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Famous Texas Quotes

You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas. Davy Crockett

After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels. Ann Richards

As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against em anyway, you don’t belong in office. Molly Ivins

The Texan turned out to be good natured, generous and likable. In three days no one could stand him. Joseph Heller

You know the good part about all those executions in Texas? Fewer Texans. George Carlin

I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans. John Steinbeck

Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or the ability to vote with your feet. If you don’t support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol don’t come to Texas. If you don’t like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don’t move to California. Rick Perry

I like Texas and Texans. In Texas, everything is bigger. When Texans win, they win big. And when they lose, it’s spectacular.

If you really want to learn the attitude of how to handle risk, losing and failure, go to San Antonio and visit the Alamo. The Alamo is a great story of brave people who chose to fight, knowing there was no hope of success against overwhelming odds. They chose to die instead of surrendering. It’s an inspiring story worthy of study; nonetheless, it’s still a tragic military defeat. They got their butts kicked. A failure if you will. They lost. So how do Texans handle failure? They still shout, Remember the Alamo! That’s why I like Texans so much. They took a great failure and turned it into a tourist destination that makes them millions. Texans don’t bury their failures. They get inspired by them. They take their failures and turn them into rallying cries. Failure inspires Texans to become winners. But that formula is not just the formula for Texans. It is formula for all winners. Robert Kiyosaki

I have heard of Texas pioneers living without bread or anything made from the cereals for months without suffering, using the breast meat of wild turkeys for bread. Of this kind, they had plenty in the good old days when life, though considered less safe, was fussed over the less. John Muir

I felt a little guilty about jangling the poor bugger’s brains with that evil fantasy. But what the hell? Anybody who wanders around the world saying, Hell yes, I’m from Texas, deserves whatever happens to him. Hunter S. Thompson

My father is Jaime Rodriguez from San Antonio, Texas, and I’ve got one whole half of my family that’s Mexican through and through. James Roday

If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell. General Philip Henry Sheridan

I’m from Indiana. I know what you’re thinking, Indiana. Mafia. But in Indiana it’s not like New York where everyone’s like, We’re from New York and we’re the best or We’re from Texas and we like things big it’s more like We’re from Indiana and we’re gonna move. Jim Gaffigan

You can all go to hell; I will go to Texas. David Crockett

Texas is now a cornerstone of the electoral college for Republicans. Ed Gillespie

As a Texan, I say ma’m and sir to my age contemporaries and open doors for anyone that I can. This goes for men, too, though it is appreciated when they beat me to it and disappointing when they don’t. Tiffany Madison

I made more money yesterday than I ever thought I’d make in an entire lifetime. But it’s like somebody’s going to take it all away from me and I’ll be back in Texas, installing them damned irrigation wells. I didn’t like that when I was sixteen. And I know I wouldn’t like it when I’m eighty. Jimmy Dean

You don’t need meat at every meal, Riley offered, forking another bite of salad into his mouth and inwardly agreeing with Jack that it was certainly lacking something. Jack was quiet for all of ten seconds, and then he couldn’t hold in his opinion one second more. Are you really a Texan? I mean, really? Riley, if I have a headache, I’d put bacon around an aspirin before I take it. RJ. Scott

My dad was very successful running midgets in Texas. Then, his two drivers ran into some bad luck. People started saying that Daddy had lost his touch. That it was the cars and not the drivers. I wanted to race just to prove all those people wrong. A. J. Foyt

As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against em anyway, you don’t belong in office. Molly Ivins

I did karate for about three years. When I was going into Miss Texas, my mom said, Let’s not do karate this year. Let’s not have any knocked out teeth on the stage. Sarah Shahi

There’s a vastness here and I believe that the people who are born here breathe that vastness into their soul. They dream big dreams and think big thoughts, because there is nothing to hem them in. Conrad Hilton

How can you look at the Texas legislature and still believe in intelligent design? Kinky Friedman

