flamboyant attire from the Roaring ’20s and drank at an open bar into the early morning hours.
Emily Chang
When I went to San Francisco for the first time in 1975, I went there for a summer, this acting training program for three months in the summer – I’ve never been the same.
Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
I grew up in San Francisco, and I trained as a ballet dancer until college.
Chloe Benjamin
I’m based in San Francisco, although I don’t usually stay long in one place because we are always moving, we are always on the road. So most of the time, we stay in hotels.
Arnel Pineda
I think I had heard Al Di Meola on the radio when I was a kid, that acoustic record, ‘Friday Night In San Francisco,’ with Paco de LucГ­a and John McLaughlin. His picking was unbelievable. I thought it was incredible.
Paul Gilbert
I missed my entrance in a production of ‘Blade to the Heat’ at Thick Description in San Francisco. I came into the scene very late and hugged the punching bag. I had no idea what to do! Unfortunately, that mishap was recorded for archives at UC Berkeley. It goes down in history.
Colman Domingo
I’ve never had a problem finding a team, a league, or a pickup game. Actually, I’m not sure I want soccer to get bigger. We have so many teams in San Francisco that there aren’t enough fields.
Rabih Alameddine
When I was a kid, I loved watching kung fu movies – in San Francisco, we had ‘Kung Fu Theater’ on TV on Saturdays, and they’d air old Shaw Brothers movies with English dubbing, things like that.
Daniel Wu
I don’t cry too often reading books, but I did reading Francisco Goldman’s autobiographical novel, ‘Say Her Name.’
David Grann
No family should feel they need to leave San Francisco to find a great public education.
London Breed
Baby names are a big debate in my family. Like true Colombian and Puerto Rican families, everybody and their mother is putting their two cents in – everything from Jose to Francisco to Victorio to Rain has been suggested.
Paula Garces
If we don’t preserve the natural resources, you aren’t going to have a sustainable society. This is not something for Chez Panisse and the elite of San Francisco. It’s for everyone.
Alice Waters
I would rather be in San Francisco than just about anywhere on Earth.
Joe Buck
To me, doing a gay pride show is one of the most fun things. My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco.
Queen Latifah
There are old people in San Francisco because my parents still live there. The young tech bros don’t see old people or children. The Mission district, where they live and work, they don’t see children or old people. That statement revealed, to me, the blinders that the techies are wearing.
Alexandra C. Pelosi
We’d been living in the Arkansas Ozarks, then the Missouri Ozarks, because it is so inexpensive and does have natural wonders, but we shuffled things and moved to San Francisco, the corner of Dashiell Hammett and Pine.
Daniel Woodrell
Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don’t think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Gordon Sinclair
We need housing for people who are exiting homelessness, and need to make sure we’re providing housing at multiple levels of care so people can get the services they need to permanently exit homelessness and make their home in San Francisco.
London Breed
I grew up in Marin County north of San Francisco, and in the 1950s and ’60s it was a natural paradise.
Huey Lewis
I’m a huge fan of the Bay Area so I always love coming to San Francisco.
Ezra Koenig
I love San Francisco; it’s very hard to compete with San Francisco when it comes to availability of product, but one thing you can’t replace about Las Vegas or Miami is people are walking in the door and they want to have a good time.
Michael Mina
As Mayor, I will use my experience to make San Francisco a place where small businesses can thrive.
Gavin Newsom
I spent two years making music in San Francisco for my first mixtape. Initially, I was not at all doing this to be a professional rapper, a touring rapper. I didn’t think I had that talent level in me.
Lil Dicky
Nothing important has ever come out of San Francisco, Rice-a-Roni aside.
Michael O’Donoghue
In San Francisco, I eat halal, which is kind of like Muslim kosher, and there’s this one Thai restaurant, and it’s right next to the ‘Great American Hall’. I’m there all the time whenever I’m in town; that’s my spot.
San Francisco has long been a leader in the arts, nurturing generations of painters, sculptors, poets, novelists, playwrights, film-makers, and performing artists and innovators of every kind.
Gavin Newsom
Fighting for tenants’ rights has never been about political posturing for me. It’s very personal. It’s why I fight for everyone who’s struggling to stay in San Francisco.
London Breed
I think I have femininity, I have masculinity, but I get to use all of Jeffrey, and that’s very powerful. And this is what I always thought when I went down in my little basement in San Francisco, where I grew up, and daydreamed about being an actor: It felt like this. This is what it felt like.
Jeffrey Tambor
I have always loved and appreciated the Giants organization, my Giants teammates, and the fans of San Francisco.
Pablo Sandoval
The thing you gotta understand about L.A. is that everything is suburbia. Los Angeles isn’t set up like San Francisco or New York.
Rick Famuyiwa
We did a year of Uber in San Francisco before we went to a second city. You get those processes down, then you really get started.
Travis Kalanick
I don’t regret any of the places I went in football. Everything gave me an experience or memories that I’ll have forever. We had more success in San Francisco, but it was a great time everywhere. I always had fun.
Steve Young
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is for the community of San Francisco. And the Brooklyn Bridge, which is one of the most magnificent bridges ever built, is also a monument to the community, you see.
