Famous Bronx Quotes : Bronx Sayings In Life

These Bronx quotes will inspire you. The Bronx is a borough in New York City, and co-locates with Bronx County, in the US state of New York. It is located south of Westchester County. North and East New York City borough of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of Queens, New York City, across the East River.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging Bronx quotes, Bronx sayings, and Bronx proverbs.

Best Bronx Quotes

  1. “I’m just a kid from Bronx who got lucky.” ~ Ace Frehley
  2. “My whole world before I joined the Navy was my neighborhood in the Bronx.” ~ Tony Curtis
  3. “I grew up in the Bronx. The Bronx teaches you to survive. It’s like, ‘Bring it on!'” ~ Wesley Snipes
  4. “I don’t need bodyguards. I’m from the South Bronx.” ~ Al Pacino

  5. “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices you make will shape your life forever.” ~ Chazz Palminteri
  6. “The Bronx is famous for two things. Hip-hop, and 26 world championships.” ~ Kurtis Blow
  7. “If you grow up in the South Bronx today or in south-central Los Angeles or Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, you quickly come to understand that you have been set apart and that there’s no will in this society to bring you back into the mainstream.” ~ Jonathan Kozol
  8. “When you’re a kid with artistic yearnings brought up in the Bronx, you don’t get fed up too easily.” ~ Daniel Libeskind

  9. “Ladies and Gentleman, the Bronx is burning.” ~ Howard Cosell
  10. “People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams.” ~ Ralph Lauren
  11. “I was raised in a Bronx public housing project, but studied at two of the nation’s finest universities. I did work as an assistant district attorney, prosecuting violent crimes that devastate our communities.” ~ Sonia Sotomayor
  12. “Also, I preached to gangs on the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx – and miracles began to happen.” ~ David Wilkerson

  13. “Most American Jews came from the lower middle classes, and therefore they brought with them not a lot of Jewish culture. The American Jewish story starts with Ellis Island, and the candy store in the Bronx.” ~ Arthur Hertzberg
  14. “I came from the Bronx and a certain background. I worked really hard. I kept my focus on the right things.” ~ Jennifer Lopez
  15. “In Manhattan, and its true on some level till this day; its a whole different mentality from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, which I didn’t know at the time – because you basically just know your neighborhood.” ~ Kool Moe Dee
  16. “My early childhood prepared me to be a social psychologist. I grew up in a South Bronx ghetto in a very poor family. From Sicilian origin, I was the first person in my family to complete high school, let alone go to college.” ~ Philip Zimbardo

  17. “But one sets of grandparents lived on Davidson Avenue in the Bronx and one lived in Manhattan and I had an aunt and uncle in Queens, so in my heart I was a New Yorker.” ~ Jason Alexander
  18. “So you think that hip-hop had it’s start out in Queensbridge, If you popped that junk up in the Bronx you might not live.” ~ KRS-One
  19. “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent” ~ Robert De Niro
  20. “Only do what your heart tells you.” ~ Princess Diana

  21. “I was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx, went to public school, got out of public college, went into the Army, and then I just stuck with it.” ~ Colin Powell
  22. “When I started really singing I was 17, 18 years old. I used to go around trying to be a singer in the Bronx. My knees would shake but I learned by doing.” ~ Dominic Chianese
  23. “I grew up in the Bronx where you would stay up late with your girlfriends, just being silly in our bedrooms, whatever. And I was always the clown.” ~ Jennifer Lopez
  24. “Since I do not believe that there should be different recommendations for people living in the Bronx and people living in Manhattan, I am uncomfortable making different recommendations for my patients in Boston and in Haiti.” ~ Paul Farmer

  25. “When I was growing up, there were so many things I thought were stylish. Jabo jeans, V Bombers, Clarks, Vikings, Nugget watches, Lee pants with the patches, leather hats – which I still wear now. All hip-hop stuff, all South Bronx stuff.” ~ Swizz Beatz
  26. “You know, I never knew if I had any talent when I started in this business. My first job was being a page at The Tonight Show. I saw Jack Paar come out one night and sit on the edge of his desk and talk about what hed done the night before. I thought, I can do that! I used to do that on a street corner in the Bronx with all my buddies.” ~ Regis Philbin
  27. “I am a product of affirmative action. I am the perfect affirmative action baby. I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in the south Bronx. My test scores were not comparable to my colleagues at Princeton and Yale. Not so far off so that I wasn’t able to succeed at those institutions.” ~ Sonia Sotomayor
  28. “When I was four years old, my mother owned some tenements in the Bronx.” ~ Cy Coleman