Drilling without thinking has of course been Republican party policy since May 2008. With gas prices soaring to unprecedented heights, that’s when the conservative leader Newt Gingrich unveiled the slogan Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less with an emphasis on the now. The wildly popular campaign was a cry against caution, against study, against measured action. In Gingrich’s telling, drilling at home wherever the oil and gas might be locked in Rocky Mountain shale, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and deep offshore was a surefire way to lower the price at the pump, create jobs, and kick Arab ass all at once. In the face of this triple win, caring about the environment was for sissies as senator Mitch McConnell put it, ‘in Alabama and Mississippi and Louisiana and Texas, they think oil rigs are pretty. By the time the infamous Drill Baby Drill Republican national convention rolled around, the party base was in such a frenzy for US made fossil fuels, they would have bored under the convention floor if someone had brought a big enough drill. Naomi Klein

Saying you’re from Texas makes you kind of proud. Kay Bailey Hutchison

There are parts of Texas where a fly lives ten thousand years and a man can’t die soon enough. Katherine Dunn

I am about the people of the United States of America and the people of Houston, Texas. Sheila Jackson Lee

She’d grown up believing in hell in an abstract nightmare way; but west Texas had given her something more concrete upon which to dread the afterlife. Cherie Priest

Texas will again lift its head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages. Sam Houston

It is notorious that the news of the Emancipation Proclamation was kept from the people of Texas and not celebrated until Juneteenth. There may be those in Texas now who believe they can insulate their state a state that had its own courageous revolution from the news of evolution and from the writing in 1786 of a Constitution that refuses to mention religion except when demarcating and limiting its role in the public square. But we promise them today that they will join their fore runners in the flat earth community, and in the mad clerical clique of those who believed that the sun revolved around the earth. Yes, they will be in schoolbooks as a joke on the epic scale of William Jennings Bryan. We shall be fair, and take care to ensure that their tale is told. Christopher Hitchens

I spend most of hunting season at the ranch. We all love to hunt whitetails, and we have a pretty good supply in South Texas. I also love to hunt elk in Arizona, mule deer in Utah, and I’ve been to Canada to hunt caribou. George Strait

I didn’t drive eleven hours across the state of Texas to watch my cholesterol. Robb Walsh

Texas is ok if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it’s not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous. Janis Joplin

I like it here in Austin. Anybody got a room? Keith Richards

Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas. Ian Fleming

Libraries offer, for free, the wisdom of the ages and sages and, simply put, there’s something for everyone inside. Laura Bush

The entire elementary school in Rotan, Texas, presented a theatrical production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. And the part of Sneezy fell to me. Tommy Lee Jones

In the person of Quanah Parker, an extraordinary man in whom the blood of two strong peoples flowed, the Lone Star and the Comanche Moon at last found common ground. Thomas W. Knowles

Whether the Sikhs want to worship in Wisconsin or the Christians want to worship in Texas or the Jews want to worship in New York, we’re living under the magnificent umbrella of a Constitution that says we can. Marianne Williamson

It would be nice to think that the menacing aspects of North Korea were for display also, that the bombs and reactors were Potemkin showcases or bargaining chips. On the plane from Beijing I met a group of unsmiling Texan types wearing baseball caps. They were the in country team from the International Atomic Energy Agency, there to inspect and neutralize North Korea’s plutonium rods. Not a nice job, but, as they say, someone has to do it. Speaking of the most controversial reactor at Yongbyon, one of the guys said, No sweat. She’s shut down now. Nice to know. But then, so is the rest of North Korean society shut down animation suspended, all dead quiet on the set, endlessly awaiting not action we hope or even cameras, but light. Christopher Hitchens

Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called walking. George W. Bush

I’d begun to think of the Immortality Bus as the Entropy Bus, and of ourselves as trundling across Texas in a great mobile metaphor for the inevitable decline of all things, the disintegration of all systems over time. Mark O’Connell

