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Words of wit and wisdom from Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha.

On 6 June 1998, HBO launched its highly influential series about the sex lives and loves of four women living in New York City, and it changed TV forever.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City, we bring you our favourite quotes from the series’ four main characters.

1. “Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with.” - Carrie, Season 2, episode 18

This is the scene where Carrie lets go of Mr Big and realises that they’re just not meant for each (yet). She walks away from him and leaves him with Natasha, his twentysomething fiancee.

2. “Carrie, I love you, come on!” - Miranda, Season 6, episode 18

Carrie has decided to move to Paris with Aleksandr. Samantha and Charlotte are happy and excited for her, but Miranda does not hide her disapproval, and says that Carrie would be giving up her whole life. Carrie confronts her, and Miranda admits that she’s never liked Aleksandr. Carrie storms off, and Miranda calls out to her to try to make up, but Carrie’s having none of it. It’s the first full-on fight Carrie and Miranda have ever had, and it’s difficult to watch.

3. “That’s our baby.” - Charlotte, Season 6, episode 20

Charlotte has been trying for years to have a baby - first with Trey, and then with Harry. For almost the entire series we think the only babies she’ll ever have are her dog’s accidental puppies, until the series finale, when Harry tells her that they’ve been accepted to adopt a little girl from China. He shows her a photo of the baby, and through tears, Charlotte nods as if she recognises her, as if she’s the baby Charlotte’s been waiting for all along.

4. “Listen to me, the right guy is an illusion, start living your lives!” - Samantha, Season 1, episode 1

One of the biggest ways Sex and the City changed the portrayal of women on TV was by allowing them to talk openly about sex as an enjoyable pastime, the way men did - not as a bargaining tool or weapon or obligation of marriage. In the pilot, Charlotte, Carrie, Miranda and Samantha are bemoaning the fact that men in New York don’t want to commit to relationships, but don’t like it when they realise women only want them for sex, either. Samantha comes up with this pearl of wisdom, and if anything, the rest of the series only serves to prove her right.

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