Top 88 Tennessee Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Tennessee Quotes from famous people such as Suranne Jones, Anthony Foxx, Ricardo Rossello, Laila Robins, Stephen Karam, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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When I’m older, I’d like to play one of Tennessee Williams’s women and an older Adelaide in ‘Guys and Dolls.’
Suranne Jones
I was in Nashville, Tennessee, and I saw – we talk about crumbling bridges – I saw one, concrete literally falling onto the underpass below, threatening auto traffic.
Anthony Foxx
Back in the 1700s, the people of Tennessee wanted to become a state, but there was not a lot of action or movement in the bullpen so that Tennessee could transition as a state.
Ricardo Rossello
Tennessee Williams is an incredible writer for women because, in many ways, his women characters are him. He writes so passionately.
Laila Robins
My own journey as a writer has been the discovery of different theatrical voices. Chekhov was a revelation. Tennessee Williams was another one. We read ‘The Glass Menagerie’ in high school, and I still remember the cover.
Stephen Karam
I want to thank the people of Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District for once again putting their faith in my ability to serve them; I promise I will never take that trust for granted.
Scott DesJarlais
At the end of the day, I’m certainly hopeful they can leave some time to focus on Tennessee history. But we understand the struggle when it comes to curriculum time and what you just physically don’t have time for.
Bill Haslam
I’d like to be a U.S. senator from Tennessee.
Ralphie May
I have a lot of friends who, especially in Tennessee, were looking forward to getting married who wanted to wait until it was legal in the state that they live in to get married.
Trisha Yearwood
Growing up on a mountain in Tennessee, I spent most of my childhood outside.
Rachel Boston
Believe it or not, I was just given an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee.
Dolly Parton
David Gregory is known by and respected by many for his years of service to the Tennessee Board of Regents and in many roles in state government.
Bill Haslam
Right after graduation, I married Samuel Fisher Babbitt, an academic administrator. I spent the next ten years in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., raising our children, Christopher, Tom, and Lucy.
Natalie Babbitt
Here in Tennessee, instead of the big spending, big government, job killing agenda of the Obama Administration, Tennesseans have tightened their belts and are struggling to find jobs that will enable them to support their families.
Marsha Blackburn
I want to compete with the best – Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. Because I know that not only can we compete, I know that we can win.
Tate Reeves
I met my wife and, for the next ten years, we did no films at all. She did the first movie and then I did several after. My first movie was written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Kazan and was called Baby Doll.
Eli Wallach
American naturalism is what my indulgent actor side loves: a bit of Tennessee Williams, a bit of Clifford Odets, August Wilson – I would just love to tackle some of that.
Emilia Clarke
If we are recognizing the Bible as a sacred text, then we are violating the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee by designating it as the official state book.
Bill Haslam
I love Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O’Connor. I read a lot of American writers.
Kiran Desai
I think, being from east Tennessee, you’re kinda born with a little lonesome in your soul, in your blood. You know you’ve got that Appalachian soul.
Ashley Monroe
We hear a lot about rebuilding Detroit, and we just spent $70 billion to bail out the auto industry – well, they need to be cost competitive, too. If they have high-cost energy, those suppliers are going to move to Japan or Mexico instead of Michigan and Tennessee.
Lamar Alexander
I grew up on a farm in eastern Tennessee with a very southern lifestyle, so my roots are super country and southern, but my first concert was Britney Spears. I think that you can hear both of those influences in my music.
Kelsea Ballerini
I’m running because it is past time that Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District be represented by someone who is a true conservative and who represents who we are in the Volunteer State.
Scott DesJarlais
When I was governor, I was looking for a way to unify our state. I realized music is about the only thing that unifies Tennessee.
Lamar Alexander
I want to stay with the Tennessee Titans. They are the ones that took a chance on me – 31 teams passed on me on the draft and they selected me.
Derrick Henry
‘Suttree’ is a fat one, a book with rude, startling power and a flood of talk. Much of it takes place on the Tennessee River, and Cormac McCarthy, who has written ‘The Orchard Keeper’ and other novels, gives us a sense of river life that reads like a doomed ‘Huckleberry Finn.’
Jerome Charyn
Tennessee Williams was so adept at portraying characters who are both fallible and vulnerable. Women were a huge influence in his life, his mother and sister in particular.
Kim Cattrall
We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child.
James Agee
I love country music so much. I love all kinds of music. But when it comes down to it, I’m from East Tennessee, and country melodies and country songs have always just sliced me in the heart.
Ashley Monroe
When I was a teenager, I continued to visit imaginary places by spending all my free time at our local community theater. Whether I acted in a play or worked backstage, the world of Tennessee Williams or Shakespeare always seemed more real to me than the dreary life of high school.