  29. “I can’t help but be a different person now that I’ve had kids. That really does change your whole perspective on life for the better. I definitely feel like I’ve grown up. So, I guess in a way parts of me are going to be different, but in general I’m still the same girl from the Bronx who had big dreams.” ~ Jennifer Lopez
  30. “Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city: all other cities seem, at best, a mistake, and, at worst, a fraud. No other city is so spitefully incoherent. Whereas other cities flaunt there history – their presumed glory – in vividly placed monuments, squares, parks, plaques, and boulevards, such history as New York has been unable entirely to obliterate is to be found, mainly, in the backwaters of Wall Street, in the goat tracks of Old and West Broadway, in and around Washington Square, and, for the relentless searcher, in grimly inaccessible regions of The Bronx.” ~ James A. Baldwin
  31. “It’s like hip hop all over again, back in the ’70s back in the Bronx, when it was just bubbling. But it’s going to be huge.” ~ Fat Joe
  32. “I think I became funny because I grew up in the Bronx. I was small and weak and Jewish instead of large and fierce and Puerto Rican. You need something.” ~ Dave Barry

  33. “As someone who grew up in the Bronx, I certainly learned my share of four-letter words, but none are more powerful than nice.” ~ Linda Kaplan Thaler
  34. “My life growing up was a twisted Bronx version of The Color Purple. It had a much different soundtrack and no trees, but that desperation was the same.” ~ Tracy Morgan
  35. “I come from the South Bronx – a true descendant of the melting pot. I grew up in a really mixed neighborhood; it was a very integrated life.” ~ Al Pacino
  36. “My father always said, ‘The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.'” ~ Chazz Palminteri

  37. “The choices that you make will shape your life forever.” ~ Francis Capra
  38. “Harkening back to a story about my grandfather, I was lucky to attend a great high school in New York, Bronx High School of Science, which has produced more Nobel prize winners than any other high school in America.” ~ Lewis Schiff
  39. “I go to Queens for queens to get the crew from Brooklyn,
    Make money in Manhattan and never been tooken.
    Go Uptown and the Bronx to boogie down,
    Get strong on the Island, recoup, and lay around.” ~ Rakim
  40. “I grew up in the South Bronx, raised by my grandmother, who scrapped and scraped to make sure I had a roof over my head and food in my stomach. I was painfully aware of what it was like to live with limited resources and a certain level of uncertainty.” ~ Joy Bryant

  41. “I’m just a simple Jewish boy from the Bronx.” ~ Ed Koch
  42. “Sustainable South Bronx advocates for environmental justice through sustainable environmental and economic development projects.” ~ Majora Carter
  43. “For years I’ve been interested in a fundamental question concerning what I call the psychology of evil: Why is it that good people do evil deeds? I’ve been interested in that question since I was a little kid. Growing up in the ghetto in the South Bronx, I had lots of friends who I thought were good kids, but for one reason or another they ended up in serious trouble. They went to jail, they took drugs, or they did terrible things to other people. My whole upbringing was focused on trying to understand what could have made them go wrong.” ~ Philip Zimbardo
  44. “Bullies are often people who are shy and can’t make friends easily, so, as the theme of the movie ‘A Bronx Tale’ tells us, it is better to be feared if you can’t be loved.” ~ Philip Zimbardo

  45. “I grew up in the Bronx. I’m into rap music.” ~ Abel Ferrara
  46. “I’m tenacious, I think – I know – and I do also have a quality where if you tell me I can’t do something, if I know I can’t do it I’m the first to raise my hand and say, “I can’t do that.” But there is a big Bronx, New York Jew in me that just says, “Really? Really? You think I – yes, I can. I can do it. I can do it.” ~ Ellen Barkin
  47. “The value of tolerance is central to living in today’s world – especially in diverse places like the Bronx.” ~ Jose Serrano
  48. “I started off as a graffiti artist in the South Bronx. My tag name was ‘Loco’ because I would go crazy and tag anywhere I wanted, in the weirdest places.” ~ Swizz Beatz

