Top 268 California Quotes of 2020

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“As a kid growing up in California, I collected autographs.”

― Aaron Judge

“Arnold Schwarzenegger cut teacher’s salaries and parks and libraries rather than raise taxes for the many California millionaires and billionaires.”

― Adam McKay

“When I first heard Ray Charles, he was a flop artist on a small label in California. He hadn’t sold any records. And I bought his contract for $2,500.”

― Ahmet Ertegun

“It’s a coup by the GOP to grab the governorship to California to make this place a safe haven for George W. Bush in 2004. It’s incredible when you think about it. The recall cost the state $100 million.”

― Al Jardine

“I wouldn’t live in California. All that sun makes you sterile.”

― Alan Alda

“The Middle East is literally going up in flames, as is California, and Katrina’s problems haven’t been solved, and Congress’ response is to criticize Federal judges.”

― Alcee Hastings

“It shone on everyone, whether they had a contract or not. The most democratic thing I’d ever seen, that California sunshine.”

― Angela Carter

“I’m a free market person, a free trader. But if we had a market in California, there would be competition.”

― Anna Eshoo

“I know that my heart and my family are here in California, not in Washington, D.C.”

― Antonio Villaraigosa

“As a fluke, my great-grandfather hit one of the largest oil reserves in California.”

― Armie Hammer

“And now, of course this is another thing I didn’t count on, that now as the governor of the state of California, I am selling California worldwide. You see that? Selling.”

― Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The states that have large in-migrations of Hispanics are Florida, Texas and California. And Florida and Texas are way above average in educational achievement, while California’s the lowest, just about.”

― Arthur Laffer

“In California, there are huge problems because of dams. I’m against big dams, per se, because I think that they are economically unfeasible. They’re ecologically unsustainable. And they’re hugely undemocratic.”

― Arundhati Roy

“I’m happy wherever I go, whatever I do. I’m happy in Iowa, I’m happy here in California.”

― Ashton Kutcher

“My mother is from Compton, California, but my father is from Hayneville, Alabama, and that’s less than 20 miles from Selma.”

― Ava DuVernay

“I’m in California, and that usually leans Democratic, and that’s usually where I lean anyway… I would lean Democrat; I would lean Obama.”

― Axl Rose

“I’m really into California art from the ’60s.”

― Barry McGee

“I’m really into California art from the ’60s. I like a lot of Bay Area artists, like Nathan Oliveira and Bruce Conner.”

― Barry McGee

“I’m a California girl. I grew up in Inglewood right by LAX.”

― Becky G

“I grew up in Southern California and always loved melodic pop music.”

― Belinda Carlisle

“My family owns a music store in Claremont, California, called The Claremont Folk Music Center.”

― Ben Harper

“In terms of mathematics textbooks, why can’t you have the scale of a national market? Right now, we have a Texas textbook that’s different from a California textbook that’s different from a Massachusetts textbook. That’s very expensive.”

― Bill Gates

“I’ve lived in California for six years and I’ve never surfed.”

― Bill Skarsgard

“I grew up on the beaches of Southern California surfing and sailing and I’ve always loved horses so it was part of my dream that I was able to fulfill to have horses.”

― Bo Derek

“There is a lot of California in my… sound, and a ton of it is the laid-back nature of Southern Californians and the beach.”

― Brett Young

“I was writing and playing in California for 11 years before I moved to Nashville.”

― Brett Young

“I lead an introverted and boring life here in California.”

― Brian Bosworth

“All of the beach volleyball coaches and all the top players, everything is based out of Southern California.”

― Brooke Sweat

“One identity is as a television writer, which is very classically Southern California, but another of my personae is as a New Yorker cartoonist.”

― Bruce Eric Kaplan

“I didn’t go to L.A. because I wanted to move to California. I went to L.A. to work as an actor.”

― Bryan Greenberg

“My mother was very involved with Cesar Chavez’s work on behalf of the migrant farm workers in California.”

― Caitlin Flanagan

“Left the ranch in 1883, went to California, going through the States and territories, reached Ogden the latter part of 1883, and San Francisco in 1884.”

― Calamity Jane

“I’m from San Bernardino, California. It’s, like, all cows and dairies and very open.”

― Cameron Dallas

“There are Tea Parties, and I would say plural, in California.”

