good Americans when they die go to Paris

The person alluded to in quot. 1858 was Thomas Gold Appleton (1812–84). Quot. 2002 alters the sense from the implied equivalence of Paris with Heaven.

1858 O. W. HOLMES Autocrat of Breakfast-Table vi. To these must certainly be added that other saying of one of the wittiest of men: ‘Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.’

1894 O. WILDE Woman of no Importance 1.1.16 They say..that when good Americans die they go to Paris.

1932 T. SMITH Topper takes Trip xxi. We are those good Americans who come to Paris when they die.

2002 Times Literary Supplement 22 Mar. 23 ‘Like any other city..Big, noisy, crowded.’ You don’t have to believe that Paris is worth a Mass or the place where good Americans go to die to disagree.


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