73 Alabama Quotes from the Heart of Dixie and Cotton State

Alabama, known as the Cotton State, Heart of Dixie and Yellowhammer State, sits in the southeastern United States, possessing a rich history and diverse culture.

This state, while globally recognized by name, remains enigmatic, especially to those outside America, with its primary identifiers being the famous Lynyrd Skynrd song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the film of the same title.

Alabama is famous for notable cities like Tuscaloosa and Selma, the latter playing a critical role in the 1960s civil rights movement.

The state is also renowned for its stellar college football team. Its beautiful landscapes, white sand beaches and warm Southern hospitality paired with sweet tea and football make it a must-visit destination.

The curated list of Alabama quotes mentioned not only inspire vacations to this underrated state but also make perfect Instagram captions, capturing the quintessential charm of Alabama.

Alabama Quotes


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Alabama is the heart of America. ~ Unknown.


May God continue to bless sweet home Alabama. ~ Kay Ivey.


I was born in Alabama, but I only lived there for a month before I’d done everything there was to do. ~ Paula Poundston.

We used to travel through Alabama a lot and get onto back roads and just marvel at how pretty it was and how nice the people were. ~ Gary Rossington.

Alabama, you’re barbe-cute! ~ Unknown.

The repeal of racist language in the Constitution of Alabama was and still is a necessary step in the state’s ability to progress. ~ Artur Davis.

I’m from Alabama. I’m not rude. ~ Kaitlan Collins.

By growing up in Alabama, I had a melting pot of the whole pie: R&B, gospel, country. ~ Lionel Richie.

My family is from a tiny town in Alabama. So all I wanted to do was get out of this town. ~ Lennon Parham.

I’m from Alabama and I have morals and I have class. That’s my personality. ~ Katherine Webb.

Best Alabama Quotes

Justice is a funny thing, and in Alabama, justice isn’t blind. She knows the color of your skin, your educational level, and how much money you have in the bank. ~ Anthony Ray Hilton.

There was a rule, back when I was an education lawyer in Alabama, about visiting public schools: always go on a rainy day so you can see how badly the roofs leak. ~ Adam Cohen.

While over Alabama earth These words are gently spoken: Serve and hate will die unborn. Love and chains are broken. ~ Langston Hughes.

When I was growing up in rural Alabama, it was impossible for me to register to vote. I didn’t become a registered voter until I moved to Tennessee, to Nashville, as a student. ~ John Lewis.

The crowd is very regional, mostly coastal Alabamians. Everyone seems to know each other, and they are always honored and often extra hospitable when they learn that you traveled a long way just to visit their Carnival. Late into the evening, silk-gowned debutantes with their white-tie and tail clad escorts who’ve grown weary of their formal balls blend easily with the street crowds. ~ Gary Bridgman.

I know I grew up in the time when a young man in a baggy suit and slicked-down hair stood spraddle-legged in the crossroads of history and talked hot and mean about the colored, giving my poor and desperate people a reason to feel superior to somebody, to anybody. I know that even as the words of George Wallace rang through my Alabama, the black family who lived down the dirt road from our house sent fresh-picked corn and other food to the poor white lady and her three sons, because they knew their daddy had run off, because hungry does not have a color. ~ Rick Bragg.

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Famous Alabama Quotes

Oh I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee, I’m going to Louisiana, my true love for to see. It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dry. The sun so hot I froze; Susanna, don’t you cry. Oh, Susanna, don’t you cry for me. For I come from Alabama, with my banjo on my knee. ~ Stephen Foster.

You can say a lot of bad things about Alabama, but you can’t say Alabamans as a people are unduly afraid of deep fryers. In that first week at the Creek, the cafeteria served fried chicken, chicken fried steak, and fried okra, which marked my first foray into the delicacy that is the fried vegetable. ~ John Green.


My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting. ~ Coretta Scott King.

I live in rural Alabama, and it’s very conservative. I’ve had one guy say ‘you can’t be a minister and a DJ at the same time’. I thought ‘how does someone get to choose what God has assigned me to do – God has given me a ministry. ~ Robert Hood.

