Famous Minnesota Quotes : Minnesota Sayings In Life

These Minnesota quotes will inspire you. Minnesota is a state in the upper Midwestern United States.

Minnesota’s geography consists of western prairies, now given over to intensive agriculture; deciduous forests in the southeast, now partially cleared, farmed, and settled; and the less populated North Woods, used for mining, forestry, and recreation.

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

Best Minnesota Quotes

  1. “American families, families back home in Minnesota, know only too well that out-of-pocket expenses for health care have been rising at an astonishing rate.” ~ Jim Ramstad
  2. “I have an education degree from the University of Minnesota, and I was a teacher for about a minute.” ~ Loni Anderson
  3. “Made it through high school, went to the University of Minnesota.” ~ Dave Winfield
  4. “In my home State of Minnesota, I have seen firsthand the importance of Byrne grants to local police in reducing crime and drugs and improving public safety.” ~ Jim Ramstad
  5. “I quite like Low, the band from Minnesota. They’re absolutely mesmerizing. I get much the same feeling from anything that Will Oldham does.” ~ Gavin Rossdale

  6. “The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota and getting involved in politics. I’m looking at a run for Senate in 2008, but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together the progressive network in the upper Midwest.” ~ Al Franken
  7. “The Minnesota spirit of compassion and help for people in need has moved countless Minnesotans to step forward to provide relief for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.” ~ Jim Ramstad
  8. “The long, cold Minnesota winters instilled in me a fascination for exotic far off places; I aspired toward a career in tropical diseases and world health problems.” ~ Peter Agre
  9. “I never felt like I belonged in Minnesota when I was growing up there. That’s why I was out the door as soon as I turned 18.” ~ Jessica Lange
  10. “During my early years at Minnesota I conducted an evening enzyme seminar.” ~ Paul D. Boyer

  11. “If you were to come to Minnesota, I could have you locked up like that. That’s power.” ~ Jesse Ventura
  12. “After 16 months of teaching, consulting, fellowship, and special project activities on matters ranging from conservation to healthcare to international trade, Gov. Ventura appointed me to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.” ~ David Minge
  13. “I was born in 1940 in Minnesota and grew up in the country… dirt roads, swamps, lakes, woods.” ~ Terry Gilliam
  14. “When I was three years old I was taken with my family to a little town in Western Minnesota, where I lived a more or less vapid and ordinary life until I was ten.” ~ Mary MacLane
  15. “I have two cats at home in Minnesota with my family. Beau and Skippy” ~ Rachael Leigh Cook

  16. “Judy Garland’s father was gay. That seems to be the consensus. They left Minnesota and went to California because he got caught with some boy backstage.” ~ Judy Davis
  17. “I grew up in Minnesota.” ~ Sean William Scott
  18. “I grew up in Minnesota and everyone is so nice there. It is like Fargo. Everyone’s so chipper and you make friends just grocery shopping. We kill each other with kindness.” ~ Sean William Scott
  19. “I love everything Minnesota.” ~ Sean William Scott
  20. “When I ran for governor of Minnesota, I only raised $300,000.” ~ Jesse Ventura

  21. “In Minnesota it’s so cold some nights you have to wear two condoms.” ~ Bruce Lansky
  22. “I’m looking California, And feeling Minnesota…” ~ Chris Cornell
  23. “I am a Minnesotan, and not just because I root for the Vikings and the Twins. I like the Minnesota-nice sensibility. I like the liberal tradition; I like the Hubert Humphrey tradition fighting for civil rights.” ~ Al Franken , Minnesota quotes Twins
  24. “I believe in the separation of church and state. We all have our own religious beliefs. There are people out there who are atheists, who don’t believe at all. . . . They are citizens of Minnesota, and I have to respect that.” ~ Jesse Ventura
  25. “Nobody comes to Minnesota to take their clothes off, at least as far as I know.” ~ Diablo Cody

  26. “I grew up in Minnesota, where we treasure our tradition of civic engagement – and our record of having the nation’s highest voter participation.” ~ Al Franken
  27. “I even believe [Donald Trump] won a little after – after the election rethinking, I think if we’d spent a little more time in Minnesota, we would’ve won Minnesota.” ~ Rudy Giuliani
  28. “If you go to Minnesota in January, you should know that it’s gonna be cold. You don’t panic when the thermometer falls below zero.” ~ Peter Lynch
  29. “We are wide open and vulnerable and in all likelihood an activist judge will strike down our Defense of Marriage Act, our state law against gay marriage, this year. And in all likelihood, we will have gay marriage in 2004 in Minnesota , if we don’t get this amendment on the ballot for November.” ~ Michele Bachmann
  30. “I’m from Minnesota. I’m optimistic. I mean, that’s just who I am.” ~ Thomas Friedman

