California Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old california quotes, california sayings, and california proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

To capture a California sunset in South Pasadena is to hold an angel's wings with bated breath. Ace Antonio Hall
Do Re Mi California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see, But believe it or not, you won't find it so hot If you ain't got the do re mi Woody Guthrie
Ninety-five percent of all brussels sprouts come from California. Danny Meyer
Best way to live in California is to be from somewhere else. Cormac Mccarthy
California is full of homesick people. Judy Van Der Veer
California is where you get to start over. Tracy Chevalier
Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread. Jimmy Carter
California is a place where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors. Walter Winchell
We only have two kinds of weather in California, magnificent and unusual. James M. Cain
California is where you can't run any farther without getting wet. Neil Morgan
If they can't do it in California, it can't be done anywhere. Taylor Caldwell
When California was wild, it was the floweriest part of the continent. John Muir
You haven't lived until you've died in California. Mort Sahl
It's a scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of your IQ every year. Truman Capote
All creative people should be required to leave California for three months every year. Gloria Swanson
There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California. Edward Abbey
California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom. Don DeLillo
California is going to be quite good for the Democrats. But the rest of the country is a draw. Stuart Rothenberg
Everything is just better in California - the wine, the food, fruits and vegetables, the comforts of living. Even the instrumentalists are generous and curious. Everything is wonderful. Beth Anderson
In California, they don't throw their garbage away – they make it into TV shows. Woody Allen
Life in California is beautiful. Oscar Nunez
California is a fine place to live if you happen to be an orange. Fred Allen
There's nothing wrong with Southern California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure. Ross MacDonald
California is an unbelievable state. Drew Barrymore
There are so many different challenges California has; it's the greatest state in the greatest country in the world. Hasta la vista, baby! Arnold Schwarzenegger
Southern California, where the American Dream came too true. Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The men of California are thriftless, proud, and extravagant, and very much given to gaming; and the women have but little education, and a good deal of beauty, and their morality, of course, is none of the best. Richard Henry Dana Jr
Satan from one of his elevations, showed mankind the kingdom of California, and they entered into a compact with him at once. Henry David Thoreau
California can and does furnish the best bad things that are obtainable in America. Hinton R. Helper
The attraction and superiority of California are in its days. It has better days, and more of them, than any other country. Ralph Waldo Emerson
All scenery in California requires distance to give it charm. Mark Twain
These Californian scoundrels are invariably lighthearted; crime cannot overshadow the exhilaration of the outdoor life; remorse and gloom are banished like clouds before this perennially sunny climate. They make amusement out of killing you. Clarence King
When a tree takes a notion to grow in California, nothing in Heaven or on earth will stop it. Lilian Leland
Yes, I have walked in California, / And the rivers there are blue and white. / Thunderclouds of grapes hang on the mountains,/ Bears in the meadows pitch and fight. Vachel Lindsay
I met a Californian who would / Talk California—a state so blessed, / He said, in climate, none had ever died there / A natural death. Robert Frost
The classic account of the titanic social conflicts that have shaped California as a unique state-nation on the Pacific. Mike Davis
California has not grown or evolved so much as it has been hurtled forward, rocket-fashion, by a series of chain-reaction explosions. Carey McWilliams
It was, of course, the discovery of gold that got California off to a flying start, and set in motion its chain-reaction, explosive, self-generating pattern of development. Carey McWilliams
Most of the western states have been peopled by steady influx of settlers from two or three older states...But California was settled by a sudden rush of adventurers from all parts of the world. This mixed multitude, bringing with it a variety of manners, customs and ideas, formed a society more mobile and unstable, less governed by fixed beliefs and principles. Lord Bryce
From afar, the red-tile groups of Southern California appear to reflect a regional affinity for Spanish style and heritage. Phoebe S. Kropps
California was, all things considered, just another American place, and sometimes, even worse than that. Kevin Starr
California holds in its bosom resources that no other country can boast of compromised in so small a territory— its mineral wealth, its agricultural capacity, its geographical position conspire to make it in time one of the most favored lands. Felix Paul Wierzbicki
California is a place where...people comt to make their fortunes...where beautiful women are discovered in drug stores , and a man can turn a mouse into an empire. M.G. Lord
California is a place where...the mind is troubled by some...suspicion that things had better work here, because here,beneath that immense bleached sky, is where we run out of continent Joan Didion
The people are unreal. The flowers are unreal, they don't smell. The fruit is unreal, it doesn't taste of anything. The whole place is a glaring, gaudy, nightmarish set, built upon the desert. Ethel Barrymore
For years, California's major export to the rest of the country has not been its fruits and vegetables; it has been craziness. It comes in many forms— bad TV shows, bad architecture, junk foods, auto-worship and creepy life-styles... You name it: If it babbles and its eyeballs are glazed, it probably comes from California. Mike Royko
California , here I come, too. / With a coffee pot and skillet / And I'm coming to you. / Nothing's left in Oklahoma. / And if apples, nuts, and oranges / And if Santa Claus is real / Come on to California / Eat and eat till you're full. Flora Robertson
California represents the high-water mark of Spanish expansion in North America: it was the last and the northernmost settlement of Spain on the continent. James J. Rawls
Political corruption, social greed, and Americanized quasi-socialism can ruin even the most wonderful places. California proved that. Tiffany Madison
There are no real Californians. There are only people who live there and people who don't. Laura Kalpakian
My California sunrise, there’s a real mist in the air. I think of the mountains. You can smell the farm fields. You can smell the dirt and the lights and the whole sun. Jon Pardi
You are consumed by the worry that it might rain even though you live in California. Lidia Longorio
Emotions are like a passing rainstorm: if you live in Southern California, you may never have to experience one. John Alejandro King
I just realized some things make me happier, and the good weather in California makes me happier. Edward Abbey
In California the only way to look like you are getting older is to look like you are getting younger...if you can move your forehead over the age of forty, then people become very suspicious. Matt Haig