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Friendship.
A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner. ~ John Steinbeck
When a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners. ~ John Steinbeck

Texas is the second-largest U.S. state in both area and population, and the largest state in the contiguous United States.

Quotes[edit]

  • Friendship.
    • Texas State Motto
  • Thermopylae had her messenger of defeat—the Alamo had none.
    • Thomas Jefferson Green, reported in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989). Green is said to have included the sentence in a speech he helped Edward Burleson prepare. While Burleson has often been credited with originating the sentence as well as using it, he lacked the classical education necessary to have made the allusion. The sentence became popular after it was engraved on the first monument to the Alamo, which is located in Austin, Texas. The 10-foot-high statue, made of stones from the Alamo, was destroyed by fire when the Capitol at Austin burned. Another monument subsequently erected on the Capitol grounds also included the sentence. J. Frank Dobie, "The Alamo’s Immortalization of Words", Southwest Review (Summer 1942), p. 406–10.
  • One objection I have heard voiced to works of this kind—dealing with Texas—is the amount of gore spilled across the pages. It can not be otherwise. In order to write a realistic and true history of any part of the Southwest, one must narrate such things, even at the risk of monotony.
  • When MacNab blanched, no more stunned than I, Rusk rose and put his arm about his shoulders: "Never forget, son, when you represent Texas, always go first class."
  • Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word. And there’s an opening convey of generalities. A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.
    • John Steinbeck, pt. 4, Travels With Charley: In Search of America (1962)
  • Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.
    • John Steinbeck, pt. 4, Travels With Charley: In Search of America (1962)
  • Whether they are sitting in the plush Driskill Hotel in Austin or some god-awful motel in Waco, Texans firmly maintain that they have the biggest-and-best-of-everything. This bragging does not always make other people love Texas, even in the West. (When, back in the early 1980s, one of us broke down in a car with Texas plates in southern Colorado, nobody stopped to help for what seemed like an eternity; the man who eventually did explained: "You should have had a sign saying you weren't from Texas.")

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