Top Tennessee Quotes

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Favorite Tennessee Quotes

1. "The global environment crisis is, as we say in Tennessee, real as rain, and I cannot stand the thought of leaving my children with a degraded earth and a diminished future."
Author: Al Gore
2. "I have always lusted after a sepia-toned library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a sliding ladder. I fantasie about Tennessee Williams' types of evenings involving rum on the porch. I long for balmy slightly sleepless nights with nothing but the whoosh of a wooden ceiling fan to keep me company, and the joy of finding the cool spot on the bed. I would while away my days jotting down my thoughts in a battered leather-bound notebook, which would have been given to me by some former lover. My scribbling would form the basis of a best-selling novel, which they wold discuss in tiny independent bookshops on quaint little streets in forgotten corners of terribly romantic European cities. In other words, I fantasize about being credible, in that artistic, slightly bohemian way that only girls with very long legs can get away with."
Author: Amy Mowafi
3. "And, I'd never done Tennessee Williams, and I had done Broadway musicals, so it was a challenge."
Author: Andrea Martin
4. "The thing you can count on in life is that Tennessee will always be scorching hot in August."
Author: Ann Patchett
5. "She's a nice girl," Tennessee said as a way of saying goodbye to them, as a way of saying thank you and I'm sorry, as a way of saying, I wish I had never let you go and I wish we had never met."
Author: Ann Patchett
6. "Part of it is living in Tennessee. I'm so out of the loop. And as a person, I'm out of the loop. I'm oblivious by nature."
Author: Ann Patchett
7. "I always sang when I was little-bitty girl. I sang all the time. And then I'm from Knoxville, Tennessee, so I sang in a show at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. You know, they have all those variety shows where Dollywood is. And I sang there and yodeled and clogged, but I never wrote my own songs."
Author: Ashley Monroe
8. "When I was elected, I was the youngest member of the Tennessee congressional delegation; now, I'm one of the oldest. In fact, I have members of my staff who weren't even born when I took office. That tells me it's time for a new chapter."
Author: Bart Gordon
9. "It's a rare type of synchronous firefly that lives in a few places around the world. Scientists from Tennessee used to travel to Asia to study them until they realized we had them right here! Nowadays in June, tens of thousands of people come from all over the world to see the show."
Author: Carolyn Jourdan
10. "After college, I went to Alley Theatre in Houston to work in their apprentice actor program. I thought I was gonna get discovered. It didn't happen. I moved back to Germantown, Tennessee, outside of Memphis, and taught at my old high school."
Author: Chris Parnell
11. "Tennessee Williams choked to death on the plastic cap of a nasal spray."
Author: David Markson
12. "I met my wife and, for the next ten years, we did no films at all. She did the first movie and then I did several after. My first movie was written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Kazan and was called Baby Doll."
Author: Eli Wallach
13. "The grandmother decided that she would not mention that the house was in Tennessee."
Author: Flannery O'Connor
14. "Tennessee's a hillbilly dumping ground, and Georgia's a lousy state too."
Author: Flannery O'Connor
15. "In America, Blackberry Farm in Tennessee is one of the most amazing hotels I've had the privilege of staying at."
Author: Gail Simmons
16. "Why did the poor poet of Tennessee, upon suddenly receiving two handfuls of silver, deliberate whether to buy him a coat, which he sadly needed, or invest his money in a pedestrian trip to Rockaway Beach? Why is almost every robust healthy boy with a robust healthy soul in him, at some time or other crazy to go to sea? Why upon your first voyage as a passenger, did you yourself feel such a mystical vibration, when first told that you and your ship were now out of sight of land? Why did the old Persians hold the sea holy?"
Author: Herman Melville
17. "Chris proposed exactly the way I've always dreamed. Our families were close by, but it was just us out on a beautiful deck overlooking a lake in East Tennessee. We had just been on a hike and - in our workout clothes - he hit the knee! We feel so blessed by God that He sent us each other, and we are looking so forward to forever together."
Author: Hillary Scott
18. "I came to the state twenty years ago from the South, the gothic South. I've heard it called that, haven't you, Mister Morgan? ‘Thought I was gettin' away from all that. You know, the Tennessee Williams' decadence, the Huey Long corruption, the brewin' and simmerin' violence. I actually found that I kind of missed it. Then, I found out it was all here, too, but without the charm."
Author: Jackson Burnett
19. "'The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams is a great play. I had to read it for school when I was younger, but I started writing scripts after that. That's what got me into writing."
Author: Jake T. Austin
20. "Then Gavin got into his car, and Nick hiked through the snow toward his SUV."Oh,mo," I mumbled through toothpaste. I couldn't let him get away.Not now.I swished,spat,and ran for the front door,pausing only to shove my feet into galoshes owned by some unknown member of Liz's family.Her stepdad,I decided as I tried to run down the snowy front steps. The galoshes were so big,it was like wading in a Tennessee river."
Author: Jennifer Echols
21. "I don't know of any wrestler who hasn't, at one time or another, been with a fan. One time I met a woman at a match in Tennessee, and afterward we went to a little roadside motel. We checked in, went to the room, and enjoyed each other for an hour or so."
Author: Jerry Lawler
22. "Things got so bad that Georgia lawmakers introduced legislation to move the state border north- to seize land that had been in Tennessee since 1818- all to capture a river. The governor turned to Plan B: a miracle. "O, Father, we acknowledge our wastefulness," Sonny Perdue prayed on the steps of the Georgia state capitol in front of a crowd of about a hundred people."
Author: Joe Roman
23. "On the political side, I was the Democratic nominee for the Governor of Tennessee in 1970 and 1998."
Author: John Jay Hooker
24. "I love Tennessee, but they don't have the pine trees and the sandy soil and the black water that I grew up around."
