California Quotes

As I said in my state of the state address, we can no longer rely on gaming and sales taxes to pay our way. Indian gaming next door in California is eroding our major industry in Nevada. -Kenny Guinn quotes

 

California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.— Don DeLillo

 

So when he asked about getting high, I didn't think, I agreed. We smoked some good California green. Took three tries to put me in the place he said I should be.— Ellen Hopkins

 

Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.— Jack Kerouac

 

Dean's California--wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and eccentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken-down, handsome, decadent movie actors.— Jack Kerouac

 

It seemed like a matter of minutes when we began rolling in the foothills before Oakland and suddenly reached a height and saw stretched out ahead of us the fabulous white city of San Francisco on her eleven mystic hills with the blue Pacific and its advancing wall of potato-patch fog beyond, and smoke and goldenness in the late afternoon of time.— Jack Kerouac

 

The two girls grew up at the edge of the ocean and knew it was paradise, and better than Eden, which was only a garden.— Eve Babitz

 

This morning I saw a coyote walking through the sagebrush right at the very edge of the ocean ― next stop China. The coyote was acting like he was in New Mexico or Wyoming, except that there were whales passing below. That’s what this country does for you. Come down to Big Sur and let your soul have some room to get outside its marrow.— Richard Brautigan

 

1954. Smog prevents airplanes from landing and ships from docking for three days.— James Frey

 

It was a splendid population - for all the slow, sleepy, sluggish-brained sloths stayed at home - you never find that sort of people among pioneers - you cannot build pioneers out of that sort of material. It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day - and when she projects a new surprise the grave world smiles as usual and says, Well, that is California all over.— Mark Twain

 

Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage licence. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples.— Vaughn Walker

 

We are Bay Aryans from Berkeley: prepare to be reengineered in an attractive range of color schemes for your safety and comfort!— Charles Stross

 

These are tough times for state governments. Huge deficits loom almost everywhere, from California to New York, from New Jersey to Texas.

 

Wait—Texas? Wasn't Texas supposed to be thriving even as the rest of America suffered? Didn't its governor declare, during his re-election campaign, that 'we have billions in surplus'? Yes, it was, and yes, he did. But reality has now intruded, in the form of a deficit expected to run as high as $25 billion over the next two years.

 

And that reality has implications for the nation as a whole. For Texas is where the modern conservative theory of budgeting—the belief that you should never raise taxes under any circumstances, that you can always balance the budget by cutting wasteful spending—has been implemented most completely. If the theory can't make it there, it can't make it anywhere.— Paul Krugman

 

Out yonder they may curse, revile, and torture one another, defile all the human instincts, make a shambles of creation (if it were in their power), but here, no, here, it is unthinkable, here there is abiding peace, the peace of God, and the serene security created by a handful of good neighbors living at one with the creature world.— Henry Miller

 

I grew up in a utopia, I did. California when I was a child was a child's paradise, I was healthy, well fed, well clothed, well housed. I went to school and there were libraries with all the world in them and after school I played in orange groves and in Little League and in the band and down at the beach and every day was an adventure. . . . I grew up in utopia.— Kim Stanley Robinson

 

There are no real Californians. There are only people who live there and people who don't.— Laura Kalpakian

 

For the hundreds of thousands of Californians in gay and lesbian households who are managing their day-to-day lives, this decision affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves.— Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

You know, I have to tell you--I tried to make my voice bright to lighten the moo--this ring of yours has got to be the ugliest thing I have ever seen.I'm insulted. He held his hand up to the moonlight and straightened the monstrosity on his finger. My dad gave this to me when we moved to Michigan.'To remember the old life' he said. I've never taken it off. I look at it and see California.Remind me never to visit California.— Linda Gerber

 

The wild mustard in Southern California is like that spoken of in the New Testament. . . . Its gold is as distinct a value to the eye as the nugget gold is in the pocket.— Helen Hunt Jackson

 

Political corruption, social greed, and Americanized quasi-socialism can ruin even the most wonderful places. California proved that.— Tiffany Madison

 

Southern California is the land of crazy crimes.— Don Carpenter

 

There are two Venices I know about and one of them is a hotel in Vegas. The other is an L.A. beach where pretty girls walk their dogs while wearing as little as possible and mutant slabs of tanned, posthuman beef sip iced steroid lattes and pump iron until their pecs are the size of Volkswagens.— Richard Kadrey

 

A country that has yielded a billion and a half of gold is, perforce, well and favorably known to the uttermost parts of the earth. Though the stream of yellow wealth diminishes, or even ceases to flow, yet the channel is carved through which the thoughts of men longingly roll. Upon such a land no limit of impossibility is placed.— Frank Lewis Nason

 