― Carly Fiorina

“I’m not Mexican, and I’m not Central American. I’m from California.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“In California, up to 15 percent of wells in agricultural areas exceed a federal contaminant threshold, according to studies.”

― Charles Duhigg

“Southern California, they have been amazing. They’re totally with us.”

― Chita Rivera

“I was basically a surfer girl from California. I never looked like a model.”

― Christie Brinkley

“I moved here to California when I was 13 to pursue my acting career.”

― Christina Milian

“In 1996, I received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California.”

― Christine Blasey Ford

“When Proposition 8 passed in California, some were quick to blame minority voters, some of whom had voted for both President Obama and Proposition 8; however, these claims were later debunked as being overstated.”

― Christine Pelosi

“California is a tragic country – like Palestine, like every Promised Land.”

― Christopher Isherwood

“I like to go for a little drive up the California coast.”

― Colin Farrell

“I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix.”

― Dan Quayle

“PayPal, which was founded in 1998, may be the closest thing to a global currency that has ever been created. Based in San Jose, California, the company operates in 190 markets, sending and receiving payments in 24 currencies on behalf of 90 million active members.”

― Daniel Lyons

“The records of adopted children are sealed in California. That seal is considered inviolable… The judge ruled that, because I was famous, he didn’t have the same rights as other kids.”

― Danielle Steel

“I move between San Francisco and Paris… I have a wonderful beach house in California.”

― Danielle Steel

“Ninety-five percent of all brussels sprouts come from California.”

― Danny Meyer

“Oklahoma is my home. It’s definitely slower paced than California.”

― Darci Lynne Farmer

“The thing that really surprised me about strip malls in California, specifically Los Angeles, is that they have some really fantastic restaurants.”

― Dave Foley

“Oh, yeah. I grew up in Southern California in the 1960’s. It was very different. I was an only child as opposed to having siblings. My brothers all lived with my step-mom. I am very close to them, but we were not raised in the same house.”

― David Cassidy

“I think the best restaurants in America should be in California.”

― David Chang

“Move to California. Malibu is paradise.”

― David Geffen

“California is always in my mind.”

― David Hockney

“My most memorable teacher was Rich Campe, my third-grade teacher at Fairlands Elementary in Pleasanton, California.”

― Deb Caletti

“I had fallen in love with California.”

― DeForest Kelley

“When I was a kid, I always wanted to live in California because I liked skateboarding.”

― Demetri Martin

“California must be all American or all Chinese. We are resolved that it shall be American, and are prepared to make it so. May we not rely upon your sympathy and assistance?”

― Denis Kearney

“Like my colleague, I represent a large Assyrian community in central California, one of the largest concentrations of Assyrian Americans anywhere in the United States.”

― Dennis Cardoza

“One of the things I had a hard time getting used to when I came to California in ’78 was Santa Claus in shorts.”

― Dennis Franz

“California is one of the strongest states with one of the solidest economies but, at the same time, ignores the reality of its farm workers.”

― Diego Luna

“I’ve always been drawn back to the South, whether it’s Southern California or in Florida, where I grew up, and I wanted to write a song about that.”

― Don Felder

“My record at the University of California as an undergraduate was mediocre to say the best.”

― Douglass North

“California is an unbelievable state.”

― Drew Barrymore

“Fences would be a hindrance to terrorists should they decide to come across a land border between the U.S. and Mexico and to California.”

― Duncan Hunter

“I love California. I love Hollywood.”

― Dwight Henry

“I became a Republican in the summer of 1972. I was involved in running President Nixon’s re-election campaign in California and became part of his administration at the start of his second term.”

― Ed Rollins

“Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California.”

― Edsger Dijkstra

“I’m very stodgy. I’m always looking at old photos of California and Los Angeles, knowing that what I’m looking at is now full of houses. There used to be vacant lots in Los Angeles, now all taken up by three-storey boxes – it’s all getting infilled.”

― Edward Ruscha

“Expanding a failing, big-government program that reduces flexibility for the states and traps generations of Americans in dependency is not consistent with the kind of conservative solutions that Reagan sought during his terms as governor of California and president of the United States.”

― Edwin Meese

“I was born in Palo Alto, California in 1961.”

― Eric Allin Cornell

“There’s no question we need more housing, and we have to fight for that throughout California.”

― Eric Garcetti

“Obviously California is fantastic in terms of produce, vegetables.”

― Eric Ripert

“I was introduced to the world of modern food production in the mid-1990s, while researching an article about California’s strawberry industry for the ‘Atlantic Monthly.’”