Santiago Calatrava
Google has already tested robot cars in San Francisco. If they can navigate San Francisco, they can probably manage just about anywhere.
Norman Foster
I always start my campaigns early, and I run hard. Maybe it comes from the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco politics, where it’s not even a contact sport – it’s a blood sport. This is how I am as a candidate. This is how I run campaigns.
Kamala Harris
I’ve always wanted to do a big theater show in San Francisco.
I had a pretty normal, non-Hollywood life for most of my 20s in San Francisco.
Janet Varney
I’m originally from San Francisco. I might move there some day. But, I like L.A., I have fun in L.A. It’s a fun town if you’ve got money in your pocket. It’s a good town.
Sam Rockwell
San Francisco has just blown us all away. I also understand Angels in America didn’t do well there.
Chita Rivera
I grew up in northern California in a town called Fairfield, which is kind of exactly between San Francisco and Sacramento, a small suburb. And I’m the youngest of five children.
Tracy K. Smith
Making ribs in Texas isn’t that unusual a choice for ‘Top Chef’. We played the stereotypes everywhere we go. It’s not only in Texas. We do it in New York; we did it in San Francisco. Listen if we shoot it in Seattle you know we’re going to be throwing salmon somewhere.
Tom Colicchio
With places like Spotify and YouTube broadcasting these days, you get a track made in San Francisco broadcasting in London moments later, so it’s more global now.
In the wake of the San Francisco scene, ears were alive. It was a listening generation.
Jimmy Page
Their practice habits are terrific. I’ve been around some really good guys from different teams in terms of bringing it to practice. When I was in San Francisco, Bryant Young was that way. Every practice on it.
Dan Quinn
San Francisco is a city of twenty-something millionaire white kids named Doug.
Tom Lehrer
My sister and I were born in San Francisco. When our parents died, we came down here to live with relatives.
Freddy Fender
San Francisco is perhaps the most European of all American cities.
Cecil Beaton
What draws us to a city like San Francisco is the same thing that draws entrepreneurs, startups, and freelancers to WeWork: it’s the creative atmosphere, the technical sophistication, and the strong sense of community.
Miguel McKelvey
When I was a kid, I really wanted to be a writer and an artist when I grew up. So in college, I was an English major, and then I became a fine artist. But when I arrived in San Francisco in 1995, I figured I could leverage my artistic skills by becoming a Web designer and programmer.
Caterina Fake
In San Francisco, our diversity is our strength.
London Breed
My grandfather was a survivor of the Death March and his war buddies were among our neighbors. Where we lived in San Francisco, there was a cultural center where the Filipinos congregate to have parties and to celebrate Bataan Day.
Dante Basco
Tatcha is my favorite beauty brand. They were also founded in San Francisco. Their entire line is based off of geisha tradition and ritual. The line has transformed my skin.
Ayesha Curry
The misconception about Foursquare is that it’s just hipsters in New York and San Francisco checking in at bars. It’s happening all over the world. I’ve seen huge growth in Europe, Japan, South America.
Dennis Crowley
I had gone from a small town in the eastern corner of India to San Francisco, and I was very lucky to get that.
Ritesh Agarwal
When I work in San Francisco doing stand-up, I usually schedule it for July, and we’ll drive up the coast and camp in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Big Sur, and we’ll just camp our way up the coast, and then we’ll get to San Francisco and hang out there for four days.
Greg Fitzsimmons
My parents moved to San Francisco from India when I was a year old.
Sid Sriram
I resent the fact that people in places like Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco believe that they should be able to tell us how to live our lives, operate our businesses, and what to do with the land that we love and cherish.
Wilford Brimley
I live in San Francisco, and I love it.
Ayesha Curry
As a documentary filmmaker, I couldn’t afford to give my children the lifestyle I had in San Francisco growing up.
Alexandra C. Pelosi
I’m Dominique Crenn. I’m a chef, entrepreneur, artist, poet, human being. I have three restaurants in San Francisco: Atelier Crenn, Bar Crenn and Petit Crenn.
Dominique Crenn
I think unleashing 3,000 smart bombs against the city of Baghdad in the first several days of the war… to me, if those were unleashed against the San Francisco Bay Area, I would call that an act of extreme terrorism.
Pete Stark
I like the idea that you can paint something outdoors, and anyone can see it. It’s open to anyone, and people have to deal with it. In the gallery, it’s the same 150 people on the San Francisco art scene. There’s a dynamic on the street that’s definitely more interesting.
Barry McGee
I kept being told, ‘If you really want to build a start up, you have to be in San Francisco,’ so I ended up taking out a suitcase. It did occur to me to do it in London but it’s very, very difficult to build a start up in London – so I guess I was being lazy.
Ruzwana Bashir
Old San Francisco – the one so many nostalgics yearn for – had buildings that related well to each other.
Herb Caen
I used to do people’s online dating for them. I had clients in San Francisco, L.A., New York and they’d pay me $800 a month to basically make them profiles on all the best websites for the demographics for them.
Vick Hope
I didn’t come from the elites. I didn’t come from the Northeast or from San Francisco. I came from a southern Ohio steel town, and it’s a town that’s really struggling in a lot of ways, ways that are indicative of the broader struggles of America’s working class.
J. D. Vance
What I learned with tech companies is I gotta give people room to experiment, and also to make what might later on be a mistake. This is the attitude I want to build within San Francisco – give some time to the tech community.
Ed Lee
Opening for The Beatles in San Francisco at the Cow Palace was great. It was terrific fun to do. The tour itself, I must say, wasn’t a whole lot of fun, artistically. It was just more kind of interesting.
Bill Medley
We don’t suggest that because San Francisco lies on top of an earthquake fault that it should be moved.
John Breaux
I was part of a writers’ collective with 21 writers and filmmakers called the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. We had our own office space in this old converted dog and cat hospital, and we had a basketball hoop outside. I’d bring my dog to work every day and write.
Noah Hawley
If we could do high-speed rail in California just half a notch above what they’ve done on the Shanghai line in China, and if we had a straight path from L.A. to San Francisco, as well as the milk run, at least that would be progress.
Elon Musk
Ramen in L.A. is much better than ramen in San Francisco. That’s just a fact.
Alexis Ohanian
San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world.
Rosalynn Carter
I would love to shoot in San Francisco permanently. It would be such a joy to come back home full circle.
Michael Trucco
There’s no point in us designing synthetic laboratories that could just as well be in Dusseldorf or Helsinki. San Francisco has its light, which must be used.
Mario Botta
In June 2010, I moved out of my apartment and I have been mostly homeless ever since, off and on. I just live in Airbnb apartments and I check in every week in different homes in San Francisco.
Brian Chesky
Yeah I love ‘The Witches of Eastwick,’ it’s a classic, it’s hilarious, I did a parody play in San Francisco and New York with Peaches Christ and Coco Peru.
Chad Michaels
I was inspired to see leaders from Paris, New York City, San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C. rolling up their sleeves to create clean and safe transportation systems; make homes and buildings efficient, comfortable and affordable; and ensure more of our energy comes from clean sources like wind and solar.
Ted Wheeler
We need a coordinated, citywide approach to make sure that everyone in San Francisco is sheltered and has access to the care they need.
London Breed
We are selected, but I grew up in California and in San Francisco and there was a system of electing judges.
Stephen Breyer
I knew San Francisco when it was a wild place during Prohibition. There were more speakeasies than churches, and you could always get a drink.
Jackie Coogan
Access to quality early care and education is an important part of our efforts to make San Francisco more equitable, and ensure that every child who grows up here can thrive.
London Breed
I think we need to show people that they have a place in the Democratic Party, whether they come from San Francisco or St. Louis.
Seth Moulton
I grew up near the sea in British Columbia and San Francisco, and lived in Malibu and Fiji for years. I get uncomfortable being too far inland.
Raymond Burr
Well, I started conducting kind of by accident. I wanted to give myself a special birthday present for my fortieth birthday, and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints.
Bobby McFerrin
I went to college and did theatre. After that, I spent about three years in Seattle doing French theater and community theater and sorting it all out. Then I applied to graduate school and got accepted, so I started pursuing my master’s in theatre at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
Darby Stanchfield
Within a few weeks the organization for the maintenance of international peace and security, established by the San Francisco Charter, will be formally launched through the convocation of the first General Assembly of the United Nations.
Cordell Hull
I got to see The Beatles a couple of times. In fact, I saw their last performance ever in San Francisco. The Beatles were massive to me – I learned so much from them.
Timothy B. Schmit
Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.
Anthony Bourdain
After I arrived in Mountain View, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, I entered sixth grade and quickly grew to love my new home, family and culture. I discovered a passion for language, though it was hard to learn the difference between formal English and American slang.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Homelessness and behavioral health challenges affect every neighborhood in San Francisco.
London Breed
As a young surgeon in training at the University of California San Francisco General Hospital in the early ’80s, my colleagues and I were inundated with an epidemic of young men with fevers, rashes, swollen lymph nodes and eventually death.
Richard Carmona
I wish the city of San Francisco, bastion of liberalism, were more innovative when it comes to how to spread the wealth.
Leila Janah
When I was 13, I began relaxing my hair, and that meant when I turned 18 it began to crack and fall off, and when I began anchoring, I had short, stubbly pieces of hair. And trying to report in San Francisco with fog meant my hair swelled.
Soledad O’Brien
I almost threw up the first time I set foot inside the University of California, San Francisco’s Comprehensive Care Center and joined the stream of thin, slow-moving, low-voiced, gray-skinned people. I didn’t want to be one of the pitied, the struck-down.
Kelly Corrigan
I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in the ’60s at San Francisco State, and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit: one was Elizabeth Bishop.
Thom Gunn
I remembered staffing a volunteer table for ACT UP in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood in 1991, on the corner of Castro and 18th Street, and on my table were posters, stickers, and t-shirts that bore the same slogan in all caps – ACT UP slogan house style. I wore one of those shirts to model for passers-by.
Alexander Chee
I didn’t really start writing music or lyrics or turning them into songs until I went to San Francisco.
Jello Biafra
It’s funny, but when there are dominant teams, there are a number of people who rail about the fact that they’re always seeing the Dallas Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers or the Green Bay either in the playoffs or in the Super Bowl.
