24 Classic Quotes About Las Vegas

The Funny, the Odd and the Enlightening

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Las Vegas has everything gambling and partying to shows and drinking, making the desert tourist mecca a city built to inspire memorable lines. Some are funny, some are weird, some just make you go "huh," but all of these quotes shed some light on this dynamic, crazy, and not so normal city. From Elvis Presley and Lewis Black to Hunter S. Thompson, below are 24 unforgettable bon mots about Sin City.

Elvis Presley

"Man, I really like Vegas." 

Val Saintsbury

"Las Vegas – my favorite desert mirage."

Barry Manilow

"There’s just no quiet in Vegas." 

Tom Waits

"I hate Disneyland. It primes our kids for Las Vegas." 

Merv Griffin

"Las Vegas without Wayne Newton is like Disneyland without Mickey Mouse." 

Tony Curtis

"If you know how to live in Vegas you can have the best time." 

Chuck Palanhiuk

"Las Vegas looks the way you'd imagine heaven must look at night." 

Bruce Sterling

"Las Vegas is a major family destination. Nevada casinos have become American family values now. It's considered just fine to go into one of these windowless scary gambling-malls, drink yourself silly, lose your ass at roulette, and then google showgirls with breast implants. Republicans do this now. Working-class folks do it in polyester stretch pants. It's normal." 

 Artie Lange

"Vegas means comedy, tragedy, happiness, and sadness all at the same time." 

Lewis Black

"The reason you should go to Las Vegas is because, for only the second time, the second time, ever, they have rebuilt Sodom and Gomorrah. It's back!! And you have the opportunity to see it before it turns to salt." 

Louie Anderson

"I’ve been in Vegas. That’s where you get into the money thing. Boy, you get greedy in Vegas, you know. That’s the only place that you can bet $25, get it up to $500 and refuse to quit." 

Paul Samuelson 

"It is not easy to get rich in Las Vegas, at Churchill Downs, or at the local Merrill Lynch office."  

Drew Carey

"Vegas is everything that’s right with America. You can do whatever you want, 24 hours a day. They’ve effectively legalized everything there." 

Jason Love

"Las Vegas: all the amenities of modern society in a habitat unfit to grow a tomato." 

Jan Morris

"There is always a sneer in Las Vegas. The mountains around it sneer. The desert sneers. And arrogant in the middle of its wide valley, dominating those diligent sprawling suburbs, the downtown city sneers like anything." 

Hunter S. Thompson

"For a loser, Vegas is the meanest town on earth."  

Tammy Bloemzaken

"For me, Vegas is a vacation from being over inhibited, in the highly over inhabited yet uninhabitable city of complete uninhibition." 

Steve Wynn

"Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money." 

Tom Wolfe

"Las Vegas is the only town in the world whose skyline is made up neither of buildings, like New York, nor of trees, like Wilbraham, Massachusetts, but signs." 

Cinnamon Stomberger

"It’s hard to imagine a bigger desert oasis than Las Vegas." 

Jonathan Clements

"Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money." 

Oscar Goodman

"Hatred is not what Las Vegas is about. We will have zero tolerance for anyone who is intolerant." 

Author Unknown

"In the case of an earthquake hitting Las Vegas, be sure to go straight to the Keno Lounge. Nothing ever gets hit there." 

Joan Rivers

"The last time I appeared in Las Vegas, they were wearing hoop skirts and Davy Crockett hats, ... But they say 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.' And as far as fashion is concerned, that's a good thing." 

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