Like so many named places in California it was less an identifiable city than a grouping of concepts--census tracts, special purpose bond-issue districts, shopping nuclei, all overlaid with access roads to its own freeway.— Thomas Pynchon

 

I was awakened by a tremendous earthquake, and though I hadn ever before enjoyed a storm of this sort, the strange thrilling motion could not be mistaken, and I ran out of my cabin, both glad and frightened, shouting, A noble earthquake! A noble earthquake feeling sure I was going to learn something.— John Muir

 

California, still a magical vanity fair.— Eileen Granfors

 

The only way we know summer is coming is by the more chilling winds, the increased dust, the tawny color of the hills, and the general dying look of things.— Caroline C. Leighton

 

Sailors approaching the coast in a fog can recognize the Santa Barbara Channel by the smell of bitumen which floats on the water.— Caroline C. Leighton

 

To say that people would cease to come to California if they would have to pay more taxes is to underestimate the advantages of being in California - mightily.-Warren Beatty

 

Twice the Republicans in the California legislature tried to block my seating because of my trips to Hanoi.-Tom Hayden

 

Unless action is taken soon - unless we can display the same vision of that earlier period - we will lose the treasure of California's open space and environmental beauty.-Adam Schiff

 

We agreed that we cannot let personal political attacks get in the way of doing the very best we can for California's children.-Rob Reiner

 

We are selected, but I grew up in California and in San Francisco and there was a system of electing judges.-Stephen Breyer

 

We can put our head in the sand and continue to lose jobs overseas and to other states, or we can say, 'You know what? We are not going to lose another job from California, and we're going to be the very best place to start and grow a business.' So I'll be the chief sales officer for California businesses.-Meg Whitman

 

We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is Manifest Destiny.-William McKinley

 

We never really wanted to play in California.-Santiago Durango

 

We've tried to get as much supply into California as we can.-Kenneth Lay

 

Well, California used to be in the dream-making business, and unfortunately what's happened I think we're now in the dream-breaking business.-Meg Whitman

 

Westerns was why I got into the business. I grew up on a small farm in California and all I ever wanted to do was to play gangsters and cowboys in movies.-Brion James

 

What I particularly liked was that, coming from California and not being involved in the New York scene, I developed my personal way, in my own way, at my own pace.-Herb Ritts

 

What I wonder is what would happen in California, say, if all the Mexicans left from one day to the next?-Alma Guillermoprieto

 

Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread.-Jimmy Carter

 

When future archaeologists dig up the remains of California, they're going to find all of those gyms their scary-looking gym equipment, and they're going to assume that we were a culture obsessed with torture.-Doug Coupland

 

When I came back to California in the early '60s I was hanging out with Jimmy Bowen, Phil Spector, and I wanted to be a record producer and work with other artists.-Johnny Rivers

 

When I got traded to the California Angels, I really wasn't that excited about going to the Angels because it meant changing leagues and also a whole new set of teammates. But shortly after I got there I realized that it was one of the best things that ever happened to me.-Nolan Ryan

 

When the Oakies left Oklahoma and moved to California, it raised the I.Q. of both states.-Will Rogers

 

When we acquired California and New- Mexico this party, scorning all compromises and all concessions, demanded that slavery should be forever excluded from them, and all other acquisitions of the Republic, either by purchase or conquest, forever.-Robert Toombs

Whenever I get a free day, I drive up to some part of California that looks promising on the map.-Kent McCord

 

Our original idea was to help three or four hundred candidates in the first election run for the Ohio State legislature and the California legislature around the country.-Pete du Pont

 

People began to understand that with the acquisition of California the nation had obtained practically half a continent, of which the future possibilities were almost unlimited, so far as the development of natural resources and the genera production of wealth were concerned.-John Moody

 

Regulation is strangling businesses of all sizes in California, and we've got to streamline regulation so it's easy, not hard, to do business.-Meg Whitman

 

Ronald Reagan, of course, was a Republican governor of California who went through a painful defeat in the 1976 presidential race before winning four years later.-Michael Medved

 

Several unions have agreed to larger employee contributions for their members. Taxpayers are living with cuts and making sacrifices to deal with the reality of California's budget crisis, state workers are going to have to do the same.-Jerry Brown

 

So it was flawed in that it didn't require California to have a first claim on the power plants. It deregulated part of the market, but not all of the market.-Gray Davis

 

So that was Reagan's political problem. As a rancher in California, he was an environmentalist himself. But the President of the United States doesn't control everything that happens in Washington.-Brian Mulroney

 

Somebody asked my friend Bob Seger, Why do you think the Eagles broke up? He said, Hotel California.-Glenn Frey

 

Southern California, they have been amazing. They're totally with us.-Chita Rivera

 

Southern California, where the American Dream came too true.-Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 