Al Michaels
My uncle Les Dolliver was a partner with the Nasser brothers, who owned a string of theaters in San Francisco, and also supplied motion picture projectors and seats for theaters. So I was always around theater people.
Jackie Coogan
I got lucky. I won the San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition in 1977 while I was still at San Francisco State.
Dana Carvey
I want to make sure we are spending wisely and using our resources effectively to address the issues facing San Francisco, while reaching residents throughout our entire City.
London Breed
I’ve got one of those over-stuffed leather chairs from the Pottery Barn. It faces north. I live in San Francisco, so there’s the Golden Gate Bridge off to the left, and there’s Alcatraz off to the right, and I’ve got a pile of pulp fiction next to me, and there’s usually a decent bottle of red wine next to the fireplace.
Mike Rowe
San Francisco’s my home town, you know.
Jackie Coogan
According to ‘Star Trek’ mythos, Starfleet Command – operational headquarters for a flotilla of craft that keep the cosmic peace – is located in San Francisco’s Presidio, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge (still carrying traffic, even in the 23rd century).
Seth Shostak
I got a bike – a fixed-gear with bright blue wheels, custom-made to my specifications. I am a San Francisco techno-hipster, so this selection was a bit of a self-caricature. But sometimes the predictable thing turns out to be the best thing, too, and you can’t let that stop you.
Robin Sloan
The single outstanding exception was the broad yet precise mandate communicated by the General Assembly in 1946 to prepare as soon as possible the Charter of Human Rights which the San Francisco Conference had not had the time or the courage to draw up.
Rene Cassin
When you come to San Francisco, we want you to know where Salesforce is.
Parker Harris
I did software development for a while, and I also spent several years directing a nonprofit in San Francisco that did computer education for the poor. I also did a lot of work in fast food.
David Autor
After Survivor, I was driving across country and moving to San Francisco, going to get a job interning at an ad agency. And then they asked me to read for this movie.
Colleen Haskell
My parents were both from the East and had moved to San Francisco only so my father could go to law school there.
Carre Otis
Cultural tourism surveys consistently rate San Francisco’s art industry as a core reason for visiting.
Gavin Newsom
In 2004, I was visiting my cousins in San Francisco and we were in a restaurant talking in Punjabi. We suddenly saw heads turn. And one of the Americans at the restaurant abused us and called my cousins, ‘turban-headed Osamas.’ That strengthened my resolve to make a film that highlights the issue.
Puneet Issar
I’ve always liked and appreciated storytellers like Garry Shandling and Bill Cosby – more long-form comedy. So starting in San Francisco, watching all these great comics – Patton Oswalt, Dave Chappelle – you get to see them a bunch, and you go, ‘Wow, this is where I need to be.’
Al Madrigal
The best tattooists are in San Francisco, and they’re kind of like my family now. I’m always excited to come back to San Francisco.
Margaret Cho
I have the ability and the will to lead San Francisco in building more housing. Without it, people like me who grew up in San Francisco, and people who came here for the values we embrace will simply not be able to stay.
London Breed
When my dad retired, he moved to Georgia, but I stayed in California. I was in San Francisco: that’s where I first went from being a musician to making beats and producing. I was 18, 19. It started going pretty good for me out there in California, so I stayed in SF while my parents moved to Georgia.
Should hostilities once break out between Japan and the United States, it is not enough that we take Guam and the Philippines, nor even Hawaii and San Francisco. We would have to march into Washington and sign the treaty in the White House.
Isoroku Yamamoto
San Francisco has always been my favorite booing city. I don’t mean the people boo louder or longer, but there is a very special intimacy. When they boo you, you know they mean you. Music, that’s what it is to me. One time in Kezar Stadium they gave me a standing boo.
George Halas
I’m a huge fan of San Francisco. And I was out here for a couple years in the mid-’90s when I was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford.
Stacey D’Erasmo
As mayor of San Francisco, I will provide the vision and work hard to make San Francisco a beautiful, well-planned city with excellent housing and transportation options.
Gavin Newsom
Our album ‘Show No Mercy’ came out in late ’83, and we did three or four shows in San Francisco after the release. That was our first experience with stage-divers, crowd-surfing, people walking on people across an entire crowd.
Tom Araya
I was very involved in back of the house, and finding good people is by far the hardest thing. So, when you’re living in a place like New York or San Francisco, where the cost of living is so high, finding great people is very hard. Even finding remotely reliable people.
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
San Francisco needs to become a city where you have late night offerings.
Dominique Crenn
In the 1960s, as a rising defense intellectual, Kissinger was a Nelson Rockefeller man, firmly entrenched in the center-right establishment. When he attended the infamous 1964 Republican convention in San Francisco, he was horrified by Goldwater supporters, whom he likened to fascists.
Greg Grandin
It’s weird, when I go back to San Francisco, the few times that I’ve done shows there since leaving, it still feels like I live there. It’s very, very strange for me. That’s where my daughter was born, at UCSF. I have this huge attachment to San Francisco. It’s like a love affair.
130 of Automattic’s 150 employees work outside of our San Francisco headquarters. Why are so many companies stuck in this factory model of working?
Matt Mullenweg
Before I got into grad school, I used to work as a deck hand on these ferry boats in San Francisco, and they did day tours. It wasn’t a bad job. I made decent money. But you were sitting down all day, tying up the boat, wiping it down. For some guys, that’s a dream job, but for me it was kind of torture.
