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|Posted: Post subject: "Tennessee Bob" Duncan's Favorite Southern Quotes
|My Favorite Southern Quotes
Accumulated, sifted, pondered, reconstituted and presented by "Tennessee Bob" Duncan as a public service to those of like mind, condition and inclination.
Southerners have a genius for psychological alchemy.. If something intolerable simply cannot be changed, driven away or shot they will not only tolerate it but take pride in it as well.
Southerners can never resist a losing cause.
The Southerner always tended to believe with his blood rather than his intellect.
I don't think of myself as a Negro. I'm a Southerner. I just like the Southern way of life.
I love everything about the South; I even love hate.
Brother Dave Gardner
O magnet-South! O glistening perfumed South! my South! O quick mettle, rich blood, impulse and love! Good and evil! O all dear to me!
I like the South because of the people. They are loyal. Once they love a team, they're fans forever.
Because I was born in the South, I'm a Southerner. If I had been born in the North, the West or the Central Plains, I would be just a human being.
Everyone from the South knows who Jefferson Davis was, and this is one thing that distinguishes the South from other parts of the country.
William F. Buckley
The only place in the world that nothing has to be explained to me is the South.
The South may not always be right, but by God it's never wrong!
Brother Dave Gardner
I suggest that the true Southland is that territory within which, when asked by an outsider whether he is a Southerner, the reply almost invariably is "Hell yes!" This "Hell yes" line has the advantage of eliminating the ambivalent wishy washy fringes, and leaving the unquestionably defiant, hard-core Southland.
Hamilton C. Horton, Jr.
Southerners make such good novelists; they have so many good stories because they have so much family.
I'm Southern and I know neurotic behavior.
Southern barbeque is the closet thing we have in the U.S. to Europe's wines and cheeses; drive a hundred miles and the barbeque changes.
John Shelton Reed
My mother's people, the people who captured my imagination when I was growing up, were of the Deep South - emotional, changeable, touched with charisma and given to histrionic flourishes. They were courageous under
tension and unexpectedly tough beneath their wild eccentricities, for they had and unusually close working agreement with God. They also had an unusually high quota of bullshit.
Anyone with a lick of sense knows that you can't make good barbeque and comply with the health code.
The summer picnic gave the ladies a chance to show off their baking hands. On the barbeque pit, chickens and spareribs sputtered in their own fat and a sauce whose recipe was guarded in the family like a scandalous affair.
Next to fried food, the South has suffered most from oratory.
Walter Hines Page
When the taste changes with every bite and the last bite tastes as good as the first, that's Cajun.
True grits, more grits, fish, grits, and collards.
Life is good where grits are swallered.
Roy Blount, Jr.
Memphis Martini: Gin with a wad of cotton in it.
What you need for breakfast, they say in East Tennessee, is a jug of good corn liquor, a thick steak and a hound dog. Then you feed the steak to the dog.
The tragedy of the redneck is that he chose the wrong enemy.
Will D. Campbell
Yes, charisma is the middle name of scads of Southern cads.
Southern women see no contradiction in mixing strength with gentleness.
The friend asked why the Rebel Army had continued to fight when defeat was certain. They were simply afraid to go home and face their women.
I've always said that next to Imperial China, the South is the best place in the world to be an old lady.
The remark has been made that in the Civil War the North reaped the victory and the South the glory.
The young bloods of the South; sons of planters, lawyers about towns, good billiard players and sportsmen, men who never did any work and never will. War suits them.. They are splendid riders, first rate shots and utterly reckless. These men must all be killed or employed by us before we can hope for peace.
General W. T. Sherman
When the smoke and fire was over, the Negroes had nothing gained, the whites had nothing left, while the jackals have all the booty.
In the South the war is what A.D. is elsewhere; they date from it.
As long as the Negroes are held down by deprivation and lack of opportunity, the other poor people will be held down alongside them.
Governor Big Jim Folsom
We went across the South on Super Tuesday without a single catcall or boo, without a single ugly sign. Not until we got to New York and the North did the litmus test of race and religion spout from the mouths of public officials.
Every time I look at Atlanta I see what a quarter of a million Confederate soldiers died to prevent.
John Shelton Reed
I just got wonderful news from my real estate agent in Florida. They found land on my property.
I didn't make Arkansas the butt of ridicule. God did.
Storytelling and copulation are the two chief forms of amusement in the South. They are inexpensive and easy to procure.
Robert Penn Warren
I like the South because it is so much warmer on the sidelines than it is up North.
Coach Tom Landry
I know why we lost the Civil War. We must have had the same officials.
Coach Bum Phillips on losing the Senior Bowl
Young feller, you will never appreciate the potentialities of the English language until you have heard a Southern mule driver search the soul of a mule.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The South is a region that history has happened to.
The past is not dead. It isn't even past.
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