Top 195 Seattle Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Seattle Quotes from famous people such as Andy Jassy, Leah LaBelle, Jermaine O’Neal, Tom Colicchio, Dorothy Malone, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

We have a lot of people in Seattle, but we also have a

We have a lot of people in Seattle, but we also have a lot of people in Bellevue and it is where most of our growth will end up being.
Andy Jassy
I needed to get out of Seattle. I had to just come into my own world, my own zone, and really appreciate me and my music.
Leah LaBelle
Look at the Seattle Seahawks. They talk it, they walk it and they play like wild animals. Sometimes you need that to win.
Jermaine O’Neal
There’s a food revolution going on throughout the country. And it doesn’t matter if you’re down south, up north in Maine, if you’re out west in Portland or Seattle.
Tom Colicchio
I was born in Everett; I went through grade school in Everett, high school in Seattle.
Dorothy Malone
I want to finish my career in Seattle but it’s rocky.
Gary Payton
I have a fond place in my heart for Seattle, so I hope that an NBA team comes back to this great city, this great sports city.
Magic Johnson
My football do-over is when I went to Seattle and had both jobs as coach and general manager.
Mike Holmgren
My wife is from Seattle.
Ken Griffey Jr.
There’s a Kiss through-line to a lot of the music that came out of Seattle, and it hasn’t been talked about a lot.
Mike McCready
I grew up in Seattle, where there isn’t a lot of sun.
Josie Bissett
There’s no secret about it: Every team does things differently. Seattle runs their program one way. New England runs it another way. Philly runs it another way.
Chris Long
I was never the class clown or anything like that. When I was growing up and doing theatre in Seattle I was always doing very dramatic work. Now I can’t get a dramatic role to save my life!
Anna Faris
Seattle’s not a particularly Jewish city, and I’m not in any way religious. Since I’ve been here, I’ve been a fairly productive, even obsessively productive, writer.
David Shields
Seattle very much benefited from this geography where it was a town nobody had really heard of in terms of a music scene. So we had that factor of being a new discovery.
Chris Cornell
There’s a lot of guys that I obviously admire. The Gary Paytons, me growing up in Seattle being able to watch him play. Even my peers now, the Patrick Beverleys and the Kawhi Leonards, I admire those guys.
Avery Bradley
I love Los Angeles. I love Seattle, too, which is where we have our home. But the notion of spending a lot of time in Los Angeles has been exciting to me for years. The community down there is great.
Steve Ballmer
My friend Danny Clinch, who’s a photographer, gave me a big, signed, numbered print of a photo he took of Eddie Vedder in Seattle. It’s hung in my writing room where I have posters of writers that inspire me. They’re all pointing at me. Tom Waits is like, ‘Don’t sell out!’
Brian Fallon
I saw the Clash in ’79 at the Paramount in Seattle, and it changed my whole life.
Duff McKagan
So when we finally settled down outside of Seattle I felt totally uncomfortable with that idea.
Josh Lucas
When we moved to Seattle, everybody kind of disappeared into different corners of the city and it was a very difficult time for the band.
Ben Gibbard
With the national team, we have these fans, people love of us, people come up to us in our cities, and they’re like, ‘We love you – what are you doing in Seattle?’ And I’m like, ‘I live here, and I’ve played here for the last five years.’
Megan Rapinoe
I started with California, and I did not like it. I flew over to Seattle, and I did not like it much. I felt like Iowa is the place – I like the people and the environment.
Liang Chow
Summer in Seattle allows me to indulge in some of the region’s top culinary delights – I’m talking about wild king salmon and fresh, ripe Washington stone fruits and berries like cherries, peaches, plums, and blueberries.
Tom Douglas
My parents were laborers so we lived on South Park, which was a low-income region of Seattle. You had a choice – you either joined or formed a gang or you let others bully you.
Jack Bowman
I have an affinity for the old Seattle coffee shops, places like the Green Onion and the Copper Kettle, the classic kind of coffee bar – little places that served breakfast, lunch and dinner and have pretty much disappeared.
Tom Douglas
I listened to all types of music, and obviously when I got to Seattle I was very much aware of the music scene there.
Randy Johnson
I was close to joining Seattle Sounders when I left Schalke in 2012, but we decided to go to Qatar first.
