Appalachia Quotes

Quotes tagged as "appalachia" (showing 1-19 of 19)
Bill Bryson
“What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally shit myself lifeless.”
Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

“What keeps a poor child in Appalachia poor is not what keeps a poor child in Chicago poor - even if from a distance, the outcomes look the same. And what keeps an able-bodied black woman poor is not what keeps a disabled white man poor, even if the outcomes look the same.”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Alex Bledsoe
“It was still late summer elsewhere, but here, high in Appalachia, fall was coming; for the last three mornings, she'd been able to see her breath.

The woods, which started twenty feet back from her backdoor like a solid wall, showed only hints of the impending autumn. A few leaves near the treetops had turned, but most were full and green. Visible in the distance, the Widow's Tree towered above the forest. Its leaves were the most stubborn, tenaciously holding on sometimes until spring if the winter was mild. It was a transitional period, when the world changed its cycle and opened a window during which people might also change, if they had the inclination.”
Alex Bledsoe, Wisp of a Thing

Bill Bryson
“The American woods have been unnerving people for 300 years. The inestimably priggish and tiresome Henry David Thoreau thought nature was splendid, splendid indeed, so long as he could stroll to town for cakes and barley wine, but when he experienced real wilderness, on a vist to Katahdin in 1846, he was unnerved to the cored. This wasn't the tame world of overgrown orchards and sun-dappled paths that passed for wilderness in suburban Concord, Massachusetts, but a forbiggind, oppressive, primeval country that was "grim and wild . . .savage and dreary," fit only for "men nearer of kin to the rocks and wild animals than we." The experience left him, in the words of one biographer, "near hysterical.”
Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

Jason Jack Miller
“Nothing else in the whole wide world matters as much as avenging your sister.”
Jason Jack Miller, HELLBENDER

Jason Jack Miller
“Here's how I'll tell you what I think—if you see white smoke then you know I picked a new pope. And if I'm drinking a Snapple then you know I don't give a shit.”
Jason Jack Miller, The Devil and Preston Black

Jason Jack Miller
“It's Coke, my man. You really think I'm going to let you pour any more alcohol into your body tonight?”
Jason Jack Miller, HELLBENDER

Jason Jack Miller
“We're all Hitler inside. We're all Christ inside. I'm not keen on the idea, but it's true, isn't it? We've all got a little bit of the devil in us.”
Jason Jack Miller, The Devil and Preston Black

Jason Jack Miller
“Preston Black couldn't sleep the whole night through, Preston Black couldn't sleep the whole night through. He'd lay in bed 'til the morning came, but the devil'd visit him just the same. Preston Black couldn't sleep the whole night through.”
Jason Jack Miller, The Devil and Preston Black

Jason Jack Miller
“You are not a handgun. More like a pellet gun. Maybe even a slingshot.”
Jason Jack Miller, The Devil and Preston Black

“While traditionalism can thwart the planners and molders of industry, education, and society in general, fatalism can so stultify a people that passive resignation becomes the approved norm, and acceptance of undesirable conditions becomes the way of life.”
Jack E. Weller, Yesterday's People: Life in Contemporary Appalachia

Sol Luckman
“Finally, we entered Chetaube County, my imaginary birthplace, where the names of the little winding roads and minuscule mountain communities never failed to inspire me: Yardscrabble, Big Log, Upper, Middle and Lower Pigsty, Chicken Scratch, Cooterville, Felchville, Dust Rag, Dough Bag, Uranus Ridge, Big Bottom, Hooter Holler, Quickskillet, Buck Wallow, Possum Strut ... We always say a picture speaks a thousand words, but isn’t the opposite equally true?”
Sol Luckman, Beginner's Luke

Sol Luckman
“True, beneath the human façade, I was an interloper, an alien whose ship had crashed beyond hope of repair in the backwoods of Southern Appalachia—but at least I’d learned to walk and talk enough like the locals to be rejected as one of their own.”
Sol Luckman, Beginner's Luke

Carolyn Chute
“If it ran, a Bean would eat it. If it fell, a Bean would eat it.”
Carolyn Chute

Carolyn Chute
“If it ran, a Bean would shoot it. If it fell, a Bean would eat it.”
Carolyn Chute

Jason Jack Miller
“Music lets you write your own checks. Don't ever forget that.”
Jason Jack Miller, The Devil and Preston Black

Sarah  Sullivan
“They travel through the heartland, past cold factories and drifty towns, to the old, old mountains slumbering east of Tennessee.”
Sarah Sullivan, Passing the Music Down

J.D. Vance
“I tried to go to a counselor, but it was just too weird. Talking to some stranger about my feelings made me want to vomit. I did go to the library...”
J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis