17 Texas Pride Quotes - Including 6 You Probably Haven't Heard

There's nothing more Texan than...well...being Texan

Texas is so many great things, and its people reflect that. We're recognized the world over for it.

It's no wonder we grow up with strength and pride. Not to be confused with arrogance, our pride is a reflection of a set of values that doesn't waiver. It stays steady, no matter which way the wind blows or how hard.

These Texas pride quotes, together, sum up the pride we all feel


1. "Texas Is The Obsession"

"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

Quote about Texas by John Steinbeck

Quote about Texas by John Steinbeck, overlaid on picture of bluebonnets

Well said, sir. I don't have much to add to that, so I'll just put it on a pretty picture of pretty bluebonnets from the Texas hill country.

2. "Only Texas Could Turn Defeat Into A Legend."

"Only Texas could turn defeat into a legend--and a song, and a tourist attraction, and a major motion picture." ~Rosemary Kent


Texas quote by Rosemary Kent, overlaid on photo of the Alamo

Texas quote by Rosemary Kent

"Remember the Alamo" is more than just a saying. It's a story about the determined will of a group of Texans fighting for what they believed in. Against all odds, and facing certain defeat, they did what they had to do. That's just what Texans do.

3. "Everything In Texas Is Best."

"Texans ignored 'better,' long ago forgot the useless word 'good.' Everything in Texas is 'best.' ~Edward Smith


Texas quote by Edward Smith

Quote about Texas by Edward Smith, overlaid on picture of antlers on a wall

You're darn tootin'. Best people, best place, name it... in the world. Who wants to be just "good" when you can be the best, after all? Not us.

4. "Valor And Swagger"

"Texas is a blend of valor and swagger" ~Carl Sandburg


Quote: 'Texas is a blend of valor and swagger' overlaid on Texas flag

Quote: 'Texas is a blend of valor and swagger' overlaid on Texas flag

Why thank you for recognizing, sir. We Texans hold our heads high and walk with a steady but relaxed rhythm.  We act with valor, even when it's not the popular choice.

5. "And I Will Go To Texas"

"You can all go to hell, and I will go to Texas" ~Davy Crockett


Davy Crockett quote: 'You can all go to hell, and I will go to Texas'

Davy Crockett quote: 'You can all go to hell, and I will go to Texas'

Crockett made this promise before leaving Tennesee for Texas. He kept it, too. He ended up at east Texas, and somehow made his way to the Alamo, where he fell along with it.

I don't know if Mr. Crockett was also referring to Texas as heaven. But, if he was, I'd have to agree.

See more featuring this great quote in our I Will Go To Texas collection 

6. "If A Man's From Texas..."

"If a man's from Texas, he'll tell you. If he's not, why embarrass him by asking?" ~John Gunther


Texas quote by john gunther, overlaid on picture of man in cowboy hat with beard

Texas quote by John Gunther

It's true, we're a proud people. Even in other countries, we say we're from Texas, rather than the US. Wouldn't want anyone being confused, now would we?

7. "Texas Has Yet To Learn Submission..."

"Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may." ~Sam Houston


Texas quote from Sam Houston

Texas quote by Sam Houston overlaid on picture of old cowboy

Yeah, we don't take kindly to opression around these parts.

8. "I'm From Texas, And That's What I Am."

"One day, it just dawned on me that I'm from Texas, and that's what I am." ~Sissy Spacek


Texas quote by sissy spacek, overlaid on picture of barn painted with texas flag

Texas quote by Sissy Spacek

"Texan 'til I die," isn't that how the song goes? It's more than a saying, it's the truth. And we're awful fond of the truth.

9. "Texans Ain't Texans If..."

"Texans ain't Texans if they aren't willing to boast about the state they call home." ~Anon


Texas quote overlaid on sunset picture

Texas quote by anonymous

We're not just proud to be from Texas, we're proud OF Texas. With so many reasons to love it, why not tell others?

10. "Texas Is So Big That..."

