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Texas Quotes and Captions That Celebrate the Lone Star State

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the spirit! But what exactly captures the essence of the Lone Star State? From its rugged landscapes to its unwavering resilience, this collection of Texas quotes and captions will have you ready to pull on your boots and experience it for yourself.

Texas is not just a state. It’s a state of mind where the legends of the Alamo meet the modern-day vibrancy of cities like Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Say its name, and people across the world conjure up images of vast plains, fierce independence, and a spirit that’s as big as the state.

From the sun-drenched beaches of the Gulf Coast to the majestic peaks of the Guadalupe Mountains, Texas boasts a diverse landscape that mirrors its people’s multifaceted characters. This collection of Texas quotes takes you on a tour of the Lone Star State, from its rugged deserts to its lush, piney woods, and into the hearts of the people who call it home. 

Woven into the fabric of Texan identity is a rich history, a deep love for tradition, and an unmistakable sense of humor. This collection of Texas quotes and captions gives you a glimpse into the soul of the Lone Star State, taking you on a journey through its unwavering resilience, captivating beauty, and the unique character that makes Texas truly one-of-a-kind.

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Inspirational Quotes About Texas

Looking for a dose of Texas pride? These inspirational words celebrate the state’s can-do attitude, vast possibilities, and encouragement to dream big, just like Texas.

“You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.”
― Davy Crockett, American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician

“The people of the State of Texas consist principally of men, women, and children, with a sprinkling of cowboys. The weather is very good, the thermometer rarely rising above 2,500 degrees in the shade and hardly ever below 212.”
― O. Henry, American writer

“Like most passionate nations, Texas has its own history based on, but not limited by, facts.” 
― John Steinbeck, American writer

“Texas history is a varied, tempestuous, and vast as the state itself. Texas yesterday is unbelievable, but no more incredible than Texas today. Today’s Texas is exhilarating, exasperating, violent, charming, horrible, delightful, alive.”
― Edna Ferber, American novelist and short story writer

“You can take the girl out of Texas but not Texas out of the girl.”
― Janine Turner, American actress

“For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.” 
― John Steinbeck in Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“Texas is a blend of valor and swagger.” 
― Carl Sandburg, American poet and biographer

“You can imagine me as a kid growing up in redneck Texas with ballet shoes, tucking the violin under my arm. I had to fight my way up.”
― Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer from Houston

“I think Texans have more fun than the rest of the world.” 
― Tommy Tune, American actor and dancer from Wichita Falls, Texas

“A born Texan has instilled in his system a mindset of no retreat or nor surrender. I wish everyone the world over had the dominating spirit that motivates Texans.” 
― Billy Clayton, American politician from West Texas

“Texans ignore ‘better,’ long ago forgot the useless word ‘good.’ Everything in Texas is ‘best.’” 
― Edward Smith

“Only Texas could turn defeat into a legend, and a song, and a tourist attraction, and a major motion picture.” 
― Rosemary Kent, author of The Genuine Texas Handbook

“What you northerners never appreciate… is that Texas is so big that you can live your life within its limits and never give a damn about what anyone in Boston or San Francisco thinks.” 
― James Michener, American writer

Quotes By and About Texas Women

Texas women are a force to be reckoned with, known for their strength, independence, and unwavering spirit. These quotes celebrate their remarkable contributions and unique perspectives.

“Always marry a woman from Texas. No matter how tough things get, she’s seen tougher.”
― Dan Rather, American journalist and commentator

“I have a good friend who’s a Texas girl. Texas girls are a whole different breed.”
― John Cusack, American actor

“Growing up in Texas, you were either pretty or smart. Smart didn’t get you very far, because there weren’t too many job opportunities for women. I wondered why you couldn’t be both.”
― Morgan Fairchild, American actress

“One day, it just dawned on me that I’m from Texas, and that’s what I am.”
― Sissy Spacek, American actress from Quitman, Texas

“As a Texan, I say ma’m and sir to my age contemporaries and open doors for anyone that I can. This goes for men, too, though it is appreciated when they beat me to it and disappointing when they don’t.”
― Tiffany Madison, author from Dallas, Texas