Mary Pope Osborne
I like to sit and listen to conversations here in Nashville. Not in a weird, stalker-ish way. I wander around Tennessee and find myself in little bars just zoning in.
Sam Palladio
We had three cows and a goat. People from New York and

We had three cows and a goat. People from New York and L.A. are like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s a farm!’ But people in Tennessee are like, ‘That’s not a farm.’ I’ve never milked a cow or anything like that.
Kelsea Ballerini
Wake up, Christians of Tennessee. Islam is at your gate. Do not make the mistake which Europe made. Do not allow Islam to gain a foothold here.
Geert Wilders
Let’s bear down on what we can do together: keeping Tennessee a state with a strong financial condition, helping Tennessee be the number one location in the Southeast for higher-quality jobs. And making certain that all Tennesseans, regardless of their circumstances, have an opportunity for higher-quality education.
Bill Haslam
My first job was singing on the Cas Walker radio show in Knoxville, Tennessee. I was about 10 years old, and I thought it was big time.
Dolly Parton
In Tennessee where I grew up, there were animals, farms, wagons, mules.
Tina Turner
Both grandfathers fought in different wars. My mother’s father fought in World War II, and then my father’s father fought in Korea. And they’re both these country boys, one from rural Tennessee and one from rural Louisiana – and they never went back home.
Dee Rees
I was at 260 at Tennessee because I was playing three-technique.
Malik Jackson
I want to do a Tennessee Williams play.
Cobie Smulders
I trained as a classical actor in London for three years. We did Tennessee Williams and dialect and accent classes; they were one of my favorite things to do each week. And we’d strip it down to the phonetics and listen to the sound. It was a really interesting way to look at it all.
Sam Palladio
When I was growing up in rural Alabama, it was impossible for me to register to vote. I didn’t become a registered voter until I moved to Tennessee, to Nashville, as a student.
John Lewis
I have been to Graceland a hundred times. Every kid in middle Tennessee has this night where it hits midnight, and they are like, ‘Let’s go to Graceland!’ It’s a rite of passage. I did it.
DJ Qualls
‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams is a great play. I had to read it for school when I was younger, but I started writing scripts after that. That’s what got me into writing.
Jake T. Austin
I’m from Tennessee. My mom lives in Nashville. I’m born and bred country. That’s all I listen to.
Lucy Hale
The late brilliant actions in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas divided and weakened the enemy on the Rappahannock, and the auspicious moment seems to have arrived to strike a great and mortal blow at the Rebellion, and to gain that decisive victory which is due to the country.
Ambrose Burnside
Lots of girls marry at 16 in Tennessee.
Carlene Carter
You hear people say, ‘We take our Tennessee Williams very seriously. There is no laughter here.’ It’s full of humor! Not to laugh is a big, bad mistake!
Ruby Dee
When I first moved to New York, I was still returning to Tennessee every few months to perform.
Valerie June
Dolly Parton made me chicken and dumplings. That Tennessee woman can burn some pots! And we know that I am not necessarily shy to a fork!
Queen Latifah
Tennessee obviously has a proud history of military service, but unfortunately, that also means that we have lost a lot of people serving the country who are Tennesseans.
Bill Haslam
I’m from Middlesboro, Ky., a little town on the Tennessee and Virginia border.
Lee Majors
Knox County, Tennessee, is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
I haven’t read Ibsen, Shaw, Shakespeare – except ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in ninth grade. I’m not familiar with ‘Death of a Salesman.’ I haven’t read Tennessee Williams.
August Wilson
I play guitar, the ukulele and the piano. I grew up on a mountain in Tennessee, and we had ‘The Mountain Opry,’ where anyone could just get up on stage to perform. It was just about the soul and heart of music. My upbringing was less about being great and more about just doing what you love. It was always for joy.
Rachel Boston
I grew up in Tennessee, where no one was really hairy, and with sisters who were so beautiful – my little sister was a pageant girl. But me, I was this weird-looking hairy child. I had more than just a unibrow; I feel like I had a mustache, a goatee.
Huda Kattan
I’m very fond of Tennessee Williams’ plays, and when my husband and I went to New Orleans in the late 1970s, we saw ‘A Street Car Named Desire.’
Ruth Rendell
Since the turn of the 20th century, members of the Jewish community in Upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have been meeting together to celebrate and worship.
William L. Jenkins
A Tennessee Squire is an elite group of people.
Michael Anthony
My biggest extravagances are also investments. I have several houses in California, a house in Nashville, an office complex, and I bought the old home place in Tennessee. They are different places for me to write, but I can turn right around and sell them.
