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Quotes about Belgrade


“… I went to Belgrade with no expectations of décor, images, gaiety, anything interesting, and now I am a complete victim of its seductive charm that I must say goodbye to it with the greatest pain. This is a new sensation: falling in love with a city.”
Herbert Vivian, journalist

“The sky above Belgrade is expansive and high, shifting yet always beautiful; clear with its chill splendour during the winter; turning into a single downcast cloud during summer storms, driven by the crazy winds and bearing rain mixed with the dust of the Pannonian plain; seeming to flower along with the ground during spring; and growing heavy with roils of autumnal stars during fall. Always beautiful and bountiful, it is a reward to this odd township for all that is missing and a comfort for everything that should not be.”
Ivo Andrić, writer and Nobel Prize winner

“This grand city seems to have always been like this: torn and split, as if it never exists but is perpetually being created, built upon and recovered. On one side it waxes and grows, on the other it wanes and deteriorates. Ever in motion and rustle, never calm and never knowing tranquility or quiet. The city upon two rivers, on the grand clearing, bound by the winds.”
Ivo Andrić, writer and Nobel Prize winner

“There are places in Belgrade where picket fences still exist, with weeds of a strong and bitter smell growing right next to them… a turtledove is cooing upon the wild pear branch and the lost field mouse is running in terror or hunger… All these things still exist, in a street with no name and a house with no number… Stuck like thistle to the pants of the metropolis, travelling across a time and space they do not belong to.”
Dušan Radović, poet and writer

”You had so much to rebuild, having been bombed by both the Germans and the Allies. The other cities of Europe have an easy time boasting of their beauty… You have a beautiful little zoo… They told me that during the bombing the zoo was destroyed and the animals fled to the streets, but returned of their own volition… It is truly a lovely tale – though I do not know if it is true…”
Alfred Hitchcock, film director

”Back then I needed to meet people who would not treat me superficially as was the case back home, people who could sit at a table for hours just chatting, singing songs and always having an awful lot to say. This Belgrade period simply healed my soul…”
Erskine Caldwell, writer

”This is my first time in Belgrade (1973). I came also because I have never been to this region, in Eastern Europe. In a very short time I have found out two things, both very important to me: the food is excellent, and the approach to cinema is far more intellectual than in America.”
Jack Nicholson, actor

“Belgrade is the ugliest city in the world in the most beautiful place in the world.”
Le Corbusier, architect

“Belgrade is a low-budget New York.”
Momo Kapor, writer

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