“Texas women are like snowflakes. Individually they may be pretty, but put together, they can stop traffic.” 
― Cathy Bonner, founder of The Women’s Museum in Dallas

“If you hear a Texas woman say ‘Oh, HELL, no!’ it’s already too late.”
― Unknown

“People think I’m girlish and flippant, but I was an honors student. I was voted Girl Most Likely To Succeed at North Mesquite High in Texas. My best subject was science. I won a scholarship.”
― Jerry Hall, American model and actress

“I won’t give up what I enjoy to look perfect. I want to find a happy medium between feeling good about my body and still having a beer and some barbecue.”
― Miranda Lambert, American singer-songwriter

“I’m a Texas girl with a California soul.”
― Crystal Woods

“I am a Cajun Baby in a Texas girl, an all-American woman, and a global goddess.”
― Erin Cumings, American actress and online film pundit

“I’m a pageant girl from Texas, so I like makeup and hairspray. And the smoky eye? I think I was born with it!”
― Eva Longoria, American actress and film producer

“I’m a Texas girl.”
― Hayley Orrantia, American actress and singer-songwriter

“A Texas girl who grew up in terrible poverty, I ended up leading a pretty glamorous life.”
― Alana Stewart, American model and actress

“Deep down, I’m a Texas girl looking for that big romance every girl dreams about. Biologically, I look forward to being a cornerstone of a family. I’ll be in my glory when I have a child on my knee.”
― Renee Zellweger, American actress from Katy, Texas

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Meaningful Texas Quotes

Move beyond the stereotypes and discover the true essence of Texas. These thought-provoking quotes explore the state’s rich history, its core values, and the identity that makes Texas truly one-of-a-kind.

“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.”
― Sam Houston, American general and statesman

“Texas is neither southern nor western. Texas is Texas.” 
― William Blakely, former Texas senator

“I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it, and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox.” 
― John Steinbeck in Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“I’ve traveled all over the world, but I don’t think there is any place better than Texas.”
― Red Adair, American oil well firefighter

“You don’t just move into Texas. It moves into you.”
― Manny Fernandez, professional wrestler from El Paso, Texas

“You expect the Alamo to be huge, but it’s not. History often happens in places that are smaller than you expect.”
― James Harbeck, Editor

“There’s no better place than Texas to start over.”
― John Connelly, bestselling author of mystery and supernatural fiction

“Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word. And there’s an opening convey of generalities. A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.” 
― John Steinbeck, American writer

“It’s fun telling you tall Texas tales. You always look like a little girl who’s hearing Cinderella for the first time.”
― Edna Ferber, American novelist and short story writer

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Quotes About Texas Politics and Texas Politicians

Texas politics are a passionate affair, fueled by fiery independence and a strong sense of individuality. These quotes offer a glimpse into the state’s political landscape, the colorful characters who shape it, and the issues that Texans hold dear.

“As they say around the Texas legislature, if you can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against ‘em anyway, you don’t belong in office.”
― Molly Ivins, American columnist and author

“The Clinton Administration launched an attack on people in Texas because those people were religious nuts with guns. Hell, this country was founded by religious nuts with guns. Who does Bill Clinton think stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock?”
― P.J. O’Rourke, American author and journalist

“I have known George W. Bush slightly since we were both in high school, and I studied him closely as governor. He is neither mean nor stupid. What we have here is a man shaped by three intertwining strands of Texas culture, combined with huge blinkers of class. The three Texas themes are religiosity, anti-intellectualism, and machismo.”
― Molly Ivins, American columnist and author

“In the name of the constitution of Texas, which has been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. I love Texas too well to bring civil strife and bloodshed upon her.”
― Sam Houston, American general and statesman

“All anyone needs to enjoy the state legislature is a strong stomach and complete insensitivity to the needs of the people. As long as you don’t think about what a peculiar body should be doing and what it actually is doing to the quality of life in Texas, then it’s all marvelous fun.”
― Molly Ivins, American columnist and author

“Drilling without thinking has of course been Republican party policy since May 2008.”
― Naomi Klein, Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker

“Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called ‘walking.’”
― George W. Bush, 43rd US president

