Small Town Quotes

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Ami McKay
“No matter what you do, someone always knew you would.”
Ami McKay, The Birth House

Harper Lee
“Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow, it was hotter then. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon after their three o'clock naps. And by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer. There's no hurry, for there's nowhere to go and nothing to buy...and no money to buy it with.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Brenna Yovanoff
“‎The simple truth is that you can understand a town. You can know and love and hate it. You can blame it, resent it, and nothing changes. In the end, you're just another part of it.”
Brenna Yovanoff

Walker Percy
“It's one thing to develop a nostalgia for home while you're boozing with Yankee writers in Martha's Vineyard or being chased by the bulls in Pamplona. It's something else to go home and visit with the folks in Reed's drugstore on the square and actually listen to them. The reason you can't go home again is not because the down-home folks are mad at you--they're not, don't flatter yourself, they couldn't care less--but because once you're in orbit and you return to Reed's drugstore on the square, you can stand no more than fifteen minutes of the conversation before you head for the woods, head for the liquor store, or head back to Martha's Vineyard, where at least you can put a tolerable and saving distance between you and home. Home may be where the heart is but it's no place to spend Wednesday afternoon.”
Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

W.B. Yeats
“In the great cities we see so little of the world, we drift into our minority. In the little towns and villages there are no minorities; people are not numerous enough. You must see the world there, perforce. Every man is himself a class; every hour carries its new challenge. When you pass the inn at the end of the village you leave your favourite whimsy behind you; for you will meet no one who can share it. We listen to eloquent speaking, read books and write them, settle all the affairs of the universe. The dumb village multitudes pass on unchanging; the feel of the spade in the hand is no different for all our talk: good seasons and bad follow each other as of old. The dumb multitudes are no more concerned with us than is the old horse peering through the rusty gate of the village pound. The ancient map-makers wrote across unexplored regions, 'Here are lions.' Across the villages of fishermen and turners of the earth, so different are these from us, we can write but one line that is certain, 'Here are ghosts.' ("Village Ghosts")”
W.B. Yeats, The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore

Joyce Dennys
“Living in a small like living in a large family of rather uncongenial relations. Sometimes it’s fun, and sometimes it’s perfectly awful, but it’s always good for you. People in large towns are like only-children.”
Joyce Dennys, Henrietta Sees It Through: More News from the Home Front 1942-1945

Courtney Summers
“The people feel and look the same, like they've settled here even though they know there's something more-something better-just beyond where they are.

Small-town life.”
Courtney Summers, Fall for Anything

“I wish I could show you the little village where I was born. It's so lovely there...I used to think it too small to spend a life in, but now I'm not so sure.”
Mary Kelly

Jess C. Scott
“He felt a little lost, after that experience. Lost as the girls on their knees. It was a never-ending story of young girls losing themselves, such that they were no longer humans with any souls or characters, but pretty girls with fat asses and nice tits.”
Jess C Scott, Take-Out, Part 1

Mallika  Nawal
“Living in a small town [in India] was like living in a glass house!”
Mallika Nawal, I'm a Woman & I'm on SALE

Pat Conroy
“Comely was the town by the curving river that they dismantled in a year's time. Beautiful was Colleton in her last spring as she flung azaleas like a girl throwing rice at a desperate wedding. In dazzling profusion, Colleton ripened in a gauze of sweet gardens and the town ached beneath a canopy of promissory fragrance.”
Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

Kristin Hannah
“Rain Valley newcomers pretty much fell into two groups: people running away from something and people running away from everything.”
Kristin Hannah, Magic Hour

John Barnes
“Future Farmers of America. Group who take ag classes and are going to inherit the farm. Hot shit around here, they have a couple guys in every clique, and they stick together, 'cause they know they'll be seeing each other every week for the next sixty years.”
John Barnes

“It was like hundreds of roads he'd driven over - no different - a stretch of tar, lusterless, scaley, humping toward the center. On both sides were telephone poles, tilted this way and that, up a little, down...

