Waterlines: Literary reflections on Venice

Waterlines: Literary reflections on Venice

For centuries, Venice’s mysterious beauty has bewitched and inspired countless writers, poets and playwrights – from Lord Byron to Henry James, D.H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, Donna Leon and beyond.  Here are just a few of our favourite quotes which capture some of La Serenissima’s magical qualities and remind us why we love returning to the lagoon city time and again:

“Under this October sky all blue and gold, polished by a small brisk wind, Venice seems to sparkle more than any city ever has” –  Liliana Magrini

“There is something so different in Venice from any other place in the world, that you leave at once all accustomed habits and every day sights to enter an enchanted garden”Mary Shelley

 “When I went to Venice, I discovered that my dream had become – incredibly, but quite simply – my address” –  Marcel Proust

“If I were not King of France, I would choose to be a citizen of Venice”Henry III

“When I seek another word for “music”, I never find any other word than ‘Venice”Friedrich Nietzsche

“White phantom city, whose untrodden streets Are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting Shadows of palaces and strips of sky”Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“It is a city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone”Erica Jong

“Venice is undoubtedly the only place in the world where one can infinitely renew one’s desires”Jean Giono

“You fling the window open and the room is instantly flooded with this outer, pearl-laden haze, which is part damp oxygen, part coffee and prayers” – Joseph Brodsky

“It is held by some that this word ‘Venetia’ signifies ‘Veni’ Etiam,’ that is, come again, ad again, for however oft you come, you will always see new things, and new beauties”Jacopo Sansovino