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East Side Quotes


"I love the Lower East Side." - David Duchovny

"I grew up in Manhattan on the Upper East Side." - Laura Linney

"Can you see the sunset real good on the West side? You can see it on the East side too." - S E Hinton

"My background did not start with the East Side; it started with Greenwich Village, which is West Side." - Gregory Corso

"Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life." - Irving Berlin

"I grew up in the Lower East Side of New York." - Liev Schreiber

"I grew up in the Lower East Side, an Italian American - more Sicilian, actually." - Martin Scorsese

"I imagined loading the God of the Sea into a taxi and taking him to the Upper East Side." - Rick Riordan

"I'm tearing down Route 80 East, the sun's on my right side. I'm drunk, but my vision's good." - Lou Reed

"We feel like we are using the East Side to kind of spoof what everybody thinks is cool." - Harry Elfont

"I'm a weird, bald musician who makes records in his bedroom and lives in the Lower East Side." - Moby

"I'd been brought up on the Upper East Side in a WASP society, which was death on crutches." - Harry Mathews

"I am a mother and I have been divorced, and I love fashion and the Upper East Side." - Kelly Rutherford

"I'm a black lady from the Lower East Side of New York. Not a lot intimidates me." - Ursula Burns

"Peace in the Middle East isn't going to be created by another war or violent act on the other side." - Mandy Patinkin

"I think the Social Office is really the office where East meets West. For those that don't know, the East side is typically the First Lady's side of the house. The West side is typically the President's side of the house." - Desiree Rogers

"I was born out west but later on I migrated to the east side of Chicago. That's where my roots are at. I've been over east for more than ten years." - King Louie

"Like the East Side tenement, our house was seldom without the sound of music or laughter or questions being asked or stories being told." - Harpo Marx

"If it wasn't for O'Flanagan's Pub on Manhattan's Upper East Side, I don't know where I would have spent my Friday nights as a young man." - Michael Bloomberg

"I remember how often some of us walked out of the darkness of the Lower East Side and into the brilliant sunlight of Washington Square." - Harry Golden

"I did not know at the time, but what I did at that swimming pool [on the east side of Wilmington] paved the way for Barack Obama." - Joe Biden

"Not since the Black Panthers sailed into their Upper East Side tea party has there been so daffy an exercise in radical chic." - Camille Paglia

"Vicksburg lies on top of a bluff on the east side of a large tongue of land jutting out into the Mississippi." - Knute Nelson

"My grandparents used to tell me stories about their trip to Ellis Island from Russia and life on the Lower East Side of New York." - James Gray

"That's what's interesting about the Lower East Side: It's New York, but it's also edgy. It's not as stuffy as Tribeca or Soho." - Daniel Boulud

"At the outset, at least, all three groups had something else to recommend them, as well: They were headquartered 3,000 miles away from the East Side of Manhattan." - Tom Wolfe

"There are also people who lived in either side of Germany, but who never had or have any relationship with the other side whether it was former East or former West Germany." - Christian Schwochow

"East Side, West Side, all around the town The kids sang 'ring around rosie,' 'London Bridge is falling down' Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O'Rourke We tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York." - James W. Blake

"Yet part of me also thinks the whole idea makes perfect sense. The three of us, leaving our differences behind, stepping on the plane together, sitting side by side, lifting off, moving West to reach the East." - Amy Tan

"I had the advantage of reading the book, and when the script was first submitted to me, it was just another gangster story - the east side taking over the west side and all that." - Edward G Robinson

"Two years ago it felt novel to do the East Side and then tons of other stuff have come up set in that world, but we still liked it. It felt like people are using East Side in other shows because it is cool." - Harry Elfont

"I'm always on your side." - Sarah Rees Brennan

"The woman hanging from the 13th floor window on the east side of Chicago is not alone...She is all the women of the apartment building who stand watching her, watching themselves." - Joy Harjo

"Far below ran the silver ribbon of the East River, braceleted by shining bridges, flecked by boats as small as flyspecks, splitting the shining banks of light that were Manhattan and Brooklyn on either side." - Cassandra Clare