Whenever I’d get in trouble, my mom would send me to Seattle, and when I would get in trouble there, I’d get sent back to Virginia.
Lil Tracy
Seattle is still more Caucasian than most medium-sized cities. The sort of psychosexual politics of white fandom in context of black athletes who are also both very rich and slightly angry is just, to me, bottomlessly fascinating.
David Shields
There was no support system in Seattle for musicians.
Mike McCready
I'm not from this Earth - I'm from Pluto. I moved to Se

I’m not from this Earth – I’m from Pluto. I moved to Seattle when I was 2.
Lil Mosey
If it’s football season, all things sort of stop. I’m from Seattle, so I’ll watch the Seahawks and whatever other game that day is worthy.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
You see 6,000 times more tech companies in San Francisco than you see in Seattle. All the money is in San Francisco when you look at the venture fund maps. The PR is in San Francisco. The centricity of the industry is in San Francisco.
Robert Scoble
When it comes to grunge or even just Seattle, I think there was one band that made the definitive music of the time. It wasn’t us or Nirvana, but Mudhoney. Nirvana delivered it to the world, but Mudhoney were the band of that time and sound.
Eddie Vedder
In our industry, there are so many competing companies and games, and they have people constantly out spying on competition. For example, Valve in Seattle tries to keep their location a secret.
Rony Abovitz
When I moved to Seattle, I was hanging out with kids who had done drugs, had sex a million times. I look at them now and realize their childhood was taken away.
Jeff Ament
I love being able to help promote Seattle to travelers worldwide.
Tom Douglas
I moved to L.A. right out of high school, but not to act. I think I chose it because it was on the same time zone as Seattle, where I’m from.
Cam Gigandet
My mom was an actress in the local Seattle theater doing experimental plays.
Rainn Wilson
I always had my feet in two places when I was doing amateur dance in Seattle.
Ann Reinking
Of course Seattle loves soccer. You can see from the men’s Seattle Sounders team.
Hope Solo
One of the first bands to break out of Seattle was Heart.
Layne Staley
I grew up in the Seattle suburbs – the suburbs of suburbs. Where I’m from, it’s super quiet, just woods and nothing.
Yoon Ahn
One of my favorite places is Seattle. Growing up, I never thought I’d be able to go to Seattle. I grew up in eastern South Carolina, so that’s as far as you can get from Seattle, unless I lived in Miami.
Josh Turner
I know a lot of people say New York is the basketball mecca, but to me, it’s Seattle.
Rashard Lewis
I think there are four or five interesting pockets where a lot of cool technology companies are getting started. Chicago is one of them. New York is certainly another. Silicon Valley really dominates. And you’re seeing some stuff out of Boston and Seattle and down South.
Eric Lefkofsky
I think there’s something for anyone who wants to be a performer in Seattle.
Jinkx Monsoon
I was living down in this awful little redneck town in Oregon, and everyone else was living in Seattle, so we rented a house in Portland, between the two.
Isaac Brock
I tried gimmicky stuff ’cause I wanted to get some attention, and remember, you know, in the rap world Seattle was a cave. There was no light.
Sir Mix-a-Lot
I had bohemian parents in Seattle in the last ’60s living in a houseboat. My dad wrote science fiction novels and painted big murals and oil paintings.
Rainn Wilson
I grew up in Seattle.
Justin Kan
I play a lot of video games, cook meals for my best friends and chosen family in Seattle, and find time to visit my family in Portland, Oregon.
Jinkx Monsoon
Seattle has shaped me in a lot of ways.
David Shields
Whatever Seattle says, the great chief at Washington can rely upon with as much certainty as he can upon the return of the sun or the seasons.
Chief Seattle
I went to several different grade schools all over the West Coast. I got polio when I was 8 and spent eight months in the hospital and a rehab clinic in Seattle.
Dennis Washington
During my draft process, I had Seattle come and work me out. This is one of the places where I thought I might be drafted. I’m glad it worked out I’m here.
B. J. Daniels
I like it in Seattle.
Freddie Ljungberg
I know that the Seattle my parents knew is not the Seattle I know and that these things exist in a state of constant flux and change. The hope is that at least some of that change can be for the better.
Ben Gibbard
Around the time I opened my second restaurant, Etta’s, I had just finished judging at the Jack Daniels World Invitational BBQ Championship in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Back home in Seattle, my goal was to recreate the sweet and smoky taste of that BBQ using our local wild king salmon instead of pig.