  49. “I was haunted always by my other life-my drab room in the Bronx, my square foot of the subway, my fixation upon the day’s letter from Alabama-would it come and what would it say?-my shabby suits, my poverty, and love. While my friends were launching decently into life I had muscled my inadequate bark into midstream… I was a failure-mediocre at advertising work and unable to get started as a writer. Hating the city, I got roaring, weeping drunk on my last penny and went home.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
  50. “My own style influences have to do with where I grew up, in the Bronx, and I still like to wear bangles and big hoops!” ~ Jennifer Lopez
  51. “God…my self in the Bronx always says that God has a funny sense of humor. ..He has a way of treating things, he deals with each individual soul delicately, tenderly, compassionately but he deals with groups of people [country] according to certain laws and he always observes those laws and that means the innocent are punished with the evil.” ~ Malachi Martin
  52. “New York, New York, – a helluva town, The Bronx is up but the Battery is down.” ~ Betty Comden

  53. “I was born here in the city, born in the Bronx. Son of a cop. One grandfather was a taxi driver; the other was a firefighter. New York is in my DNA.” ~ Joe Lhota
  54. “Through reading, I escaped the bad parts of my life in the South Bronx. And, through books, I got to travel the world and the universe. It, to me, was a passport out of my childhood and it remains a way – through the power of words – to change the world.” ~ Sonia Sotomayor
  55. “One of the things that made me want to be an actor more than ever was seeing a Chekhov play, “The Sea Gull,” when was 14 in the Bronx.” ~ Al Pacino
  56. “Hip-hop went through different stages, from the beginning in the streets of the Bronx, to the whole Tri-State area and then to the rest of the United States and the rest of the world.” ~ Afrika Bambaataa

  57. “I grew up on welfare in the South Bronx; I had a very tough upbringing in that neighborhood. Reading books like The Four Agreements, A Return to Love, and The Power of Now helped me to overcome many internal battles. Had I not worked on myself, put value in myself, I would not have the loving and supportive people that I have right now in my life, including my husband and children” ~ Andrea Navedo
  58. “One of the first TV shows that I did was this prank show. And we did a prank where we took a Michael Jackson impersonator and I played his publisher.I was just really good at my job.We were just about to go onto the field to throw out the first pitch just two weeks after 9\11. It was a huge security breach, and we made a lot of cops look really dumb. Producers of the show thought it would be really funny and I didn’t think about it because I was a young dumb comedian. So I got arrested and went to jail in the Bronx, and now I can never go back to Yankee Stadium.” ~ Rob Huebel
  59. “Melting pot Harlem-Harlem of honey and chocolate and caramel and rum and vinegar and lemon and lime and gall. Dusky dream Harlem rumbling into a nightmare tunnel where the subway from the Bronx keeps right on downtown.” ~ Langston Hughes
  60. “I’ve been a law-abiding citizen ever since I grew up in the Bronx, New York.” ~ Wesley Snipes

  61. “New Yorkers only cross water for visual culture if the water is an ocean. The East River throws us for a huge loop. If we started going to Queens and the Bronx for visual culture, many of our rent, space, and crowding problems would be over indefinitely.” ~ Jerry Saltz
  62. “In the past, my brain would never stop. Now I’m a father; the world no longer revolves around me. When I’m with Bronx, he’s got my complete attention. He’s the only thing that occupies my thoughts.” ~ Pete Wentz
  63. “There’s a lady up in heaven who must be very proud of the way the people in Baltimore have treated her boy from the Bronx.” ~ Art Donovan

  64. “It seems to me that you are better off, as a writer and as an American, in a small town than you’d be in New York. I thoroughly detest New York, though I have to go there very often…. Have you ever noticed that no American writer of any consequence lives in Manhattan? Dreiser tried it (after many years in the Bronx), but finally moved to California.” ~ H. L. Mencken
  65. “I feel like, when we’re kids, you’re sold into this fairy tale of what love is. That Prince Charming’s gonna come along and save you and you’re gonna live happily ever after. They’re gonna rescue me from the Bronx, and we’re gonna go off and live in a castle somewhere and it’s gonna be awesome. He’s gonna love me forever, and I’m gonna love him forever, and it’s gonna be real easy. And it’s so different than that.” ~ Jennifer Lopez

The Bronx is the only borough of New York City not primarily on an island.

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