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We’ve collected the best Mississippi Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: George Takei, Jemele Hill, Mike Espy, Leonard Boswell, B. B. King. Use them as an inspiration.

You know what the lowest rated episode we ever had was? Where Captain Kirk kissed Uhuru – a white man kissing an African-American woman. All the stations in the American South – in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisianarefused to air it. And so our ratings plummeted.
A moral stand by the sports industry is what finally settled the long, unfortunate debate over Mississippi’s state flag.
I will be a strong voice for Mississippi, and not an echo.
For the good of our environment, the good of the economy, and the good of the Nation, I strongly urge support of the upper Mississippi locks and dams project.
I would sit on the street corners in my hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, and I would play. And, generally, I would start playing gospel songs.
That’s why I want to change Mississippi. You don’t run away from problems – you just face them.
We have to create a coalition of black voters and white voters all over Mississippi who believe in vision of a more modern Mississippi.
The Mississippi coast is not like south Florida, but it always seems warm enough for sandals and short-sleeved shirts, except for now and then.
Ellen Gilchrist
The truth is that some of Mississippi’s greatest advocates for conservation and habitat protection are the sportsmen and hunters. Our state’s beautiful and abundant natural lands are enhanced, protected and paid for in large part by those who enjoy hunting.
I was attracted to black music for the same reason that I loved those old Irish ballads. Both were social statements of sorts, and both were indigenous to their respective cultures: Ireland, where my father had grown up, and towns like St. Louis along the Mississippi River, where I was growing up.
When I made ‘Who Needs Pictures,’ my first album, I had been west of the Mississippi River one time in my life, and that was in fourth grade. We traveled to California for vacation and stayed with some friends of my parents. It was culture shock, and it was different.
Mississippi farmers and ranchers continually deal with factors that can mean disaster, which is why they look for certainty and flexibility in farm programs.
I’ve always loved gospel music. Being raised in Mississippi, it was kind of part of the atmosphere down there.
When I visited the Water Institute‘s Baton Rouge offices overlooking the Mississippi River, I couldn’t find a drop of the charged politics that drives so many environmental conversations in Washington.
As a teenager growing up during Jim Crow, all I wanted to do was leave Mississippi. But I came back and raised my own family here.
The case of the Seminoles constitutes at present the only exception to the successful efforts of the Government to remove the Indians to the homes assigned them west of the Mississippi.
I loved the Rolling Stones. I heard a little bit of country music creeping around the edges of some of their songs. Being a Mississippi kid, I could feel they had done their homework, even when I was a little boy. I could feel the Delta blues influence in a lot of their work.
I’ve been enjoying ‘Life on the Mississippi’ by Mark Twain that I picked up at the airport randomly. It’s very witty and interesting to read about his time as a steamboat pilot.
When I went to Memphis and Mississippi and Nashville, I learnt the blues is a whole way of life. I don’t really have the blues, but I can appreciate the honesty and the simplicity of it.
The funny response to ‘One Mississippi’ continues to be that people don’t know what is true and what’s fiction.
I’ve said publicly, and it’s true, I’ve had a lot of wonderful things come my way. But personally, the greatest thing I ever accomplished was when I was named the starting quarterback at Ole Miss. That was my childhood dream, as it was thousands of kids in Mississippi.
Information helps you to see that you’re not alone. That there’s somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who all have wept, who’ve all longed and lost, who’ve all been happy. So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but that you’re not really any different from everyone else.
We’ve got to replace the statues of Jefferson Davis and JZ George in the U.S. Capitol, and the people of Mississippi ought to have a say in it.
The Missouri is, perhaps, different in appearance and character from all other rivers in the world; there is a terror in its manner which is sensibly felt, the moment we enter its muddy waters from the Mississippi.
George Catlin
I rode on a float in one of the parades in Mississippi. It’s an experience.
Elliott Smith
That Mississippi sound, that Delta sound is in them old records. You can hear it all the way through.
Muddy Waters
We deliberately filled our rainy-day fund to its statutory capacity over my time leading the Mississippi Senate as lieutenant governor.
