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That's right, you're not from Texas. But Texas wants you anyways.

--Lyle Lovett

I get from the soil and spirit of Texas the feeling that I, as an individual, can accomplish whatever I want to, and that there are no limits, that you can just keep going, just keep soaring. I like that spirit.

--Barbara Jordan

Take Texas the way Texas takes bourbon. Straight. It goes down easier.

--Edna Ferber

If you hear a Texas woman say Oh HELL no then it is already too late.

--Unknown Author

What do the Texans say? All hat, no cattle.

--Alexander McCall Smith

Texas is neither southern nor western. Texas is Texas.

--William Blakely

Texas does not, like any other region, simply have indigenous dishes. It proclaims them. It congratulates you, on your arrival, at having escaped from the slop pails of the other 49 states.

--Alistair Cooke

Texan is what you are, not what you were or might be.

--Robert Ruark

All over the world, people want to know what kind of people Texans are, and I explain that Texans are America's ideal Americans.

--Phil Gramm

Here in Texas maybe we've got into the habit of confusing bigness with greatness.

--Edna Ferber

A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.

--John Steinbeck

I think Texans have more fun than the rest of the world.

--Tommy Tune

I have never known anyone from Texas, no matter how far they go or what they do, who isn't proud of being from Texas.

--Van Cliburn

Football is to Texas what religion is to a priest.

--Tom Landry

Texas is the finest portion of the globe that has blessed my vision.

--Sam Houston

When a lady accessorizes here in Texas, she's selecting caliber, not color.

--Ron Brackin

Texas mystique (has been) created by the chemistry of the frontier in the crucible of history and forged into an enduring state of heart and mind.

--T.R. Fehrenbach

Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all else, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.

--John Steinbeck

I'd rather be a fencepost in Texas, than the king of Tennessee.


Texas has four seasons. Drought, Flood, Blizzard and Twister.


Obviously people in Texas have a big hearts.

--Katie Couric

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

--Kinky Friedman

The Typical Texan is a large-sized Jabberwock, a hairy kind of gorilla, who is supposed to ride on a horse. He is a half-alligator, half-human, who eats raw buffalo, and sleeps out on the prairie.

--Alexander Sweet

Never forget, son, when you represent Texas, always go first class.

--James A. Michener

Before your state was a state, it was just land. Before my state was a state, it was a country.

--Unknown Author

A born Texan has instilled in his system a mindset of no retreat and no surrender. I wish everyone the world over had the dominating spirit that motivates Texans.

--Billy Clayton

In Texas we practically come out of the womb in jeans.

--Kelly Clarkson

Texas is a blend of valor and swagger.

--Carl Sandburg

Don't mess with Texas.

--Texas Department Of Transportation

What you northerners never appreciate ... is that Texas is so big that you can live your life within its limits and never give a damn about what anyone in Boston or San Francisco thinks.

--James A. Michener

There wouldn't be no Alamo,
No Cowboys in the Superbowl...
No Lonesome Dove, no Yellow Rose,
If it wasn't for Texas.

--George Strait

Texans ain't Texans if they aren't willing to boast about the state they call home.


People from all over the United States can pick Texas out on the map. Even if they're not American, people know about Texas. All over the world, traveling Texans tend to identify as Texan rather than American, because, well, we get treated like celebrities when we do.

--Elizabeth Abrahamsen

You don't just move to Texas. It moves into you.

--Manny Fernandez

One day, it just dawned on me that I'm from Texas, and that's what I am.

--Sissy Spacek

Keep a spur handy.

--Meg Mims

Today 25 million Texans can celebrate our liberty, and honor the founding generation of Texans who secured it for us. Happy Texas Independence Day, and God Bless Texas.

--John Cornyn

Only Texans and Jews understand brisket.

--Anthony Bourdain

Texans are the only race of people known to anthropologists who do not depend on breeding for propagation. Like princes and lords, they can be made by breath; plus a big hat-which comparatively few Texans wear.

--J. Frank Dobie

What has six balls and screws Texans? The Texas Lottery.

--Kinky Friedman

Well, the capacity of French intellectuals to understand a Texan way of thinking is finite.

--Henry Kissinger

Texas is not a civilized place. Texans shoot one another a lot. They also knife, razor, and stomp one another to death with some frequency. And they fight in bars all the time.

--Molly Ivins

At the outbreak of the war it was found very difficult to raise infantry in Texas, as no Texan walks a yard if he can help it. Many mounted regiments were therefore organized, and afterwards dismounted.

--Arthur Fremantle

Humanism is not alive and well in Texas. Different colors and types of Texans do not like one another, nor do they pretend to.

--Molly Ivins

I'm loyal and I think most Texans are very loyal, but I'm also stubborn.

--Kelly Clarkson

This may sound a little West Texan to you, but I like it. When I'm talking about.. when I'm talking about myself, and when he's talking about myself, all of us are talking about me.

--George W. Bush

Asking an eight-year-old girl if something is a little over-the-top is like asking a Texan if there are too many jalapenos in the salsa. The answer is always no.

--Lisa Kleypas

She's a Texan, born and raised. Football is in our blood.

--Simone Elkeles

To the goggling unbeliever Texans say, as people always say about their mangier dishes, 'But it's just like chicken, only tenderer.' Rattlesnake is, in fact, just like chicken -- only tougher.

--Alistair Cooke

What Texans can dream, Texans can do.

--George W. Bush

I'm an American by birth, but I'm a Texan by the Grace of God.

--Larry Gatlin

Texans ignore better, long ago forgot the useless word good. Everything in Texas is best.

--Edward Smith

First buy a cowboy hat and boots. Then you're on your way to being a Texan.