― Eric Schlosser

“California is among several states that already have fought their way out from under partisan gerrymandering by taking line-drawing authority away from the Legislature.”

― Eric Swalwell

“When I discovered that hexavalent chromium was causing cancer in the town of Hinkley, California, it led to residents being paid $333m in compensation. But, unbelievably, that chemical remains in our drinking water.”

― Erin Brockovich

“I was born in Ann Arbor. I lived for a while in Ohio; Pennsylvania, California for 10 years, and now in Boston. And I lived in Iowa for a couple of years, where I studied at the Writers Workshop.”

― Ethan Canin

“California’s a mess.”

― Fabio Lanzoni

“The great medley of Oregon and California emigrants, at their camps around Independence, had heard reports that several additional parties were on the point of setting out from St. Joseph’s farther to the northward.”

― Francis Parkman

“I’m eternally grateful to the penal system in California for saving my life.”

― Frank Morgan

“Growing up in California, I grew up a JT Snow fan.”

― Freddie Freeman

“I grew up in Oakland and Berkeley, California.”

― G-Eazy

“I grew up in Oakland, California, and there was a really active scene in the Bay Area. Everyone else knew it as the ‘Hyphy Movement’ of Mac Dre, E-40, and The Pack.”

― G-Eazy

“The whole Baja California peninsula is an energetic place, and it’s incredibly alive.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“I’m a typical California boy.”

― Gary Lockwood

“California has the highest number of illegal immigrants residing in its borders. The estimated number of illegal alien residents in California was about 2.2 million, or nearly 32 percent of the total number of illegal immigrants in the United States.”

― Gary Miller

“The value of an arts education is widely accepted, especially in California.”

― Gavin Newsom

“If high-wage, high-cost nations like Germany and Japan can compete on exports, California can.”

― Gavin Newsom

“As goes California, so goes the rest of the nation.”

― Gavin Newsom

“There’s something called CEQA in California – NEPA at the federal level. There’s indigenous lands and autonomies relating to governance on those lands. There are all kinds of obstructions as it relates to just getting zoning approval and getting building permits.”

― Gavin Newsom

“The people of California really like innovation.”

― Geisha Williams

“We opened the first Men’s Wearhouse in Houston in August 1973, then a store a year for 10 years in Texas. In the early 1980s I opened a store in the San Francisco Bay Area. Within the year, the Texas economy was in total disarray. We were facing Chapter 11, and if not for the California store, we might not have survived.”

― George Zimmer

“I lived in Washington longer than I have lived anywhere else, so it’s considered home, even though I moved back to California.”

― Gilbert Arenas

“Hey, I didn’t make a big deal out of Hotel California. The 18 million people that bought it did.”

― Glenn Frey

“I grew up in Northern California, so the hippies were still around. My father and mother were very Republican, very strait-laced and very uptight, but my uncles were hippies.”

― Grant Show

“So it was flawed in that it didn’t require California to have a first claim on the power plants. It deregulated part of the market, but not all of the market.”

― Gray Davis

“My parents moved out to California in 1968 from Ohio in a VW station wagon pulling a little trailer. I was 4 months old. They were following the energy out here.”

― Guy Fieri

“California is full of Mexican culture and Mexican music.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“In the photographs themselves there’s a definite contrast between the figures and the location – I like that kind of California backyard look; clapboard houses, staircases outdoors.”

― Helmut Newton

“I come from Denmark; Fisker Automotive comes from California.”

― Henrik Fisker

“I won the youth vote in Massachusetts and in California. I did very well with it in Ohio.”

― Hillary Clinton

“California, in a sense, is almost Starbucks’ largest country, with almost 3,000 stores.”

― Howard Schultz

“It doesn’t rain at all in California. Once a month, a man drives through spraying Evian.”

― Hugh Laurie

“My dad grew up in southern California and was a raging liberal.”

― Ian Harding

“The Reagans were dear friends for many years, even when he was governor of California. Nancy appreciated a lot of Philippine-made things.”

― Imelda Marcos

“It was clear that the special interest groups in California really wanted the Chinese to be shut out of the country, because that was where the racial tension was the greatest.”

― Iris Chang

“As governor of California in 1970, Reagan endeared himself to millions of conservatives nationwide when he publicly rebuked the anti-war movement that was exploding on college campuses.”