In the summer of 1966, I went to Mississippi to be in the heart of the civil-rights movement, helping people who had been thrown off the farms or taken off the welfare roles for registering to vote. While working there, I met the civil-rights lawyer I later married – we became an interracial couple.
Back when I was a senior in high school in Haughton, LA, I had a chance to go to LSU. Everyone I grew up with adored LSU, including my mom. But I chose to come to Mississippi State because I wanted to start a new tradition instead of perpetuating an established one.
I don’t think the folks in the low-tax states really want to go into a fairness discussion. Residents of Connecticut and New York would love to remind them how much they pay in federal taxes to support programs for Mississippi and South Dakota.
Forty percent of the United States drains into the Mississippi. It’s agriculture. It’s golf courses. It’s domestic runoff from our lawns and roads. Ultimately, where does it go? Downstream into the gulf.
If it’s good for Mississippi, I’ll vote for it. If it comes from the Democratic side, fine. If it’s good for us, I’ll vote for it. But the converse is also true.
My mom’s collard greens. No one else in the world can make them like hers. I’m not just saying that because she‘s my mom. She’s got some Mississippi secret. I could seriously eat them every day.
Gospel music was very prevalent in my house. My mother also loved Nat King Cole. That was some of the first music that I heard. Mahalia Jackson, Nat King Cole and the Mississippi Mass Choir.
The economic importance of small businesses in Mississippi has always been significant, and it’s well positioned to increase.
Growing up in Mississippi – a state that historically was a place of racial injustice, inequality and oppressiongave me the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the evolution of the civil rights movement through the eyes of my parents, grandparents, and the black elders of our community.
Angela McGlowan
Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.
As founder and co-chair of the upper Mississippi River Congressional task force, I have long sought to preserve the river’s health and historical multiple uses, including as a natural waterway and a home to wildlife, for the benefit of future generations of Americans.
The South is full of memories and ghosts of the past. For me, it is the most inspiring place to write, from William Faulkner‘s haunted antebellum home to the banks of the Mississippi to the wind that whispers through the cotton fields.
I am from Brookhaven, a small town in Southwest Mississippi.
I know lots of people in Mississippi who have lost their jobs trying to register to vote.
Georgia Tech beat us and Mississippi Southern tied us last year, and Texas beat us after we had the game won. We only played about five games the way we were capable of playing and lost one of those.
Many of Mississippi’s veterans and their families know the hardship associated with driving long distances to access VA healthcare benefits.
Mississippi is a welcoming duty station for servicemembers and their working spouses.
I never thought I’d see the day that I would see white folks as frightened, or more so, than black folks was during the civil rights movement when we was in Mississippi.
Hopefully ‘Mississippi Grind‘ will be good in the theater.
As for my state of Mississippi, our governor, Phil Bryant, said the state could not afford the matching funds required to trigger the federal match for Medicaid expansion. We won’t do it even though in 2014, the federal government would pay over $50 for every one dollar Mississippi chips in.
Unless engineers can stop southern Louisiana from sinking into the Gulf – the Mississippi Delta is the fastest-disappearing land on the planet – even post-Katrina‘s modernized levees will be overwhelmed.
I’m concerned about the cost, just like everybody else. There’s no question that we have an obligation to help the people of Louisiana and Mississippi to rebuild.
Saxby Chambliss
Of course that was my idol, Son House. I think he did a lot for the Mississippi slide down there.
Muddy Waters
I will stand up for Mississippi like no one has done before. My voice will resonate most strongly in our struggling communities.
People ask me about staying here. I think they assume that I wouldn’t want to come back to a place like Mississippi, which is so backward and which frustrates me a lot. The responsibility that I feel to tell these stories about the people and the place that I’m from is what pulls me back.
The attorney general would call at 5 o’clock in the evening and say: ‘Tomorrow morning we are going to try to integrate the University of Mississippi. Get us a memo on what we’re likely to do, and what we can do if the governor sends the National Guard there.’
A lot of people I guess, well, some people change when they get in spotlights and everything, but you can take the girl out of Mississippi, but you can’t take Mississippi out the girl!
The real problem in Mississippi is almost a complete moral breakdown. In order to move Mississippi from the bottom to the top, all we have to do is just get people to do a little more what they know, to practice a little more of what they preach.