In the name of the constitution of Texas, which has been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. I love Texas too well to bring civil strife and bloodshed upon her. Sam Houston

Proslavery southerners were highly suspicious of Douai’s plan to establish a forum for public debate in their own backyard, presuming that this was simply a strategy for camouflaging abolitionist intentions. The climate of fear and self censorship created by antebellum southerners around the slavery issue ran counter to Douai’s notion of free enlightened discourse. Moreover, it reminded him of the repressive Old World structures that he and his fellow emigrants had left behind. The harsh, occasionally even violent attacks of the proslavery majority smacked very much of the police states they had vehemently opposed in Germany. You had rather be off or we shall make you go, infuriated southerners told the foreign born agitators. In this situation, slavery had ceased to be an abstract ideological problem. Invoking the right to free speech and using slavery as a metaphor to illustrate his own condition. Though the Texas free soil activists wrote extensively about the economic dimensions of slavery, it was their own intellectual enslavement they feared most. For them, slavery was morally and politically wrong, but it was also useful as a yardstick for measuring their own degree of freedom. Mischa Honeck

Anyone who has seen the auto factories in Detroit and the oil fields in Texas knows that Japan lacks the national power for a naval race with America. Isoroku Yamamoto

Many Forty Eighter exiles were profoundly troubled after finding that the social realities around them hardly matched the highly idealized version of a bill of rights republic that they had envisioned. Often it was only a matter of weeks until first experiences prompted them to temper their enthusiasm and develop a more ambivalent response. One of the aspects of American life subjected to the most severe criticism was the utilitarian world of business and profiteering. Echoing the sentiments of his fellow exiles, Kapp could not understand why so many of his new neighbors seemed to be driven by no other desire than to get rich. He concluded that if Americans preferred the money of today over the ideas of the Founding Fathers, the history of the United States would have to be presented as a chronicle of declension, not progress. Mischa Honeck

My aunt in Texas, when she did the hazing things, they had girls swallow oysters. They’d wrap an oyster in dental floss, swallow them, and then pull them back up. Parker Posey

If a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking? John Gunther

Texas women have an amazing sense of purpose when they lose it. They’re the best girls in the world they’re loyal and fun, but when they get mad, they’ll try to kill you. John Cusack

When I worked at Microsoft, I got to go and visit a bunch of different companies. Probably a hundred different companies a year. You’d see all the different ways they’d work. The guys who did Ventura Publisher one day, and then United Airlines the next. You’d see the 12 guys in Texas doing Doom, and then you’d go see Aetna life insurance. Gabe Newell

Every obstacle you face is a distraction from what you want. The trick is to know what you want and then when faced with the obstacle simply ask yourself Does engaging with this get me closer to my goal? If not, ignore it and move forward. Vic Stah Milien

Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may. Sam Houston

I moved to Texas, and I liked it there; but I did not stay, because my heart was not there. Elise Aurelia Houston

Some of my finest memories are from my time at the University of Texas. College baseball, I love it. Roger Clemens

Her voice caught. She swallowed and tried to goon. It was the wallet that’s how I knew it was Michael, she said. I bought it for him our last Christmas together. She started to cry again, softly and with a sense of deflation, oxygen leaking out slowly as she sank into herself, salty tears falling. Attica Locke

The safety of the republic being the supreme law, and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy, I say accept the key and bolt the door at once. Andrew Jackson

Halleck came from people who regarded a slight change of facial expression as adequate to convey the pain of a severed limb. Miles Watson

One of the issues that differentiates union members in Texas and the Northeast is guns. That’s a big issue. Marc Veasey

What had we all missed not growing up in Texas? Lara Prior Palmer

I still feel like I’m the girl from Texas. Selena Gomez

There are no chic people in Texas. Harper Lee

A lot of the songs start with an image. I was sitting there playing the guitar and I pictured this old, dirty green car, with the window rolled down, in the hot, hot, hot Texas heat, and this beautiful woman I knew when I was a kid sitting behind the wheel, looking out at me. Edie Brickell