"One minute you could be getting a smoke in the alley on the Lower East Side with your friends, having drinks and dancing on tables in a popular nightclub. And the next minute, you could be dead." - Melissa De La Cruz

"I don't write police stories, per se, but I usually write about areas that are very panoramic, like Harlem, or the Lower East Side, or a small urban city like Jersey City." - Richard Price

"Familiarity breeds attempt. Time wounds all heels. I went down on the Lower East Side today and saw all those Old Testament houses. We're all cremated equal. We're insufferable friends. I've been working my head to the bone." - Goodman Ace

"I pictured my mom, alone in our little apartment on the Upper East Side. I tried to remember the smell of her blue waffles in the kitchen. It seemed so far away." - Rick Riordan

"When it passes towards the east, the sun begins to have less effect upon it, and a thin line on the edge of its bright side emits its splendour towards the earth." - Marcus Vitruvius Pollio

"In 1958 I finally found a large enough apartment on the Lower East Side, where I reverted to figure painting. I drew and painted quite a lot of figures and nudes. People would come and pose for me." - Claes Oldenburg

"I'm a Tennessee boy. I grew up in East Tennessee most of my life, then came up to Philly to go to college and fell in love with this city, and particularly, my neighborhood on the north side of Philadelphia." - Shane Claiborne

"I've traveled all over the country. Look at the East Coast. They just can't hardly believe how far along we are and in their world it feels like they're still behind. They're on the dark side of the moon." - Rick Steves

"I worked at an all-black swimming pool in the east side of Wilmington, I was involved in what the Negroes, I mean, blacks were thinking, what they were feeling." - Joe Biden

"Hopefully we have a slightly different vibe, but also East Side is where a lot young people live. It is a really fun, trendy, funky neighborhood, and it is ripe for satire, that area specifically." - Harry Elfont

"Since I stopped drinking my love life has taken a really serious hit. Romantic encounters that seemed like a really good idea at three o'clock in the morning on the Lower East Side? Less so in sobriety." - Moby

"There's not a lot of precedent for weird, bald musicians in the Lower East Side making records in their bedrooms and going on to sell a lot of copies of the record. Especially if you look at the pop climate." - Moby

"By the time I was in my early-twenties and was living there on the Lower East Side, I was so surrounded by tragedy that I think that inspired me to try to reflect it in the artwork." - Eric Drooker

"When I think about singing, and music, I think about how the people who live on the East Tennessee side have more of a curve or yodel to their voices, and then you think about the curve of mountains." - Valerie June

"When it passes towards the east, the sun begins to have less effect upon it, and a thin line on the edge of its bright side emits its splendour towards the earth." - Marcus V. Pollio

"Amin knew that neither West nor East would criticize him for fear that he would support the other side. He felt he was untouchable and he said so openly." - Ryszard Kapuscinski

"I found that part of it towards San Salvador extending from north to south five leagues, and the other side which we coasted along, ran from east to west more than ten leagues." - Christopher Columbus

"I moved up over Lower East Side and I was adopted by eight foster parents; I lived all over New York City with these parents, man, till I was about ten years old." - Gregory Corso

"The very first time I did standup, I went to an open mike on the Lower East Side at a place that doesn't exist anymore. And it was one of those open mikes that wasn't really just for comedy." - Jessi Klein

"I realized that I loved using computers to create something, but being an architect just wasn't going to keep me interested. The idea of a life spent obsessing over bathroom details for an Upper East Side penthouse was pretty depressing." - Joseph Kosinski

"I'm very boring, really: I live on the Upper East Side, a block from the park. I have three kids. I go for a jog around the park every day with my dog." - Colum Mccann

"On the flip side, I enjoy covering the Arab world, I've spent my entire career here in the Middle East, but I would never call myself a war correspondent." - Anthony Shadid

"I mean I have a project that I have been wanting to make for quite a while now; and basically, it's a story of my parents growing up in the Lower East Side." - Martin Scorsese

"When it passes towards the east, the sun begins to have less effect upon it, and a thin line on the edge of its bright side emits its splendour towards the earth." - Vitruvius