Simultaneously with the establishment of the Constitution, Virginia ceded to the United States her domain, which then extended to the Mississippi, and was even claimed to extend to the Pacific Ocean.
Mississippi State University and other institutions are established leaders in the development and integration of unmanned aerial systems.
My grandmother was born in 1900, and she would regale me with tales I call ‘Little House on the Prairie‘ tales, but they were tales of segregated and racist America growing up in Alabama and Mississippi, where she came from.
David Alan Grier
In Mississippi, you don’t admit that you’re gay. It’s just an awkward thing down South, which is sad.
When I was in college, I lived in a mostly black, poor neighborhood. That’s where I grew up, but I attended a mostly white upper-class school in conservative Mississippi. I was often very aware of how I presented myself.
Mississippi is an imperfect state, and I can predict with certainty that I will reflect that imperfection. Mississippians also strive for excellence, and I swear to reflect that as well.
My mother grew up in abject poverty in Mississippi, an elementary school dropout. Yet, with the support of women around her, she returned to school and graduated as class valedictorian – the only one of her seven siblings to finish high school. She became a librarian and then a United Methodist minister.
I’m going to stand up for the good name of Mississippi, just like I did for Mike Espy’s good name.
I was born in Clinton, Mississippi, which had 1,500-2,500 people when I was growing up – a village.
Music is in Mississippi’s DNA, whether it’s the blues, country music, folk, or rock ‘n’ roll. It’s not just a source of cultural pride, but also a strong contributor to our economy.
I grew up by the Mississippi River, and I would swim in that as a kid.
My parents had to go to Ohio to get married in 1965 because it was still illegal in Mississippi. My white father and black mother.
In the middle of Mississippi, so many kinds of music came, but it was Nashville and country music that pulled my heart.
One of two historically African American communities that sprang up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast after emancipation, North Gulfport has always been a place where residents have had fewer civic resources than those extended to other outlying communities.
It can not be done; it shall not be done! I speak for the great masses of the Mississippi Valley, and those west of it, when I say you shall not do it!
Richard Parks Bland
I decided early on that I wanted to participate in the greater American experience, rather than the parochial one in Mississippi. But I have an urge as a writer to meld the Southern experience into the larger American one.
I am an African American public official operating in an environment dominated by Caucasians. That is not too dissimilar from what I had to do in Mississippi to get elected and stay elected. I try to show them we are all in this together.
The biggest part of our business has always been moving things, not paper. With the Internet, people in Mississippi can buy things from Macedonia, without regard to time or place or quantity.
Frederick W. Smith
I feel like I can be myself in L.A. I feel like Mississippi is a little close-minded; not all of Mississippi is, but just the part that I came from. They really don’t get outsiders.
Israel Broussard
My local radio station, WHOC, Philadelphia, Mississippi – ‘1490 on your radio dial, a thousand watts of pure pleasure‘ – it was a beautiful station. And I loved everything I heard. But it was country music that touched my heart.
For a black student to work in southwest Mississippi for example – or in the Delta in 1960, 1961, 1962 – was high-risk work.
John Doar
Several other aerospace and defense firms have announced plans to build facilities in north Mississippi in recent weeks. They join an impressive group of high-tech companies already doing business in our region.
It is a great honor to serve Mississippi as its first female United States Senator.
President Biden is the duly-elected president and we will do everything we can to work with him to help the citizens of Mississippi.
Air service is an important asset for rural communities in Mississippi.
I’ve always been in love with that Delta-flavored music… the music that came from Mississippi and Memphis and, especially, New Orleans. When I was 14, I was in a wanna-be New Orleans band in Toronto.
I was at St. Louis’s very first tea party and stood across the mighty Mississippi on the Arch steps with a bunch of wide-eyed, virgin protesters who were just as shocked as I was to see the amount of people who had assembled.
We hunt in Florida, where I live in Jay. I hunt in Alabama a little bit, on my uncle‘s land. I go to Illinois and hunt with some friends up there. I hunt in Mississippi and Missouri.
