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.
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.
All over the world, people want to know what kind of people Texans are, and I explain that Texans are America's ideal Americans.
Here in Texas maybe we've got into the habit of confusing bigness with greatness.
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.
In Texas it's always hot, dry, sunny, not a cloud in the sky.
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.
Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all else, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.
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.
How can you look at the Texas legislature and still believe in intelligent design?
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.
Never forget, son, when you represent Texas, always go first class.
Before your state was a state, it was just land. Before my state was a state, it was a country.
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.
Don't mess with Texas.
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.
There wouldn't be no Alamo,
No Cowboys in the Superbowl...
No Lonesome Dove, no Yellow Rose,
If it wasn't for Texas.
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.
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.
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.
Well, the capacity of French intellectuals to understand a Texan way of thinking is finite.
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.
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.
Humanism is not alive and well in Texas. Different colors and types of Texans do not like one another, nor do they pretend to.
I'm loyal and I think most Texans are very loyal, but I'm also stubborn.
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.
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.
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.
Texans ignore better, long ago forgot the useless word good. Everything in Texas is best.
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.
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.
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.
You're not a real Texan till you've been kicked out of every decent state in America.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.
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.
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.
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.
It's fun telling you tall Texas tales. You always look like a little girl who's hearing Cinderella for the first time.
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.
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.
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.
Lainie, of course, would never turn gray. No respectable woman from Texas ever would.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Jewelry, in a box this big?' I unfastened the silver latches.
'This is Texas,' Kimmie said reasonably.
Texas…was evidently the only place in the known universe, including Louisiana, that actually got hotter after the sun went down.
Let us have Texas, the Empire State, governed by the people; not Texas, the truck-patch, ruled by corporate lobbyists.
I realize we could physically fit everybody there (Texas)... that doesn't mean they could all be fed, and clothed, and given iPhones.
This is a hard country, brush country, mean country, heartbreak country. Ugly in summer, drought-stricken, dusty, glaring, but in winter it is hideous.
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.
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.
There are parts of Texas where a fly lives ten thousand years and a man can't die soon enough.
The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous and likable. In three days no one could stand him.
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.
Mexico is an important trading partner, it's the number one trading partner for the state of Texas. We have had dealings with them, shared a border with them. We have had our challenges, but at the end of the day we want a good relationship with Mexico.
The citizens of America and the citizens of Texas expect to be able to live in safety in their communities. That's what the rule of law is truly all about.
We must regain Texas, peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.
I don't think people are going to come down to Texas and see every person riding in a candy car or every person sipping syrup. But, for the most part, people got a lot of the stuff right, talking about the screwed music scene.
Most of my memories of Texas are of mosquitoes, watermelons, crickets, and my brother teasing me.
I'm also for gay marriage, because I say they have every right to be just as miserable as the rest of us. Love is bigger than government. And Texas, by the way, has a very progressive law about gay couples adopting kids. We just won't let them get married. So that's not common sense.
Is it me or is President Bush's life starting to sound like a country song. He's from Texas, his dog just died, and it looks like he might lose his job. Next thing, his truck is going to break down.
In Texas, we hold very dear to intrusions against our personal liberty. We fight very hard against that.
I learned two things growing up in Texas. 1: God loves you, and you're going to burn in hell forever. 2: Sex is the dirtiest and most dangerous thing you can possibly do, so save it for someone you love.
Texas is a national leader in education reform and student achievement. Through our college- and career-ready standards and assessments, strong school accountability, and a focus on educator development, we have created an education system that prepares our students for success after graduation.
Texas liberals are the camels of good news. We can cross entire deserts between oases.
That the Texas Legislature, that the Texas school boards, the Texas teachers, we collectively know best how to educate our children, rather than some bureaucrat in Washington.
Sometimes I think Texas exists as a reality check for those who might wander too far toward the precious.
No one has ever accused Texas of being in the vanguard of social progress. This is the most macho state in the U.S. of A. By lore, legend, and fact, Texas is 'hell' on women and horses.
The more a body tries to explode all the foolish myths that have grown up about Texas by telling the truth, the more a body will wind up adding to the mythology.
Like most passionate nations, Texas has its own history based on, but not limited by, facts.
I never go to weddings. Waste of time. Person can get married a dozen times. Lots of folks do. Family like ours, know everybody in the state of Texas and around outside, why, you could spend your life going to weddings. But a funeral, that's different. You only die once.
In Texas, you just learn just be nice to people and respect them, and respect where they're coming from. And understand people have different backgrounds and opinions, and there's nothing you could do about it. And that's what I've realized to shape, I guess, who I am.
I was also fortunate that I was raised in a part of the world, West Texas, where individualism is strong.
