Tuesday, March 05, 2013
“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: In Search of America
“I felt a little guilty about jangling the poor bugger's brains with that evil fantasy. But what the hell? Anybody who wanders around the world saying, "Hell yes, I'm from Texas," deserves whatever happens to him.”
― Hunter S. Thompson, The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time
I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults.
"They say that Virginia is the mother of Texas. We never knew who the father was, but we kinda suspected Tennessee."
--- Tex Ritter, country music and movie star on the heritage of his home state.
"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
--- Author Mary Lasswell"
"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"
--- Pro Golfer Lee Trevino.
"Houston is, without a doubt, the weirdest, most entertaining city in Texas, consisting as it does of subtropical forest, life in the fast lane, a layer of oil, cowboys and spacemen" --- Texas Tourism Guide.
"I feel safer on a racetrack than I do on Houston's freeways"
--- Car racing legend A.J. Foyt"
"I thought I knew Texas pretty well, but I had no notion of it's size until I campaigned it
--- Former Governor Ann Richards"
"I think Texans have more fun than the rest of the world"
--- Choreographer Tommy Tune.