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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.


  • Wish I was in Texas, prettiest place in the world.
  • I want to wake up in Texas, I miss those wide open skies. I miss my twenty acres, barbecues, and pecan pies. Oh, why? When I'm so far from you, Texas? All I can do is cry.
  • Friendship.
    • Motto of the State of Texas.
  • 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.")
  • You can usually lump most areas of eastern Texas and northern Florida as being in 'The South' but you would be hard pressed to include the Florida Keys or the West Texas mountains. You might include the Ozarks of Missouri in The South but you almost certainly wouldn't include the northernmost parts. One of the professors at my university made a map of the varying definitions of the South and included a color code for states that are pretty much always in it (North+South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas) states that were often included (Texas, Kentucky, Florida, and Virginia,) and states that were sometimes included (West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Missouri, and Oklahoma.) It also had lines that encompassed several different areas that met specific criterion (like the cotton line.) Depending on what you consider the "true" definition of the south, lots of states could be included. The thing about a region is that it's defined by how people define it, and that changes both with time and with whom you ask. West Texas is very much in the Southwest region. North Texas, being prime Tornado Alley real estate, can almost be considered Midwest. East Texas is the part most Texans who identify with the South hail from. Southern Texas is basically North Mexico. And Austin... Well there's also Austin.

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