Tom Douglas
I never thought I would be the oldest quarterback in the National Football League at one point, not in a million years. I never thought I would play as long as I did, either, seventeen years from start to finish, with stops in Houston, Minnesota, Seattle, and Kansas City.
Warren Moon
I grew up outside of Seattle and have lived here my whole life, and I think that there is a culture of questioning and guilt. Almost an ‘anti-ambition.’
Carrie Brownstein
I used to hate playing Seattle shows.

I used to hate playing Seattle shows.
Chris Cornell
I think, overall, the name ‘The Storm’ in Seattle has just continued to grow. It has now become not just an afterthought that we have a WNBA team here: it has become a part of the ‘fabric’ of our sports society.
Sue Bird
Seattle, they like the Bay a lot. They like the Bay area sound, the West Coast sound.
Lil Mosey
I lived on the West Coast my entire life and I’ve seen first hand how the homeless crisis is spiraling out of control in cities like Seattle and Portland and Los Angeles.
Emily Compagno
Playing in Seattle, ‘The 12’ are extremely loud. At first, I could be on the field, two feet away from you and not hear a single thing you’re saying. But once you get used to the noise, you use it to your advantage. It charges you up.
Shaquill Griffin
Seattle isn’t known for a particular production sound, so that leaves a lot of great producers in Seattle doing kind of their own thing. And I think, for me, I was probably enough removed from hip-hop that my style was even a little bit weirder than that.
Ryan Lewis
Everything that I want to do as a player, I started there. So, of course, I had some love for Seattle and was hoping that I could go back there.
Shaquill Griffin
The city of Seattle has become my second home for my family and I.
Robinson Cano
I mean, if you look at all the great romantic screwbally kind of movies from the ’30s and ’40s, they’re all in New York. Even ‘Sleepless in Seattle,’ a movie about Seattle, ends up in New York, of course. The whole country, even if they’ve never been to New York, knows about it… from the movies.
Brad Hall
In some cities, McDonald’s rules, but Seattle is ruled by teriyaki joints.
Tom Douglas
I went to the University of Washington in Seattle. This was a very good place to study, and I learned a lot. But it wasn’t the right place for my Ph.D.
Robert Mundell
I come from a town in Washington state that might not be too familiar to Clevelanders called Chelan. It’s really beautiful. It’s about two-and-a-half hours east of Seattle and two-and-a-half hours west of Spokane. It’s right in the middle of the state.
Joe Harris
I was this weird misfit guy from suburban Seattle, I never really fit in, and then I became a drama geek, among all the other different kinds of geek that I was growing up, and I found I was pretty good at it.
Rainn Wilson
What’s my favorite thing about Seattle? It’s Ho Ho’s Restaurant.
Marshawn Lynch
If the opponents of an increase in the minimum wage were correct, then every time you fly to Seattle, you’ve got to bring a bagged lunch because there shouldn’t be any restaurants because they should have all have gone out of business as a result of raising the minimum wage.
Tom Perez
Chris Cornell painted in song the darkness and beauty of life in Seattle.
Mike McCready
We still have our home in Seattle. The kids are there. The grandkids are there.
Mike Holmgren
I naively thought I would quit television writing, move up to Seattle, my novel would come out, and then I’d have a novel writing career, and so I found myself really stuck in this very poisonous self-pitying state and felt like I’d never write again. And I blamed Seattle for that.
Maria Semple
Nirvana was like that- Nirvana was like the only band to come out of that- it was like the same thing, Seattle was like this whole scene and it was like this big scene that was thrust upon America.
Jon Fishman
I grew up a Seattle Sonics fan, in Washington state.
Mark Lanegan
Started an early career with Seattle, came straight in and they gave me a chance to play early.
Shaquill Griffin
I confess to loving a good murder mystery – anything by Scott Turow or John Grisham. Maybe it’s a holdover from my days as a criminal prosecutor in Seattle.
Gary Locke
In Seattle, I’ve talked about how Pete Carroll is such… I’m kind of surprised at the variety of styles that successful coaches can have. Some are very communicative and positive and energized – like, Pete Carroll has all that in spades. Some of them are more cerebral; some are more directive.