― Jackson Katz

“In my opinion, Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t qualified to be governor of California.”

― James Garner

“Besides great climates and lovely beaches, California and Greece share a fondness for dysfunctional politics and feckless budgeting.”

― James Surowiecki

“I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. I was very athletic, playing volleyball and softball. I did gymnastics for about ten years, too.”

― Jasmine Tookes

“I’m wary of the whole Los Angeles scene. I’m a California kid, but there’s a difference between California and Los Angeles. L.A. is urban. California is restorative.”

― Jason Lewis

“The Puente Hills Landfill, about sixteen miles east of downtown Los Angeles, serves 5 million people in seventy-eight California cities, one of six landfills operated by the Sanitation Districts of L.A. County.”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“In California, especially Northern California, the fans really cheer for me.”

― Jeff Gordon

“I was born in Sherman Oaks, California.”

― Jennifer Aniston

“Over the years, I’ve traveled to many places for inspiration and research, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina, California, and Hawaii.”

― Jennifer Chiaverini

“California has a beautiful coastline. It can be a rough coastline. The waves are huge. The rocks are steep. Same thing in Vancouver. It has a beautiful coastline. It’s dramatic.”

― Jennifer Granholm

“I lived in Arizona, and I thought Florida was in California because I thought oranges came from the same place.”

― Jennifer Rubin

“Several unions have agreed to larger employee contributions for their members. Taxpayers are living with cuts and making sacrifices to deal with the reality of California’s budget crisis, state workers are going to have to do the same.”

― Jerry Brown

“I’m very much a hippie from Northern California.”

― Jessica Chastain

“California is going to take themselves off the cliff culturally and economically, fiscally. They are going to be at the trough in Washington wanting a bailout.”

― Jim DeMint

“Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread.”

― Jimmy Carter

“If I was such a corporate Democrat, why would the California Nurses Association, one of the leading advocates for a single-payer system, endorse me?”

― Jimmy Gomez

“California has been very good to me in terms of the professional arena.”

― Jimmy Smits

“Not much about California, on its own preferred terms, has encouraged its children to see themselves as connected to one another.”

― Joan Didion

“I’ve enjoyed my time in the American League, the fans of Southern California and other friendships.”

― Joe Torre

“When California provides the same value as other locations, I’d gladly shoot all my pictures here.”

― Joel Silver

“I took the California Highway Patrol exam and didn’t pass, so I tried to be a cop and failed.”

― John Cena

“I’ve written a lot about southern California, but I don’t use the same characters. Leave the people in the songs in the songs, is my philosophy.”

― John Darnielle

“I resist and resent the idea of California as a metaphor. It’s something thrust upon us, usually by people in the East.”

― John Gregory Dunne

“When California was wild, it was the floweriest part of the continent.”

― John Muir

“I’m running for controller to ensure our government reflects the values of the people of California and increases prosperity by managing our finances smartly, efficiently and effectively.”

― John Perez

“People in California don’t live in a place so much as they do a condition.”

― John Sandford

“I grew up in southern California in the ’80s. Yes, I am a walking cliche.”

― John Scalzi

“When I came back to California in the early ’60s I was hanging out with Jimmy Bowen, Phil Spector, and I wanted to be a record producer and work with other artists.”

― Johnny Rivers

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, in the enlightened liberal semi-socialist California circles in which I often move, that Uber is evil.”

― Jon Evans

“I played the bars in northern California since I was 18. We played at least three hours, and there’s no which-way about it: That definitely helped.”

― Jon Pardi

“I love coming back around Northern California.”

― Jon Pardi

“California is one of the most country-est states there is. We’re really country.”

― Jon Pardi

“When I came to New York in 1949, there was already an entire fresh avant-garde film movement blooming in New York and California. It was a very, very exciting period!”

― Jonas Mekas

“When I came to California, it was the mecca of the world. Every young person on the planet wanted to be here.”

― Joni Mitchell

“I did my undergraduate work at the University of California when it was still affordable. But tuition keeps on rising.”

― Joseph DeRisi

“I’m just an ordinary judge from California.”

― Joseph Wapner

“I didn’t study writing. I didn’t write anything substantial until I got to California.”

― Joss Whedon

“I’ve worked throughout California as a poet: in colleges, universities, worker camps, migrant education offices, continuation high schools, juvenile halls, prisons, and gifted classrooms.”