Mahershala Ali
Well, I am never going to forget the players, the loyal coaches and the memories that I have of being a part of the San Francisco 49er team.
Jim Harbaugh
If I had it my way, I never would have left San Francisco, but things change and that’s the nature of this business. We have to move on. We hopefully get opportunities down the road that we take advantage of.
Jeff Garcia
In San Francisco, the majority of the restaurants are ingredient-driven. In New York, that is true as well, but there’s also a greater focus on technique.
Daniel Humm
My home is San Francisco – that is definitely what I consider my home.
Winona Ryder
Francisco Garcia could have been a high draft choice last year, probably in the 20s. He’s the best wing player I’ve ever coached. But he’s done it the right way. He knew he had to work on his body to become a good pro. When he goes into the pros, he’ll be physically ready.
Rick Pitino
San Francisco is a mad city – inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.
Rudyard Kipling
Sometimes I wonder if I’m just memorializing my youth when I spent all this time outdoors. I always envisioned my adult life like I’m going to run every day and live in the woods in a cabin if I can – and here I am living in San Francisco and working in a studio.
My family moved a lot as a kid. We started in Colorado, where I lived for five years. We moved to Chicago for two years, to San Francisco for one year, Connecticut for seven, Oregon for a couple years, and then I went to school.
Gus Van Sant
I dress as a combination of space cowgirl and San Francisco art teacher.
Maggie Rogers
I am most proud of what sfCiti has accomplished with the ‘Circle the Schools’ program, which engages companies to enter into long-term partnerships with San Francisco public schools, using an adopt-a-school model.
Ron Conway
When I first played ‘1234’ it was on stage in San Francisco at some kind of, like, sticky-floored club. And it felt like a punk song. I mean it’s ridiculous to say that now, but it had that kind of, like, piercing straight melody. And then this fist-pumping ending, you know that pa-dap-pada.
My mother was actually born in Ohio but raised in West Virginia where her family had a laundry. She has a West Virginian accent. My father was born in China, but he’s the son of an American citizen. My paternal grandfather was born in San Francisco in 1867.
Laurence Yep
I just started the way most comics start, doing open mic shows around Sacramento and San Francisco, and eventually, I moved to L.A. After about four or five years in L.A., I got the call to join the ‘The Daily Show.’
Hasan Minhaj
One of the nice things about the United States is that, wherever you go, people speak the same language. So native New Yorkers can move to San Francisco, Houston, or Milwaukee and still understand and be understood by everyone they meet. Right? Well, not exactly. Or, as a native New Yorker might put it, ‘Wrong!’
Deborah Tannen
In Zurich, in a cafe overlooking the Limmat, I ate butter-drenched white asparagus pulled from the ground that morning; it had the aftertaste of champagne. I’ve been able to appreciate epic meals in San Francisco, New Orleans, Berlin, Paris, Las Vegas.
J. R. Moehringer
The music I was really listening to in 1968 was James Brown, the great guitar player Jimi Hendrix, and a new group… Sly and the Family Stone, led by Sly Stewart from San Francisco.
Miles Davis
I invested in Uber in 2011 when it was only in San Francisco.
Troy Carter
If we do high-speed rail, the governor has to be intelligent and invest the dollars at the ‘bookends’ – San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Kevin de Leon
So, we just kind of created our own thing and that’s part of the beauty of Athens: is that it’s so off the map and there’s no way you could ever be the East Village or an L.A. scene or a San Francisco scene, that it just became its own thing.
Michael Stipe
My wife and I had dinner in San Francisco four or five times.
Jim Harbaugh
Our work is not done until everyone is safe and celebrated not just in San Francisco, but also across the country.
London Breed
A little dark chocolate in small amounts often helps lift me out of those blue moments. When I walk into my favorite store on Union Street in San Francisco that sells high-quality chocolates from around the world, I feel like, well, a kid in a candy store.
Dean Ornish
I grew up in Marin County, which is a wealthy suburb of San Francisco.
Alicia Garza
When I was in my late 30s, I lit a figure on fire on Baker Beach in San Francisco. It was me, a friend, and maybe eight people, tops. There wasn’t any premeditation to it at all. It was really just a product of San Franciscan bohemian milieu.
Larry Harvey
The first year I started in San Francisco, there was an American work on every program and there’s been a lot of music by living composers and gradually that was part of the process of getting the audience really to trust me.
Michael Tilson Thomas
There’s a difference between performing in Philadelphia to New York as much as a difference between playing in Luton and playing in San Francisco, y’know what I mean?
Pete Doherty
In Tennessee, you can live off fast food. It’s everywhere… But it’s nowhere in San Francisco, and I didn’t know how to navigate the city to eat.
Matt Cain
Liberals want to live downtown. All over America – in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Georgetown – there are crowds of liberals living in the gritty, ugly, dirty neighborhoods sensible people are trying to flee.
P. J. O’Rourke
I don’t know many better training grounds than being mayor of San Francisco – those were pretty intense years in terms of reporting and scrutiny.
Gavin Newsom
I was living in San Francisco so I got back into yoga, bought myself a mountain bike and a puppy, and started living my life. And incidentally, I started making a record without realising it.
