Virginia quotes

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the most sweeping civil rights legislation of its day, and included women's rights as part of its reforms. Ironically, the section on women's rights was added by a senator from Virginia who opposed the whole thing and was said to be sure that if he stuck something about womens' rights into it, it would never pass. The bill passed anyway, though, much to the chagrin of a certain wiener from Virginia.
    -- Adam Selzer

    #Rights #Virginia #Reform

  • I'll carry on, carry over, carry forward, Cary Grant, cash and carry, carry me back to Old Virginia, I'll even 'hari-kari' if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun!
    -- Alan Alda

    #Gun #Virginia #Cash

  • If you find yourself born in Barnsley and then set your sights on being Virginia Woolf it is not going to be roses all the way.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Sight #Virginia #Rose

  • I look upon Virginia as a rib taken from Britain's side... While they both proceed as living under the marriage-compact, this Eve might thrive so long as her Adam flourishes. Whatever serpent shall tempt her to go astray etc [will only cause] her husband to rule more strictly over her.
    -- Alexander Spotswood

    #Husband #Taken #Virginia

  • Where did she come from, and where can I find one?" "Picked this one up at a gas station in West Virginia, bargain price. Last one on the shelf, sorry.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Sorry #Virginia #Lasts

  • My great-great-great-grandmother walked as a slave from Virginia to Eatonton, Georgia... It is in memory of this walk that I chose to keep and to embrace my "maiden" name, Walker.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Memories #Grandmother #Virginia

  • So the premise of 'The Submission' is that there's an anonymous competition to design a 9/11 memorial and it's won by an American Muslim, an architect born and raised in Virginia, and his name is Mohammad Khan.
    -- Amy Waldman

    #Virginia #Names #Design

  • I like reading... French, Russian classics - Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert. I also like Hemingway, Virginia Woolf.
    -- Andrea Bocelli

    #Reading #Virginia #Dostoyevsky

  • Black was bestlooking. ... Ebony was the best wood, the hardest wood; it was black. Virginia ham was the best ham. It was black on the outside. Tuxedos and tail coats were black and they were a man's finest, most expensive clothes. You had to use pepper to make most meats and vegetables fit to eat. The most flavorsome pepper was black. The best caviar was black. The rarest jewels were black: black opals, black pearls.
    -- Ann Petry

    #Men #Virginia #Jewels

  • I woke up full of hate and fear the day before the most recent peace march in San Francisco. This was disappointing: I'd hoped to wake up feeling somewhere between Virginia Woolf and Wavy Gravy.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Hate #Virginia #San Francisco

  • Heaven's Virginia when the year's at its Spring.
    -- Anne Spencer

    #Spring #Virginia #Years

  • There were times when I asked myself whether I was being principled or simply a coward.... I was wrapped in the cocoon of tennis early in life, mainly by blacks like my most powerful mentor, Dr. Robert Walter Johnson of Lynchburg, Virginia. They insisted that I be unfailingly polite on the court, unfalteringly calm and detached, so that whites could never accuse me of meanness. I learned well. I look at photographs of the skinny, frail, little black boy that I was in the early 1950s, and I see that I was my tennis racquet and my tennis racquet was me. It was my rod and my staff.
    -- Arthur Ashe

    #Powerful #Boys #Virginia

  • I live in a rural part of Virginia surrounded by farms and farmers.
    -- Barbara Kingsolver

    #Virginia #Farmers

  • My 'thing' is that I just lie in my immense bed and look out the window at the skyline over Virginia and the sky and the airplanes coming into Reagan. I really love doing that.
    -- Ben Stein

    #Lying #Airplane #Virginia

  • 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.
    -- Bill Jenkins

    #Virginia #Community #Together

  • I grew up 60 minutes way from Richmond, in Charlottesville, Virginia and, as a child, I was obsessed with the Civil War. I used to do re-enactments and all that stuff.
    -- Billy Campbell

    #Children #War #Virginia

  • The South Downs of England reminded me a bit of my Old Virginia homeland.
    -- Billy Campbell

    #Virginia #England #Homeland

  • I made a fairly bold pledge that I wanted Virginia to be the energy capital of the East Coast.
    -- Bob McDonnell

    #Virginia #Energy #East

  • Deep down, I'm just a West Virginia hillbilly.
    -- Brad Paisley

    #Virginia #West #Hillbilly

  • Pocahontas was the reason the Virginia colony didn't disappear, unlike some earlier attempts
    -- Brooks Robinson