― Juan Felipe Herrera

“I am representing California, and all of California, definitely as a Mexicano, a Chicano, a Latino.”

― Juan Felipe Herrera

“I grew up in Davenport, Iowa, but I moved to Santa Clarita, California, when I was 6.”

― Julia Michaels

“I’m a California kid.”

― Julian Edelman

“I grew up in Hollywood in an apartment. Then in Tarzana, California, on a mini ranch where we owned horses and chickens.”

― Juliette Lewis

“My family is from Elmhurst, Queens, 54th Avenue, but I was born in Northern California.”

― Jussie Smollett

“I’ve always liked vintage posters of California beaches.”

― Justin Peck

“California feels like Colombia but with less threats. I don’t have to be constantly looking over my shoulder.”

― Kali Uchis

“We need to incorporate that age-old concept of redemption into the work that we do in the criminal justice system in California.”

― Kamala Harris

“California is not just the Golden State. We are also the Internet State.”

― Kamala Harris

“For me, California is all about rest, relaxation, space.”

― Karen O

“As an undergraduate majoring in biology at the University of California, San Diego, I worked on infectious diseases at the nearby Salk Institute for Biological Studies.”

― Kathleen Rubins

“I decided to do graduate studies in virology at Stanford University in California because it had a hospital, which made working on clinical applications easier.”

― Kathleen Rubins

“I went off to the University of California, Santa Barbara, on a boatload of loans, sights set on becoming a doctor or a lawyer.”

― Katy Tur

“California starts a lot of trends.”

― Ken Hakuta

“My graduate studies were carried out at the California Institute of Technology.”

― Kenneth G. Wilson

“But the most important thing is, Enron did not cause the California crisis.”

― Kenneth Lay

“But indeed a market like California is not good for Enron.”

― Kenneth Lay

“We’ve tried to get as much supply into California as we can.”

― Kenneth Lay

“In California, we celebrate our diversity. We celebrate who we are because we’re proud of who we are; we’re proud of where our families come from.”

― Kevin de Leon

“California serves as our nation’s cutting edge on many fronts.”

― Kevin de Leon

“California will not become a cog in the Trump deportation machine.”

― Kevin de Leon

“California Democrats – we fight on the front lines – we don’t equivocate on the sidelines.”

― Kevin de Leon

“I don’t believe other states should be in the business of luring production out of California. We’ve made it clear that no one is going to out-compete California.”

― Kevin de Leon

“I think California has the best energy.”

― Kevin Gates

“I am from Pomona, California. I was born in Los Angeles.”

― Larry Wilmore

“I’m meant for California.”

― Lauren Conrad

“California always struck me as a police state.”

― Leon Russell

“I think the executives have matured enough so that they recognize that we have a two-party system. In California, we have more than a two-party system.”

― Lew Wasserman

“It’s exciting for me to be home in California where I’m from and to be working with Victoria’s Secret.”

― Lindsay Ellingson

“I don’t like the sun, but I live in California.”

― Liz Goldwyn

“Notre Dame is the one school that has a national recruiting base, from Florida to Texas to California.”

― Lou Holtz

“The first time I came to California was in January 2013, when I auditioned for ‘Vampire Academy.’”

― Lucy Fry

“A large part of Canada heads for Florida, California, and Hawaii in the winter to get away from the snow.”

― Margaret MacMillan

“I’m from Santa Cruz in Northern California, and the 49ers were my dad and I’s bonding time.”

― Marisa Miller

“You could be a locavore in Florida or southern California. But I tried that. It was really limiting.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“Outdoors, I have a pool, so I usually swim and stuff. It’s usually superhot in California, so we swim.”

― Marsai Martin

“I grew up in Altadena, California.”

― Martine Syms

“I went West and took part in the strike of the machinists – the Southern Pacific Railroad, the corporation that swung California by its golden tail, that controlled its legislature, its farmers, its preachers, its workers.”

― Mary Harris Jones

“Liberals from California to Washington are fighting President Trump on illegal immigration.”

― Matt Rosendale

“Regulation is strangling businesses of all sizes in California, and we’ve got to streamline regulation so it’s easy, not hard, to do business.”

― Meg Whitman

“Well, California used to be in the dream-making business, and unfortunately what’s happened I think we’re now in the dream-breaking business.”

― Meg Whitman

“I miss California… I love driving.”

― Michael Stuhlbarg

“California can’t be a great state until all parts of the state are great.”

