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mots that evoke the “moveable feast”.


“Even from the simplest, the most realistic point of view, the countries which we long for occupy, at any given moment, a far larger place in our actual life than the country in which we happen to be.”
Marcel Proust

The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

The art galleries of Paris contain the finest collection of frames I ever saw. – Humphrey Davy

Everything ends this way in France- everything.  Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs – everything is a pretext for a good dinner. Jean Anouilh

Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages. –Dave Barry

Each afternoon his mother took him walking through Paris with one simple instruction: ‘Just look’.Immoveable Feast

It’s a spot so idyllic that it makes you feel you’re in a painting-a Seurat-and for a while I kept hoping a gentleman in shirtsleeves and a boater would dot-dot-dot over to me.-The Girl’s Guide to Hunting & Fishing

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.Fyodor Dostoevsky

But, when nothing subsists of an old past, after the death of people, after the destruction of things, alone, frailer but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, smell and taste still remain for a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, upon the ruins of all the rest, bearing without giving way, on their almost impalpable droplet, the immense edifice of memory. –Marcel Proust

It is not down in any map; true places never are. – Herman Melville

People ask me: “Why do you write about food, and eating, and drinking? Why don’t you write about the struggle for power and security, and about love, the way the others do?” . . . The easiest answer is to say that, like most other humans, I am hungry. –MFK Fischer

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