SFCentric History: Some of the Coolest Things Said About San Francisco
San Francisco is an old, iron safe filled with gold, glory, disaster, and secrets. SFCentric History is a column, by SF writer V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi, that digs in the vaults of local history and shares the sensational people, places, and things that rocked San Francisco.
San Francisco is an incredible city that has left a mark on almost everyone who has visited it. It is hard to put the sentiment into words, but thankfully, there are people who found just the right ones to describe what SF means to them.Herb Caen. Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle
“San Francisco, city of the world, worlds within a city, forty-nine square miles of ups and downs, ins and outs, and going around in circles, most of them dizzy. A small “d” democrat city run by big-buck conservatives, a place where the winds of freedom will blow your mind and your hat off, where eccentricity is the norm and sentimentality the ultimate cynicism. Cable cars and conventions, boosterism living uncomfortable with sophistication, a built-in smugness announcing simply that we are simply the best.” — Herb CaenPhoto: Notey
“I always see about six scuffles a night when I come to San Francisco. That’s one of the town’s charms.” — Errol Flynn
“Money lives in New York. Power sits in Washington. Freedom sips cappuccino in a sidewalk cafe in San Francisco.” — Joe Flower