Kansas Quotes

Quotes tagged as "kansas" (showing 1-19 of 19)
L. Frank Baum
“Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.”
L. Frank Baum

Rick Riordan
“Coach Hedge yelled,“Thar she blows! Kansas, ahoy!”
“Holy Hephaestus,” Leo muttered. “He really needs to work on his shipspeak.”
Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

Max Lucado
“The wizard [of Oz] says look inside yourself and find self. God says look inside yourself and find [the Holy Spirit]. The first will get you to Kansas.
The latter will get you to heaven.
Take your pick.”
Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus: Knowing His Heart, Feeling His Love

Morgan Matson
“Something tells me we're not in Kansas anymore"
"You did not just say that”
Morgan Matson, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

L. Frank Baum
“I cannot understand why you should wish to leave this beautiful country and go back to the dry, gray place you call Kansas."
"That is because you have no brains," answered the girl. "No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home."
The Scarecrow sighed.
"Of course I cannot understand it," he said. "If your heads were stuffed with straw, like mine, you would probably all live in beautiful places, and then Kansas would have no people at all. It is fortunate for Kansas that you have brains.”
L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

P.S. Baber
“You can never really escape. It goes with you, wherever you go. Somehow, the prairie dust gets in your blood, and it flows through your veins until it becomes a part of you. The vast stretches of empty fields, the flat horizons of treeless plains. The simplicity of the people—good, earnest people. The way they talk and the way they live. The lack of occurrence, lack of attention, lack of everything. All that—it’s etched into your soul and it colors the way you see everything and it becomes a part of you. Eventually, Ms. Harper, when you leave, everything you experience outside of Kansas will be measured against all you know here. And none of it will make any sense.”
P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe

Langston Hughes
“Books -where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas”
Langston Hughes, I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

P.S. Baber
“Kansas afternoons in late summer are peculiar and wondrous things. Often they are pregnant, if not over-ripe, with a pensive and latent energy that is utterly incapable of ever finding an adequate release for itself. This results in a palpable, almost frenetic tension that hangs in the air just below the clouds. By dusk, spread thin across the quilt-work farmlands by disparate prairie winds, this formless energy creates an abscess in the fabric of space and time that most individuals rarely take notice of. But in the soulish chambers of particularly sensitive observers, it elicits a familiar recognition—a vague remembrance—of something both dark and beautiful. Some understand it simply as an undefined tranquility tinged with despair over the loss of something now forgotten. For others, it signifies something far more sinister, and is therefore something to be feared.”
P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe

Langston Hughes
“I was unhappy for a long time, and very lonesome, living with my grandmother. Then it was that books began to happen to me, and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books — where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.”
Langston Hughes

John Darnielle
“The inside of the Trace Italian, of course, does not exist. A player can get close enough to see it: it shines in the new deserts of Kansas, gleaming in the sun or starkly rising from the winter cold. The rock walls that protect it meet in points around it, one giving way to another, for days on end. But the dungeons into which you'll fall as you work through the pathways to its gates number in the low hundreds, and if you actually get into the entry hall, there are a few hundred more sub-dungeons before you'll actually reach somewhere that's truly safe. Technically, it's possible to get to the last room in the final chamber of the Trace Italian, but no one will ever do it. No one will ever live that long.”
John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van

Ben Aaronovitch
“Somebody doesn't know they're not in Kansas anymore,' said Stephanopoulos.”
Ben Aaronovitch, Whispers Under Ground
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Shannon L. Alder
“You always had it in you to create miracles, but you forgot that it required you to do the opposite of what you are doing now.”
Shannon L. Alder

“If I claim to be a wise man, that surely means that I don't know.”
Kansas (band)

LaVerne St. George
“There was too much between them to think of any type of future. Yet, with him standing in front of her, she wanted to think of the future. Wanted him to wrap his arms round her. Kiss her. Tell her it would be all right.”
LaVerne St. George, The Master's Plan

Danielle  Paige
“This is what a place like this does to you. It makes you put words in the beaks of chickens.”
Danielle Paige, No Place Like Oz

Jane Smiley
“A northerner, insensitive in some ways and full of self-righteousness could gravely offend a southerner in a second. The northerner would be giving his general opinion, more than likely unasked for, and all unknowing challenging the southerner's every deeply held belief, not to mention, with sundry looks and expressions, suggesting that the southerner was possessed of numerous flaws of character and person. The southerner was bound to see offense in every suggestion, insult in every difference of opinion, and to act upon his stung pride.”
Jane Smiley

Julene Bair
“Learning the history, we were filling in the blanks in ourselves. This had been a major event in a place where we'd grown up thinking that nothing significant had ever happened.”
Julene Bair, The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning

“When anything is going to happen in this country, it happens first in Kansas”
William Allen White
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Danielle  Paige
“Tornado or no tornado, a girl from Kansas doesn't let much get to her.”
Danielle Paige, Dorothy Must Die