18 Favorite Quotes About Istanbul

Famous quotes about Istanbul

Istanbul, oh Istanbul! You stole the hearts of many poets, writers, and philosophers throughout the ages. Many has fallen for the beauty of your lands, the sunset, and the sunrise on your hills, the reflections on your ice blue Bosphorus and the harmonical sound of your seagulls.

Best 18 Istanbul Quotes By Famous People

1. Napoleon Bonaparte

“If the earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.”

said Napoleon Bonaparte, the French emperor famous for his remarkable leadership at the French military.


2. Alphonse de Lamartine

“If one had but a single glance to give the world one should gaze on Istanbul.”

said Alphonse de Lamartine who was a French writer, poet, and politician that played an instrumental role in the foundation of the Second Republic and the continuation of the Tricolor as the flag of France. Lamartine’s favorite spot was the Çamlıca Hill on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.


3. Petrus Gyllius

“All other cities are doomed, but I imagine that as long as people exist, Constantinople will exist.”

said another French scientist, topographer and translator Petrus Gyllius. Constantinople is the old name of Istanbul and was used during the Byzantine Empire’s reign.


4. Susan Moody

“Istanbul… The constant beating of the wave of the east against the rock of the west…”

said the novelist Susan Moody, best known for her suspense novels.


5. Orhan Pamuk

“Life can’t be all that bad, I’d think from time to time. Whatever happens, I can always take a long walk along the Bosphorus.”

said Orhan Pamuk, the famous novelist from Turkey.


6. Edmondo De Amicis

“Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archaeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with the same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth.”

said another world-famous Italian novelist, Edmondo De Amicis.


7. Gerard De Nerval

The French poet Gerard De Nerval showed his affection towards Istanbul through these words:

“Istanbul is a magical seal which unites Europe and Asia since the ancient times. Without a doubt, Istanbul is certainly the most beautiful place of the world.”


8. François-René de Chateaubriand

“People were right when they say there is no other place on earth as beautiful looking as Istanbul.”

said François-René de Chateaubriand, another French writer, politician, and historian who is completely in love with Istanbul.


9. Christian Louboutin

The all famous French fashion and shoe designer Christian Louboutin said that

“Istanbul is inspiring because it has its own code of architecture, literature, poetry, music.”

10. Pierre Loti

Pierre Loti said

“Holy Istanbul! Your name is the most enchanting one of all names enchants me.”

to express how enchanted he is by the city.


11. Dorina Neave

The daughter of a British consular living in Istanbul, Lady Dorina Neave was also one of those who was enchanted by the beauty of Istanbul. She wrote several books on the city, in which she described her love for Istanbul as

“A more beautiful scenery than the one in Istanbul does not exist all over the world.”


12. Fatih Sultan Mehmet

Fatih Sultan Mehmet, also known as Mehmed the Conqueror was also enchanted by Istanbul. He famously said

“Either I conquer Istanbul or Istanbul conquers me.”

before taking Istanbul from the Byzantine Empire’s rule.


13. Konstantinos Kavafis

The Egyptian-Greek poet, journalist and civil servant Konstantinos Kavafis said

“You can’t find another world, nor another sea. This city will follow you anywhere.”


14. Gugios Inciciyan

Another geographer that goes with the name Inciciyan believed that

“New and old, all writers know that Istanbul is located at the most prestigious spot of the world.”


15. Max Müller

The German-born philologist and Orientalist, Max Müller stated that

“Istanbul is a unique city that unifies the East and the West, and offers all kinds of freedom to the mankind.”


16. Zülfü Livaneli

Zülfü Livaneli, another famous Turkish novelist, went as far as to say that

“Paris is a beautiful hall, London is a beautiful park, Berlin is a beautiful barracks but Istanbul is a beautiful city.”

implying that Istanbul has it all!


17. Prophet Mohammad

Before the conquest of Istanbul, the prophet of Islam that millions of people follow, Hz Mohammad famously said

“Istanbul will be conquered one day. What an amazing conquerer that who will conquer it, and what an amazing soldier that obeys this conqueror.”


18. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

And finally, the most incredible commander of all, the founder of the Turkish Republic and the father of all Turks, Ataturk said

“The treasure of the Turkish motherland, the wealth of Turkish history, the Turkish nation’s apple of the eye, Istanbul is the city that has a special place in the hearts of all citizens.”

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