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28 Famous Texas Quotes and Texas Sayings

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Most Texans know about the references to the Lone Star State size in Texas quotes and sayings.   

But did you know that there are many other famous quotes about Texas and sayings that make perfect captions for social media posts or Instagram stories?

Stars over the Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery near Big Bend National Park
Stars over the Terlingua Ghost Town Cemetery near Big Bend National Park

Here is your ultimate guide to best quotes about Texas – Sip on some sweet tea or have a plate of pecan pie handy as you scroll through!

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Ultimate List of Awesome Texas Quotes & Sayings

Texas is a place that has provided inspiration to everyone from musicians, artists, singers, painters, and dancers to elites in science, technology, and politics. 

From the deserts of West Texas to the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches, there is immense beauty in Texas that continues to provide inspiration to visitors and tourists. 

Whether quotes about its wide, starry skies or sayings about its rough way of life, Texas has a way of staying on your mind. 

Here are some of our favorite Texas quotes, Texas Instagram captions, and Lone Star sayings to make you fall deeper in love with Texas!

Famous and Fun Texas Quotes about the Texan pride

“Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.” – John Steinbeck

“If a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking?” – John Gunther

“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.” ~Sam Houston

“Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called walking.” – George W. Bush

“Texas is neither southern nor western. Texas is Texas” -Senator William Blakley

“You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas” – Davy Crockett

“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.” -Sam Houston

“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.” – Billy Clayton 

“Only Texas could turn defeat into a legend–and a song, and a tourist attraction, and a major motion picture.” ~Rosemary Kent, speaking of the Alamo.

Scenic Guadalupe River in Central Texas is perfect for floating, tubing, and kayaking
Scenic Guadalupe River in Central Texas is perfect for floating, tubing, and kayaking

Famous Texas One Liners

“Texas is a blend of valor and swagger” ~Carl Sandburg

“There wouldn’t be no Alamo, No Cowboys in the Superbowl… No Lonesome Dove, no “Yellow Rose”, If it wasn’t for Texas.” – George Strait 

“I’m so shook. Texas literally has a pledge they say every morning. I thought it was a joke. Texas is a cult.” – Lindsay Mcelwee

“I Like The Image Texas Brings To Mind–that Of Bigness, Of Strength, Of Goodness.” – Ninfa Laurenzo

“The enemy never sees the backs of my Texans!” – General Robert E. Lee, CSA

“Texas history is a varied, tempestuous, and vast as the state itself. Texas yesterday is unbelievable, but no more incredible than Texas today. Today’s Texas is exhilarating, exasperating, violent, charming, horrible, delightful, alive.” – Edna Ferber, author

“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

“Half of San Antonio’s population is of Mexican descent; the other half just eats that way.” – Mike Greenberg

“If you really want to learn the attitude of how to handle risk, losing, and failure, go to San Antonio and visit the Alamo. The Alamo is a great story of brave people who chose to fight, knowing there was no hope of success against overwhelming odds.” – Robert Kiyosaki

Stunning sunrise views at Palo Duro Canyon
Stunning sunrise views at Palo Duro Canyon

Quotes on Texas size

“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.” – James Michener

“There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players, and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else.” – Pete Hamill

“In the covered wagon days, if a baby was born in Texarkana while the family was crossing into the Lone Star State, by the time they reached El Paso, the baby would be in the third grade.” – Wallace O. Chariton

“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.” – Conrad Hilton

“No matter where you go in East Texas, ‘Deep’ East Texas is always about twenty miles further in than wherever you are.” – Markham Shaw Pyle

Famous Texas Sayings

Here are some of the uniquely Texan sayings – not for the faint at heart!

“They hung the wrong horse thief.” – for when something goes wrong.

“So rich they can eat fried chicken all week long.” – yes, fried chicken is where all the moolah’s at!

“This ain’t my first rodeo.” – when you’re really experienced at something!

“He’ll eat anything that don’t eat him first” – pretty self-explanatory!

“He’ll squeeze a nickel till the buffalo screams.” – for that one really miserly friend.

“knee walking drunk” – to tell your friends about that epic night of partying

“She’s itching for something she won’t scratch for.” for dreaming for something too big!

Historic Alamo Mission in San Antonio Texas
Historic Alamo Mission in San Antonio Texas

Quotes on the Cowboy Lifestyle and Texas lifestyle

“Being from Texas, I would say I favor a pair of jeans you can wear some boots with.” -Jensen Ackles

“In Texas, we practically come out of the womb in jeans.” -Kelly Clarkson

“Texans ain’t Texans if they aren’t willing to boast about the state they call home.” ~Anon

“Texans ignored ‘better,’ long ago forgot the useless word ‘good.’ Everything in Texas is ‘best.’ ~Edward Smith

“You can take the girl out of Texas but not Texas out of the girl.: – Janine Turner

“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.” – Ann Richards

“I think Texans have more fun than the rest of the world” – Choreographer Tommy Tune.

“Who are these people, these Texans? What do they tell us about America? What to make of a state that is so focused on itself? I wrestle with these questions all the time. One day, behind a general store in Central Texas, a firearms instructor in a wide-brimmed cowboy hat reached for the butt of his holster as I approached him for an interview. The general store, the hat: the line between the myth of Texas and the reality of Texas is razor-thin.” – Manny Fernandez

“Don’t mess with Texas.” – Texas Department of Transportation

Views of historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston from the beach
Views of Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston from the beach

Quotes about Texas Sports

“I’d heard about Texas football and how much of a religion it is, but to go to Odessa and experience it first-hand is something different than just hearing about it.” – Jay Hernandez

Texas Girl Quotes

Need Texas sayings about girls from Texas? Here you go!

“I’m a Texas girl.” – Hayley Orrantia

“I have a good friend who’s a Texas girl; Texas girls are a whole different breed.” – John Cusack

Quotes mocking Texas

Now on to the dark side… you will also find several Texas quotes mocking the state and its icons.

Anything that large and inspiring is bound to have a few haters, right? And we Texans know how to take it all in stride!

“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 journalist

“The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous and likable. In three days no one could stand him.” – Joseph Heller

“If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell” – General Philip Henry Sheridan

“The definition of insanity in Texas is so insane that it’s impossible to be insane in Texas.” – Malcolm McDowell

South Padre Island beach looks stunning while skydiving
South Padre Island beach looks stunning while skydiving

Quotes about Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is the subject of many popular quotes, sayings, and slogans!

“I like it here in Austin. Anybody got a room?” -Keith Richards

“People don’t live in Austin to work, they work to live there.” -Robert Rodriguez

And then, our favorite Austin quote!

“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.” – Craig Ferguson

Quotes about being Texan

You will also find plenty of Texas sayings about being from here or living here. That Texas pride really shines through in these quotes.

“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.” ~Elizabeth Abrahamsen

“A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.” — John Steinbeck

“I’ve traveled all over the world, but I don’t think there is any place better than Texas.” -Red Adair

“Screw you, we’re from Texas.” ~Ray Wylie Hubbard

“I’d rather be a fencepost in Texas, than the king of Tennessee.” – Chris Wall

Camping on the Texas Gulf Coast at Padre Island National Seashore is an amazing experience
Camping on the Texas Gulf Coast at Padre Island National Seashore is an amazing experience

“No place like Texas would I ever roam. No place like Texas, my home, sweet home.” – Willie Nelson

And finally, the last and the best Texas quote yet

“You don’t just move into Texas. It moves into you.” ~Manny Fernandez. 

This is really true, this is what happened to us. We moved to Texas and we loved it so much that we started this site!

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