Taking Texas, Adams feared, would lock in the worldview that Jackson represented. The country was already fighting what Adams considered a perpetual war on Native Americans, a crusade that Jacksonians used to create a racist solidarity among whites and to beat back demands for a more robust state capable of addressing social problems. Greg Grandin

I grew up in Texas, and people love their American made muscle cars there. I grew up around people who loved cars and took care of cars and my dad’s a big car nut, so I learned a little bit about cars how to love them, most importantly. I think that from the time I could remember, I’ve always envisioned myself in a vintage muscle car. Amber Heard

She felt a pang, a deep wish for the bay, the soaring towers of the bridge, the sunlight skipping across ten thousand whitecaps between the Golden Gate and Alcatraz. She wanted the scent of the Pacific and the beauty of the cities and the mountains, and her man. She closed her eyes. She opened them and felt small, surrounded by the sweep of the continent. The sky was vast. It was glorious and terrifying. Meg Gardiner

Jerry Ormand was already a legendary Texas oilman when I met him. Yet he took the time to introduce me to the fine points of the oil business and how to survive and prosper amid the chaos of a rough and tumble industry. Dan Pena

I treasured these slightly mad little escapades. They were part of the carnival spirit of the city, which seemed on the verge of breaking into a fiesta. Even the five and ten cent stores, the epitome of national conformity, took on a local flavor with their displays of turquoise and silver, Aztec pottery, and hand tooled leather simply screaming for the open marketplace, while the fake pearls crouched back in awe. But it was the gay little Mexican girls who, smiling sweet tempered behind the counters, set the mood. Never rude, never dull, never tired, they lent a graciousness to the city that seemed to be in secret league with the sunny atmosphere to conjure up its lighthearted spell. Margaret Brown Kilik

Notre Dame is the one school that has a national recruiting base, from Florida to Texas to California. Lou Holtz

If it don’t kick, bite, tear, burn, sting or maim it ain’t from South Texas. William Jack Sibley

Southern political personalities, like sweet corn, travel badly. They lose flavor with every hundred yards away from the patch. By the time they reach New York, they are like Golden Bantam that has been trucked up from Texas stale and unprofitable. The consumer forgets that the corn tastes different where it grows. A. J. Liebling

Constitutional government, especially in a small country, takes a great deal of time, and causes sight to be lost of the questions, which lone can secure to the country a political future. I have many a time that I saw you feeling more and more interest therein, and I am very anxious that it should be so, for it is time to be seriously occupied with those questions; otherwise Belgium will find herself at the tail of all other countries. I have heard that an association of German princes is actively occupied in an attempt at colonization in Texas. Leopold I

Saskatchewan is much like Texas except it’s more friendly to the United States. Adlai Stevenson II

Texas is the only state that came into the Union by treaty. It retains the right to secede at will. We have heard them threaten to secede so often that I formed an enthusiastic organization The American Friends for Texas Secession. This stops the subject cold. They want to be able to secede but they don’t want anyone to want them to. John Steinbeck

After all, chamber of commerce type conservatives love nothing more than to opine on the great virtues of Texas. The low taxes, the low regulation, delightfully paired with a low investment in education, health care and really anything else that might be of use to their working class citizens. Krystal Ball

ProfitMax Chemical is stewarding environmentally sensitive cleaning solutions. Brian Bluhm

I was born in Dallas, Texas, but I was raised in south Florida. Ice Ice Baby is about that area. Vanilla Ice

The fuss is over, and the sun yet shines as ever. What next? Sam Houston

I will say, I’m a great, great, great grandson of Stephen F. Austin. He founded Austin, Texas, which is kind of cool. Jesse Plemons

In 2021 we learned that Texas had the electrical power grid of a third world country. Steven Magee

When I was in middle school, we had moved from Texas to Orange County. I didn’t fit in, and it was pretty lonely. Pedro Pascal