20 Appalachian Quotes On Success In Life

These appalachian quotes will inspire you. The Appalachian Mountains often called the Appalachians, are a system of mountains in eastern to northeastern North America.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging appalachian quotes, appalachian sayings, and appalachian proverbs.

Best Appalachian Quotes

  1. “Because they [Americans] want to be thought of as a rich nation, they are very ashamed of this place [Appalachia] that has come to represent poverty, even though poverty exists all over the country, and exists as much in urban areas as it does in rural, if not more.” ~ Silas House
  2. “Appalachia is still, for American musicians, a kind of fountain of youth we always go back to, the old home place to a group of artists who represent the quintessence of American independence, fortitude, genius, and madness.” ~ Paul Burch
  3. “It’s not enough to celebrate the ideals that we’re built on, liberty and justice and equality for all. Those just can’t be words on paper, the work of every generation is to make those words mean something, concrete in the lives of our children. And we won’t get there as long as kids in Baltimore or Ferguson or New York or Appalachia or the Mississippi delta or the Pine Ridge reservation believe that their lives are somehow worthless.” ~ Barack Obama
  4. “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~ John Muir

  5. “I live in southern Appalachia, so I’m surrounded by people who work very hard for barely a living wage. It’s particularly painful that people are working the farms their parents and grandparents worked but aren’t living nearly as well.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver
  6. “I’ve spent hours and hours doing research into Appalachian folk music. My grandfather was a fiddler. There is something very immediate, very simple and emotional, about that music.” ~ Renee Fleming
  7. “While writing Cold Mountain, I held maps of two geographies, two worlds, in my mind as I wrote. One was an early map of North Carolina. Overlaying it, though, was an imagined map of the landscape Jack travels in the southern Appalachian folktales. He’s much the same Jack who climbs the beanstalk, vulnerable and clever and opportunistic.” ~ Charles Frazier
  8. “For better or worse, the bulk of coal industry jobs are in Appalachia – and when that coal is gone, so are the jobs.” ~ Jeff Goodell

  9. “There is extreme poverty in Appalachia, where I was, and increasingly poverty is not just an urban thing.” ~ Shane Claiborne
  10. “We can decide that the presence of cancer-causing substances in our air, water, and food is too expensive. A 2009 study, for example, has found that coal miners in Appalachia costs the region five times more in premature deaths, including from cancer, than it provides to the region in jobs, taxes, and economic benefits. In California, the production and use of hazardous chemicals cost the state $2.6 billion in 2004 alone in lost wages and health-care expenses to treat workers and children with pollution-linked diseases.” ~ Sandra Steingraber
  11. “If you go out on the Appalachian Trail, you have to bring so much more equipment – a tent, sleeping bag – but if you go hiking in England, or Europe, generally, towns and villages are near enough together at the end of the day you can always go to a nice little inn and have a hot bath and something to drink.” ~ Bill Bryson
  12. “I went to a large consolidated school in Appalachia. And I wrote the story when I was in the second grade and I took it up to the third floor to the school newspaper office that was written and edited by juniors and seniors.” ~ Tom Robbins

  13. “The environmental catastrophes we’re presently seeing are considered “normal” though they’re horrific. Fracking has made drinking water flammable, families are dying from planned lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, mountaintop removal is killing families throughout Appalachia, and oil/mining companies continue to denigrate Native American and indigenous rights throughout the world (see North Dakota Pipeline presently). This is horrific – and yet we somehow consider it normal.” ~ Alexander Weinstein
  14. “My parents were not affluent people and were not – didn’t come from the extremities of education. My mother had a high school diploma. I often think I so wish she’d come out of the hills in Appalachia and been able to go on to college. I think she would have made a wonderful teacher.” ~ Dwight Yoakam
  15. “Historians will come to their own judgments about President Kennedy. Here is how I choose to remember him. He was an heir to wealth who felt the anguish of the poor. He was an orator of excellence who spoke for the voiceless. He was a son of Harvard who reached out to the sons and daughters of Appalachia. He was a man of special grace who had a special care for the retarded and handicapped. He was a hero of war who fought hardest for peace. He said and proved in word and deed that one man can make a difference.” ~ Edward Kennedy
  16. “Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer, even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.” ~ Robert Morgan

  17. “Go walk the streets of Beijing. It’s pretty hard to argue it isn’t a modern city. Now, if you go outside [of Beijing], in the rural areas, that’s true. But rural America, you can say the same thing, in Appalachia there’s an awful lot of poverty and lack of education.” ~ Michael Bloomberg
  18. “I’ve never set out consciously to write American music. I don’t know what that would be unless the obvious Appalachian folk references.” ~ Carlisle Floyd
  19. “Yeah, I spent my teen years in West Virginia, and when I was a kid, in Louisiana. I definitely have that exposure to two different sorts of rural: the South and Appalachia.” ~ Sam Trammell
  20. “I don’t really think the outburst is recent; there have always been writers in Appalachia.” ~ Donald Ray Pollock

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