Darren Hayes
On the personal side, family is really important to me. I have a big family – five kids and 12 grandkids – so keeping that going is wonderful. And I do a lot of philanthropy. I’m chairman of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Charles Schwab
I remember I was in a San Francisco nightclub, and I started talking to some girl, and it was like, ‘Hey, what’s going on, what’s your name?’ You know, ‘Where are you from?’ I go, ‘I’m from Iran.’ And literally, she just looked at me and walked away.
Maz Jobrani
Erykah Badu sang with me at a sold out show in San Francisco which was great.
I worked at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, lived there for three years, and lived in Baltimore for 12 years.
Wendell Pierce
Actually, have you ever heard Sylvester’s live version of ‘Mighty Real’ that was recorded in San Francisco? If I listen to that, I never fail to get goose bumps all over. I go crazy. That song just makes me so emotional.
Jimmy Somerville
My father was up against so many different types of resistance. His whole life was an interplay of East and West. He was born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, which was under British rule then.
Shannon Lee
I think San Francisco is the best place in the whole world for an easy life.
Imogen Cunningham
Cities like New York have already followed San Francisco and have started similar organizations like sfCiti; New York has TECH NYC.
Ron Conway
I moved to San Francisco when I was 20 years old. I couldn’t even drink yet. My friends in college thought I was so stupid for missing out on the four best years of my life. But I was so ready to start living my own life and absorb Silicon Valley culture.
Brit Morin
A lot of the stories about urban America tend to be written on the margins. We focus a lot on these big global cities – New York, San Francisco – or we focus on cities that are having the toughest time – Detroit, Newark, Camden.
Matthew Desmond
I move between San Francisco and Paris… I have a wonderful beach house in California.
Danielle Steel
What we’re doing in San Francisco and what we’re doing with other criminal justice partners across the state and across the country is anything but indiscriminate. We are being careful. We are being focused and surgical in our efforts to decrease the jail population.
Chesa Boudin
The thing that means most to me is the joy that my mom and my dad got because of my career… They raised seven children on domestic wages, in a city like San Francisco, and did nothing but work, work, work.
Johnny Mathis
I’ve got more chins than a San Francisco phonebook.
Bruce Vilanch
For people who know both New York and the Bay Area, it is a complement to say that Oakland is San Francisco’s Brooklyn. It’s a complement both to Oakland and to Brooklyn. And, if you look at Brooklyn, Brooklyn is hot; Brooklyn is cool.
Mitch Kapor
To my great surprise, Twitter is not housed in a silver pod that orbits Earth at supersonic speeds, vacuuming up and then dispersing digital bits of worldwide chitchat; it’s in a big, bland office building in downtown San Francisco, near a bowling alley and an Old Navy.
Susan Orlean
When I left the San Francisco DA’s office, I went down to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, and I was able to try a tremendous amount – very serious cases and working in gang neighborhoods, impoverished neighborhoods – really make a difference and be impactful in those communities.
Kimberly Guilfoyle
I would love to throw out the first pitch at AT&T Park at a San Francisco Giants’ game.
Eva Marie
Homelessness isn’t just an issue in San Francisco. It’s an issue throughout California and up and down the West Coast. We need to support policies that address our twin troubles of housing affordability and homelessness at the state-level.
London Breed
A lot of the people in San Francisco think of themselves as healers – not just as people delivering this base service, but giving their clients spiritual help. It’s almost like being an actor, playing a different part for each trick.
James Franco
As a person of color from the South, San Francisco was the first city that really made me feel like an other.
Barry Jenkins
I used to be a pretty hard-core iPhone fan. But over time, I grew more and more frustrated with the lousy service on AT&T. My iPhone simply could not reliably make and hold a phone call. Not just in New York and San Francisco, where I spend a lot of time, and where AT&T’s service has been notoriously bad for years.
Daniel Lyons
I love San Francisco.
Steve Miller
I’d always wanted to live in San Francisco, and my circumstances never permitted it. I’m so happy I made the move.
Mitch Kapor
I was in Tower Records in San Francisco a few weeks ago, buying some cassettes, and a couple of people recognized me and ran up with albums, and I just wanted to cover my face and have a seizure or something. I want people to just go away.
Christine McVie
Left the ranch in 1883, went to California, going through the States and territories, reached Ogden the latter part of 1883, and San Francisco in 1884.
Calamity Jane
I lived in San Francisco and did the Stegner fellowship for two years, and it was amazing. From fall 2008 to spring 2010, I was there.
Jesmyn Ward
My problems seemed so glamorous to other people, and everyone just thought I was so lucky. But then, I was lucky because my family was really there for me – San Francisco was a real refuge.
Winona Ryder
As Mayor, I will lead city government, businesses, and community groups to support innovative projects that will make San Francisco streets and public places vibrant and healthy.
Gavin Newsom
I like going to San Francisco. It’s close to where I grew up.
Robin Lopez
In 2004, results from a study that I worked on with colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco, linked chronic stress to shortening of telomeres.
Elizabeth Blackburn
After I finished ‘Center Stage,’ I went back to San Francisco, and I danced for seven seasons with the San Francisco Ballet.
