Arizona quotes and Quotations about Arizona & Deserts

Arizona quotes and  Quotations about Arizona & Deserts

The devil plays a dry, scorching tune and its name is Arizona Summer. Terri Guillemets, “Devilish heat,” 2013

Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day. Harry S. Truman

‘Heat, ma’am!’ I said, ‘it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.’ Sydney Smith (1771–1845)

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance. Jane Austen (1775–1817), letter to sister Cassandra, 1796 September 18th

You know you’re an Arizona native, when your lungs don’t deflate when you bite a jalapeño pepper. Cappy Kirby, quoted in You Know You’re an Arizona Native, When… compiled by Don Dedera, 1993

Tucson had opened my eyes to the world and given me… a taste for the sensory extravagance of red hot chiles and five-alarm sunsets. Barbara Kingsolver, “Called Home,” Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, 2007





I lived in a little stuccoed house in a neighborhood of barking dogs and front-yard shrines to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Barbara Kingsolver, “Making Peace”

>>> Appearance Quotes

Sometimes a saguaro looks like it’s giving the middle finger to the world, an “F you, it’s hot out here!” Terri Guillemets, “Take a hike,” 1996

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Scorpions are a mix of lobsters, spiders, wasps, and nightmares. Author unknown

In the desert, the slow quiet entrance of autumn is like breathing a sigh of relief — exhaling all the hot, stifling air built up over summer. Terri Guillemets

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The desert attracts the nomad, the ocean the sailor, the infinite the poet. Author Unknown

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Some say that true love is a mirage; seek it anyway, for all else is surely desert. Robert Brault

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You know you’re an Arizona native, when you always knock the heels of your shoes on the floor before putting them on, because once—out fell an angry scorpion. Don Dedera, You Know You’re an Arizona Native, When…, 1993

Bessie cried. “I ain’t movin’ to Arizona! Damnit, there is nothin’ there but gravel and scorpions—” Mary Doria Russell, Doc, 2011

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Located just north of the Phoenix Zoo, Papago Park is an odd formation of isolated hills surrounded by teddy bear cholla, creosote, and saguaro. The hills are steep red rock and riddled with holes, fifteen-million-year-old remnants of ancient mudflows that petrified and eroded over the ages. Kevin Hearne, Hounded, 2011

>>> Animal Rights quotes

What are the just deserts for a species too selfish or preoccupied to hope for rain when the land outside is dying? Should we be buried under the topsoil in our own clean cars, to make room for wiser creatures? Barbara Kingsolver, “Called Home,” Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, 2007

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A hundred and ten in the shade is hot — but you don’t gotta shovel it off your driveway. Arizona saying

The first 110+ degree day, hopefully in June, occasionally in May, always surprises us by reminding us just how hot that is. Like, it hurts to touch things that have been in the sun, including your shirt. Dominic Verstegen

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We halted beneath a mesquite-tree and bore away an armful of pods that horses, mules, and Indians love. They are several inches long, in clusters, bright buff changing from green, and filled generously with beans which rattle as they mature. Estelle Thomson

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[T]he dark and jagged ramparts of Arizona stood up against the sky, and behind them the huge tilted plain rising toward the backbone of the continent again. John Steinbeck

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It was the farthest she had ever been from home, not only in miles but in feeling. The vastness of the desert frightened her. Everything looked too far away, even the cloudless sky. There was nowhere you could hide in such emptiness. James Carlos Blake

In the desert, I had discovered the West of my imagination, my childhood canyon infinitely magnified. I went there for inspiration and insight. Julene Bair

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You cannot blame the Sahara alone for the troubles. But you should also not see the desert simply as some faraway place of little rain. There are many forms of thirst. William Langewiesche

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You know you’re an Arizona native, when you not only know what a zanjero is, but you call one a friend. Bill Leverton

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We’ve had Eastern tenderfeet here before. And never was there a one of them who didn’t come to love Arizona. Zane Grey

What ideal, immutable Platonic cloud could equal the beauty and perfection of any ordinary everyday cloud floating over, say, Tuba City, Arizona, on a hot day in June? Edward Abbey

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Many things bind Phoenicians together… Fearing insects, because even though we have fewer insects than other places, the insects we do have actively try to kill us… Dominic Verstegen

You know you’re an Arizona native, when you “hug” a cactus only once in your lifetime. Nancy Dedera

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For all the toll the desert takes of a man it gives compensations, deep breaths, deep sleep, and the communion of the stars. Mary Austin

The cold, clear, silent night brought back the charm of the desert. How flaming white the stars! The great spire-pointed peaks lifted cold pale-gray outlines up into the deep star-studded sky. Zane Grey

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If you would know the world go into a desert and study your own heart. Austin O’Malley

You know you’re an Arizona native, when you have to look up “mass transit” in the dictionary. Paul Johnson

She left in August after the last rain of the season. Summer storms in the desert are violent things, and clean, they leave you feeling like you have cried. Barbara Kingsolver

[T]here are miles and miles of land purely desert, and clothed only with thorny cacti and others of that ilk. John G. Bourke

You know you’re an Arizona native, when you know that “javelina” is not a spear thrown in the Italian Olympic trials. Allan Perry

You know you’re an Arizona native, when you know that dust devils are not fur balls under the bed. Norbert Pope

And how hot it is! It seems a veritable Sahara, for it is midsummer, and the heat rises from this vast plateau as from a fiery furnace. George Wharton James

God takes everyone he loves through a desert. It is his cure for our wandering hearts, restlessly searching for a new Eden. Paul E. Miller

And me—I was glowing as brightly as the warm Arizona evening. Pink clouds were striped across the twilight sky. It was country to fall in love with. David Gerrold




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