"I choose to be American, I choose to live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I choose to have Puerto Rican/Jewish neighbors, and I choose to maintain my Chinese identity." - Eddie Huang

"I cycled when I was at high school, then reconnected with bikes in New York in the late '70s. It was a good way of getting around the clubs and galleries of the Lower East Side and Soho." - David Byrne

"I played football for a team called the East Dragons on the east side of town. We only had six regular season games. And six games I played tail back and I had 18 touchdowns in six games. That's when I knew I had some athletic ability." - Lebron James

"From every mountain side, Let freedom ring...." - Samuel Francis Smith

"Curiosity is the other side of caution." - Temple Grandin

"There is always the other side, always." - Jean Rhys

"The poetic side of me is Scottish." - Annie Lennox

"Faith is the flip side of fear." - Susan L Taylor

"Dark Error's other hidden side is truth." - Victor Hugo

"Muslims, scholars or not, are on the side of the oppressed and never on the side of the oppressors. Some scholars claim they don't do politics but if you listen to their statements in the Middle East or in other conferences, they support corrupt regimes and despots, such as as-Sissi." - Tariq Ramadan

"In the African matrilineal society, the lineage of the bloodline comes down through the female side. The Arabs who invaded East Africa and other parts of Africa reversed it to the patrilineal where everything comes down through the male side and the woman has no basic rights except that which the male is willing to grant her." - John Henrik Clarke

"The Aegean sea washes Greece on two sides: first, the side that faces towards the east and stretches from Sunium, towards the north as far as the Thermaean Gulf and Thessaloniceia, a Macedonian city...; and secondly, the side that faces towards the south, I mean the Macedonian country, extending from Thessaloniceia as far as the Strymon." - Strabo

"The two cultures of East and West are very different, and the priorities are very different. So when you understand that - if you are from this side or this side - when you understand that the other is different than you, and you respect these differences, you can build communication." - Ashraf Barhom

"I'm sitting on the stile. Mary, Where we sat side by side." - Hariot Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava

"Often we live side by side but do not communicate heart to heart." - Thomas S Monson

"And remember, it's also very funny, because side by side with grief lies joy." - Fran Drescher

"In any dispute, each side thinks it's in the right and the other side is demons." - Steven Pinker

"I do think, from the other side, that George W. ush was somewhat of an innocent in his thinking about what Ronald Reagan did during the Cold War and by bringing democracy to Eastern Europe. I think he believed that he could do the same thing by bringing democracy - or Midland, Texas, really - to the Middle East. I truly think he felt it was possible. "I want to do for the Middle East what Reagan did for the Soviet Union."" - Josh Brolin

"East is East, and West is San Francisco" - O Henry

"I'm from East Texas, yes." - Margo Martindale

"I did something rather innovative that my competitors didn't like: I took out a full-page advertisement in the Yellow Pages that listed an office on the east side of Cincinnati, and another office on the west side, while every other heating/air-conditioning company had only one location and one phone number. I was the citywide company. In fact, our 'westside office' was just an answering service taking telephone message. From the start we appeared to be a big company." - Kevin Harrington

"I ended up going to Crenshaw High School, which is like the epicenter of L.A. You're dead in the middle, the East Side, the West Side. It was run by the Crip gang. You're either with them or without them. You kind of get indoctrinated into that lifestyle, like I say on one of my records: whether you're in a gang or not, you know what color to wear." - Ice T

"Life did not present its sunny side to thee." - Friedrich Schiller

"Reconciliation is to understand both sides; to go to one side and describe the suffering being endured by the other side, and then go to the other side and describe the suffering being endured by the first side." - Nhat Hanh

"Astronomy, that micography of heaven, is the most magnificent of the sciences. ... Astronomy has its clear side and its luminous side; on its clear side it is tinctured with algebra, on its luminous side with poetry." - Victor Hugo

