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Herb Caen quotes

A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.

I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there.

The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.

Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything.

San Franciscans have a bond of self-satisfaction bordering on smugness.

A city is where you can sign a petition, boo the chief justice, fish off a pier, gaze at a hippopotamus, buy a flower at the corner, or get a good hamburger or a bad girl at 4 A.M. A city is where sirens make white streaks of sound in the sky and foghorns speak in dark grays. San Francisco is such a city.

I hope I go to Heaven, and when I do, I'm going to do what every San Franciscan does when he gets there. He looks around and says, 'It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco.'

A city is a crazy concrete jungle whose people at the end of each day somehow make a small step ahead against terrible odds.

A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.

Americans are pragmatic, relatively uncomplicated, hearty and given to broad humor.

I have a memory like an elephant. I remember every elephant I've ever met.

Logic is no answer to passion.

New Yorkers are stuck in a gloomy mucilage of mutual commiseration.

Old San Francisco - the one so many nostalgics yearn for - had buildings that related well to each other.

Philosophically, I don't like doing commercials.

Satire of satire tends to be self-canceling, and deliberate shock tactics soon lose their ability to shock, especially when they're too deliberate.

The only way to fight a thing like 50 is to stay au courant if it kills you.

The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around.

When a place advertises itself as 'World Famous,' you may be sure it isn't.

A city is a state - of mind, of taste, of opportunity. A city is a marketplace - where ideas are traded, opinions clash and eternal conflict may produce eternal truths.