Amanda Schull
I got out of college and I went to get my master’s in creative writing at San Francisco State. I was working as an actor at the Actor’s Workshop, being abused as a intern.
Peter Coyote
I love San Francisco for the music culture. There’s this vibe there that I can’t find anywhere else in the world. Easily one of the best places on the sea coast.
Tash Sultana
Work does come home with us, but home also comes to work. Our kids are regulars at Eventbrite’s HQ in San Francisco.
Julia Hartz
San Francisco, coolest place ever.
Imogen Poots
Walking the streets of San Francisco can be a frightening, demoralizing, even an unhealthy experience for residents and tourists alike.
London Breed
I arrived in the U.S.A. in 1935, to San Francisco. I got the boat from China, and I didn’t even speak English. I could read a little, perhaps write a little, but that was all. It was a 17-day journey, and I learnt to speak English from the stewards.
I. M. Pei
When I was 19 years old, I hitchhiked across the country to San Francisco.
John Prendergast
As soon as I understood what was going on in San Francisco, which was in 1965 and ’66, I immediately left Chicago where I was working in a nightclub that was being shaken down by the mafia and the police for payments. I mean, it was a real thug world.
Steve Miller
The sheer sensory experience of San Francisco is unlike anywhere else. Not just the physical beauty, but the textures, the feel, the wind, the ocean. It’s a monumental feeling unrivaled by anywhere else. Its a world class, gorgeous city. And the coffee is great.
Jennifer Egan
Compared to other liberal cities like San Francisco and Amsterdam, New Yorkers are always trying to do something, make art or love or money or whatever, and they have this phobia about standing still.
John Cameron Mitchell
I surfed from Baja California to San Francisco when there were only nine or 10 surfers on the entire Pacific Coast. I spent three-month summer vacations in our High Sierra cabin 60 miles from the nearest road. I drank milk from my own ranch.
Jackie Coogan
When I was nine, we moved to Stanford University in San Francisco so that my father could do a Ph.D. I went to Terman Junior High in Palo Alto. It was terrible, because my hormones were all over the place, and I became an ugly adolescent full of rage and loathing.
Caroline Lawrence
I went to college at San Francisco State and supported myself working the graveyard shift at a brewery and did a little theater. It was great. I’d do Shakespeare and stuff like that.
David Carradine
My main residence is Baltimore. I have an apartment in New York, one in San Francisco, and I live in a rental in Provincetown in the summer.
John Waters
The environment of San Francisco has so much history to it that I really appreciate. Musically, socially, and culturally. There’s this new culture of people; it’s a crazy place to be.
If you turn on ABC 7 in the morning San Francisco, you’ll see them using an iPad with Waze on it, and actually talking about.
Noam Bardin
When I was growing up, I was a huge San Francisco 49ers fan. The New England Patriots have a similar mold and plan to win a lot of games – reminiscent to that Bill Walsh era.
Julian Edelman
I think maybe L.A. or San Francisco could be rushed, but Sacramento is just laid back!
Nick Johnson
I walked away from pro football and a $2.9 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers because I didn’t want to develop CTE.
Chris Borland
I go up to San Francisco on holidays and spend time with my family there, but whenever I go to Japan, I enjoy every moment. I try to go back there every year or so. It’s a phenomenal place, and I absolutely love it. It’s not my second home; it is my home. Whenever I go back, I feel very connected with Japan.
Ryan Potter
I grew up in the Mission District in San Francisco, which was largely Hispanic at the time. I was raised in a household that was really welcoming to diversity and encouraging about different people’s viewpoints and ideas and backgrounds.
Kimberly Guilfoyle
That’s one of the things I like about San Francisco. It’s not like anywhere else in the world.
Tracy Chapman
People always thought I’d never get elected outside San Francisco; I was always more worried that I’d never get elected again inside San Francisco.
Gavin Newsom
Back in the 60s, San Francisco artists lived in communes.
Gedde Watanabe
I love San Francisco. I have a lot of memories there.
Rosalynn Carter
I love San Francisco!
Fred Willard
Starting a company in San Francisco when we did usually meant it was destined to be a data-driven tech company. But that didn’t seem to fully encompass what we wanted with Airbnb. When we tried looking through a tech lens, it didn’t work. The humanity was missing.
Joe Gebbia
There are some really wealthy hedge fund billionaires in San Francisco who have pledged a lot of money for Democratic candidates to argue for cap and trade and carbon tax and all these things.
Ron DeSantis
I thought that biology and macro economies, especially, was fairly related between the systems level, and so I graduated the university with a degree in Genetic Engineering and Economies, and I moved to San Francisco to try out how to make money with just the ideas itself.
Arvind Gupta
San Francisco is a lot like Amsterdam – free, open-minded and casual – though I expected better weather.
Marcel Wanders
I know what it’s like to be from an incredibly small town and the oppressiveness of it and the desire to get out. But I didn’t realize that readers in Seattle, New York, and San Francisco might not get that so instinctively.
John Corey Whaley
When you play quarterback in San Francisco, not much goes under the radar.
Steve Young
L.A.’s hippies are actually quite scary – more like Hell’s Angels than the Haight-Ashbury hippies of San Francisco.
