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1. "In America, people think being South Asian is still kind of exotic. When you go outside New York and Chicago and L.A., there are people who have never tried Indian food... they've never even tasted it!"
Author: Aasif Mandvi
2. "Living here in southern California, I'll miss hearing Rocky Top for an entire week at the end of December. I was actually looking forward to it. Tennessee has a better fight song than Nebraska."
Author: Al Michaels
3. "Three days a week she helped at the Manor Nursing Home, where people proved their keenness by reciting received analyses of current events. All the Manor residents watched television day and night, informed to the eyeballs like everyone else and rushed for time, toward what end no one asked. Their cupidity and self-love were no worse than anyone else's, but their many experiences' having taught them so little irked Lou. One hated tourists, another southerners; another despised immigrants. Even dying, they still held themselves in highest regard. Lou would have to watch herself. For this way of thinking began to look like human nature--as if each person of two or three billion would spend his last vital drop to sustain his self-importance."
Author: Annie Dillard
4. "My grandparents all came from Lithuania to South Africa."
Author: Antony Sher
5. "No, I'm from the South, remember? We get snow when we've done something to upset God, which we don't do very often."
Author: Autumn Jordon
6. "Eudora Welty's 'A Curtain of Green' had an enormous effect on me. But my early attempts to graft stories from the Deep South onto North of England provincialism were not successful. All were rejected."
Author: Barry Unsworth
7. "I represented the 4th District of South Carolina... from the election '92 until election '98. And then I was out six years and then came back for another six years between the election 2004 and the election 2010."
Author: Bob Inglis
8. "I'm from southern Arelon, Princess," Ahan said, reaching for some more clams. "To us, round is beautiful. Not everyone wants their women to look like starving schoolboys."
Author: Brandon Sanderson
9. "There will be no funeral! Before I get too old and ill, I'll go to South America and live among the Pemon people and meditate. When the time is right, they can throw my body into the volcano."
Author: Brian Blessed
10. "But then again in the East Coast, I think, Tupac, inspired everybody on the East Coast, everybody down south, everybody in the West Coast you know what sayin'."
Author: Bubba Sparxxx
11. "I'm a bluesman moving through a blues-soaked America, a blues-soaked world, a planet where catastrophe and celebration- joy and pain sit side by side. The blues started off in some field, some plantation, in some mind, in some imagination, in some heart. The blues blew over to the next plantation, and then the next state. The blues went south to north, got electrified and even sanctified. The blues got mixed up with jazz and gospel and rock and roll."
Author: Cornel West
12. "Down here in the deep, dark South we know and live with the real world. Candy-Land idealism is quietlly suffocated in the relentless humidity. This is the world where fist meets face. This is where the calluses on a man's hand are bigger than his conscience, and dreams get drowned in sweat and tears."
Author: Damien Echols
13. "I moved to New Zealand from Winnipeg when I was almost five. I hated it. It was to a city in the south of New Zealand called Invercargill and there was constant rain. There was a depressing sensation in the air."
Author: Daniel Gillies
14. "Instead of adapting, their leaders clung to power and strove instead to be the last ones to starve to death. The Mayan civilization in South America did the same, and I expect our own civilization will do likewise."
Author: Daniel Suarez
15. "I support secure borders both north and south and I support a guest worker program for those here today illegally. Labor and skilled workers are critical to our Texas economy."
Author: David Dewhurst
16. "Grand Mage," Ghastly said, as he put the map away, "did you know the sparrow flies south for the winter?""What an odd thing to say," Ravel said, and as he turned, he snapped his palm against the air and Paloma slammed into the wall."….."What do you know," Ravel said, breathing a little faster, "Skulduggery's silly little code actually works.""Grand Mage," Ghastly said, as he put the map away, "did you know the sparrow flies south for the winter?""What an odd thing to say," Ravel said, and as he turned, he snapped his palm against the air and Paloma slammed into the wall."….."What do you know," Ravel said, breathing a little faster, "Skulduggery's silly little code actually works."