That's an economic development program in the metropolitan area. If they don't see that, and you don't get these things done, then you're competing with Texas and California and Atlanta; then you really have problems.-Richard M. Daley

 

The big political news, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he's running for governor of California, and already, people are chanting, 'Four more vowels, four more vowels.'-Craig Kilborn

 

The biggest problem that we have is that California is being run now by special interests. All of the politicians are not anymore making the moves for the people, but for special interests and we have to stop that.-Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants.-George W. Bush

 

The Committee supports the idea that there should be, within the University of California, a campus which puts particular emphasis on the education of undergraduates within the framework of a College system.-Abraham Robinson

 

The completion of my undergraduate training at the University of California (Berkeley) provided just the needed touches of rigor at advanced levels in both economics and mathematics.-Lawrence R. Klein

 

The construction of extensive railways, however, and particularly the consolidation of small, experimental lines into large systems, dates from the days of the discovery of gold in California.-John Moody

 

The Democratic Party of California is ready to sponsor me. All I have to do is find the right office to run for.-Bobby Darin

 

The first treasure California began to surrender after the Gold Rush as the oldest: her land.-John Jakes

 

The first two pictures I did, I played a young student in prep school. When I did Lifeguard, everyone was saying, You're so Southern California. It was a surprise to me.-Parker Stevenson

 

In addition, California spends nearly $1 billion a year in Medi-Cal services for an average of 780,000 illegal immigrants a month, over and above emergency health services.-Elton Gallegly

 

In California in the early Spring, There are pale yellow mornings, when the mist burns slowly into day, The air stings like Autumn, clarifies like pain - Well, I have dreamed this coast myself.-Robert Hass

 

In California, of all places, entertainment is the key to a vibrant economy. If we do not develop young adults capable of entering that world, the financial base of this state is sure to suffer and impact all of us.-David Cassidy

 

In California, they don't throw their garbage away - they make it into TV shows.-Woody Allen

 

In Los Angeles all the loose objects in the country were collected, as if America had been tilted and everything that wasn't tightly screwed down had slid into Southern California.-Saul Bellow

 

In the fall of the year 2000, there just happened to be a decision point when they asked me to become Chief Executive Officer of the company. It was a time when, as you remember, we were starting to have some real problems in the California energy markets.-Jeffrey Skilling

 

In the photographs themselves there's a definite contrast between the figures and the location - I like that kind of California backyard look; clapboard houses, staircases outdoors.-Helmut Newton

 

Instead, California is one of only 10 states that provides in-state college and university tuition to illegal immigrants. That's grossly unfair to a legal high school student who moves out of California for a year, then returns to attend college.-Elton Gallegly

 

It is clear that a temporary increase in the cap is needed to ensure high-tech companies can hire the specialized personnel they need to continue to help fuel California's economic growth.-Pete Wilson

 

It is unacceptable that immigrants, including children, are shackled and detained in deplorable conditions. And it is unacceptable that already this year immigrants have died by the dozens in the California desert or in other parts of the Southwest.-Roger Mahony

 

It shone on everyone, whether they had a contract or not. The most democratic thing I'd ever seen, that California sunshine.-Angela Carter

 

It was clear that the special interest groups in California really wanted the Chinese to be shut out of the country, because that was where the racial tension was the greatest.-Iris Chang

 

It was not possible to film in California, because all the areas are heavily built up now. Coming to Cape Town is an invitation to step into the past and recreate Los Angeles of the 1930s.-Robert Towne

 

It's a coup by the GOP to grab the governorship to California to make this place a safe haven for George W. Bush in 2004. It's incredible when you think about it. The recall cost the state $100 million.-Al Jardine

 

Judy Garland's father was gay. That seems to be the consensus. They left Minnesota and went to California because he got caught with some boy backstage.-Judy Davis

 

Left the ranch in 1883, went to California, going through the States and territories, reached Ogden the latter part of 1883, and San Francisco in 1884.-Calamity Jane

 

Let me share some facts with you about the law in most of our country. California is in many ways a little different from the rest of the world, and California has better gun laws than many states, although California's need to be improved.-Michael D. Barnes

 

Like my colleague, I represent a large Assyrian community in central California, one of the largest concentrations of Assyrian Americans anywhere in the United States.-Dennis Cardoza

 

Likewise, with solar, especially here in California, we're discovering that the 80 solar farm schemes that are going forward want to basically bulldoze 1,000 sq. mi. of southern California desert. Well, as an environmentalist, we would rather that didn't happen.-Stewart Brand

 

Living here in southern California, I'll miss hearing Rocky Top for an entire week at the end of December. I was actually looking forward to it. Tennessee has a better fight song than Nebraska.-Al Michaels

 
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