Kentucky Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old kentucky quotes, kentucky sayings, and kentucky proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


To be born in Kentucky is a heritage; to brag about it is a habit; to appreciate it is a virtue.     

Irvin Cobb

In Harlan, Kentucky, we told stories the way some people play music. ... In the mountains, storytelling is truly an art form, and as much recreation as communication.     

Maxine Chesire

I take with me Kentucky, embedded in my brain and heart, in my flesh and bone and blood. Since I am Kentucky, and Kentucky is part of me.     

Jesse Stuart

When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years after it happens anywhere else.     

Mark Twain

Growing up in eastern Kentucky like I did, I'm used to having a few guns around to protect me.     

Loretta Lynn

I grew up in Kentucky, but I did not grow up like that. I had heat, and I didn't have to shoot my dinner or anything.     

Jennifer Lawrence

I grew up in eastern Kentucky, and we would sing in the churches, and there's lots of good mountain church singers out there. Like a lot of folks who turn out to be secular music artists, that's a lot of the training you put in, whether you know it or not.     

Chris Stapleton

If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called its heart.     

Jesse Stuart

My vision for Kentucky is a Commonwealth where there is so much economic opportunity, and our quality of life is so high, that people who are born here can stay here, and people who aren't fortunate enough to be born in Kentucky, can look forward to locating here.     

Ernie Fletcher

Duke is an ugly word in Kentucky. Nothing in the world compares to the joy of beating those hateful swine from Duke.     

Hunter S. Thompson

I love Kentucky people, but you have to get on the inside before they accept you.     

Margo Martindale

Kentucky has long been Democratic at the state level but that trend had completely reversed in the Trump era.     

Krystal Ball

Kentucky has always said you can't really make bourbon outside of Kentucky because it's a combination of the barrels and the limestone-fed springs that give us the water. That's our story, and we're sticking to it.     

John Yarmuth

Until you go to Kentucky and with your own eyes behold the Derby, you ain't never been nowhere and you ain't seen nothin'!     

Irvin S. Cobb

At Kentucky, you have to be a competitor. If you're not, you're going to look weak. You're going to look like you don't belong.     

Willie Caullie Stein

The uplands of my home country in north central Kentucky are sloping and easily eroded, dependent for safekeeping upon year-round cover of perennial plants.     

Wendell Berry