Author: Derek Landy
17. "Lincoln had internalized the pain of those around him—the wounded soldiers, the captured prisoners, the defeated Southerners. Little wonder that he was overwhelmed at times by a profound sadness that even his own resilient temperament could not dispel."
Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
18. "I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted."
Author: Flannery O'Connor
19. "I rode all day.I cried all night.The moon didn't glow.The sun didn't rise.A comet blazedBetween my eyes.West and South,Wind and rain.Every way isJust the same.Pray give me a boxTo hide inside.Pray give me a spadeTo dig my own grave."
Author: Gail Carson Levine
20. "I had been to the South many times and I thought I knew what the South was, but not until you live with people and live through their lives do you know what it's really about."
Author: Genevieve Gorder
21. "Oh, my, yes. I was raised in this Southern culture where if a guy was sarcastic, that just meant he didn't know how to show his love - but secretly he cared! I completely bought that. The men I chased and the things I put up with - it was criminal."
Author: Ginnifer Goodwin
22. "Psycholinguists argue about whether language reflects our perception of reality or helps create them. I am in the latter camp. Take the names we give the animals we eat. The Patagonian toothfish is a prehistoric-looking creature with teeth like needles and bulging yellowish eyes that lives in deep waters off the coast of South America. It did not catch on with sophisticated foodies until an enterprising Los Angeles importer renamed it the considerably more palatable "Chilean sea bass."
Author: Hal Herzog
23. "Believing that no one is better than the other. You know I grew up in the South. My senior year there was a very big racial tension."
Author: Herschel Walker
24. "I craved a form of naive realism. I paid special attention, I craned my readerly neck whenever a London street I knew was mentioned, or a style of frock, a real public person, even a make of car. Then, I thought, I had a measure, I could guage the quality of the writing by its accuracy, by the extent to which it aligned with my own impressions, or improved upon them. I was fortunate that most English writing of the time was in the form of undemanding social documentary. I wasn't impressed by those writers (they were spread between South and North America) who infiltrated their own pages as part of the cast, determined to remind poor reader that all the characters and even they themselves were pure inventions and the there was a difference between fiction and life. Or, to the contrary, to insist that life was a fiction anyway. Only writers, I thought, were ever in danger of confusing the two."
Author: Ian McEwan
25. "One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Ganhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes."
Author: Jack Canfield
26. "We South Africans are also crazy about football, so the World Cup can be nothing but successful."
Author: Jacob Zuma
27. "I have a terrible wanderthirst; the very sight of a map makes me want to put on my hat and take an umbrella and start. Ishall see before I die the palms and temples of the South."
Author: Jean Webster
28. "Heat skittered through her belly, then directly south. "Sawyer."In answer, he brought his head up and kissed her. Deep, hungry, tasting her in a purposely slow, thorough manner before pulling back to once again look into her eyes.Oh, God. "Sawyer, what are we doing?" she whispered.He shook his head. "No f#cking clue."
Author: Jill Shalvis
29. "Reality shows that, contrary to other countries in southern Africa, we have no basis for a classical guerilla struggle. We have never had a hinterland, and we do not expect to."
Author: Joe Slovo
30. "She was Mattie Tucker now, mother of three and a good forty pounds heavier, casting that burning eye over them all, reaching way back for a southern pleasantry that was more like a Halloween apple with a razor blade in it: 'Well, don't y'all make just the perfect family of four?"
Author: John Burnham Schwartz
31. "Your dispatch is received, and if genuine, which its extraordinary character leads me to doubt, I have to say in reply that I regard the levy of troops made by the administration for the purpose of subjugating the states of the South, as in violation of the Constitution, and as a gross usurpation of power. I can be no party to this wicked violation of the laws of the country, and to this war upon the liberties of a free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina."
Author: John Ellis
32. "As you know, the South is known for its hospitality, traditions, football, pageants, and food. Football is almost like a religion here. People say their priorities are faith, family, and then football. People eat, breathe, and sleep it in the South. It's a huge deal."
Author: Katherine Webb
33. "When Demetrie got sick, we knew it was our responsibility to take care of her and pay her medical bills. And we embraced that. But the tricky part is, like so many families in the South, we also expected her to use a separate bathroom, to use separate utensils."