Author: Josh Turner
25. "Mercy, look what Ethan found, your Tennessee Collector's spoon. I told you I didn't take it!" Aunt Prue hollered."Let me see that." Mercy put her glasses on to inspect the spoon. "Well, I'll be. I finally have all eleven states.""There are more than eleven states, Aunt Mercy.""I only collect the states a the Confed'racy." Aunt Grace and Aunt Prue nodded in agreement."
Author: Kami Garcia
26. "Tennessee. Now there's a name for you. His mama named him that on account of their last name being so regular. 'With a plain vanilla name like Jones, you gotta have a first name that's special,' she'd said."
Author: Kathi Appelt
27. "I grew up in east Tennessee, and everybody knew everybody's business."
Author: Kenny Chesney
28. "I love Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor. I read a lot of American writers."
Author: Kiran Desai
29. "There is an event once a year that I'm able to sing at, through 'Passions,' in Tennessee. That's always fun. We perform at the Wild Horse Saloon."
Author: Lindsay Hartley
30. "There was a man who was an associate of jimmy Hoffa, who testified against Hoffa in his trial down in Tennessee. We had information from him that he and Hoffa did, in fact, discuss the planning of an assassination conspiracy against Bobby Kennedy."
Author: Louis Stokes
31. "I'm from Tennessee. My mom lives in Nashville. I'm born and bred country. That's all I listen to."
Author: Lucy Hale
32. "Look at Picasso. O'Neill. Tennessee Williams. Capote. Were these shiny happy people spreading sunshine? No. Only the greatest of personal demons can force you to do powerful work."
Author: Marisha Pessl
33. "The Southern heart is too impulsive; Southern hospitality is too lavish with the stranger.- "The Spirit of Tennessee Journalism"
Author: Mark Twain
34. "But I've got a lot of ideas, I bought me a ranch in Florida and I still have my farm in Ashland City, Tennessee so I'm gonna spend a little time at each one of those places and you'll probably hear some more songs out of me."
Author: Mel Tillis
35. "Teenage girls, please don't worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete. Not only do people not care about any of that the second you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams character with nothing else going on in her current life. What I've noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it's so wonderfully fair."
Author: Mindy Kaling
36. "Now I have very little respect for the electoral system in the United States. I could have respected it in the early days, when the country was small and we had small population. The system that we have in the United States was set up at a time when the total population was the population of Tennessee. We've stretched it to try to make it work for different kind of problems and in stretching and adapting it, we've lost its meaning. We still have the form but not the meaning. There's a lot of things that we have to look at critically that might have been useful at one time that are no longer useful I think there's some good in everything. There's some bad in everything. But there's so little good in some things that you know for practical purposes they're useless. They're beyond salvation. There's so much good in some things, even though there's bad, that we build on that."
Author: Myles Horton
37. "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
38. "I remember every player—every single one—who wore the Tennessee orange, a shade that our rivals hate, a bold, aggravating color that you can usually find on a roadside crew, "or in a correctional institution," as my friend Wendy Larry jokes. But to us the color is a flag of pride, because it identifies us as Lady Vols and therefore as women of an unmistakable type. Fighters. I remember how many of them fought for a better life for themselves. I just met them halfway."
Author: Pat Summitt
39. "I think you're better off without him." Ashley didn't lift her blue eyes from her scarf as she offered her thoughts; her long,straight brown hair was pulled into a clever twist. She was a nurse practitioner originally from Tennessee and I loved listening to her accent; "I never trust a Jon without an ‘h'. John should be spelled J-o-h-n, not J-o-n."
Author: Penny Reid
40. "We have in Tennessee a number of wonderful faith-based clinics to serve the uninsured. It is an important principle with them that everyone pays something as they are able."
Author: Phil Bredesen
41. "If the Southeast represents the new battlefield in the war on meth, then Tennessee clearly is at ground zero."
Author: Phil Bredesen
42. "Dolly Parton made me chicken and dumplings. That Tennessee woman can burn some pots! And we know that I am not necessarily shy to a fork!"
Author: Queen Latifah
43. "Growing up on a mountain in Tennessee, I spent most of my childhood outside."
Author: Rachel Boston
44. "The silence lasted precisely five seconds, during which time eyes roamed other eyes, several throats were cleared, and no one moved in his chair. It was as if a decision were being reached without discussion: evasion was to be avoided. Congressman Efrem Walters, out of the hills of Tennessee by way of the Yale Law Review, was not to be dismissed with facile circumlocution that dealt with the esoterica of clandestine manipulations. Bullshit was out."
Author: Robert Ludlum
45. "In the world outside this glass room, songbirds are feeding and resting in the trees. Some will take off tonight and not land until they reach Venezuela. Sandpipers, plovers, and broad-winged hawks have already left for Patagonia and Panama. Bats are headed for caves in Kentucky and Tennessee. Out in the Atlantic, humpback whales pass by on their way to the Caribbean. Even now, Canada geese are honking toward us from Quebec. It is a good day for the beginnings of journeys.Every time I look at you, I think, Now I cannot die."
Author: Sandra Steingraber
46. "I was a lusty kid who loved Tennessee Williams."
Author: St. Vincent
47. "Andrew Johnson was a Southerner generally who proclaimed that his native state of Tennessee was a country for white men."
Author: Stephen Ambrose
48. "I'm from Texas. I hitchhiked to Tennessee when I was 19 years old, and it is really beautiful in Tennessee."
Author: Steve Earle
49. "I placed a jar in Tennessee and round it was upon a hill."
Author: Wallace Stevens
50. "I knew the whistle of each of the river boats on the Tennessee."
Author: William Christopher Handy

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