Sayings about Alabama

Alabama citizens, like the vast majority of Americans, respect and value the meaning of decency, and appreciate public institutions that reflect the common values of our society. ~ Mike Rogers.

I’m in Alabama. First thing I want to say is Roll Tide! I was at the Alabama/Georgia game last year sitting right in the middle of the Alabama section and saw that they rolled all over them! ~ Brian Jordan.

The only traffic I had to deal with in Alabama was a tractor. ~ Devlin Hodges.

The state of Alabama can take my freedom, the state of Alabama can take my future, but the state of Alabama cannot take my joy. ~ Anthony Ray Hinton.


I grew up in Gladstone, Alabama, on a dirt road, with an outside bathroom. ~ Matthew Knowles.

I got the sense that Alabama is a place where people don’t want handouts and don’t much care for people talking out of the side of their mouth. ~ Adam McKay.

We need comprehensive immigration reform. Dr. King wouldn’t be pleased at all to know that there are millions of people living in the shadow, living in fear in places like Georgia and Alabama. ~ John Lewis.

My dad was the biggest Alabama fan ever, and I was brainwashed. ~ Dabo Swinney.

As the eldest son of an Alabama sharecropper family, I was constantly troubled by a collage of North American southern behaviors and notions in reference to the inhumanity of people. There were questions that I did not know how to ask but could, in my young, unsophisticated way, articulate a series of answers. ~ John Henrik Clarke.

Alabama Captions for Instagram

I was born in Alabama and my first live music experiences were in church. Every Sunday we watched regional gospel groups on television singing their hearts out. ~ Tommy Shaw.


Just a girl who loves Alabama.

I lived in Alabama for a while during the dying days of the Continental Wrestling Federation. I lived in Montgomery and traveled all over Alabama. ~ Mick Foley.

Ladies and gentlemen: There can be no greater investment in Alabama’s future than an investment in education. ~  Bob Riley.

We have built a genuine level of enthusiasm and goodwill with people throughout this district. People are really excited about the possibilities this election holds, not just for this district, but because of the message Alabama sent to the rest of the country. ~ Artur Davis.

The great thing that I appreciate – the fact that my godfather, William ‘Sticky’ Jackson, was a Tuskegee Airman because my father was first born in Ozark, Alabama. The sacrifices and the commitment of those men made it possible for myself and many others. ~ Allen West.

Whenever I tell people in Berkeley, Calif., where I live, that I’m headed to the beach in Alabama, they are shocked. Most people outside of the Gulf Coast have no idea that Alabama has beaches ~  even though if you look at a map of Alabama, there is a part of it that looks as if it should belong to Florida. ~ W. Kamau Bell.

Quotes about Alabama

This is Alabama, son, he said, though he seemed younger than I. How do you think they’re treating us? ~ Eddy L. Harris.


I was raised in South Alabama in the woods, y’know? I’m country. ~ Shelby Lynne.

Living in Montgomery, I’ve been antagonized by the emergence of a narrative about our history that I believe is quite false and misleading, and actually dangerous. And the narrative that emerges when you spend time in the South ~  places likes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana – is that we have always been a noble, wonderful, glorious region of the country, with wonderful, noble, glorious people doing wonderful, noble, glorious things. And there’s great pride in the Alabamians of the nineteenth century. ~ Bryan Stevenson.

All of Mobile’s parading societies throw Moon Pies along with beads and doubloons, providing sugary nourishment to the revelers lining the streets. ~ Gary Bridgman.

I lived in Alabama and Georgia, and the people in the south are wonderful. It’s God, faith, family, country. ~ Sean Hannity.

I have a dream: That one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification – one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Top Alabama Quotes

In 1965, the attempted march from Selma to Montgomery on March 7 was planned to dramatize to the state of Alabama and to the nation that people of color wanted to register to vote. ~ John Lewis.


A piece of my heart will always be in Alabama. ~ Hannah Brown.