    #Virginia #Reason #Disappear

  • Men of Virginia, countrymen of Washington, of Patrick Henry, of Jefferson, and of Madison, will ye be true to your constitutional faith?
    -- Caleb Cushing

    #Men #Virginia #Madison

  • Virginia was in fact a landowning aristocracy, without nobility or merchant class, or any considerable small peasant farming class; and the other Southern colonies, except North Carolina, were on the whole similar to Virginia in these respects.
    -- Carl L. Becker

    #Virginia #Class #Southern

  • I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia [Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter] that he would have been a great senator at any moment. . . . He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this nation.
    -- Christopher Dodd

    #War #Thinking #Virginia

  • I would say country is the one type of music I've spent the least amount of time with in my life. I grew up in Virginia, where there was a lot of it, but I was more interested in rock and roll. Southern rock.
    -- Connie Britton

    #Country #Rocks #Virginia

  • I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy.
    -- Corey Reynolds

    #Virginia #Born #Raised

  • I usually have more than one thing I'm working on at once -- I've been working on three different novels. When I get stuck on one, I hop back and forth. It's sort of freeing: I can say I'm abandoning this thing that I hate forever and I'm moving on to something that's good. I'll find that I'll go back to [the other project] in a day or a week and like it again. But that moment of wanting to trash something -- that Virginia Woolf moment when you have to be stopped from filling your pocket with stones -- comes pretty regularly for me. Switching is probably a good thing.
    -- Dan Chaon

    #Hate #Moving #Virginia

  • As my father wrote, one's courage, hope, and spirit can be severely tried by the happenstance of life. But as I learned on this Virginia mountain, so long as one never loses faith, it is impossible to ever truly be alone.
    -- David Baldacci

    #Father #Virginia #Long

  • I think family is very important in West Virginia and has long been so because the mountains made travel difficult in the past, and family members had to depend on each other.
    -- David Selby

    #Thinking #Past #Virginia

  • The goals for Virginia lacrosse don't change a lot from year to year. We look at the lineup, start every year on Sept. 1 with the realistic goal to play at the end of the season, the very last game. This team has the talent to be able to do that.
    -- Dom Starsia

    #Team #Virginia #Years

  • Like all her friends, I miss her greatly...But...I am sure there is no case for lamentation...Virginia Woolf got through an immense amount of work, she gave acute pleasure in new ways, she pushed the light of the English language a little further against darkness. Those are facts.
    -- E. M. Forster

    #Light #Virginia #Missing

  • Virginia Woolf, I enjoyed talking to her, but thought nothing of her writing. I considered her 'a beautiful little knitter.
    -- Edith Sitwell

    #Beautiful #Writing #Virginia

  • The British merchants represented that they received some profit indeed from Virginia and South Carolina, as well as the West Indies; but as for the rest of this continent, they were constant losers in trade.
    -- Ezra Stiles

    #Virginia #West #South Carolina

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist.
    -- Francis Pharcellus Church

    #Christmas #Virginia #Generosity

  • Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.
    -- Francis Pharcellus Church

    #Christmas #Virginia #Santa

  • No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
    -- Francis Pharcellus Church

    #Heart #Virginia #Years

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
    -- Francis Pharcellus Church

    #Light #Sight #Virginia

  • There are so many things going on this week, ... It's great for Virginia Tech.
    -- Frank Beamer

    #Virginia #Week #Virginia Tech

  • The jury had never been allowed to see any evidence that Laetrile actually worked. (Yes Virginia, they can bury medical breakthroughs in court this way also.) Dr. Kowan...was...age 70...
    -- G. Edward Griffin

    #Dark #Virginia #Age

  • They're building a bridge over the Potomac for all the white liberals fleeing to Virginia.
    -- George C. Wallace

    #Virginia #Bridges #White

  • That the people have a right to uniform government; and, therefore, that no government separate from, or independent of the government of Virginia, ought to be erected or established within the limits thereof.
    -- George Mason

    #Independent #Government #Virginia

  • Up men to your posts! Don't forget today that you are from old Virginia.
    -- George Pickett

    #War #Men #Virginia

  • Cause I'm carryin' your love with me From West Virginia down to Tennessee I'll be movin' with the good lord speed, carryin' your love with me It's my strength for holdin' on Every minute that I have to be gone I'll have everything I'll ever need Carryin' your love with me
    -- George Strait