Billboards - down farther an increasing clutter of them. Some road signs. A tottering barn in a waste field, the Mail Pouch ad half weathered away. Other fields. A large wood - almost leafless now - the bare branches netting darkly against the sky. Then down, where the road curved away, a big white farmhouse, trees on the lawn, neat fences - and above it all, way up, a television aerial, struck by the sun, shooting out bars of glare like neon. ("Thompson")”
George A. Zorn, Shock!

J. Alexander Greenwood
“The real core of this book is about the open secrets that can fester in a community until an outsider raises questions.”
J. Alexander Greenwood, Pilate's Cross

Dana Marton
“Do you feel like you've been through a meat grinder or just tumbled around in a cement mixer?”
Dana Marton, Deathmarch

Christopher Byford
“As usual, small towns like this were full of those who needed entertainment and whilst money was difficult to earn, the philosophy of giving the people what they wanted, which Franco lived by, had paid dividends.”
Christopher Byford, Den of Shadows

Jen DeLuca
“You stand out too much in a small town.”
Jen DeLuca, Well Met

Dana Marton
“It's not a woman's fault if a man decides to behave like an ass.”
Dana Marton, Deathmarch

Dana Marton
“He was going to kiss her. The thought speared through her stunned mind as he closed the distance between them and brushed his warm lips over hers.

The rush was like plunging from the high point of a roller coaster: sheer exhilaration, breathlessness, half a heart attack.

She made a sound. She hadn't meant it to be encouraging, but it so obviously was, he kissed her deeper.

Nobody kissed like Harper. God, she'd almost forgotten how he would begin slow and soft and seduce her mouth little by little until she was hopelessly lost, until she was ruthlessly conquered.”
Dana Marton, Deathmarch

Dana Marton
“Now how am I supposed to kiss you?" He put himself out there. If she smacked him down, so be it.

Instead, the corner of her mouth turned up. "I can be kissed in other places.”
Dana Marton, Deathmarch

Dana Marton
“Expect the best, prepare for the worst. Right?"

"As long as a person doesn't spend all their time preparing for the worst and miss when they stumble across the best.”
Dana Marton, Deathmarch

Dana Marton
“I'm through running."

"What if I want to chase you around the house naked?"


"With handcuffs."


"And if I want you to wear your Calamity Jane outfit?”
Dana Marton, Deathmarch

Sinclair Lewis
“Carol was dismayed to find the Christian religion, in America, in the twentieth century, as abnormal as Zoroastrianism – without the splendor.”
Sinclair Lewis, Main Street

Sinclair Lewis
“Maud’s manner indicated that the falsity of the story was an insignificant flaw in its general delightfulness.”
Sinclair Lewis, Main Street

Sinclair Lewis
“But she knew that she still had no plan in life, save always to go along the same streets, past the same people, to the same shops.”
Sinclair Lewis, Main Street

Sinclair Lewis
“She noted that the few people whom they passed wore their raggedest coats for the evil day.”
Sinclair Lewis, Main Street

Jacqueline E. Smith
“Word spreads like wildfire in a town as small as Cedar Ridge, and by the time I make it to work, the streets of downtown are bustling with locals and tourists alike, all asking the same question. It’s sort of like being in the opening sequence of a Disney movie, but instead of singing about the funny girl who likes to read or the street rat who stole a loaf of bread, all of the colorful townspeople are wondering whether or not their neighbors have heard about the Bogman. And of course, everybody’s answer is “Yes.”
Jacqueline E. Smith, Trashy Suspense Novel

Casey Cep
“Like a lot of small town bookworms, she was too well-read to be a true country bumpkin, but too country to be anything but mesmerized by Manhattan. She had enough books to read, and movies to see, and museums to visit to last her several lifetimes. The city overwhelmed and delighted her.”
Casey Cep, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Stephen King
“Country folk talked, that was all. Whether in the borderlands or the baronies, gossip was ever the chief sport.”
Stephen King, Wolves of the Calla

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