Paul Allen
And Seattle isn’t really crazy anymore. It’s a big dot-com city.
Krist Novoselic
Whenever Elvin Jones comes to Seattle I try to go catch him.
Matt Cameron
I travel a lot and rarely make it home to Seattle.
Hope Solo
We have such an amazing drag community, and I don’t think people fully realize it about Seattle.
Jinkx Monsoon
When I knew I wanted to write a novel that would be a twist on a conventional romantic comedy, I re-watched ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ as well as the other two films in the indomitable Ephron trifecta – ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘You’ve Got Mail.’
Camille Perri
When I played in the NBA for 12 years, Seattle had some of the best fans in the NBA.
Kevin Johnson
It was not until I got my first job, at the University of Washington in Seattle, and began playing chess with Don Gordon, a brilliant young theorist, that I learned economic theory.
Douglass North
I think what’s beautiful when you’re looking at artists like Macklemore and you’re looking at artists like Ayron Jones, they’re proud of Seattle and they’re bringing it back. Seattle’s a real music town. When you act ashamed of that, you should be pushed outta the game as far as I’m concerned.
Sir Mix-a-Lot
Life in Newcastle has been a lot more similar to life i

Life in Newcastle has been a lot more similar to life in Seattle, which has been great. The city is relaxed but, just like Seattle, Newcastle’s passion for their team is second to none. You get recognized walking down the street or when you’re around town.
DeAndre Yedlin
I left Green Bay for Seattle in 1999. I wonder what would have happened had I stayed in Green Bay, where I’ve got one of the best quarterbacks of all time in his prime.
Mike Holmgren
I would like to thank all of the fans who have supported me throughout my career with the New England Revolution, Fulham, Tottenham, Seattle Sounders, and the U.S. Men’s National Team. Y’all have always made me feel at home, and it is something that I will always remember.
Clint Dempsey
I remember my very first audition for a film. I was in Seattle. They were taping the session, and I just went crazy. The director finally said, ‘Zoe, what are you doing? The camera’s right here. Just talk to me.’ And it took that director saying that to me to change everything.
Zoe McLellan
I can’t stand it when restaurants don’t have a sense of place in a city. When I’m in London, I want to know I’m in London. When you’re sitting in my joint, you know you’re sitting in Seattle.
Tom Douglas
The Clippers are the L.A. Clippers, and they will remain the L.A. Clippers. There is no question about that. I live in Seattle. I will continue to live in Seattle.
Steve Ballmer
Doolittle was a major influence on the Seattle grunge scene, which emerged in the early 1990s.
Joey Santiago
I feel thankful for the Seattle organization and the city. The fans embraced me right away, and I had a great time there.
Robinson Cano
Seattle is a fantastic place to build a great technology-enabled consumer company.
Dan Levitan
If you started in New York you were dealing with the biggest guys in the world. You’re dealing with Charlie Parker and all the big bands and everything. We got more experience working in Seattle.
Quincy Jones
I think Seattle has a great sort of luxury and comfort sensibility, which I oftentimes think is lost in fashion for fashion’s sake.
Chris Benz
January 14, 2000, was my first time on stage, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I got discovered nationally in Seattle by the now-defunct HBO Comedy Festival, and that led to an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and a path to a professional comedy career.
Hari Kondabolu
I collect old Coon Chicken Inn memorabilia. I collect black memorabilia, like old minstrel posters. It was a real place. There was one in Seattle, one in Portland, and one in Salt Lake City. They started in 1925, and then they went out of business around 1958.
Terry Zwigoff
Seattle is very similar to Minneapolis. I like the culture; I like the people. I raced a bike and won a national championship on Lake Washington in 1977, so I’ve had a connection there for a long time.
Greg LeMond
All I really had was a suitcase and my drums. So I took them up to Seattle and hoped it would work.
Dave Grohl
I grew up in Seattle, but I always knew I wanted to leave.
David Guterson
I think I owe it to the people of Seattle, and myself, to retire as a Mariner.
Ken Griffey Jr.
And don’t get me wrong, I’ve built a life and some great friends and some great relationships in Seattle. But I also learned so much and knowing that there is a business aspect behind it, everything that I have learned, that’s something that I hold dear to my heart.
Shaquill Griffin
I’m not super-polite or civil – I try to be civil, but I’m not into Seattle’s niceties, and I’m not hugely wired into Seattle’s natural beauty.