    #Country #Song #Virginia

  • Next Monday the Convention in Virginia will assemble; we have still good hopes of its adoption here: though by no great plurality of votes. South Carolina has probably decided favourably before this time. The plot thickens fast. A few short weeks will determine the political fate of America for the present generation, and probably produce no small influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages to come.
    -- George Washington

    #Monday #Fate #Virginia

  • In West Virginia, we're all family. We know how firefighters and policemen honor their own and we feel our miners deserve to be honored in a similar way.
    -- Ginger Baker

    #Virginia #Firefighter #Honor

  • It's quite clear that Virginia Wade is thriving on the pressure now that the pressure on her to do well is off .
    -- Harry Carpenter

    #Virginia #Tennis #Wade

  • I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, for a while, about which the less said the better, and then I was in the Mediterranean, about which the more said the better.
    -- Harry Mathews

    #Virginia #Norfolk #Said

  • Then it was that the exports of slaves from Virginia and the Carolinas was so great that the population of those States remained almost, if not quite stationary.
    -- Henry Charles Carey

    #Virginia #Population #Slave

  • Im from northern Virginia, but I grew up next to the West Virginia border, so it was hills and farmland. We had that sense of adventure you get from growing up around old farmhouses and lazy, rolling hills, you know?
    -- Hilarie Burton

    #Growing Up #Adventure #Virginia

  • I grew up at the base of a mountain in Virginia, so my comfort zone is that Appalachian area, where all the dudes wear Carhartt and all the women can put on a beautiful sweater with a snowman applique and nobody raises an eyebrow.
    -- Hilarie Burton

    #Beautiful #Virginia #Eyebrows

  • There's not a person in Virginia won't try to sell you a horse. It's in 'em.
    -- Isabel Scott Rorick

    #Horse #Virginia #Trying

  • We were growing up in West Virginia. Everybody was poor there in the southern part of the state. It was like growing up in the Great Depression from the stories I hear people tell. Everybody was poor and so we didnt know that we were any different from anybody else.
    -- James Green

    #Growing Up #Virginia #People

  • The Anglo-Saxon farmers had scarce conquered foothold, stronghold, freehold in the Western wilderness before they became sowers of hemp--with remembrance of Virginia, with remembrance of dear ancestral Britain.
    -- James Lane Allen

    #Book #Virginia #Remembrance

  • What I didn't realize was the severity of the crime, so to speak. I think that's important. That's one of the lessons learned here. You move to a new area, you really need to be sure of what the laws and penalties are. You hear those things. You hear, 'Don't speed in Virginia' when you get here, just in casual conversations. What's left out is why you don't speed in Virginia. I learned the hard way, that's for sure.
    -- Jayson Werth

    #Moving #Thinking #Virginia

  • It may be too late for West Virginia to save itself from the ravages of Big Coal. But it's not too late for America.
    -- Jeff Goodell

    #Virginia #America #Too Late

  • Your little army, derided for its want of arms, derided for its lack of all the essential material of war, has met the grand army of the enemy, routed it at every point, and now it flies, inglorious in retreat before our victorious columns. We have taught them a lesson in their invasion of the sacred soil of Virginia.
    -- Jefferson Davis

    #War #Army #Virginia

  • I grew up in the segregated South, right here in Lynchburg, Virginia.
    -- Jerry Falwell

    #Virginia #Grew Up #Grew

  • I grew up in Palestine, West Virginia, which is mostly a farming community; there aren't a lot of jobs.
    -- Jessica Lynch

    #Jobs #Virginia #Community

  • In West Virginia, the most vulnerable people we have are people who get up every morning and go to work.
    -- Joe Manchin

    #Morning #Virginia #People

  • I fully expect to be able to complete one more campaign goal - and that is to proudly report that signs have been erected as you enter our great state that say 'Welcome to Wild, Wonderful West Virginia: Open for Business!'
    -- Joe Manchin

    #Virginia #Goal #Able

  • Come to West Virginia and we'll show you how to live... how to treat people. We're open for business. West Virginia is truly on the move.
    -- Joe Manchin

    #Moving #Virginia #People

  • I can assure you that my wife and I - every penny of income we've ever had, our taxes were paid in West Virginia.
    -- Joe Manchin

    #Virginia #Wife #Pennies

  • Whoever is president, my first priority is the same - as always. I look for what's best for West Virginia and the nation as a whole.
    -- Joe Manchin

    #Virginia #Priorities #President

  • I say, then, that viewed from that standpoint, there is but one single subject of complaint which Virginia has to make against the government under which we live; a complaint made by the whole South, and that is on the subject of African slavery....
    -- John Brown Baldwin

