Whenever we slide a book off the shelf and crack open the spine, we know that we are in for a lesson or two, plus some of our favorite quotes.
Southern authors have a way with words. We have bookcases full of their novels, stories, tall tales, poetry, and, within it all, their wisdom. Whenever we slide a book off the shelf and crack open the spine, we know that we are in for a lesson or two, plus some of our favorite quotes. With each page, we step into other people’s lives. The stories we enter captivate our imaginations, teaching us what it’s like to walk a few pages in someone else’s shoes. Thanks to our Southern authors, we not only have these wonderful stories to peruse, we also have bits of their saved wisdom. Our favorite quotations from Southern authors are words strung together, saved in amber on the page, that survive to inspire and challenge us whenever we happen upon them. We’ve collected some of our favorite quotations, on topics of poetry, life lessons, politics, education, literature, and even baseball. Whether it’s Flannery O’Connor’s Southern gothic tales—sprinkled with biting, tongue-in-cheek humor—or Zora Neale Hurston’s words—at turns heartbreaking and uplifting, but always beautiful—we turn to our Southern authors for their quotations again and again.