Small Town Life Quotes

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Kristin Hannah
“Lately he'd been seen going out less and less, becoming that strangest of animals in a small town: a loner.”
Kristin Hannah, Magic Hour

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

George Eliot
“Sane people did what their neighbours did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Christine Feehan
“He thought moving to a small town would allow him to find a way to get along to some extent but people were just plain idiots.”
Christine Feehan, Magic in the Wind

Anton Chekhov
“In this town to know three languages is an unnecessary luxury. It's not even a luxury, but a sort of unnecessary addition, like a sixth finger. We have a great deal of superfluous knowledge.”
Anton Chekhov, The Three Sisters

Tia Giacalone
“Well sue me for staring. I'd be willing to scrub away my shame on his washboard abs.”
Tia Giacalone, Hey Sunshine

Tia Giacalone
“You're kind of... distracting.

Am I?

Yes. In the best way.”
Tia Giacalone, Hey Sunshine

Fannie Flagg
“Oh no, honey. Lots of women go through it early. Why, there was this woman over in Georgia who was only thirty-six-years-old and one day she got in her car and drove right up the stairs to the county courthouse, rolled down her window, and tossed her mother's head that she had just chopped off in her kitchen at a State policeman and hollered, "Here! This is what you wanted," and drove right back down the courthouse stairs. Now that's what an early menopause will do for you if you're not careful.”
Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Lori Copeland
“Man, Duke and I work our fannies off. We don't eat expensive dinners out. We don't go to the mvies or buy our clothes anywhere but Kmart--our biggest treat is taking the kids to Walmart on Friday nights, having a fast food hamburger and doing the grocery shopping.”
Lori Copeland, The Christmas Lamp

Tia Giacalone
“Can dimples wink? Because I felt like his just did.”
Tia Giacalone, Hey Sunshine

Jill Shalvis
“There's a big difference between want and need," she muttered to herself, picking her pad and pen back up. "I mean I want a bikini body, but I need chicken nuggets.”
Jill Shalvis, Lost and Found Sisters

Christopher Barzak
“Small towns in remote corners of the world are really quaint, unless you don't fit into them. Then they're just small.”
Christopher Barzak, Wonders of the Invisible World

Debi Tolbert Duggar
“It was soothing to sit with life-long friends, the cacophony of bar sounds around us while we caught up on our lives and talked about the glory days of high school. My life since then had been on an accelerated trajectory, not always aimed in the best direction. I acquired a sense of well-being from those friends who married their high school sweethearts, set up housekeeping a stone's throw from where they grew up, and kept the heartbeat of small-town living beating rhythmically.”
Debi Tolbert Duggar, Riding Soul-O

Brenda Sutton Rose
“I know this place like I know the calluses on my hands.”
Brenda Sutton Rose, Dogwood Blues

Patrick Hamilton
“Thus looked at from outside, these guests
--in this dead-and-alive dining room, of this dead-and-alive house, of this dead-and-alive street, of this dead-and-alive little town--in grey, dead winter of the deadliest part of the most deadly war in history--thus seen from a detached point of view, they presented an extraordinary spectacle.”
Patrick Hamilton, The Slaves of Solitude

“J.J. and I came from a world where success was measured by how many degrees you had. J.J.'s employees came from a world where it was measured by the size of your subwoofer.”
Paul Jury, States of Confusion: My 19,000-Mile Detour to Find Direction

Janice Daugharty
“Dogwood Blues by Brenda Sutton Rose is a masterful work of classic small-town fiction.”
Janice Daugharty

Katie Ganshert
“When you grew up in a small town... obscurity was a luxury that didn't exist.”
Katie Ganshert, The Art of Losing Yourself

Jessi Kirby
“Every town has its stories. Stories that have been told so many times by so many different people they've worked themselves into the collective consciousness as truth.”
Jessi Kirby, Golden

Sally Henson
“You and I have been friends long enough to know how to treat each other . . . I'm leaving for college. I think I've outgrown the rules.”
Sally Henson, Summer's End

Sarah Mian
“At least in small towns, everyone knows who the crazies are and what their deal is. Someone new walks into a corner store and they get the low down right away: 'Don't say hello to Angus out there or he'll make you listen to him play the spoons for hours.' In the city, crazies float around like balloons. You don't know one till she's hovering over you on a park bench.”
Sarah Mian, When The Saints

Leslie Connor
“I'm an All-Point Bulletin
--alerting and alarming--
Both sides of town line.”
Leslie Connor, Dead on Town Line

Richard Russo
“No, most adults are like her father, whose fear, if he feels any, has been replaced by a kind of melancholy.”
Richard Russo, Empire Falls

“Can you think of anything worse than living in a small town like this [ Farmington, Connecticut] all your life and competing to see which housewife could bake the best cake?

[Letter to R. Beverley Corbin, Jr.
3 October 1946]”
Jackie Kennedy Onassis

Julie   Murphy
“Clover City is the kind of place you leave. It's love that either sucks you in or pushes you away. There are only a few who really make it out and stay out, while the rest of us drink, procreate, and go to church, and that seems enough to keep us afloat.”
Julie Murphy, Dumplin'

Michael Dault
“Fellas, we are the official boys of summer. Rupland treats us like gods. Beyond this though, we ain't shit. We're fools to think otherwise.”
Michael Dault, The Sons of Summer

Michael Dault
“For years I've bled the orange and black, and for what? Look at all of us now. It's done us no favors. I don't miss shit; so don't preach to me about the goddamn game, boy.”
Michael Dault, The Sons of Summer

Michael Dault
“Maybe it's the unique people. Maybe the old-fashioned bucolic setting or the nostalgia it brings—he'll never be sure. But it's there he knows that his family truly became close. Of course, their end there was tragic, yet he knows those years were something else. Those years were the best of their lives.”
Michael Dault, The Sons of Summer

Jessica Ellicott
“As so often happened in the village, Beryl had noticed that there were undercurrents and unspoken histories flowing between people. It was something she had never experienced herself, and whenever it occurred, it left her feeling a little hollow inside, as if there was a part of life that she had missed out on by being so eager to ramble from place to place.”
Jessica Ellicott, Murder Comes to Call

Truman Capote
“Although the journalists anticipated violence, several had predicted shouted abuse. But when the crowd caught sight of the murderers, with their escort of blue-coated highway patrolmen, it fell silent, as though amazed to find them humanly shaped.”
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

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