Tennessee Sayings and Quotes

There’s a lot to love about Tennessee. From the Smoky Mountains to barbecue, this landlocked state is far from boring. Not only is it the birthplace of country music, it is home to several attractions including Graceland, The Grand Ole Opry, Dollywood, and some 9,000 caves for nature lovers to explore. Below you’ll find a collection of insightful and humorous quotes about Tennessee from residents who know it best.


I grew up in east Tennessee, and everybody knew everybody's business.      

Kenny Chesney

I grew up in Tennessee. We didn't know what Louis Vuitton was. I had to order all my prom outfits out of catalogs.      

Reese Witherspoon

In Tennessee where I grew up, there were animals, farms, wagons, mules     

Tina Turner

In Washington I'm thought of as a conservative, but in Tennessee I'm thought of as a Bolshevik.      

Howard Baker

Ooooh, I love Nashville! It seems like everywhere you walk, there's great music coming out of every wall.     

Imelda May

In Nashville, if people don't like someone, they say, 'I don't really like him,' then add, 'bless his heart.' In Hollywood, they kind of leave that last part off.     

Brad Paisley

What you need for breakfast, they say in East Tennessee, is a jug of good corn liquor, a thick steak and a hound dog. Then you feed the steak to the dog.     

Charles Kuralt

We are famous for our three grand divisions of East, Middle and West Tennessee, represented by the three stars on our flag. It is important however to remember that the blue circle around the three stars on our flag represents the unity of our state. I believe that Tennesseans have much more that unites us than divides us.     

Bill Lee

I love Memphis, I guess you could say, in the way that you love a brother even if he does sometimes puzzle and sadden and frustrate you. Say what you want about it, it's an authentic place. I was born and raised in Memphis, and no matter where I go, Memphis belongs to me, and I to it.     

Hampton Sides

Many cities make music, but no city breathes music quite like Memphis. The songs and sounds that come from here are uniquely American.     

Shawn Amos