  31. “What isn’t on my iPod playlist? I have very eclectic tastes. Jazz. Classic Rock. Hip Hop. Ska. Soul. Electronica.World Music. Funk. Blues. Chamber Music. Reggaeton. Gospel. And a whole lot of Prince. (I am a Minnesota gal through and through.)” ~ Michele Norris
  32. “Minnesota is a state of public-spirited and polite people, where you can get a good cappucino and eat Thai food and find any book you want and yet live on a quiet tree-lined street with a backyard and send your kids to public school. When a state this good hits the jackpot, it can only be an inspiration to everybody.” ~ Garrison Keillor
  33. “We had Jesse Ventura in Minnesota win the governorship, nobody thought he was going to win. I’m telling you, stranger things have happened.” ~ Keith Ellison
  34. “As for family values, they are whatever they are – some families are tight, others are blown away like dandelion puffs. A main value in Minnesota is still: don’t waste my time, don’t B.S. me, I wasn’t born yesterday.” ~ Garrison Keillor
  35. “It was just the best thing in my life, to come to Minnesota.” ~ Thomas Vanek

  36. “Minnesotans who bought scenic art usually avoided winter scenes. Hannah didn’t find that surprising. Minnesota winters were long. Why would they want to buy a painting that would constantly remind them of the bone-chilling cold, the heavy snow that had to be shoveled, and the necessity of dressing up in survival gear to do nothing more than take out the garbage?” ~ Joanne Fluke
  37. “I grew up in northern Minnesota on 40 acres of wooded land 20 miles from the nearest town, and so the wilderness was home. It was not an unsafe place. I had that advantage. But there are so many representations of the wilderness being dangerous. You know, depictions of wild animals attacking people. It’s like, “No, we kill those animals in far greater numbers than they kill us.”” ~ Cheryl Strayed
  38. “I started out as the president of a small college in Minnesota in 1947. And I had five years of experience at the college. Then we went to Los Angeles. And the press got to what we were doing. And I went to Boston, which is my next series of meetings. That was in 1950.” ~ Billy Graham
  39. “I thought if anyone need a leg up, it was our foster children. So, I started getting involved in education reform, and that was back in 1998. And as a result of all the reform work that I had done, people urged me to run for the Minnesota state Senate. I did, I was there for six years.” ~ Michele Bachmann
  40. “If you can’t stand the heat, then move to Minnesota. They have snow in May.” ~ Harry S. Truman

  41. “Who is ready to be a truly independent representative of Minnesota? Who is free of entangling alliances and big money that allows them to represent? What do we need — that sort of person who can truly independently represent Minnesota, or something else?.” ~ Walter F. Mondale
  42. “I was in the Minnesota state Senate from 2000 until 2006. In 2006, I was urged to run for Congress, I did. And I’ve been here ever since.” ~ Michele Bachmann
  43. “As the Wall Street Journal called our economic plan, supply-side economics for the working man, is resonating in Minnesota and here in Missouri and across this country.” ~ Rick Santorum
  44. “Dad was a chemistry professor at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota, then Oxford College in Minnesota, and a very active member of the American Chemical Society education committee, where he sat on the committee with Linus Pauling, who had authored a very phenomenally important textbook of chemistry.” ~ Peter Agre
  45. “My dad never graduated high school. He was a printing salesman. We lived in a two-bedroom, one-bath house in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. We weren’t rich – but we felt secure.” ~ Al Franken