David Shields
I was dishwasher, then promoted to chef in a local kitchen in a restaurant in Seattle, and I was working on a building site as well, putting in insulation and painting houses, and then doing some classes at a community college nearby.
Alexis Denisof
Experiments at Seattle aquarium prove that octopuses can tell individual humans apart – even when the people are dressed identically – just by looking up at them through the water.
Sy Montgomery
I absolutely think the Seattle grunge sound was instrumental to my music education.
David Cook
In college, you always say you’re looking for a home. I found my home in Seattle before I did in college. So that’s why I say I love it here.
Shaquill Griffin
I don’t know when, or how, but I feel it: Basketball will come back to Seattle.
Shawn Kemp
Seattle is the place where you can really find any kind of food, especially Japanese food.
DeAndre Yedlin
I do not see Windows Phones anywhere in the world except Seattle.
Robert Scoble
I attended schools in Seattle through the University of Washington, from which I was graduated in 1931. I spent the next year at Northwestern University.
George Stigler
At the end of the day, no one has won more games than Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks to start a guy’s career, right. So success there has also made them a little, you know, it’s almost spoiled them a little bit.
Greg Olsen
It’s still fun to come to games, and it’s still fun to be in the Seattle crowd.
Steve Largent
Growing up in Seattle, I was always that kid who didn’t subscribe to what everyone else was wearing.
Chris Benz
Think of everything in Seattle – Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks. Then you go down to Silicon Valley – Intel, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter. What does New York produce?
Nicolas Berggruen
The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continu

The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks.
Richard Sherman
Oh, I grew up in Seattle.
DeAndre Yedlin
At least inside the city of Seattle, driving is going to be a hobby in 2035. It’s not going to be a mode of commuting the same way hunting is a hobby for some people, but it’s not how most of us get our food.
Oren Etzioni
I grew up in Germany for a little while, and all my German friends said that Seattle, weather and energy-wise, is a lot like West Germany. It’s true.
Daniel Breaker
The more people pointed at me in scorn the more stubborn I got and when they began calling me the Bad Girl of West Seattle High, I tried to live up to it.
Frances Farmer
Because of how I am on the court, people think I’m wild and crazy. But really, I’m a kick-back guy, so Seattle suits me fine.
Gary Payton
People are nice in Seattle.
Howie Long
The ruling ethos of Seattle is forlorn apology for our animal impulses.
David Shields
I went to Seattle U. Nice Jesuit school there.
Duff McKagan
I learned so much from the people in Seattle. They taught me everything from community to business relationships.
Shawn Kemp
I was driving around the country when I was 19 and happened to run out of cash in Seattle, so I settled here.
Tom Douglas
I started drag in Portland, Oregon, but I don’t feel that I came to life as a drag queen until I started working in Seattle. That’s what really lit the rocket fuel in my career.
Jinkx Monsoon
I’m looking forward to providing the men of Seattle with an evening where they can kick back, light up a cigar and enjoy a night to themselves. Women, we can’t technically keep you out, but please stay at home.
Tom Leykis
My wife and I just prefer Seattle. It’s a beautiful city. Great setting. You open your front door in the morning and the air smells like pine and the sea, as opposed to bus exhaust.
Ron Reagan
Seattle is home, that’s first and foremost.
Jamal Crawford
My grandfather was hit over the head by a crane boom in Seattle. Some of the family claimed he was never a violent, crazy person before that. Some say he was. It depends who you believe.
Chuck Palahniuk
We’re not Seattle East. We’re our own Atlanta, and there are definitely things I learned from Coach Carroll. He had probably the single biggest influence on my coaching career.
Dan Quinn
I was born in Northern California and lived there until I was about eight years old. Then my parents moved me up to Seattle. I lived there from ages eight to 16. When I was a California kid, I remember running around in my bathing suit and barefoot all the time and getting a suntan.
Bonnie McKee
Seattle’s support system got me through those early, difficult years. It was a very funky, very friendly, very relaxed place that had it all for a writer.
Alan Furst
I absolutely remember when I decided upon playing Ernie Ball strings, and it was right then and there at the guitar store up in Seattle when I picked up my first guitar ever. They said, ‘What kind of strings should we put on it?’ And I just looked at the brightest color package and said, ‘That one!’