― Michael Tubbs

“I know when ‘California Dreamin’ was first released, we heard it on KFWB or KHJ or something, and it was so exciting to hear the record come on the radio.”

― Michelle Phillips

“I’m the worst surfer in California. My balance is off from boxing.”

― Mickey Rourke

“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity, particularly given the complexion of the overall voter structure in California. It’s very hard for a Republican to get elected.”

― Mike Curb

“I didn’t start going to concerts until I moved to California.”

― Miles Heizer

“I moved to California not to pursue acting but to get out of Albuquerque.”

― Minka Kelly

“I started skating when I was five years old in Pasadena, California.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“I grew up poor in San Pedro, California, sleeping on the floor of shady motels with my five siblings and not always sure when or where I’d get my next meal.”

― Misty Copeland

“Failing to continue to support the public higher-ed system in California will have devastating long-term consequences.”

― Mitch Kapor

“I never really felt like I belonged in California.”

― Molly Ringwald

“I grew up with fantastic Southern food. In Southern California.”

― Nora Ephron

“I love California. The weather is fantastic.”

― Oleksandr Usyk

“Life in California is beautiful.”

― Oscar Nunez

“When I started in California, people would say, ‘Enterprise who?’”

― Pamela Nicholson

“The studio scene in California is sort of ridiculous anyway.”

― Paul Kantner

“The national polls are distorted. To get a national sample, they rely too much on Hispanics from New York and California, which is where large populations are but also where most of the radical Hispanics are.”

― Paul Manafort

“I opened a restaurant that had nothing but California wines.”

― Paul Prudhomme

“I’m a surfer. I grew up in Southern California and used to surf twice a day, every day.”

― Paul Walker

“I experienced the California Northridge Earthquake of 1994 and the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, and I have thus seen firsthand how terrible and awesomely devastating a force of nature can be.”

― Paul Watson

“I’m thankful for Sarah Palin’s vice presidential bid, which taught us that Alaska is not in a box off the coast of California.”

― Paula Poundstone

“It’s always bothersome when California does something better than Texas.”

― Pete Gallego

“California – with more cars, more drivers and more people – still has less DWI-related deaths than Texas does.”

― Pete Gallego

“Surfing is incredible. It’s both meditative and physical. I think it was my way into California.”

― Rachel Morrison

“There are certain things that are inherently scarce. For example, there is only a certain amount of beachfront property in California. It is going to be scarce, it is going to be expensive.”

― Ralph Merkle

“One of the reasons I come to California is that the Republican party seems to have given up on California, and my message to those in California is that we’re going to compete nationally as a party, and that includes California.”

― Rand Paul

“Indiana is much, much, much slower than California, and I love it.”

― Reggie Miller

“On my recent trip to the Mexico border, Border Patrol agents in California told me they have arrested the same coyotes 20 times, but they are not prosecuted.”

― Ric Keller

“Soviet moviegoers gazed enviously on the jalopy that took the Joads from Oklahoma to California. The message Russians took from ‘The Grapes of Wrath’: even the poorest capitalists have cars!”

― Richard Corliss

“California is a great place to live.”

― Richard Grenell

“I don’t think the state of California realized there would be this many people here caught up in the freeway system.”

― Richard Grieco

“By raising the minimum wage in California, 700,000 people are going to lose their jobs. There are a lot of opportunities for companies to prosper in Florida and compete here, and that’s what I’m going after.”

― Rick Scott

“I’d do whatever it takes to stay in California; maybe not L.A. because it’s so crazy.”

― Ricky Whittle

“It’s weird, I grew up in California, and I’ve only surfed, like, once.”

― Riley Keough

“California just does not remotely embrace the fact that it’s where skateboarding itself was birthed and where 90% of the industry is.”

― Rob Dyrdek

“If California ever developed a vineyard rating system, Saxum’s James Berry Vineyard would be classified as one of the best.”

― Robert M. Parker, Jr.

“I travelled to California when I was 18 and went to Los Angeles State College.”

― Robert Vaughn

“Although I’m living in California, I’m very proud to be British.”

― Rod Stewart

“I was producing demos for a band that was called Physical Ed. Out of production of demos I went and did a few jam sessions with then in Northern California clubs, but I never actually toured with them.”

― Ronnie Montrose

“Since I had my gastric bypass surgery in 1998, I eat like a bird. Unfortunately, that bird is a California condor.”