"The other side of every fear is a freedom." - Marilyn Ferguson

"Success often lies just the other side of failure." - Leo Buscaglia

"When in doubt, lean to the side of ? mercy ." - Miguel De Cervantes

"I want you by my side. Forever. (Full Metal Alchemist)" - Hiromu Arakawa

"Looking on the bright side of life never killed anybody." - Jenny Han

"Advertising ministers to the spiritual side of trade." - Calvin Coolidge

"I know on which side my bread is buttered." - John Heywood

"I Would Go To War With Dhoni By My Side." - Gary Kirsten

"Poetry is the dark side of the moon," - Charles Wright

"I'd rather die than you not be by my side." - Eminem

"My friends, welcome to the other side of the rainbow" - Ed Murray

"Fortune is not on the side of the faint-hearted." - Sophocles

"Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession many." - James Russell Lowell

"Law of Window Cleaning: It's on the other side." - Anonymous

"There is a good side to every situation." - David J. Schwartz

"Language commonly stresses only one side of any interaction." - Gregory Bateson

"The best part about poker is there's no down side." - Samantha Bee

"I never take my own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost

"Art is not the spiritual side of business." - Ad Reinhardt

"In Sacramento, my brown was not halfway between black and white. On the leafy streets, on the east side of town, where my family lived, where Asians did not live, where Negroes did not live, my family's Mexican shades passed as various." - Richard Rodriguez

"Given the clientele, the restaurants on Capri might resemble those fancy Northern Italian places on the East Side of Manhattan where the captain has taken bilingual sneering lessons from the maitre d' at the French joint down the street and the waiter, whose father was born in Palermo, would deny under torture that tomato sauce has ever touched his lips." - Calvin Trillin

"Well, at least you know it works this time," she said, getting on behind him. "If we crash into the parking lot of a Key Food, I'll kill you, you know that?" "Don't be ridiculous," said Jace. "There are no parking lots on the Upper East Side. Why drive when you can get your groceries delivered?" - Cassandra Clare

"Ira [Gershwin] was the shyest, most diffident boy we had ever known. In a class of Lower East Side rapscallions, his soft-spoken gentleness and low-keyed personality made him a lovable incongruity. He spoke in murmurs, hiding behind a pair of steel-rimmed spectacles. Ira had a kid brother who wore stiff high collars, shirts with cuffs and went out with girls." - Yip Harburg

"And of course, in West Germany, they made every effort that people who came from the East would get jobs and would get a comfortable existence. That was part of the Cold War - and part of the winning side of the Cold War." - Stefan Heym

"I mean the shoestring aristocrats of the upper East Side - the elegant, charming, and shabby men who work for brokerage houses, and their high-flown wives, with their thrift-shop minks and their ash-can fur pieces, their alligator shoes and their snotty ways with doormen and with the cashiers in supermarkets, their gold jewelry and their dregs of Je Reviens and Chanel." - John Cheever

"Of course in Turkey I'm seen as being on the 'Western' side, criticised by the nationalists, criticised by the communitarians as not belonging. Even, sometimes, criticised for looking at my country through Western eyes. And in the Western media I'm portrayed as belonging to the East." - Orhan Pamuk

"Madam, an hour before the worshipped sun Peered forth the golden window of the East, A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad; Where, underneath the grove of sycamore That westward rooteth from this city side, So early walking did I see your son." - William Shakespeare

"What really takes me back is when I'm walking around the Lower East Side, because we went to so many places [there] - the bakery, a mannequin store, all these factories with mice running around. That also is very visceral and takes me back. Pool halls, tattoo parlors, all kinds of stuff like that." - Jancee Dunn

"I grew up in Harlem, but I moved to the Lower East Side when I was a teenager and it was ... I feel like when I try to describe it, it doesn't sound believable. It just sounds like you're lying. And I see it on the faces of my younger friends." - Zoe Leonard

"I started in theater when I was 14 in the Henry Street Playhouse on the Lower East Side in New York. You hustle, you beat the sidewalk, the pavement - audition, audition. I just started working around town everywhere. I mean everywhere - the Village, Harlem, you know. Brooklyn Academy Of Music. Just job after job." - Jackee Harry

"I did have a lot of lack, but I never experienced it. I grew up in the east side of Detroit, in an area where there was very little, except for a lot of scarcity, poverty and hunger. Even growing up in an orphanage, I never woke up saying, "I'm an orphan again today, isn't this terrible? Poor me."" - Wayne Dyer

