Southern Women Quotes

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Sarah Addison Allen
“She was so Southern that she cried tears that came straight from the Mississippi, and she always smelled faintly of cottonwood and peaches.”
Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells

Margaret Mitchell
“It was this feminine conspiracy which made Southern society so pleasant. Women knew that a land where men were contented, uncontradicted ans safe in possession of unpunctured vanity was likely to be a very pleasant place for women to live. So, from the cradle to the grave, women strove to make men pleased with themselves, and the satisfied men repaid lavishly with gallantry and adoration. In fact, men willingly gave ladies everything in the world except credit for having intelligence.”
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

Nancy B. Brewer
“With time, grief has a way of slipping down in the crevices of your heart. It never really leaves; it just makes room for more.”
Nancy B. Brewer, Beyond Sandy Ridge

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
“Southern Mamas are known for being subtle, like a freight train.”
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind

Lillian Hellman
“Well, there are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. Then there are people who stand around and watch them eat it. (Softly) Sometimes I think it ain't right to stand and watch them do it.”
Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes

Nancy B. Brewer
“{Summertime she speaks of winter, she eats ham, but speaks of beef, got a good man but, flirts with another. She might as well go to hell, cause she ain't gonna be happy in heaven either!}”
Nancy B. Brewer

Magan Vernon
“Well, honey, it is the south. These debutantes know how to verbally kick anyone’s ass. They learned it from their mamas in the womb.”
Magan Vernon, On Paper Wings

Agnostic Zetetic
“Let’s be very clear about this, asshole: I’ve been a woman in Arkansas. I know damn well what it means when a man says to me 'Calm down.' Being raped comes next, and that’s a fact I’m never going to forget.”
Agnostic Zetetic

Joshilyn Jackson
“oh that's right, you never lie unless your mouth is open and words are coming out of it”
Joshilyn Jackson, Gods in Alabama

“It's not the impression you make, it's the impression you leave.

-A Tennessee woman remembering her Old Southern grandmother”
Maryln Schwartz, New Times In The Old South: Or Why Scarlett's in Therapy & Tara's Going Condo

Brandy Heineman
“When a Southern woman offers you a homecooked meal, you're only rude if you refuse. That goes for seconds and thirds too, by the way." -Ruby Watts”
Brandy Heineman, Whispers in the Branches

Michael Shaara
“A little eccentricity is a help to a general. It helps with the newspapers. The women love it too. Southern women like their men religious and a little mad. That’s why the fall in love with preachers.”
Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War

Bill Hicks
“She was a southern girl, which is the same as saying she was insane. All southern women are insane. Some are cold blooded killers and some are harmless eccentrics, but the best of the breed exhibit both of these characteristics and always the one you expect the least at the time you least expect it.”
Bill Hicks, Love All the People: Letters, Lyrics, Routines

Karyn Rae
“You don't have to be religious to hear God, you just have to be willing, and there's a big difference between the two.”
Karyn Rae, The Achilles Heel

Agnostic Zetetic
“It’s the process of being minimized, invalidated, silenced. It’s the process of being subjected to whatever someone else thinks I owe them. It’s the process of being used, examined, explored, and thrown away. It’s the process of being convinced to comply with the orders of someone who does not see me as their equal, someone who sees nothing wrong with the notion that I’m somehow lesser than they are. Rape isn’t about sex; it’s about all those other things. It’s about power.”
Agnostic Zetetic

A.D. Sams
“Perspective and perseverance are carved by time and constructed by wisdom.”
A.D. Sams

“I don't know which hurt more: his rejection, his punch, or my own elder siblings laughing at my pain.”
Dorothy Hampton Marcus, I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know: A Southern White Woman's Story about Race

Brenda Sutton Rose
“Today, it is the scent of honeysuckle that takes me back in time and lays me down near a barn. I pick a honeysuckle blossom, touch the trumpet to my nose and inhale. With sticky filthy fingers, I pinch the base of its delicate well then lick the drop of nectar. The sweet liquid makes me thirst for more, and I reach for another and another, the same hands that reach again and again for tobacco as I string. I separate honeysuckle blossoms and taste.”
Brenda Sutton Rose

Sarah Addison Allen
“As a rule, rich Southern women did not like to be surpassed in either need or beauty. The exception was with their daughters. Daughters of the South were to their mothers what tributaries were to the main rivers they flowed into: their source of immovable strength.”
Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

Bill Hicks
“She was a southern girl, which is the same as saying she was insane.”
Bill Hicks, Love All the People: Letters, Lyrics, Routines

“...Southern women are impossible to live with because they will never find a man who treats them like their daddy did.”
Maryln Schwartz, New Times In The Old South: Or Why Scarlett's in Therapy & Tara's Going Condo

Katherine Imogene Youngblood
“Writing is an act of faith. One must believe and see people who are invisible to others and be faithful to tell half formed stories. It’s like being on the trail of an apparition who’s repeatedly just out of reach.
K. Youngblood”
Katherine Imogene Youngblood

Jaguar Jonez
“We stared at each other in silence until she looked away. I won. I always won, because I had my daddy’s eyes and she could only stare for so long, without looking away. I had my own ways of getting to Baby-Sweet.”
Jaguar Jonez, Dem Country Girls Love Hard: Everybody Starts Off With A Clean Slate

Harriet Ann Jacobs
“I have myself known two southern wives who exhorted their husbands to free those slaves towards whom they stood in a "parental relation;" and their request was granted. These husbands blushed before the superior nobleness of their wives' natures. Though they had only counseled them to do that which was their duty to do, it commanded their respect, and rendered their conduct more exemplary. Concealment was at an end, and confidence took the place of distrust.”
Harriet A. Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself

“That's the measure of friendship, isn't it? Knowing people who will jar your secret and store it in a dark cellar forever. People who know it's never about the secret itself, but the keeping of it.”
Karen White

“Why, she's as mild as a flower! She ain't hurt nobody! Now git in the kitchen and git some chicory!”
Toni Orrill

Jaguar Jonez
“We were about to make love in the same bed I shared with my husband, and the extent of our immorality was weighing in on both of us, but not enough to stop us.”
Jaguar Jonez, Dem Country Girls Love Hard: Everybody Starts Off With A Clean Slate

Pamela  Martin
“Something Stinks in Denmark”
Pamela Martin, Hard Whispers

Claire Fullerton
“Because the thing about being a Southern girl is they let you run loose until the time comes to shape you.”
Claire Fullerton, Little Tea

Janet McNally
“She's a picture of concern, like some kind of well, bless your heart Southern woman in an old movie. Except that my freshman-year English teacher was from Alabama, and I know what Southern people mean when they say bless your heart.”
Janet McNally, The Looking Glass

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