Inspiring quotes by Herb Caen

The top 10 most inspiring quotes by Herb Caen

  • A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.
  • I sometimes worry about my short attention span, but not for long.
  • San Francisco isn’t what it used to be, and it never was.
  • A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.
  • 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.’
  • Isn’t it nice that people who prefer Los Angeles to San Francisco live there?
  • Martinis are like breasts, one isn’t enough, and three is too many.
  • The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around.
  • We are reorganizing in order to eliminate duplication and redundancy.
  • 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.

Herb Caen (1916-1997) was a legendary American journalist best known for his witty and insightful columns chronicling life in San Francisco. Born in Sacramento, California, Caen began his journalism career at the age of 16 as a copy boy for the Sacramento Union. He later moved to San Francisco and joined The San Francisco Chronicle, where he became a beloved figure for his daily column which ran for nearly 60 years.

Caen’s writing style was characterized by his playful use of language, keen observations, and deep affection for his city. He coined phrases such as “beatnik” and “Baghdad by the Bay,” which have become synonymous with San Francisco. His columns covered a wide range of topics, from politics and culture to the quirks of everyday life.

Throughout his career, Caen received numerous awards and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. He was also known for his philanthropy and support of various charitable causes.

Herb Caen’s legacy continues to live on in the hearts of San Franciscans and in the annals of American journalism, where he remains revered as one of the great chroniclers of urban life.

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