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, Louisiana – refused to air it. And so our ratings plummeted. ~ George Takei.

I love my home state and my hometown. I’m so grateful to Birmingham and Alabama for what it made me. ~ Jordan Fisher.

Like all soul singers, I grew up singing in church but sometimes I would leave early and sit in the car listening to gospel band, The Blind Boys of Alabama. Hearing their lead singer Clarence made me connect the idea of church and show business and see how I could make a career singing music that stirred the soul. ~ Daryl Hall.

We just try to write about things that are close to our hearts. We don’t sit around trying to write another ‘Free Bird’ or ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ ~ Rickey Medlocke.

Unlike writers or painters, we don’t sit down in front of a blank canvas and say, ‘How do I start? Where do I start?’ We’re given the springboard of the text, a plane ticket, told to report to Alabama, and there’s a group of people all ready to make a film and it’s a marvelous life. ~ Albert Finney.


It’s hard to get ivory in Africa, but in Alabama the Tuscaloosa. ~ Groucho Marx.

I grew up in Mobile, Alabama – somebody’s got to be from Mobile, right? – and Mobile sits at the confluence of five rivers, forming this beautiful delta. And the delta has alligators crawling in and out of rivers filled with fish and cypress trees dripping with snakes, birds of every flavor. ~ Mike deGruy.

Alabama Quotes and Sayings

Everyone tends to think of October as being an autumn month. Not so much in south Alabama, usually. There, it’s another warm, if not hot, summer month. But the Alabama summer heat will sometimes get broken by cooler days. The haze of the depth of summer lifts, the humidity backs off, and the sky takes on a clearer, sharper blueness that the more languid summer days rarely could manage. And sometimes, there will be a day where the temperature gives a clear peek of what’s coming. ~ JF Smith.

I’m always kind of hoping that I’ll get a movie that is made in Alabama so I can go back and kind of get a break from my city life. ~ Nolan Gould.

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.

I always tell people that I was raised in Alabama, but I grew up in New York! ~ Cynthia Bailey.

I grew up in a small town in Alabama, and there wasn’t much in the way of entertainment, so like our older siblings before us, we drove our pickup trucks out into the hayfield and lit a bonfire. ~ Abbi Glines.


I grew up really close to Alabama, about 10 minutes from the Alabama line. We’d make trips to Alabama, and I feel at home there. ~ Sam Hunt.

What’s the biggest problem facing teenagers today? Ourselves. We’re a generation of lazy underachievers who need to learn that hard work pays off. What’s your town known for? Cow manure! Hold for laughs… Actually Irondale is the setting of Fannie Flagg’s famous novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. Why’d you enter the Junior Miss Birmingham pageant? To win… to go to State… then Nationals… maybe get the hell out of Alabama. ~ Nadria Tucker.

My only crime was being born black – or being born black in Alabama. ~ Anthony Ray Hinton.

We had teachers, we had high school principals, we had people teaching in colleges and university in Tuskegee, Alabama. But they were told they failed the so-called literacy test. ~ John Lewis.

Oh! Moon of Alabama We now must say good-bye We’ve lost our good old mama And must have whiskey Oh, you know why! ~ Bertolt Brecht.


My uncle is a Southern planter. He’s an undertaker in Alabama. ~ Fred Allen.

Hollywood is run by people who sit up in their executive office, who are not connected to Mississippi, Alabama, Chicago, South Carolina. They know nothing about that, they don’t go to church, and they make their decisions about what they think is right. ~ Steve Harvey.

In Selma, Alabama, in 1965, only 2.1 percent of blacks of voting age were registered to vote. The only place you could attempt to register was to go down to the courthouse. You had to pass a so-called literacy test. And they would tell people over and over again that they didn’t or couldn’t pass the literacy test. ~ John Lewis.

I believe that the future of humans, and the future of Earth, depends on space exploration. That’s not a French problem, or a problem for Alabama: it’s a planet-wide problem. International cooperation is crucial. ~ John M. Grunsfeld.

So these were the 73 quotes about Alabama state of United States.

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