In fiction, too, after the death of Cooper the main tendency for nearly a generation was away from the conquest of new borders to the closer cultivation, east of the Mississippi, of ground already marked.
Carl Clinton Van Doren
A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi… has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It’s not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.
I grew up in Mississippi. I was there for 13 years, and then when I turned 13, I moved out to L.A.
Israel Broussard
You gotta understand – the state of Mississippi was in rebellion. It had rebelled against the United States. Now that has been a very difficult story for America to tell, but that’s what actually happened.
There wasn’t really a lot of difference from a Mississippi perspective between what Elvis did on ‘Mystery Train’ or ‘Milkcow Blues’ or what Bill Monroe was playing or what Flatt and Scruggs was playing; it was rock ‘n’ roll to me.
While the level of support we can each provide certainly varies, it is very important at this time that we all do what we can to help our neighbors – not only our immediate neighbors here in Alabama, but those further away in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Well into the 20th century, black people spoke of their flight from Mississippi in much the same manner as their runagate ancestors had.
I’d spent summers growing up in Mississippi, so I had an idea of what the South is like.
To the veterans in Mississippi and across the nation, thank you for your bravery and commitment to preserving this great country. I am truly honored and humbled by your service.
I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.
I was raised in Mississippi, in a family and a community that identified as black, and I have the stories and the experiences to go with it. One of my great-great grandfathers was killed by a gang of white Prohibition patrollers.
My mother was from Mississippi, or is from ‘Mississippi;’ my father was from Alabama. He speaks about conditions in Mississippi and Alabama. They were really the poster children for the bad public laws that segregated, according to race, in our country.
Faye Wattleton
Had it not been for James Meredith, who was willing to risk his life, the University of Mississippi would still be all white.
When I think about growing up, I feel most affected by two travels that I made working in cargo boats when I was 16 and 18. One of them crossed through the Mississippi and Baton Rouge and Mobile, Alabama, and another went all the way to Europe.
Only remember west of the Mississippi it’s a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk.
It affords me sincere pleasure to be able to apprise you of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi.
The people of Mississippi overwhelmingly voted to keep our flag in 2001. I oppose unilateral action by the governor or the Legislature or any other backroom deal by politicians in Jackson to change it.
Mississippi is akin to an underdeveloped country.
My family has been poor and working-class for generations. And we live – I live in this really small community in Southern Mississippi where you don’t evacuate, and you have never evacuated because there are too many people in your family to evacuate.
Vicksburg lies on top of a bluff on the east side of a large tongue of land jutting out into the Mississippi.
Knute Nelson
My grandmother introduced me to B.B. King. She wasn’t someone who had a lot of posters, but there was a big poster of B.B. King on the wall as soon as you walked into her house in Meridian, Mississippi.
I grew up in Florida in different cities. I was born in Mississippi. My parents moved a lot, so I moved to Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, all through the South. But my family’s roots were from central Florida, like Daytona Beach area, so we ended up moving there.
Well, being from Mississippi, the church house is kind of the common denominator. It was for me growing up. Like so many public performers, that was the first place I was ever invited to sing.
Demetrie came to wait on my grandmother in 1955 and stayed for 32 years. It was common, in Mississippi, to have a black domestic cleaning the kitchen, cooking the meals, looking after the white children.
The importance of the Army Corps of Engineers to public safety and economic activity in Mississippi can’t be understated.
There was never a time you could get the majority of people in Alabama or Mississippi, or even southern Delaware, to vote to end segregation. What changed things was the rule of law, the courts. Brown v. Board of Education was ushered in by a movement, but it was a legal decision.
When I was growing up I always wanted to be a waitress. My sister opened a restaurant in Mississippi, and I went down there and was a waitress for a few days. Let me tell you, I got it out of my system.
Cindy-Hyde Smith is hurting Mississippi – our progress and our reputation – and we simply must replace her.
My own experience with trains dates to long-ago childhood trips with my family in Mississippi to see my grandmother off at the station in Jackson, bound for Memphis.
Like a majority of Americans in recent years, I came to understand that fear of homosexuality was leading our governments – including the one I ran as Governor of Mississippi – to deny the equal rights to an entire segment of our population that are afforded all of us under the Constitution.
