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  • [On Maine:] In this state there are more different kinds of religion than in any other, I believe. These long cold solitudes incline one to meditation.

  • Anything can have happened in Oklahoma. Practically everything has.

  • The Oklahoma wind tortured her. It rattled the doors and windows; it whirled the red dust through the house; its hot breath was on her agonized face as she lay there; if allowed its own way it leaped through the rooms, snatching the cloth off the table, the sheets off the bed, the dishes off the shelves.

  • Someday ... this part of the world is going to be so important that just to say you're an Alaskan will be bragging.

  • The only thing very noticeable about Nebraska was that it was still, all day long, Nebraska.

  • ... Iowans know themselves and what they are doing. They are doing well.

  • I sing Connecticut, her charms / Of rivers, orchards, blossoming ridges. / I sing her gardens, fences, farms, / Spiders and midges.

  • ... you are brilliant and subtle if you come from Iowa and really strange and you live as you live and you are always very well taken care of if you come from Iowa.

  • If anything is endemic to Wyoming it is wind. This big room of space is swept out daily, leaving a bone yard of fossils, agates, and carcasses in every stage of decay. Though it was water that initially shaped the state, wind is the meticulous gardener, raising dust and pruning the sage.

  • I was born in Alabama, but I only lived there for a month before I'd done everything there was to do.

  • A quake a day was the norm in Alaska, where every day was a triumph of optimism over experience. Kate never took the ground beneath her feet for granted.

  • In Wyoming quantity has a great deal more to do with satisfaction than does quality; after half a day's drive you won't care so much what it is you're going to eat as you will that there is enough of it.

  • Virginians were nice, they confided to each other, if caught singly. Two Virginians, of course, talked horses.

  • There's not a person in Virginia won't try to sell you a horse. It's in 'em.

  • Nebraska is proof that hell is full and the dead are walking the earth.

  • What a glorious new Scandinavia might not Minnesota become! Here the Swede would find again his clear, romantic lakes, the plains of Scane rich in corn, and the valleys of Norrland; here the Norwegian would find his rapid rivers ... The climate, the situation, the character of the scenery agrees with our people better than that of any other American States ...

    • Fredrika Bremer,
    • 1850, America of the Fifties: Letters of Fredrika Bremer ()
  • Minnesotans hate zeal. Zeal is right up there on the list of suspicious emotional behaviors like joy and despair. Always err on the side of blandness.

  • Virginia reeks of tobacco. Its odor saturates her like the coat of a veteran smoker. The brown stain of tobacco juice is on every page of her history.

  • Nowhere in this country, from sea to sea, does nature comfort us with such assurance of plenty, such rich and tranquil beauty as in those unsung, unpainted hills of Pennsylvania.

  • Two-thirds of the nation's eggplants are grown in New Jersey. Upon maturity, they are issued driver's licenses and set loose upon the road.

  • Heaven's Virginia when the year's at its Spring.

    • Anne Spencer,
    • "Life-Long, Poor Browning...," in Sterling Allen Brown et al., The Negro Caravan ()
  • Nebraska was favored of the gods. Ceres' throne was in Nebraska. It was as though she chose the state from all others upon which to lavish her goods, — as though the bulk of her fortune had been given to a favorite child.

  • [On New Jersey:] Unofficial slogan: 'Parts of it are nice.'