    #War #Government #Virginia

  • But, sir, the great cause of complaint now is the slavery question, and the questions growing out of it. If there is any other cause of complaint which has been influential in any quarter, to bring about the crisis which is now upon us; if any State or any people have made the troubles growing out of this question, a pretext for agitation instead of a cause of honest complaint, Virginia can have no sympathy whatever, in any such feeling, in any such policy, in any such attempt. It is the slavery question. Is it not so?...
    -- John Brown Baldwin

    #War #Virginia #People

  • Senator Allen has long been a leader on competitiveness issues in the Senate and as governor of Virginia. His announcement of the Competitiveness Caucus comes as great news to the nation's manufacturers. We support every item on this agenda and will work with Senator Allen and others to make it a reality. The time has come for Congress to recognize the vital role manufacturing plays in American life and do what it can to strengthen our ability to compete in the global marketplace.
    -- John Engler

    #Reality #Virginia #Play

  • [Virginia] has a very sizeable collection of democrats, liberals and moonbats. (Yes, they can be separated.)
    -- John Ringo

    #Virginia #Politics #Democrat

  • In all her history, from the formation of the federal government until the hour of secession, no year stands out more prominently than the year 1858 as evidencing the national patriotism of Virginia.
    -- John Sergeant Wise

    #Government #Virginia #Years

  • The first American ancestor of our name was a younger son of these old Devonshire people, and came to the Virginia colony in the reign of Charles the First.
    -- John Sergeant Wise

    #Son #Virginia #Names

  • I then wrought at my trade as a tailor; carefully attended meetings for worship and discipline; and found an enlargement of gospel love in my mind, and therein a concern to visit Friends in some of the back settlements of Pennsylvania and Virginia.
    -- John Woolman

    #Friends #Virginia #Discipline

  • It's ironic that the Bible belt is the killing belt - Texas, Florida, Alabama, Virginia, and so forth, Georgia. Chief executioners.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Virginia #Florida #Texas

  • I am not of Virginia blood; she is of mine.
    -- Joshua Chamberlain

    #War #Virginia #Blood

  • The Army of Northern Virginia was never defeated. It merely wore itself out whipping the enemy.
    -- Jubal Early

    #War #Army #Virginia

  • I now teach at American University and the University of Virginia
    -- Julian Bond

    #Virginia #Teach #University

  • I fell in love with Virginia Woolf in college. I especially admire how well she writes about daily life, how she captures so much meaning and consequence in the smallest details of a day.
    -- Karen Thompson Walker

    #Writing #College #Virginia

  • As an actor, to go and see those shows - great plays like 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' and Clifford Odets's 'Golden Boy' - it's so exhilarating. I'd personally love to perform the role of Jerry in Edward Albee's 'The Zoo Story.' He's a transient, lost soul, and an example of humanity at its rawest.
    -- Keegan Allen

    #Zoos #Boys #Virginia

  • Who was it who said that every virtue contains its corresponding vice? C.S. Lewis? Virginia Woolf? You forget. But it has always worried you that what the virtue of wit contained was the vice of scorn.
    -- Kevin Brockmeier

    #Virginia #Vices #Forget

  • When I saw Virginia Woolf, somewhere between the first and second acts, someone I had known as my mother became somebody else.
    -- Kiefer Sutherland

    #Mother #Virginia #Saws

  • It is in Virginia and Georgia that the war now rages and where it will continue for at these points - Richmond and Atlanta - the enemy's main strength is concentrated.
    -- Knute Nelson

    #War #Atlanta #Virginia

  • I'm from Middlesboro, Ky., a little town on the Tennessee and Virginia border.
    -- Lee Majors

    #Virginia #Borders #Tennessee

  • She pulled off Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and settled down in a comfortable leather chair by the fire to read.
    -- Lucinda Riley

    #Fire #Virginia #Lighthouse

  • My first day on the set of 'John Adams', I was just supposed to fly to Virginia for a costume fitting. But the director figured, why not shoot it, too? So they threw me into a dress that didn't fit, gave me lines I hadn't seen, in a dialect I didn't know, and two screaming, arching infants.
    -- Mamie Gummer

    #Virginia #Two #Directors

  • Our neighbors in Virginia are just as responsible for these killings as the criminals are because they won't pass strong gun [control] legislation.
    -- Marion Barry

    #Strong #Gun #Virginia

  • We consider that any man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia Reels without losing his grip may be depended upon in any kind of musical emergency.
    -- Mark Twain

