quotations about Texas
You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.
DAVY CROCKETT, attributed, David Crockett: The Man and the Legend
You can take the girl out of Texas but not the Texas out of the girl.
JANINE TURNER, attributed, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About Texas
If a man's from Texas, he'll tell you. If he's not, why embarrass him by asking?
JOHN GUNTHER, Inside U.S.A.
Texans ain't Texans if they aren't willing to boast about the state they call home.
ANONYMOUS, AAA Texas Tour Book, 2005
Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking."
GEORGE W. BUSH, attributed, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About Texas
Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word. And there's an opening convey of generalities. A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.
JOHN STEINBECK, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.
PHILIP SHERIDAN, Civil War Memoirs
The miracle of Texas lies in the fact that it is the work of a handful of men. In not a single fight during the entire period from 1800 to 1845 did they muster as many as one thousand fighting men. Overwhelming odds never discouraged them and defeat but spurred them to ultimate victory.
JACK C. BUTTERFIELD, attributed, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About Texas
Only Texas could turn defeat into a legend--and a song, and a tourist attraction, and a major motion picture.
ROSEMARY KENT, attributed, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About Texas
I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world. The best land & best prospects for health I ever saw is here, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country to settle.
DAVY CROCKETT, letter to his children, January 9, 1836
This is Texas. We're still figuring out how to spell tolerance.
RACHEL CAINE, Bitter Blood
Texas is a blend of valor and swagger.
CARL SANDBURG, attributed, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said about Texas
Don't mess with Texas.
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Texas is like an attractive, troublesome, and immature person who gets an inheritance -- ranching -- and then gets a second one -- oil -- and now has to grow up and get to work.
JOE B. FRANTZ, Texas Monthly, June 1986
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, Travels with Charley
"Truth" in Texas is topic sensative. If you're doing a business deal, a true Texan always stands by his word. There is nothing more sacred to Texans than their word, and they will do anything in their power to meet their obligations. But when it comes to tellin' stories, the whole truth thing blurs quite a bit.
JIM GRAMON, attributed, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About Texas
Doesn't Texas sometimes seem to resemble a country like Saudi Arabia, with its great heat, its oil wealth, its brimming houses of worship, and its weekly executions?
MARTIN AMIS, "The Palace of the End", The Guardian, March 4, 2003
Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.
SAM HOUSTON, attributed, As Texas Goes
Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention.
MOLLY IVINS, The Nation, June 18, 2001
One objection I have heard voiced to works of this kind--dealing with Texas--is the amount of gore spilled across the pages. It can not be otherwise. In order to write a realistic and true history of any part of the Southwest, one must narrate such things, even at the risk of monotony.
ROBERT E. HOWARD, letter to August Derleth, March 1933