Ben Miller
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
The San Francisco Bay Area has more VC firms and dollars invested than all East Coast cities combined.
Jose Ferreira
Being gay in San Francisco is fun. Being gay in Saudi Arabia – that’s a whole other matter.
Gilbert Baker
I grew up in a San Francisco very different from what many have experienced: a place called Plaza East, notoriously one of the most dangerous public housing developments in the City.
London Breed
What’s normal life for the majority people of America, the liberal press thinks is like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ We don’t live in that little, weird, bizarre vacuum of San Francisco.
Rick Harrison
I’ve little in common with the scene in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. I’m a New Yorker.
Jon Oringer
This one, even though it called for San Francisco, I think they wanted to initially shoot part of the film up here, you know get the exteriors and then go back to L.A. We really fought to get it up here and I think Paramount was really pleased.
Philip Kaufman
Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, ‘Thank God, I’m still alive.’ But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again.
Barbara Boxer
I went to an exhibition at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum about Shanghai, about how courtesans had been influential in bringing western culture to Shanghai. I bought a book and in it saw this striking group of women in a photograph called ‘The Ten Beauties of Shanghai’.
Amy Tan
During the 1990s, San Francisco lived through one of the most intense economic booms of its history.
Gavin Newsom
In college, I stopped doing pre-med and went into theater, and then I moved to San Francisco and lived there for five years.
Mark Waters
I did stand-up comedy for a long time in San Francisco, and then I was like, ‘You know what? I’m going to move to Los Angeles and try and make it!’
Nico Santos
San Francisco businesses face many challenges, including high rents, regulatory burdens, and the rising cost of workers compensation insurance and employee health plans.
Gavin Newsom
But some people will say you just did these programs. Well, yes, the programs are important and I’m proud of the programs, but mostly I’m proud of the way the San Francisco Symphony plays these programs.
Michael Tilson Thomas
When I went to get my master’s in creative writing at San Francisco State after Grinnell, I joined the moribund remnants of the Actor’s Workshop, until I saw Kay Hayward and Sandy Archer in the San Francisco Mime Troupe and drove down that day to audition. The rest is history.
Peter Coyote
In our works at Bethlehem and San Francisco, and all over the United States, I adopted this system: I pay the managers practically no salary. I make them partners in the business, only I don’t let them share in the efforts of any other man.
Charles M. Schwab
I’ve been around all kinds of people, defense attorneys, working with cops, working with politicians, both sides of the aisle, including Democrats as former first lady of San Francisco, and the Republicans, too, so I’ve had a front row seat to lots of things in life.
Kimberly Guilfoyle
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
Moving to San Francisco affected me in a pretty profound way, in a lot of respects. I think it helped me evolve my sound and think outside of the space I’d been in in Sacramento. The scene there is so insular and kind of feeds on itself: you just end up playing the same shows with the same people for the same people.
I had such a sense of purpose when I moved to San Francisco, and the purpose was purely to be in that city, and I was going to figure out the rest.
Janet Varney
We tend to prefer candidates that don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.
Sarah Palin
I worked for ‘The Chronicle’ in San Francisco, and immigration is a big issue in that region.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Although the flagship brand, Pepsi-Cola, has always been second to Coca-Cola, the Frito-Lay division is ten times larger than its largest competitor, Diamond Foods, Inc., of San Francisco. Its products take up whole aisles at Walmart.
John Seabrook
Families in Logan, West Virginia, were going through the same struggles as families in the Bronx, San Francisco, and Houston. This was not a West Virginia problem. This is an American problem, and it has to change.
Richard Ojeda
I’ve always just felt a little out of place. I still feel out of place in San Francisco. It’s this place where everything is going great, and everyone feels super optimistic about the world. It’s a little different about how I grew up.
J. D. Vance
We got a lot of gay fan mail when the show first started. Something to do with being in San Francisco and being a big, burly guy with a big moustache. But we’re both happily married. To women.
Jamie Hyneman
In the spring of 2012, I moved to the San Francisco bay area with my wife and two young sons.
Steve Hilton
San Francisco is the microcosm for what’s happening all over the world.
Alexandra C. Pelosi
For every family in liberal San Francisco that went solar with SunRun in 2010, nearly eight families in more conservative Fresno made the switch to our solar power service.
Lynn Jurich
You see 6,000 times more tech companies in San Francisco than you see in Seattle. All the money is in San Francisco when you look at the venture fund maps. The PR is in San Francisco. The centricity of the industry is in San Francisco.
Robert Scoble
I’ve ruined a lot of hotel towels. I did a shoot in San Francisco and stayed at the Mandarin Oriental. I must have ruined thousands of dollars worth of towels. I dye my hair once a week. The dye is not temporary. It stains everything. It stains tiles, that’s how powerful it is.
Alvin Leung
I’m just so proud to be from San Francisco and to have a family history there. It’s only two generations back, but still, it’s two generations in San Francisco. I love it. I’m so proud of it.
Jamie Chung
San Francisco is a City for everyone and our government needs to work for all of our residents.
London Breed
Setting San Francisco on a course to sustainability will require all of us to work in concert on a number of ambitious efforts.
London Breed
Many people in San Francisco know me, and they know my persistence.
Cindy Sheehan