|Delhi Quotes: Quotes About Old Delhi, New Delhi And Delhiwalas|
Delhi is capital and second largest city of India. Known as the City of Cities, Delhi has thousands of stories to tell. Stories which can be seen through these quotes.
I asked my soul: What is Delhi? She replied: The world is the body and Delhi its life.
Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib
Delhi is not just a national capital, it is one of the political ultimates, one of the prime movers. It was born to power, war and glory. It rose to greatness not because holy men saw visions there but because it commanded the strategic routes from the northwest, where the conquerors came from, into the rich flatlands of the Ganges delta. Delhi is a soldiers' town, a politicians' town, journalists', diplomats' town. It is Asia's Washington, though not so picturesque, and lives by ambition, rivalry and opportunism.
Delhi now belonged to everyone who lived in it, but no one belonged to Delhi.
Certainly Delhi is unimaginably antique, and age is a metaphysic, I suppose. Illustrations of mortality are inescapable there, and do give the place a sort of nagging symbolism. Tombs of emperors stand beside traffic junctions, forgotten fortresses command suburbs, the titles of lost dynasties are woven into the vernacular, if only as street names.
The rain swirls over the trees and roofs of the town, and the parched earth soaks it up, exuding a fragrance that comes only once in a year, the fragrance of quenched earth, the most exhilarating of all smells.
Ruskin Bond, Delhi is not far
Delhi has always been a gateway city, built on the plains, initially on the fording point on the Yamuna River and on the route between western and Central Asia and Southeast Asia. The old empires did not conform to natural boundaries or present-day frontiers, and the limits of the Delhi-centered empire waxed and waned with the power of the ruler.
Patrick Horton, Lonely Planet
All wisdom does not reside in Delhi.
Delhi women - they're the most beautiful women! But the fact remains that they know they are gorgeous.
There may not be any water in the taps over here ... but it is always raining in the eyes.
(Yahan nalon mein pani ho na ho ... aankhon mein hamesha savan rehta hai)
Delhi – 6
It’s not a city, but a gathering
(Yeh shehar nahi mehfil hai )
Delhi – 6
Albeit in Deccan, the Muse commands respect,
Who, after all, O Zauq, can leave the alleyways of Delhi
(In dino garche dakkan mein hai badi qadre sukhan,
Kaun jaaye 'Zauq' par, Dilli ki galiyan chhod kar. )
That's Delhi. When life gets too much for you all you need to do is to spend an hour at Nigambodh Ghat,watch the dead being put to flames and hear their kin wail for them. Then come home and down a couple of pegs of whisky. In Delhi, death and drink make life worth living.
Khushwant Singh, Delhi
Whoever has built a new city in Delhi has always lost it: the Pandava brethren, Prithviraj Chauhan, Feroz Shah Tughluk, Shah Jehan ... They all built new cities and they all lost them. We were no exception.
William Dalrymple, City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Once through this ruined city did I pass
I espied a lonely bird on a bough and asked
‘What knowest thou of this wilderness?’
It replied: 'I can sum it up in two words:
Khushwant Singh, Delhi
Delhi hain dilwalo ki. (Delhi belongs to good hearted people)