    #Music #Men #Virginia

  • A declaration of the independence of America, and the sovereignty of the United STates was drawn by the ingenious and philosophic pen of Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, a delegate from the state of Virginia
    -- Mercy Otis Warren

    #Virginia #America #Independence

  • If you think of all the publicity about the terrible tragedy of Virginia Tech, we have a Virginia Tech in this country every day. It's just spread across 50 states.
    -- Michael Bloomberg

    #Country #Thinking #Virginia

  • The kiss was innocent--innocent enough--but it was also full of something not unlike what Virginia wants from London, from life; it was full of a love complex and ravenous, ancient, neither this nor that. It will serve as this afternoon's manifestation of the central mystery itself, the elusive brightness that shines from the edges of certain dreams; the brightness which, when we awaken, is already fading from our minds, and which we rise in the hope of finding, perhaps today, this new day in which anything might happen, anything at all.
    -- Michael Cunningham

    #Dream #Kissing #Virginia

  • Like my hero Virginia Woolf, I do lack confidence. I always find that the novel I'm finishing, even if it's turned out fairly well, is not the novel I had in my mind. I think a lot of writers must negotiate this, and if they don't admit it, they're not being honest.
    -- Michael Cunningham

    #Hero #Thinking #Virginia

  • In the end I created a career of my own, concentrating on my writing and lecturing, reaching larger audiences than I would had I ended up with tenure and a full teaching load. It was Virginia Woolf who said that it is terrible to be frozen out of a sacred tradition-but even more terrible to be frozen into it.
    -- Michael Parenti

    #Teaching #Writing #Virginia

  • Sister Virginia used to say, 'You'll be known by the company you keep.'
    -- Michael Scheuer

    #Sister #Virginia #Used

  • So you should be able to see them clearly in your imagination. We always find it easier to visualize what we fear; it's what keeps us afraid of the dark." -Virginia Dare.
    -- Michael Scott

    #Dark #Virginia #Imagination

  • On most things except witch trials, Virginia will always have been first.
    -- Morgan Griffith

    #Virginia #Trials #Firsts

  • Virginia is the place, where, technologically speaking, they will burn people at the stake for possessing such things as toasters.
    -- Neil Gaiman

    #Virginia #People #Toasters

  • If we had to take a million immigrants in, say Zulus, next year, or Englishmen, and put them up in Virginia, what group would be easier to assimilate and would cause less problems for the people of Virginia?
    -- Pat Buchanan

    #Virginia #Years #People

  • On the last morning of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, I built a fire and sat facing a window of darkness where at sunrise I knew I would find the sea.
    -- Patricia Cornwell

    #Morning #War #Virginia

  • I used to work at NASA in Virginia. It was nothing glamorous; I was just tasked with making code compile for obscure projects, and I wasn't very good at it. Now I spend most of my time drawing pictures and looking at funny things on the Internet, which in retrospect is largely what I did at my old job, too.
    -- Randall Munroe

    #Jobs #Virginia #Funny Things

  • I think one of the primary goals of a feminist landscape architecture would be to work toward a public landscape in which we can roam the streets at midnight, in which every square is available for Virginia Woolf to make up her novels
    -- Rebecca Solnit

    #Thinking #Virginia #Squares

  • New Jersey boasts the highest percentage of passport holders (68%); Delaware (67%), Alaska (65%), Massachusetts (63%), New York (62%), and California (60%) are close behind. At the opposite end of the spectrum, less than one in five residents of Mississippi are passport holders, and just one in four residents of West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, and Arkansas.
    -- Richard Florida

    #New York #Kentucky #Virginia

  • My family came in 1635 from England and settled in Williamsburg. Shortly after, they split up; half went to New England and half stayed in Virginia. I'm a Virginian Ballard.
    -- Robert Ballard

    #Virginia #Half #Splits

  • I am a former Kleagle [recruiter] of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County. The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the union.
    -- Robert Byrd

    #Virginia #Order #Ku Klux Klan

  • Without Virginia, as we must all acknowledge--without her Patrick Henry among the people, her Lees and Jefferson in the forum, and her Washington in the field--I will not say that the cause of American liberty and American independence must have been ultimately defeated--no, no, there was no ultimate defeat for that cause in the decrees of the Most High; but it must have been delayed, postponed, perplexed, and to many eyes and hearts rendered seemingly hopeless.
    -- Robert Charles Winthrop

    #Heart #Eye #Virginia