Southern Sayings and Quotes

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

Southerners equate food with love, so if you love what they cook, they're sure to love you back. Kim Holloway
Southerners can never resist a losing cause. Margaret Mitchell
The Southern character is opposed to haste. Safety is of more worth than speed, and there is no hurry. Maria Mitchell
There's no such thing as being too Southern. Lewis Grizzard
Fried chicken, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and homemade biscuits are as Southern as all get out, and in recent years those kinds of rib-sticking dishes spread to places throughout the United States. Polly Powers Stramm
Southern food is more popular than ever, in part thanks to Southern chefs who have starred in their own television cooking shows and have introduced the likes of chicken and dumplings, okra and tomatoes, and homemade biscuits to countless folks who may not have heard of such. Polly Powers Stramm
I'm Southern, so alligator tail is pretty interesting and yummy. LeeAnn Rimes
I'm from Georgia, and everybody gathers around food in the South. Zac Brown
The South, to me, is fried chicken and catfish caviar— that's grits— and good-looking women. Erc Russell
Southern trees bear fruit, / Blood on the leaves and blood on the root, / Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze, / Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees. Lewis Allen
Southern culture has fostered a type of imagination that has been influenced by Christianity of a not too unorthodox kind and by a strong devotion to the Bible, which has kept our minds attached to the concrete and the living symbol. Flannery O'Connor
The American South is an authentic American Culture. Maybe the last. The North is just a Casserole Culture— a tasteless vat of leftovers, frozen peas, and stale crumbs. Tim Heaton
There's a sunny Southern land, / And it's there that I would be / Where the big hills stand, / In the South Countrie! Andrew Barton Paterson
Herein are blown from out the South / Songs blithe as those of Pan's pursed mouth-- / As sweet in voice as, in perfume, / The night-breath of magnolia-bloom. James Whitcomb Riley
Oh, she gives me moonshine whiskey / Oh, she give me southern love / Deep in the heart of Texas / There beneath the stars above / Oh, she give me Southern Comfort / Oh she gives me moonshine love / Deep in the heart of Texas / There beneath the stars above. Van Morrison
His greatest contribution / Is the ones / You leave behind / Raised on the ways / And gentle kindness / Of a small town / Southern man. Alan Jackson
Home's in Alabama, no matter where I lay my head / My home's in Alabama, Southern born and Southern bred. Randy Owen
Southern style, free and easy / Southern style, warm and breezy / If you met her, man believe me / You'd want her to stay awhile. Tim James
That sinuous southern life, that oblique and slow and complicated old beauty, that warm thick air and blood warm sea, that place of mists and languor and fragrant richness... Anne Rivers Siddons
Southern hospitality and Amish cooking - Y'all Come Back, Danki. Karen Harper
While the USA is known for its oppression, I focus on its natural beauty and sunny southern weather. Steven Magee
Sometimes, when people in the South tell you to have a blessed day, it means fuck you and I hope you have a nice time in hell. Richard Grant
Yankees don't understand that the Southern way of talking is a language of nuance. What we can do in the South is we can take a word and change it just a little bit and make it mean something altogether different. Lewis Grizzard
It's a very Southern thing to be interested in dark stuff. Karen Slaughter
Well, they're Southern people, and if they know you are working at home they think nothing of walking right in for coffee. But they wouldn't dream of interrupting you at golf. Harper Lee
I am proud to be a Southerner. I think Southern hospitality is very... I don't think it's just a term. I think it really exists. You can come to Savannah, and the people are so sweet and so nice. Paula Deen
I'm very Southern in the way I walk in the world. I love to laugh. I love to eat. I love to hug people. But if somebody makes me mad, my neck may roll. I can be aggressive with a Southern twang. Katori Hall
I have a wonderful family: My parents are churchgoing, salt-of-the-earth Southern people. They gave me a lot of love and are so unaffected by fame. Faith Hill
I was raised Southern, where every meal had meat on table, but I don't eat that way in life. I've been experimenting with a lot of vegetarian and vegan food. Trisha Yearwood
There is a lot of California in my... sound, and a ton of it is the laid-back nature of Southern Californians and the beach. Brett Young