"When I got back to NY had the opportunity to work with the beginning years of the poetry project which was founded with money from the OEO under Lyndon Johnson to work with alienated youth on the lower East side. This was extraordinary, to be able to help then to create a culture that would capture the energy that I felt at Berkley." - Anne Waldman

"It was at a performance art space that's no longer around, Gusto House... All of these great performers from all over the country lived on the Lower East Side, and they would take somebody's living room that opened right onto the street, open the door and charge tickets and put up chairs." - John Leguizamo

"As a child growing up in the precincts of wealth, and later as a college student, newspaper reporter and resident of New York's Upper East Side, I got used to listening to the talk of financial killings and sexual misalliance that animates the conversation of the rich and the familiars of the rich." - Lewis H Lapham

"I'm from California, but my father, who passed away when I was young, was from Newark. When I was kid, we would go back east and catch Yankees games. His side of the family are big Yankees fans. But, the real connection came in '97 when I moved to New York and became friends with the team." - Carson Daly

"I remember my own life as a small boy, son of Jewish immigrants, in a janitor's flat on Orchard and Stanton streets on the Lower East Side of New York City. My father made pants and doubled as janitor of a tenement - before he made janitoring at $30 a month, plus rooms, a career." - Jacob K Javits

"In my mid-twenties, I said to myself: 'I can't perform anymore!' I didn't know what I wanted to do. I didn't perform for a while, then ended up doing a one-woman show about Gilda Radner having cancer. It was called 'Gilda Defying Gravity,' and I did it on the Lower East Side. It was great; people really came out and supported me." - Spencer Kayden

"I moved to New York to work in theater, so my range of motion was really from where I lived - which was downtown, in the Lower East Side - to Midtown, where the theaters are. So I got to know New York, Midtown and south." - Stark Sands

"My earliest recollections are of the teeming East Side where I was born. This Hester Street and its surrounding streets were the most densely populated of any city on Earth; and looking back at it, I realize what I owe to its unique and crowded humanity." - Jacob Epstein

"I was hired as a sous-chef at a restaurant on the Upper East Side. The chef liked to drink - some mornings we would find him sleeping. Two weeks after its opening, I became the chef. I was 20 years old, and way over my head. I had to hire the cooks and do the menus." - Bobby Flay

"I was the best street fighter in history when I was growing up on the Lower East Side. Hell, I never lost a street fight. Never. I thought I could lick Jack Dempsey or Joe Louis or anybody. I was fantastic." - Rocky Graziano

"'The Good Guy' is a totally differently-looking New York than 'How To Make It' portrays. 'The Good Guy' is all about Wall Street and that culture, which 'How To Make It' touches on, but 'How To Make It' also is downtown, Lower East Side loft parties, cool clubs, Brooklyn and that world." - Bryan Greenberg

"I think the Lower East Side inspires me. That whole neighborhood, a lot of the people that I worked with, seeing what we've gone through in life, being given an opportunity to understand who I am; my identity, my culture, and my roots." - Luis Guzman

"When I was young and growing up in New York, my parents took me to children's theater quite often - elaborate presentations of 'Goldilocks' and 'Rapunzel' for Upper East Side kids. As I grew older, they took me to adult theater, mostly musicals." - Peter Coyote

"Twenty years ago I wanted to move to a nice place so our Charley would grow up a nice boy and learn a profession. But instead we live in a jungle, so he can only be a wild animal. D'you think I picked the East Side like Columbus picked America?" - Abraham Polonsky

"For me, growing up in Harlem and then migrating down to SoHo and the Lower East Side and chillin' down there and making that my stomping ground... That was a big thing, because I'm from Harlem, and downtown is more artsy and also more open-minded. So I got the best of both worlds." - Asap Rocky

"I got to do something I never do, which is go to Starbucks and read 'The New York Times' until 7 a.m. I took my daughter to school on the East Side, which was a lot of fun. And I admit I played Call of Duty, one of those war video games." - Joe Scarborough

"I certainly wasn't able to get it when I was a kid growing up on the Lower East Side; it was very hard at that time for me to balance what I really believed was the right way to live with the violence I saw all around me - I saw too much of it among the people I knew." - Martin Scorsese