There are places in this world where fable, myth, preconception, love, longing or prejudice step in and so distort a cool, clear appraisal that a kind of high colored magical confusion takes permanent hold...Surely Texas is such a place.
Many Texas barbecue fanatics have a strong belief in the beneficial properties of accumulated grease.
If you've ever driven across Texas, you know how different one area of the state can be from another. Take El Paso. It looks as much like Dallas as I look like Jack Nicklaus.
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.
In Texas, we do not hold high expectations for the governor's office; it's mostly been occupied by crooks, dorks and the comatose.
Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.
I done drew the line. Just like the Alamo. You're either on one side of the line or the other. I don't want to ever leave Texas again.
Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America.
Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken fried steak.
During the cold war, West Berlin was an exclave -- a tiny outpost of liberalism surrounded by people who want to crush it. It was like Austin, Texas.
I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country here to settle.
In Texas, we have the death penalty, and we use it. That's right. If you come to Texas and kill somebody, we will kill you back.
Texas can make it without the United States, but the United States cannot make it without Texas.
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.
The reason gas prices are so high is because the oil is in Texas and Oklahoma and all the dipsticks are in Washington.
Native plants give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours. I want Texas to look like Texas and Vermont to look like Vermont.
All my ex's live in Texas, And Texas is the place I'd dearly love to be, But all my ex's live in Texas, Therefore I reside in Tennessee.
This is America. We're entitled to our opinions.
Wrong. This is Texas. And my opinion is the only one that counts.
I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults.
I just want Texas to be number one in something other than executions, toll roads and property taxes.
Texas has arguably the most extreme separation between the well off and everyday people in the United States.
Real Texans don't want any woman to die of cancer because she can't get decent health care or medical advice. Real Texans don't want any woman to lose control of her life because she can't get birth control.
Texas deserves a leader who understands that making education a priority creates good jobs for Texans and keeps Texas on top.
And those Texas sunsets... I work a lot in Africa: Texas and Africa have the best sunsets on the planet, that I've ever seen.
I still think probably the only thing I'm suited for is being a boy from Texas.
I felt like the luckiest kid in the world because God had put me on the ground in Texas. I actually felt sorry for those poor little kids that had to be born in Oklahoma or England or some place. I knew I was living in the best place in the world.
As a child of West Texas, I identify with Hispanic culture every bit as much as I do North American culture.
In most states, it's more difficult to get a license for your dog than it is to buy a big cat. Right now, there are more tigers in the state of Texas than in all of India.
I went to Texas a few times for gigs and adopted the cowboy look. Every man, at some point in his life, goes through a cowboy stage -- everyone! Well, at least everyone that I look up to!
As a kid from Texas, it always amazes me when city kids don't know how to ride a bike.
I grew up in Texas in a family that fished and hunted, so I've shot guns as a kid.
Texas is just so rich with characters. Women who live alone in a little house on a thousand acres with nothing but cattle and a pickup truck. And an airplane.
I come from Texas. We're a different brand of people. You're not changing who I am.
There's a form of selling out. It's necessary. You have to become edible for people in Texas. You have to become edible for the Christian right, for mass audiences.
My mom always told me if I love what I'm doing, and I'm having fun, then just continue to do it. But if it's not fun for me anymore, and I'm miserable, then I'm going to go back to Texas and quit it all, to be honest.
I'm super laid back. I'm from Texas. I love my family.
Texas, with her superior natural advantages, must become a point of attraction, and the policy of establishing with her the earliest relations of friendship and commerce will not escape the eye of statesmen.
There would be no difficulty in securing the rights of the people and the liberties of Texas if men would march to their duty and not fly like recreants from danger. Texas must be defended and liberty maintained.
Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.
When rough times have fallen upon our state in the past, Texans have always responded with generosity and an eagerness to help. The compassionate response to the fires has proven that this community spirit is alive and well.
Texas was such a welcoming place, and with its unbelievable history and tradition, it's extra special to be a part of that.
The landscape of Texas is in all my work. It's that light; it's that sky.
Texas was mostly short-grass and tall-grass prairie when modern Europeans arrived here. It really was a land of milk and honey. But when they brought all these cattle onto these relatively small bits of land, and the cattle were allowed to graze freely, they essentially destroyed the prairie.
Here's the thing about Texas -- and the thing about the border. We all know undocumented immigrants. They sit in our churches, are friends with our children, and work all around us. They are just like us.
One thing I have learned from Johnny Faulk, Texas, and life, is that since you don't always win, you got to learn to enjoy just fightin' the good fight.
One nice thing about the benefit of long experience with la frontera is that we in Texas don't have to run around getting all hysterical about immigrants. The border is porous. When you want cheap labor, you open it up; when you don't, you shut it down. It works to our benefit -- it always has.
Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.
Saying you're from Texas makes you kind of proud.
Obviously, people in Texas have big hearts.