Author: Kathryn Stockett
34. "Though Anne was born in Alabama and schooled in Mississippi, she had traveled North, and, like many Southerners, gained a theoretical understanding of the concept of cold. But the mind is an overprotective parent. What it doesn't care for, it hides. Like many inhabiting the subtropics, Anne had repressed the reality of subzero mercury."
Author: Kathy Reichs
35. "There he got out the luncheon-basket and packed a simple meal, in which, remembering the stranger's origin and preferences, he took care to include a yard of long French bread, a sausage out of which the garlic sang, some cheese which lay down and cried, and a long-necked straw-covered flask wherein lay bottled sunshine shed and garnered on far Southern slopes."
Author: Kenneth Grahame
36. "I am very good with dialects, but the two that I can't do for some reason are the South African and Australian."
Author: Liev Schreiber
37. "He done his level best.Was he a mining on the flat..He done it with a zest..Was he a leading of the choir..He done his level best.If he'd a reg'lar task to do,He never took no rest..Or if 'twas off and on the same..He done his level best.If he was preachin' on his beat,He'd tramp from east to west,And north to south ..in cold and heat..He done his level best.He'd Yank a sinner outen (Hades),And land him with the blest;Then snatch a prayer'n waltz in again,And do his level best.He'd cuss and sing and howl and pray,And dance and drink and jest,He done his level best.Whate'er this man was sot to doHe done it with a zest;No matter what his contract was,He'd do his level best..."
Author: Mark Twain
38. "We would be doing the children of South Asia a great disservice if we allowed ourselves to believe that the need of children to belong to a loving, permanent family was washed away by the waves of the tsunami."
Author: Mary Landrieu
39. "He acted like a libertine of Europe with a genteel Southern propriety—and had all the morals of an emotionless psychopath. The two former masked the latter, like leaves covering a snare. You didn't notice the steel jaws until they were impaled in your flesh, and by then it was already far too late to run."
Author: Nenia Campbell
40. "When she finally found her way onto the Trace, the sun was rising and, with it, her spirits.The Natchez Trace Parkway, a two lane road slated, when finished to run from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi, had been the brainchild of the Ladies' Garden Clubs in the South. Besides preserving a unique part of the nations past,...the Trace would not be based on spectacular scenery but would conserve the natural and agricultural history of Mississippi."
Author: Nevada Barr
41. "If a superior man undertakes something and tried to lead,He goes astray.But if he follows, he finds guidance.It is favourable to find friends in the West and South, and quiet perseverance brings good fortune."
Author: Pearl S. Buck
42. "In the south of France the phones cut in and out, the electricity isn't particularly reliable. I think many people would get very irritated with that life."
Author: Peter Mayle
43. "It seems to be that southern Europeans are just more intimate socially, whereas I like a lot of personal space - like, a mile from the nearest person is fine for me."
Author: Peter Steele
44. "Vast spaces of nature; the Atlantic Ocean, the South Sea; vast intervals of time, years, centuries, are of no account. This which I think and feel, underlay that former state of life and circumstances, as it does underlie my present, and will always circumstance, and what is called life, and what is called death."
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
45. "I am presently in my thirteenth year of teaching a graduate course at the University of Southern California."
Author: Shelley Berman
46. "Southern Mamas are known for being subtle, like a freight train."
Author: Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
47. "I do not inveigh against higher education, I simply maintain that the sort of education the colored people of the South stand most in need of, is elementary and industrial. They should be instructed for the work to be done."
Author: Timothy Thomas Fortune
48. "'Madea' is a Southern term. It's short for 'mother dear.' So there are a lot of Madeas out there."
Author: Tyler Perry
49. "Southern gentleman," he said aside to him in Arabic. "Do you wish for me to continue this for you?"Caine's temper shifted to a low simmer in his chest. "Your way takes too long.""Ma'aleyk, and your way hurts my ears," he argued."
Author: V.S. Carnes
50. "Only two countries in this hemisphere are not democratic, but many countries in both Central and South America, and in the Caribbean, are really fragile democracies."
Author: Warren Christopher

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