Friday, January 20, 2006

Southern Quotes

"Do Southerners laugh at different things than Northerners do? Yes--Northerners."
--Roy Blount

"The North isn't a place. It's just a direction out of the South."
--Roy Blount, Jr.

"In the South, the breeze blows softer...neighbors are friendlier, nosier, and more talkative. (By contrast with the Yankee, the Southerner never uses one word when ten or twenty will do)...This is a different place. Our way of thinking is different, as are our ways of seeing, laughing, singing, eating, meeting and parting. Our walk is different, as the old song goes, our talk and our names. Nothing about us is quite the same as in the country to the north and west. What we carry in our memories is different too, and that may explain everything else."
--Charles Kuralt in "Southerners: Portrait of a People"

“Whenever I'm asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.”
--Flannery O'Connor

"The biggest myth about Southern women is that we are frail types--fainting on our sofas...nobody where I grew up every acted like that. We were about as fragile as coal trucks."
--Lee Smith

"Snow in the South is wonderful. It has a kind of magic and mystery that it has nowhere else. And the reason for this is that it comes to people in the South not as the grim, unyielding tenant of Winter's keep, but as a strange and wild visitor from the secret North."
--Thomas Wolfe

"What has always been clear, for Southerner and non-Southerner alike, is that Dixie is the most fascinating part of the country. There may be a book out there called 'The Great Midwest' or 'A Turn in the Midwest' or 'The Mind of the Midwest' or 'The Midwestern Mystique', but if there is I'm certainly not aware of it."
--Fred Hobson

"Even if they've moved away, most people who grew up in the South still consider themselves Southern."
----Lillian Hellman

"Southerners can claim kin with anybody. It's one of our most dextrous talents." ----Guy Davenport


At 6:30 PM, Blogger Skyelin said...


At 3:49 PM, Blogger Myjic Believer said...

Hey, I like them. Very kwel.

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Skyelin said...

I didn't say interesting bad... just very interesting, especially in how truthful most of those statements are....


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