Mississippi Mermaid was a very special experience because we only had the dialogues for the scenes we were shooting the night before.
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio; raised primarily in Phoenix, Arizona; and, after running away from home in my teens to play music and bouncing around a bit, settled in Oxford, Mississippi, which I consider more my home than anywhere else in the world.
The gifts of God should be enjoyed by all citizens in Mississippi.
Medgar Evers
I grew up in Mississippi, and there’s no fashion game there. Even in ‘Bling Ring,’ I had to learn a lot about fashion – you know, the differences between lapels – and it wasn’t until we’d wrapped that I really started getting into it.
Israel Broussard
A culture of love and kinship has knitted Mississippi families together, and tied them to each other, for ages. It is what makes us special in a fast-paced and transient world. I will defend that culture against the erosion that frays societies.
Unlike most kids from Mississippi, I didn’t grow up hunting… But I understand that freedom to own a firearm – for recreation or self-protection – is a constitutional issue. And when government tries to infringe upon a constitutional right, we must be extremely wary and cautious.
I know my destiny. I was born into animosity, bigotry and hatred. We had water for white folks, and water for coloured folks. White lines, black lines. I came from Beaufort in South Carolina, and it was tougher than Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.
I kinda feel that my brother wrote some of the best country lyrics ever – ‘The Ballad of Curtis Loew,’ ‘Mississippi Kid’ and that little hitSweet Home Alabama.’
There’s an undeniable tradition of sexism in this country that ties into the move westward by people of European descent and different ways of looking at Manifest Destiny on the west side of the Mississippi River.
The reason I’m opposed to raising the gas tax is I believe it would hurt working Mississippi families more so than anybody else in the state.
When I was growing up in Mississippi – it was good Southern food… but I also grew up with a Greek family; when other kids were eating fried okra, we were eating steamed artichokes. So I think it played a big part in my healthy cooking.
My statue at Ole Miss is a false idol. And it wasn’t put there for my benefit. It was put there for Ole Miss and Mississippi.
Mississippi is home to a significant level of national defense work, such as shipbuilding, aircraft manufacturing, and critical research.
I knew I had to write a good screenplay to be taken seriously, and I knew I needed to present Mississippi on visuals instead of just saying, ‘Hey I wanted to film it in Mississippi.’ It would seem like it was a hometown boy just wanting to be home.
Tate Taylor
This United States Government should go down to Mississippi and protect my people. That is what should happen.
Oh, definitely and I talk about all the things that I really needed to make me happy at that point in time were outside of Mississippi, and now all the things that I need to make me happy are back there.
Yet, in 1850 nearly all the railroads in the United States lay east of the Mississippi River, and all of them, even when they were physically mere extensions of one another, were separately owned and separately managed.
My oldest son played for the NFL, until he got hurt and opened a gym here in Mississippi. He trains young athletes and inspires them to chase their dreams, playing football in college and professionally.
In Missouri, we built the steamships that plied the Mississippi. It was people of Missouri who believed that a human being could fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone. And it was Missourians who built the capsule in which an American first orbited the earth.
My dad is in Mississippi. He exited the Navy and made a ton of money as an entrepreneur.
Why should I leave Ruleville, and why should I leave Mississippi? I go to the big city, and with the kind of education they give us in Mississippi, I got problems. I’d wind up in a soup line there.
We are in the midst of an exciting canvass… I am working very hard in politics as well as in other matters. We are determined that Mississippi shall be settled on a basis of justice and political and legal equality.
I come from a family of Mississippi sharecroppers just a few generations away from slavery, and I experienced a lot of racism growing up – you can’t avoid that if you’re a person of color in this country.
Carrie Mae Weems
We’re first on executions. We’re 49th in funding public education. We’re in a race with Mississippi for the bottom, and we’re winning.
Of course, Mississippi participates in federal matching programs for everything from preserving the post-Civil War home of Jefferson Davis to beaver control.
The Coast Guard has a strong presence in Mississippi and on its waterways.
Coming from a town of 30,000 people on the Mississippi River, havingQueer Eye’ in 2003 through 2007 when I was in high school was really important.