Zacky Vengeance
The first time I played against Seattle was the only time I felt destroyed. Vin Baker just manhandled me. The whole thing, their double teams, their movement, everything. I must’ve had eight turnovers. Which isn’t a big deal for me because I turn the ball over a lot.
Tim Duncan
I think, generally speaking as a player, when I hear the word ‘scout,’ it’s usually, ‘The Seattle Storm are playing the L.A. Sparks tomorrow; the assistant coaches are scouting the L.A. Sparks.’ And then they come to us and give a scouting report on the players and the team.
Sue Bird
Seattle is a liberal city, its politics not so much blue (in the American, not the British, sense) as deep ultramarine, and its manners are studiously polite.
Jonathan Raban
Life here (in the Pacific Northwest, not in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland or the chain of buildings connecting them but in the rest of the place, out west and east from the north-south I-5 river) can sometimes feel like a half-dream, half-myth.
Phil Elverum
Making ribs in Texas isn’t that unusual a choice for ‘Top Chef’. We played the stereotypes everywhere we go. It’s not only in Texas. We do it in New York; we did it in San Francisco. Listen if we shoot it in Seattle you know we’re going to be throwing salmon somewhere.
Tom Colicchio
This is Seattle. We’re supposed to have superior taste.
Maria Semple
Everybody in Seattle thought I was the chosen one, musically wise. You know, if anyone was going to make it, it was going to be that guy.
Duff McKagan
If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
Hunter S. Thompson
I’m a Mariners fan! I’m from Seattle, so I’m all about the Mariners and the Seahawks.
Jo Koy
Seattle was my favorite team growing up, so I know a little bit about Coach Karl and his history. He’s one of the best coaches in the game, well-respected by much of his peers and much of his players.
Andre Iguodala
I had a column for the ‘Seattle Weekly’ for five years, and there was one column that was called ‘How To Be A Man,’ and it was kind of tongue in cheek; it was really tongue in cheek. And I got a book deal from that column.
Duff McKagan
In January of 1995, my family and I moved to Seattle. P

In January of 1995, my family and I moved to Seattle. Pearl Jam did the first of their live radio broadcasts, Monkey Wrench Radio, along with many other Seattle musicians.
Jack Irons
I’ve been through WTO riots in Seattle, massive earthquakes, major floods… forest fires. I just try to be as even-keeled and calm as possible.
Gary Locke
If Nirvana had remained a small, underground punk rock band, Kurt Cobain would still be alive. And he’d probably be living in Seattle, getting kind of fat and balding, be relatively happy and producing records for other people.
I would love to be back in Seattle, but I know there’s a business aspect behind it. But that organization knows I love it over there – the fans and coaches know how much I love Seattle. But at the end of the day, I know it’s strictly business.
Shaquill Griffin
‘The Last Seduction,’ ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘While You Were Sleeping’ did a lot to get me noticed for bigger roles.
Bill Pullman
I was fortunate to be raised in Seattle, which was amazing, but that doesn’t take away from the fact I was still a black kid growing up in America.
DeAndre Yedlin
When I was 16, 17 years old, I became aware of music coming out of Olympia, Wash., which is the state capitol and about an hour south of Seattle. And there were bands like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile and Heavens To Betsy, and for the first time, I heard my story being explained to me, being sung to me.
Carrie Brownstein
I spent the first 15 years of my career in Seattle.
Dennis Muilenburg
Democrats inhabit the low shores of Puget Sound, mostly on its eastern side, in a ragged trail of port-cities that stretches from Bellingham, close to the Canadian border, through Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma, to Olympia, the state capital, at the southern end of the sound.
Jonathan Raban
My first flight was to Majorca as a 17-year-old and I went to Seattle to visit a friend after that. But the first time I really ventured out abroad to Canada and Japan as well as to Europe, to France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, was to promote my first album.
Corinne Bailey Rae
You could be a woman in Alabama who’s a conservative Christian, or you could be a total crunchy-granola woman in Seattle and 20 years old, and both of you would watch Oprah.
Shonda Rhimes
I did ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ two years in a row in the winter in Seattle, and that was an amazing experience both times.
Jinkx Monsoon
Simply as a writer of books I’m thrilled and proud that Seattle should have raised, on a public vote, sufficient money to build a central library, and moreover to rebuild every other library in the city: 28 of them.