--James A. Michener

I think being a Texan -- we sort of have that extra fire in us as a breed. I just felt like from day one I had something to say and I wanted to make sure people heard me, and it's worked.

--Miranda Lambert

The longer I lived in the east, the more completely I realized that, for better or worse, I was going to be, to everybody's mind, wherever I lived, a Texan.

--Donald E. Graham

There is a special mystique to Texas. Texans represent many things to the uninitiated: We are bigger than life in our boots and Stetsons, rugged individualists whose two-steppin' has achieved world-wide acclaim, and we were the first to define hospitality.

--Ann Richards

You're not a real Texan till you've been kicked out of every decent state in America.

--Joe Bob Briggs

There's a good sense of fun and lack of sarcasm in the Texans, maybe a little earnestness which is kind of why I found it quite Australian.

--Rachel Griffiths

I feel blessed to have been raised a Texan.

--George W. Bush

People actually occupy around 3 per cent of the earth's land surface. If 1,200 square feet was given to every person in the world, they would still all fit into an area the size of Texas -- whether the Texans would object is an altogether different issue!

--Michael Coren

Certainly people in empty places feel they have the right to do what they want to their property and don't necessarily see the effect of their pollution or pesticides on others. But Texans have an appreciation for water problems and are very aware of the droughts.

--Gail Collins

At the end of the day, besides everything that I do, I'm still just a 20-year-old girl and a Texan, at that.

--Selena Gomez

Patrick Swayze had done The Outsiders already -- he was certainly the star of our class -- and for a big, sexy, horseback-ridin' Texan to come over and tell me that I'm beautiful, and look me right in the eye and make me accept that there's a beauty in the characters I play meant so much to me.

--Beth Grant

The enemy never sees the backs of my Texans!

--Robert E. Lee

Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.

--John Steinbeck

Alabama soldiers, all I ask of you is to keep up with the Texans!

--Robert E. Lee

A man from Iowa or Illinois will say I'm from the Middle West... a Georgian or a Mississipian may admit to being merely a Southerner...but no Texan, given the opportunity, ever said otherwise than I'm from Texas.

--J. Frank Dobie

The audience loves us! They buy out all our shows and really enjoy themselves but the press keeps right on bombin' us. We thought at first it was because our music was too Texan, maybe too different for East coast people to relate to. But anyone can relate to bein' drunk or missin' your woman.

--Dusty Hill

There's nothing like being a Texan, and I'm proud to be one.

--Dusty Rhodes

Say what you want about George W. Bush, but the guy is a man's man. He means what he says, and he says what he means. Whether you agree with the Texan or not, at least one always knows where they stand with him.

--Steven Crowder

It's fun telling you tall Texas tales. You always look like a little girl who's hearing Cinderella for the first time.

--Edna Ferber

I'd learned how to handle a gun before I was fully potty trained.

--Diane Kelly

But that's the thing about East Texas. Red dirt never quite washes out, and pine pollen is tenacious as original sin. You can leave East Texas, for Houston, for the Metroplex, for the Commonwealth, for New York, or Bonn or Tokyo or Kowloon; but you can never quite leave it behind.

--Markham Shaw Pyle

Daddy had a strict rule about firearms. Anything we killed we had to eat. No amount of barbecue sauce would make a hairy guy like you palatable.

--Diane Kelly

Makes me want to leave the United States and go to a more sensible place, like Texas.

--Greg Gutfeld

A man shot at us our first day on the river. Of course he did. You expect that sort of thing to happen on the Sabine.

--Wes Ferguson

Lainie, of course, would never turn gray. No respectable woman from Texas ever would.

--Kellie Coates Gilbert

Longer Version:

Lainie, of course, would never turn gray. No respectable woman from Texas ever would.
~ A Woman of Fortune.

I'd prefer to die in Texas when I'm old. They say most good things end the same way they started, and that's where I entered the world, so that's how I'll leave it.

--Crystal Woods

Dr. Tom had said that Texas was the only place he had ever found that, when it killed you, it didn't forget about you.

--Kathleen Kent

I am forced to conclude that God made Texas on his day off, for pure entertainment, just to prove that all that diversity could be crammed into one section of earth by a really top hand.

--Mary Lasswell

How erotic Texas must be! she said.
I was sure she had meant exotic, but I followed through: Maybe, if you find cactus and deserts erotic, sensual.

--John Rechy

'Jewelry, in a box this big?' I unfastened the silver latches.
'This is Texas,' Kimmie said reasonably.

--Lisa Kleypas

Texas…was evidently the only place in the known universe, including Louisiana, that actually got hotter after the sun went down.

--Kathleen Kent

Let us have Texas, the Empire State, governed by the people; not Texas, the truck-patch, ruled by corporate lobbyists.

--James Stephen Hogg

Texas: state-sized porkchop of misery.

--Justin Cronin

I realize we could physically fit everybody there (Texas)... that doesn't mean they could all be fed, and clothed, and given iPhones.

--Dane Wigington

This is a hard country, brush country, mean country, heartbreak country. Ugly in summer, drought-stricken, dusty, glaring, but in winter it is hideous.

--John Houghton Allen

Smile, you are here.

--Vic Stah Milien

What had we all missed not growing up in Texas?

--Lara Prior-Palmer

There are no chic people in Texas.

--Harper Lee

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

--Keith Richards

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

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

--Robb Walsh

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

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

--Katherine Dunn

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

--Joseph Heller

Anywhere in the world you go, you find racism, discrimination. Not just in the United States, or in Texas. It's very sad for me, but that's the way it is. I can't change the world by myself. I, being Hispanic, have also faced discrimination. But … the world keeps turning.

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