Dolly Parton
I came to the plain fields of Ohio with pictures painted by Hollywood movies and the works of Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. None of them had much to say, if at all, about Dayton, Ohio.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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
A Tennessee fan mailed me things I signed for him because they said they don’t want this trash in their house. So they mailed it back to me.
Lane Kiffin
As somebody who thinks Tennessee history is important,

As somebody who thinks Tennessee history is important, I want to make certain that’s still a part of the curriculum. I think that’s critical for the people growing up in our school system.
Bill Haslam
Perhaps because my background is theatrical, I have a great affinity with the classics. Hamlet has always been a character of great interest to me and a character I would really love to play. Or a character in a Tennessee Williams play, maybe Tom in ‘The Glass Menagerie.’
Adhir Kalyan
I’ve had to step up when I was Al Gore’s campaign manager. I had to make significant changes as we moved from Washington, D.C. to Tennessee.
Donna Brazile
I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee. Not now, but when I’m 50, when music dies down a little bit. I know lots of artists and actors have those delusions of grandeur, but ever since I was a kid, it’s been of interest to me.
Tim McGraw
The only bad thing is that we didn’t win at Tennessee. Kiffin left that program in a bad position.
Malik Jackson
I said to Tennessee, this thing is becoming the Marlon Brando show.
Elia Kazan
I don’t know of any wrestler who hasn’t, at one time or another, been with a fan. One time I met a woman at a match in Tennessee, and afterward we went to a little roadside motel. We checked in, went to the room, and enjoyed each other for an hour or so.
Jerry Lawler
Bill Monroe is not singing about life in America. He’s singing about life in Kentucky and Tennessee. And yet it’s had this tremendous impact, not just in America but in the world. Why is Bill Monroe’s hyper-regional music so universal? We can be so different and yet still share a tremendous amount.
Chris Thile
Whenever Congress was in session, we were in Washington. So four months out of the year we were in Tennessee and the rest of the time in Arlington, which is where my mom grew up. Then, of course, in 1992 we moved into the vice president’s house in D.C. I was 15 then.
Kristin Gore
Andrew Johnson was a Southerner generally who proclaimed that his native state of Tennessee was a country for white men.
Stephen Ambrose
I love Tennessee Williams pieces; they are so poetic and I love period pieces.
Richard Hatch
At University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I was one of the first Blacks there. I didn’t go to a Black school until my junior year of college, when I went to Fisk University.
Mathew Knowles
I went to college at University of Tennessee.
Paula Pell
In Tennessee, you can live off fast food. It’s everywhere… But it’s nowhere in San Francisco, and I didn’t know how to navigate the city to eat.
Matt Cain
I was born in Chicago, but I was raised in a town called Jackson, Tennessee. And a lot of these changes that were necessary and talked about it as important have been made, like, people go to school where they want to go. They work for equal pay, they work for – they can go school and have an equal shot at a job.
Gil Scott-Heron
I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, born and raised. It was hard. I stayed with my momma, then I ended up moving with my daddy.
Tay Keith
I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of West Tennessee, but I never intended to become a career politician.
Stephen Fincher
I also grew up on a farm in east Tennessee, so my roots are just naturally super southern, so I’ve always had that southern country lifestyle.
Kelsea Ballerini
A lot of people don’t know that my background is completely classical. For a while there, I was all about Moliere and the Greeks and Brecht and Tennessee Williams.
Katy Mixon
From the Mississippi Mudflap to the Kentucky Waterfall, to the Tennessee Top Hat and the North Carolina Neckwarmer, nothing says freedom like a mullet blowing unfettered in the wind and I can’t wait to restore it to its rightful place in the NASCAR garage.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
I learned how to read in second grade, and I entered a summer contest at my local library in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you read more books than anybody else, you got your Polaroid up on the bulletin board, and I did.
Frances McDormand
There was a man who was an associate of jimmy Hoffa, who testified against Hoffa in his trial down in Tennessee. We had information from him that he and Hoffa did, in fact, discuss the planning of an assassination conspiracy against Bobby Kennedy.
Louis Stokes
I grew up hiking and horseback riding in Tennessee, so I love being outside. I will joyfully run 12 miles, but I’m not very good at boot camps. When they start yelling, I start laughing.
Rachel Boston
I grew up in a rural area. I grew up in deep southern middle Tennessee, probably about thirty miles from the Alabama border. There’s nothing there, really. And the TV was my link to the outside world. It’s what kept me from going into factory employment. It’s what made me want to go to college. It was really inspiring.
DJ Qualls
Tennessee Williams was a gifted talker with a beautiful accent and we had lots of things in common.
Gloria Swanson
I knew the whistle of each of the river boats on the Tennessee.
William Christopher Handy