Jonathan Raban
Of all the grunge bands to come out of Seattle, Alice in Chains were the greatest.
Dimebag Darrell
Here in Seattle, I’m the most productive I’ve ever been. I don’t allow myself personal distractions. I’m extremely disciplined here.
Donald Byrd
When I got out of college, I moved to Seattle because it was the nearest big city and still didn’t know if I wanted to be a composer, conductor, singer, actor. I just got day jobs and auditioned and took what came, and the theater doors were the ones opening the most.
J. K. Simmons
I moved to Seattle when I was two or three years old. Had my early education there, and would spend summers on the farm in Maryland. Then I went to boarding school in New Hampshire, to St. Paul’s School. From there, I moved to London.
Alexis Denisof
As far as the grunge thing, there are three bands from Seattle that I would call true grunge.
Adam Jones
People in Seattle and Tacoma know who I am as a person, and I don’t think I am a character risk or have a character issue at all.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
I won so many years in Seattle and then to go to Cleveland… I had a pretty nice year the first year I got there and then the last two years, we just weren’t able to make it to the playoffs.
Shawn Kemp
When I went to Seattle, it was quite a quiet town and we made it the biggest soccer following in America. We didn’t have the paparazzi, though, and I needed that at the time.
Freddie Ljungberg
That openness to experimentation in Seattle is how I learned a drag queen doesn’t have to just be in her pageant gear and lip syncing to top 40. Drag can be off-the-wall, ridiculous, profound.
Jinkx Monsoon
I love San Francisco more than any other city outside of Seattle, but I’ve seen it go from a vibrant, creative community to a playground for tech bros.
Ben Gibbard
Traditionally, Seattle has been a great sports town and great football town. What the Huskies have achieved over the years has been pretty amazing. That’s how I got my first taste of football – when I went with my father to Husky Stadium.
Paul Allen
I grew up in Colorado – went back there, tried to heal myself and grow and learn, then got a call that David Lynch wanted me to fly back to Seattle so he could meet me for Twin Peaks.
Sheryl Lee
Some people have no respect whether you are with your family or not. That’s the hardest part. I was shopping in a grocery store in Seattle looking for stuff for Nicholas. This guy kept following me with his cell phone video on.
Joe Montana
I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I first came to Seattle but I have to say that how the city and the fans have embraced me has gone beyond my wildest dreams and for that I am forever grateful.
Freddie Ljungberg
Seattle is like a global gumbo, a melting pot with all kinds of people – the rich, the poor, white people, some Chinese, Filipino, Jewish and black people – they’re all here.
Quincy Jones
To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen.
Tom Robbins
When I moved to Seattle in fourth grade, I joined the Seattle Girls’ Choir. It’s a world-class choir, and we competed, toured Europe, and went and sang at the Vatican, so it was a really awesome experience to have that young.
Bonnie McKee
The deployment of geolocating tags attached to ordinary garbage could paint a surprising picture of the waste management system, as trash is shipped throughout the country in a maze-like disposal process – as we saw in Seattle with our own Trash Track project.
Carlo Ratti
I have no interest at all in the success of the Seattle

I have no interest at all in the success of the Seattle Mariners.
Joe Maddon
Seattle is my home.
Sue Bird
I would never let myself go back there to play another 82-game season in Seattle. I think the team deserves better and the fans deserve better.
Shawn Kemp
The north-south line of ‘the mountains,’ meaning the Cascade Range, forty miles east of Seattle, is a rigid political frontier.
Jonathan Raban
A lot of these kids have gone to Montana State University and become engineers, but they go to work for Boeing in Seattle. They would have stayed if there had been a job here.
Greg Gianforte
I think our relationship with Seattle has had ups and downs frankly.
Andy Jassy
There is no positive outlook about Shawn Kemp in Seattle. When that name is mentioned, it brings nothing but negativity.
Shawn Kemp
Most of the tech CEOs I know used to think that moving to the Midwest or the South was beneath us, a good tactic for the Boeings of the world who don’t need the kind of rare skills we depend on, who have to grub for profits when we reach for growth. But if Amazon can’t afford to keep growing in Seattle, who can?
Glenn Kelman
I’m damn proud to be a Seattle Mariner.
Ken Griffey Jr.