“There is a special mystique to Texas. Texans represent many things to the uninitiated: We are bigger than life in our boots and Stetsons, rugged individualists whose two-steppin’ has achieved worldwide acclaim, and we were the first to define hospitality.” 
― Ann Richards, former governor of Texas

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“Naturally, when it comes to voting, we in Texas are accustomed to discerning that fine hair’s-breadth worth of difference that makes one hopeless dipstick slightly less awful than the other. But it does raise the question: Why bother?”
― Molly Ivins, American columnist and author

“You know the good part about all those executions in Texas? Fewer Texans.”
― George Carlin, American comedian

“The Left despises Texas, with its stellar record of job growth; Texas with its strong support for traditional marriage and the sanctity of life; Texas, the root of the conservative tree. Should the Left succeed in its attempt to turn Texas purple, America could turn permanently blue.”
― Ben Shapiro, American lawyer and columnist

“I’m from Texas, and one of the reasons I like Texas is because there’s no one in control.”
― Willie Nelson, musician and songwriter

“After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”
― Ann Richards, former governor of Texas

“Texas is the finest portion of the globe that has blessed my vision.” 
― Sam Houston, American general and statesman

“I thought I knew Texas pretty well, but I had no notion of its size until I campaigned it.” 
― Ann Richards, former governor of Texas

“Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention.”
― Molly Ivins, American columnist and author

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Quotes About Texas’s Size and Natural Resources

Texas is a land of breathtaking beauty and vastness. These quotes capture the majesty of its natural landscapes and the precious resources that make Texas a unique and vital part of the nation.

“Anyone who has seen the auto factories in Detroit and the oil fields in Texas knows that Japan lacks the national power for a naval race with America.”
― Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese admiral

“I spend most of hunting season at the ranch. We all love to hunt whitetails, and we have a pretty good supply in South Texas.”
― George Strait, American singer and songwriter

“The sky in Texas is the most amazing sky in the whole country, I think. Like you can see more sky in Texas than you can see anywhere else in the world.”
― Idina Menzel, American actress and singer

“Texas will again lift its head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.”
― Sam Houston, American general and statesman

“If you’ve ever driven across Texas, you know how different one area of the state can be from another. Take El Paso. It looks as much like Dallas as I look like Jack Nicklaus.” 
― Lee Trevino, American professional golfer

No matter where you go in East Texas, ‘Deep’ East Texas is always about twenty miles further in than wherever you are.” 
― Markham Shaw Pyle, author of Fools, Drunks, and the United States

“Mars is almost as big as Texas.”
― Lt. James Calder in It! The Terror from Beyond Space

“The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. This is a world of country here to settle.” 
― Davy Crockett, American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician

“Most Americans can cover their home state in less than a week. In Texas, if you concentrate and work at it steadily, you can traverse your territory by about age thirty-seven.” 
― Rosemary Kent

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Quotes About Texas in Movies and on Television

How has Texas been portrayed on the silver screen and the small screen? These quotes explore the state’s enduring presence in pop culture, from larger-than-life characters to iconic settings that continue to capture the imagination.

“Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas.”
― Ian Fleming, British writer best known for his James Bond spy novels

“That’s a contraband item, ma’am, as it is illegal in every state, except Texas.”
― Thomas Haden Church as Dwayne Lafontant in Over the Hedge

“I grew up in Alice, Texas, a small oil town with one theater that only showed Roy Rogers movies. So when I got the role, I had never even seen a Bond film and had only had a vague notion about the idea of a Bond girl”
― Lois Chiles, American actress

“You know truckin’ Coors beer east of Texas is bootleggin’.”
― Quote from Smokey and the Bandit

Paris, Texas is the first film that I’ve totally cared about, the first movie I totally wanted to do — and that after 27 years that I considered my prison term.”
― Harry Dean Stanton, American actor 

“I thought they bred men of flesh and blood in Texas. I was wrong. You’re made of granite.”
― Claire Trevor as Mary McCloud in Dark Command

“I still think Texas Chain Saw Massacre was what they call one of those watershed movies. That and The Exorcist and Psycho were all just landmarks for those horror films.”
― Fred Willard, American actor and comedian

“Don’t know what lovely country really is ‘til you’ve seen Texas in the springtime.”
― John Wayne as Bob Seton in Dark Command

“Growing up in Texas and Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was more famous than John Wayne to some of us. I knew him. I worked with him on a low budget film years ago, and we’d sit around at night while waiting for a shot.”
― Bill Paxton, American actor and filmmaker from Fort Worth, Texas

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Quotes About Football in Texas

In Texas, football isn’t a game, it’s a religion. These quotes celebrate the passion, dedication, and legendary players that make Texas football a cultural phenomenon.

“Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.”
― John Steinbeck, American writer

“Football is to Texas what religion is to a priest.”
― Tom Landry, former coach of the Dallas Cowboys

“East Texas isn’t known for producing quarterbacks. I was never really on the football circuit. I wasn’t the type of guy that put my name out there.
― Patrick Mahomes, quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs

“I grew up in Texas, obviously a huge football state.”
― Drew Brees, professional quarterback

“There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players, and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else.” 
― Peter Hamill, American journalist, novelist, essayist, and editor

“If you want to surf, move to Hawaii. If you like to shop, move to New York. If you like acting and Hollywood, move to California. But if you like college football, move to Texas.”
― Ricky Williams, American football running back

“I’d heard about Texas football and how much of a religion it is, but to go to Odessa and experience it first-hand is something different than just hearing about it”
― Jay Hernandez, American actor

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Quotes About Texas Towns

Texas boasts a rich tapestry of communities, from bustling metropolises to charming small towns, each with its own unique character and spirit. These Texas quotes capture the essence of these places and the stories they tell.

“Fort Worth is friendly. It’s still a Texas town. It’s the most Texas city in Texas.”
― Dan Jenkins, American sportswriter and bestselling novelist

“Dallas is a city of sophistication.”
― Tommy Tune, American actor and dancer from Wichita Falls, Texas

“There’s a freedom you begin to feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas.”
― Willie Nelson, musician and songwriter

“Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I fell in love with a Mexican girl …”
― Marty Robbins, American singer-songwriter

“Presidio is the unadorned meeting place of two great nations.”
― James Michener, American writer

“There’s no place quite like Abbott. That is where my dreams began.”
― Willie Nelson, musician and songwriter

“I never found a place where I wanted to live more than Alvin.”
― Nolan Ryan, American baseball pitcher

“My favorite place in Texas is Lubbock. Mostly because Lubbock, like Popeye the Sailor, is what it is.”
― Molly Ivins, American columnist and author

“In the daytime, San Antonio is more Mexican than American, but not quite genuine Mexican, but picture postcard Mexican.”
― Graham Greene, actor and writer

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Texas Quotes About Food

Texans take their food seriously, and their love affair with barbecue, Tex-Mex, and fresh flavors is legendary. These quotes will have your mouth watering and ready to experience the tasty side of Texas.

“I live in Texas, man. It’s hard to be a vegetarian down here.”
― Samuel Ervin Beam, and American singer-songwriter better known by his stage name Iron & Wine

“Texas does not, like any other region, simply have indigenous dishes. It proclaims them. It congratulates you, on your arrival, at having escaped from the slop pails of the other 49 states.” 
― Alistair Cooke, British-American writer

“Half of San Antonio’s population is of Mexican descent; the other half just eats that way.” 
― Mike Greenberg, anchor and television presenter

“I could never give up Mexican food. Nachos are usually my go-to if I’m courtside at an NBA game. I always, always get my picture taken with my mouth wide open and a tortilla chip sticking out of it!”
― Eva Longoria, American actress and film producer

“Classic Texas barbecue is a beef brisket, sausage, and ribs. A ‘vegetable plate’ is traditionally a potato salad, raw white onions, and pickles. Not quite what most people would call a healthy vegetable plate, but this is how we do it in Texas.”
― Liza Palmer in Nowhere But Home

“The universal food of the people of Texas, both rich and poor, seems to be corn-dodger and fried bacon.”
― Frederick Law Olmstead in A Journey through Texas

“I didn’t drive eleven hours across the state of Texas to watch my cholesterol.”
― Robb Walsh, American writer

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“When speaking of a bowl of red, I refer to chili con carne — honest-to-God chili…”
― Frank X. Tolbert, journalist and historian

“Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken fried steak.”
― Larry McMurtry in In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas

“But the fact that in Texas barbecue, you’re taking one of the worst pieces of the animal and converting it into one of the best is a miracle itself.”
― Aaron Franklin in Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

“Barbecue sauce is like a beautiful woman. If it’s too sweet, it’s bound to be hiding something.”
― Lyle Lovett, American country singer, songwriter, and actor from Houston, Texas

“Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.”
― Matthew McConaughey, American actor from Uvalde, Texas

“Many Texas barbecue fanatics have a strong belief in the beneficial properties of accumulated grease.”
― Calvin Trillin, American journalist and humorist

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Funny Texas Quotes

Texans are known for their sharp wit and down-to-earth humor. Get ready for a chuckle as these quotes showcase the funny side of Texas and its people.

“If a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking?”
― John Gunther, journalist and author

“In Texas, we practically come out of the womb in jeans.” 
― Kelly Clarkson, American singer-songwriter and author from Fort Worth, Texas

“This is America. We’re entitled to our opinions.”
“Wrong. This is Texas. And my opinion is the only one that counts.”
― Susan Elizabeth Phillips in Call Me Irresistible

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Texas Captions for Instagram

Share your love for the Lone Star State with the world! Whether you are in the middle of a three-day Austin itinerary or taking the backroads through the Lone Star State, these catchy captions perfectly complement your Texas-themed Instagram posts and will have your followers double-tapping in no time.

  • Any day is a good day in Texas
  • Austin days and barbeque nights
  • Austin is the cure for everything
  • Chillin’ where the tea is sweet
  • Dallas is the place to be
  • Deep in the heart of Texas
  • Did someone say barbeque?
  • Doin’ it Dallas style
  • Don’t mess with Texas
  • Enjoying life one sweet tea at a time
  • Everything is bigger in Texas
  • Find me in Texas
  • From Dallas, with love
  • Giddy up!
  • God bless Texas
  • Gone to Texas, be back NEVER!
  • Greetings from the Big D
  • Greetings from the Lone Star State
  • Gruene with envy
  • Heading out on a Texas road trip
  • Here for the views and the Tex-Mex
  • Houston, we have a problem
  • How can you complain in a place like Texas?
  • Howdy y’all!
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  • I love you to Texas and back
  • I’d rather be in Texas
  • If you like it then you shoulda put a bluebonnet
  • I’ll have an Amarillo sour.
  • I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could
  • If found, please return to Texas
  • In a relationship with Texas
  • It’s a Texas thing, you wouldn’t understand!
  • Just another amazing day in Texas
  • Keep calm and love Texas
  • L’Austin Texas
  • Life is a party in Austin
  • Living in the land of BBQ and live music
  • Living my best Texas life
  • My favorite thing about Texas is the sunsets
  • Never gonna give Lubbock, never gonna let you down
  • No matter where I roam, I always end up in Texas
  • Nobody loves me quite like Austin does
  • Not all who wander are lost — some of us are just looking for the best tacos!
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  • Sorry for what I said when I wasn’t at the rodeo
  • Telling tall Texas tales
  • Tex-Mex, sunshine and BBQ —- what more does a girl need?
  • Texas forever
  • Texas is always a good idea
  • Texas is calling and I must go
  • Texas is like a whole other country
  • Texas is my happy place
  • Texas looks good on me
  • Texas sunsets are the best in the world
  • Texas weather is perfect for flip flops and shorts
  • The best memories are made in Texas
  • The road goes on forever, and the party never ends
  • There’s a little bit of Texas in all of us
  • There’s just something about Texas
  • There’s nothing like summer in Texas
  • There’s Texas, and then there’s everywhere else
  • Today’s good mood is sponsored by Texas
  • Valor and Swagger
  • When you say goodbye, I say queso

Do You Love Texas?

What is your favorite thing about the Lone Star State? Do you have a favorite quote about Texas? Is there a Texas quote missing from this list? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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2 thoughts on “Texas Quotes and Captions That Celebrate the Lone Star State”

  1. The football quotes really capture the essence of Texas pride in the sport. ‘Football is to Texas what religion is to a priest.’ That’s so true!

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