1. "Everyone in the South has no time for reading because they are all too busy writing."
2. "You can say a lot of bad things about Alabama, but you can't say that Alabamans as a people are duly afraid of deep fryers."
John Green, Looking for Alaska
3. "Southern women see no contradiction in mixing strength with gentleness."-Sharon McKern
4. "I've barely said five words to you. What indication could you possibly have that I am a Yankee?"
"Well, we could start with the words 'what indication.' Someone from south of the Mason-Dixon would have said, 'Who the hell are you calling a Yankee?' Then we would have fought."
5. "Louie brought his new girlfriend over, and the nicest thing I can say about her is all her tattoos are spelled correctly."
Robert Harling, Steel Magnolias
6. Maybe we've been brainwashed by 130 years of Yankee history, but Southern identity now has more to do with food, accents, manners, music than the Confederate past. It's something that's open to both races, a variety of ethnic groups and people who move here. John Shelton Reed
7. "Trees down south have a difference to them, a subtle, slinking movement, mile by mile- a gracefulness, a swagger. Lanky trees stretching out their wiry thin, Spanish moss-covered branches, moss that sways and beckons ... come here, come here, it says."
Suzanne Palmieri, The Witch of Belladonna Bay
8. Southern barbecue is the closest thing we have in the U.S. to Europe's wines or cheeses; drive a hundred miles and the barbecue changes. John Shelton Reed
9. "No, I'm from the South, remember? We get snow when we've done something to upset God, which we don't do very often."
Autumn Jordon, Perfect
10. "My parents won't let me have a motorcycle, but they give me all the guns I want. I asked them for a motorcycle last Christmas and they told me I'd only kill myself. They got me this twelve-gauge instead."