- We got up at four in the morning, that first day in the east. On the evening before we had climbed off a freight train at the edge of town, and with the true instinct of Kentucky boys had found our way across town and to the race track and the stables at once. Then we knew we were all right.
- Sherwood Anderson, "I Want to Know Why", in The Triumph of the Egg and Other Stories (1921).
- The head must bow, and the back will have to bend,
Wherever the darkey may go;
A few more days, and the trouble all will end,
In the field where the sugar-canes grow.
A few more days for to tote the weary load,—
No matter, 't will never be light;
A few more days till we totter on the road:—
Then my old Kentucky home, good-night!
- The day goes by like a shadow o’er the heart,
With sorrow where all was delight;
The time has come when the darkies have to part:
Then my old Kentucky home, good night!
- The song birds are the sweetest
The thoroughbreds are fleetest
Mountains tower proudest,
Thunder peals the loudest,
The landscape is the grandest—
And politics—the damnedest
- James H. Mulligan, "In Kentucky," stanza 7; reported in John W. Townsend, "In Kentucky" and its Author, "Jim" Mulligan (1935), p. 8–9.