  46. “There is no such thing as a typical season, not for the Cardinals, not for San Diego, not for Minnesota.” ~ Dennis Green
  47. “It’s good to go back and look at what other states are doing. For example, Mayo Clinics and the University of Minnesota had a collaborative grant program that we modeled our program after, so we went back to talk to them about the successes of their program. It’s been very successful, the state is going back to fund it again, and it’s resulted in a great deal of collaboration and specifically patented technology.” ~ Brian Thompson
  48. “It’s good to go back and look at what other states are doing. For example, Mayo Clinics and the University of Minnesota had a collaborative grant program that we modeled our program after, so we went back to talk to them about the successes of their program. It’s been very successful, the state is going back to fund it again, and it’s resulted in a great deal of collaboration and specifically patented technology.” ~ Brian Thompson
  49. “This is Democratic bedrock: we don’t let people lie in the ditch and drive past and pretend not to see them dying. Here on the frozen tundra of Minnesota, if your neighbor’s car won’t start, you put on your parka and get the jumper cables out and deliver the Sacred Spark that starts their car. Everybody knows this. The logical extension of this spirit is social welfare and the myriad government programs with long dry names all very uninteresting to you until you suddenly need one.” ~ Garrison Keillor
  50. “My family has loved Minnesota and that was one of the big reasons we decided to come back. For me, family decisions were a big part to coming back to the Twins.” ~ Jim Thome

  51. “The I-95 bridges were built in the early 1960s and are now more than 50 years old. The same vintage as the I-35 bridge that collapsed in Minnesota back in 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The antiquated Skagit River Bridge in Washington state that collapsed last May after a truck hit one of the trusses was even older. And it’s not just bridges. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 32 percent of the major roads in America are now in poor condition and in need of major repairs.” ~ Ed Rendell
  52. “Before we even consider expanding Medicare, or another program based on its rates, we must reform our Medicare payment system so that it rewards value, not volume, and doesn’t disadvantage states like Minnesota that provide high-quality care in an efficient way.” ~ Amy Klobuchar
  53. “I used to be sick of the backroads of Minnesota. I had to drive 30 miles to get home every day, take the schoolbus for two hours. But to drive through America and see the backroads, from Nashville to Memphis, Lovick to New Mexico, was incredible. It was probably the greatest trip of my life.” ~ Garrett Hedlund
  54. “The first time I came to the Comedy Festival some nutcase shot a bunch of people in Tasmania. I thought, ‘Oh, that’s just Tasmania.’ The second time I came, some nut shot up Columbine High School. Now I’m here again, and another nut just shot up a high school in Minnesota. If you can’t see the connection between me playing the Comedy Festival and mass murder, you’re no good at conspiracy theories.” ~ Rich Hall
  55. “The longest road trip I’ve ever been on is from Minnesota to Los Angeles.” ~ Sean William Scott

  56. “I grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota in a proud Catholic family.” ~ Denis McDonough
  57. “I’m indebted to the teachers who shaped me – from the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Croix Catholic elementary to the monks of St. John’s in Minnesota to my professors at Georgetown.” ~ Denis McDonough
  58. “I’m a lifelong Vikings and Packers fan because I lived in both Minnesota and Wisconsin as a kid.” ~ Mark Batterson
  59. “Flip’s a player’s coach, and I do know one thing, he motivates better than anybody I know. His system is very oriented around the point guard. He and Steph (Marbury) had a great relationship when Steph was in Minnesota.” ~ Kevin Garnett
  60. “Someone handed me Mexico City Blues in St. Paul [Minnesota] in 1959 and it blew my mind. It was the first poetry that spoke my own language.” ~ Bob Dylan

  61. “The problem with party politics is that people get involved every two or four years and that is it. In the meantime, the legislature and Minnesota politics are on a separate track.” ~ Paul Wellstone
  62. “After Blood Simple, everybody thought I was from Texas. After Mississippi Burning, everybody thought I was from Mississippi and uneducated. After Fargo, everybody’s going to think I’m from Minnesota, pregnant, and have blonde hair. I don’t think you can ever completely transform yourself on film, but if you do your job well, you can make people believe that you’re the character you’re trying to be.” ~ Frances McDormand
  63. “I played seven years in Minnesota and I’m looking forward to a better, greater seven years down in Miami. I’m back home. It’s great.” ~ Daunte Culpepper

  64. “After Blood Simple, everybody thought I was from Texas. After Mississippi Burning, everybody thought I was from Mississippi and uneducated. After Fargo, everybody’s going to think I’m from Minnesota, pregnant, and have blonde hair. I don’t think you can ever completely transform yourself on film, but if you do your job well, you can make people believe that you’re the character you’re trying to be.” ~ Frances McDormand
  65. “Midwestern people stick together. Gee willikers, they work hard. There’s no glitz, no glamour. When I was a girl in Duluth, Minnesota, I used to get up early and milk cows, so I know what hard work is.” ~ Gena Lee Nolin

Minnesota, which gets its name from the Dakota language, has been inhabited by various indigenous peoples since the Woodland period of the 11th century BCE.

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