"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


Texas quote by James Michner overlaid on picture of the Guadlupe Mountains

Texas quote by James Michner

It takes a whole day to cross the state. We have resources from energy to food to tech, and a giant oceanfront. Gives us plenty of space to roam without really needing much else. Or needing to care what others think, which wouldn't been very Texan at all.

11. "People Know About Texas"

"People from all over the United States can pick Texas out on the map. Even if they're not American, people know about Texas. All over the world, traveling Texans tend to identify as Texan rather than American, because, well, we get treated like celebrities when we do." ~Elizabeth Abrahamsen


Texas quote by Elizabeth Abrahamson

Texas quote by Elizabeth Abrahamson, overlaid on picture of highway

Just like the quote says, we wear it as a badge of pride and honor wherever we go. EVERYWHERE we go. We even earn names like "Texas Dan" simply by being ourselves in other states.

12. Texas Moves Into You

"You don't just move into Texas. It moves into you." ~Manny Fernandez, NYT


Texas quote overlaid on field of wildflowers with Texas and US flags flying above it

Texas quote by Manny Fernandez, NYT

Coming from a New Yorker, we'll take that compliment. Texas does have a way of growing on ya. Then before you know it, Texas becomes you.

13. The Dominating Spirit That Motivates Texans

"A born Texan has instilled in his system a mindset of no retreat and no surrender. I wish everyone the world over had the dominating spirit that motivates Texans." ~Billy Clayton


Texas quote by Billy Clayton, overlaid on picture of man sitting on back of horse

Texas quote by Billy Clayton

So do we, Billy. So do we, so hard.

14. No Place Better Than Texas

"I've traveled all over the world, but I don't think there is any place better than Texas." ~Red Adair


Texas quote by Red Adair, overlaid on picture of tree on Texas plains

Texas quote by Red Adair

I have no problem believing this, and I've done some traveling. There are many wonderful places I love to visit, but we have it good here.

15. "Texas Is Texas"

"Texas is neither southern nor western. Texas is Texas." ~William Blakely


Texas quote William Blakely

Texas quote by William Blakely, overlaid on picture of canyon

We don't like to fit into categories around here. We prefer to make our own, and it is Texas.

16. Texans Do Something The Best They Can 

In Texas, there is a certain honor of being a Texan that is doing something the best that you can. ~Matthew McConaughey


Texas quote by Matthew McConaughey, overlaid on picture of runner ready to race

Texas quote by Matthew McConaughey

Alright Alright Alright. Well put. Our Texas pride extends into everything we do. We give it our all, come hell or high water. Come on down here, always do your best, and you can call yourself a Texan.

17. We're From Texas

"Screw you, we're from Texas." ~Ray Wylie Hubbard


Texas quote by Ray Wylie Hubbard, overlaid on musician playing guitar

Texas quote by Ray Wylie Hubbard

Judge us, go right ahead. We don't really give a bull-fart what you think of it all. We'll welcome anyone who wants to help keep Texas the great state it is. The rest of you... well, adios.


  • Dave

    Who was the author of the description of Texas pride, “ I am proud of being proud of being a Texan ! “ ?

  • Joel

    I’m a Texan, here in the southwest right by the Rio Grand. Where every outlaw and gunslinger would come to get away from the law. The stories of legends in this place run deep. Its my home where the ashes of my grandfather will stay. All I’m here to say is this, in these crazy times we live in. Don’t mess with my home, all 268 thousand square miles of it. Its more than a pride thing. An I’m sure every read blooded Texan feels the way I do.


    I’m originally from Greece,but I couldn’t be more Texan after 58 years here.
    Proud to call Texas my home,proud to speak the”Texas” unique lingo,and proud to defend my State like I would for my family,so don’t mess with Texas y’all,hear ?

  • Reece Ann Fish

    I love texas lived there 4 months and I still brag about how great texas is. Trying to move there permanently…

  • Penelope EAstham

    Love this post. My family was in Texas by 1834. I was born in Austin. My heart transplant donor came from Austin. Hence, born in Texas twice.

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