"While sanctions against Iran and Syria are intended to constrain those countries' governments, they have had the unfortunate side effect of constraining activists' access to free online software and services used widely across the Middle East, including browsers, online chat applications, and online storage services." - Rebecca Mackinnon

"In politics as on a sickbed men toss from side to side in hope of lying more comfortably." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I do not boast that God is on my side, I humbly pray that I am on God's side." - Abraham Lincoln

"One side sticks to the facts, and the other side is close to playing with its poop." - Keith Olbermann

"I did' mind the quiet stretches. It was like we were trying out the idea of being side by side." - Aimee Bender

"Jumped In The Fo' Hit The Juice On Ma Ride I Got Front Back, And Side To Side" - Eazy-E

"There is a lot lacking on the intellectual side and on the values side when being an actor." - Natalie Portman

"There's always a side of a woman that likes a man from the other side of the tracks" - Laura Dern

"God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease." - Albert Camus

"The State becomes society or humanity on the ethical side, a production and trade system on the economic side" - Francis Parker Yockey

"I'm not only in touch with my feminine side, I'm in touch with my gay side as well." - Jeremy Clarkson

"When I was a young comic in New York and I wasn't getting any work, I was wandering around the Lower East Side with my notebook. I would stop at the guitar place on St. Mark's and talk to that dude for a while, then I'd go to the bookstore and talk to that dude for a little while. I had a guy over at the record store, and I'd talk to him for a while. It kept me connected to life." - Marc Maron

"He considered the Rvolution a victroy for the Jews, which opinion, he said, prevailed on the East Side where rejoicing knew no bounds. We felt, added Mr. Cahan, that this is a great triumph for the Jews' cause. The anti-Jewish element in Russia has always been identified with the anti-revolutionary party. Jews having always sat high in the Councils of the revolutionists, all of our race became inseparably linked with the opponents of the government in the official mind." - Abraham Cahan

"Royal Young has accomplished a rare feat in his fresh and riveting debut: he manages to recount his fascinating youth and unconventional family with a mixture of humor, scathing honesty and tenderness. Much more than simply a book about a kid who dreams of stardom, Fame Shark is a thoughtful, hilarious and moving love letter to his family and the Lower East Side of New York City." - Kristen Johnston

"Progressives and Islamists are indeed on the same side. Their common disdain for Christianity explains why left-wing judges in America find any inkling of Christianity in the public square unconstitutional, while Islamist judges in the Middle East deem it executable. Their common view that life is expendable explains the left's embrace abortion-on-demand and why the Islamists don't hesitate to deploy their own children for homicide bombings." - Gary Bauer

"I made my performance debut in New York City downtown on the Lower East Side in college doing awkward performance art as a go-go dancer at Lady Starlight's Party. And I never thought that my love for mediocre performance art and bad mime would ever come to use in my career as an actor. But my fantasies came true and I got to play Maureen in Rent." - Annaleigh Ashford

"One thing I had on my side when it came to How to Make It in America is that I'm a born-and-raised New Yorker. Filming in New York... I'm so thankful and humbled by the whole experience. A lot of it takes place in old neighborhood; I'm an East Village kid, so I get to see my old friends from the neighborhood, my family still lives there." - Victor Rasuk

"[A.J. Muste] was from Michigan and he grew up in the Dutch Reform Church there, which is a fairly strict church. He later came to New York. He was the minister of a labor temple in the - on the East Side. Then he founded, to my knowledge, the first, maybe the only, labor school; that is, Cornell has a labor department and other schools. But this was a school for - entirely for labor organizers, and he was the - the chairman." - Nat Hentoff

"Maybe it's the Calvinist guilt about capitalism or mercantilism. But, I like the idea of doing things that only exist for as long as they exist, which are not archives, which are not sold or prepared even. It's funny though, because a lot of my unreliable tours were inspired by the docents at the Japan Society, who are mostly these volunteers from the Upper East Side. They basically find positive messages in really nihilist, perverse videos. So they were my inspiration." - Momus



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