― Roseanne Barr

“I’m delighted to be returning to my California roots and joining Google.”

― Ruth Porat

“With my ministry of light, part of what I do is work on the California Alliance For Arts Education.”

― Sally Kirkland

“I’m a sixth-generation Texan, even though I was born in California.”

― Sam Elliott

“I’m a California kid, so I love the beach.”

― Sam Mikulak

“After the falling out with my father, I worked on a couple of ranches – thoroughbred layup farms, actually – out toward Chino, California. That was fine for a little while, but I wanted to get out completely, and twenty miles away wasn’t far enough.”

― Sam Shepard

“I wrote ‘Buried Child’ in a trailer at an old ranch house we had in California.”

― Sam Shepard

“We never really wanted to play in California.”

― Santiago Durango

“I grew up in San Francisco in the 1970s. We were part of a church that belonged to the California Jesus movement.”

― Sara Zarr

“I myself was born in Sacramento, California in 1966.”

― Sarah Zettel

“I grew up in Southern California, so there is just a part of me that is a Hollywood rocker.”

― Scott Borchetta

“I grew up in Southern California. I played in rock bands out here, and I’ve been around pop music my whole life. I’ve been around all music my entire life.”

― Scott Borchetta

“I went to college for about a year in California.”

― Seann William Scott

“I am presently in my thirteenth year of teaching a graduate course at the University of Southern California.”

― Shelley Berman

“As the sixth largest economy in the world, the economic engine of the nation, and provider of a large percentage of the federal budget, California carries a lot of weight.”

― Shervin Pishevar

“’Entropy’ will be a kaleidoscope of thought processes and my identity as an Indian who grew up in California.”

― Sid Sriram

“I write about Texas, New York, California and Virginia, and they’re all important places in my repertoire.”

― Sissy Spacek

“I worked at this bike shop called Rockville BMX, and I started going on this summer tour with this one company. One summer, we ended up in California, and I got to hang out with the guys who made ‘Freestylin’ – Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman.”

― Spike Jonze

“We are selected, but I grew up in California and in San Francisco and there was a system of electing judges.”

― Stephen Breyer

“California is going to be quite good for the Democrats. But the rest of the country is a draw.”

― Stuart Rothenberg

“If they can’t do it in California, it can’t be done anywhere.”

― Taylor Caldwell

“My father became the Mayor of Indian Wells, California, a tony desert enclave of rich, conservative Republicans.”

― Taylor Negron

“California is responsible for selling, trading and distributing large amounts of shark fins that come from all over the world.”

― Ted Danson

“I’m from California, and still live in LA.”

― Teena Marie

“In California, there is a strong tension between north and south.”

― Thomas Mars

“I pledged California to a Northern Republic and to a flag that should have no treacherous threads of cotton in its warp, and the audience came down in thunder.”

― Thomas Starr King

“Being from California, avocado toast is very popular in our house. We have it almost every morning.”

― Tiffani Thiessen

“On ‘Justified’, we’re driving all around Southern California trying to find a location that we can call Kentucky.”

― Timothy Olyphant

“I can’t root for the Lakers. I grew up in northern California, so I spent many of my young adult years rooting against the Lakers.”

― Timothy Olyphant

“When this genre of music started in America, Metallica was up north in California, we were in Southern California, Anthrax was on the East Coast. We each developed our own metal music, and after 30 years, we’re still playing our metal music.”

― Tom Araya

“Twice the Republicans in the California legislature tried to block my seating because of my trips to Hanoi.”

― Tom Hayden

“By means of steam one can go from California to Japan in eighteen days.”

― Townsend Harris

“I grew up in northern California in a town called Fairfield, which is kind of exactly between San Francisco and Sacramento, a small suburb. And I’m the youngest of five children.”

― Tracy K. Smith

“I’ve lived in Texas now longer than anywhere and then California and then Oklahoma, but yet Oklahoma is what I consider home.”

― Troy Aikman

“I think the California mentality is laid-back, and I definitely embody that.”

― Urijah Faber

“Lauren Goode and I have agreed that the next version of the Mac software – all of them are named after places in California – should be named either Bridgeport or Warwick.”

― Walt Mossberg

“You could have a hit in California that no one had heard of in Oklahoma.”

― Wanda Jackson

“The most dangerous place I’ve ever performed standup is in my home state of California.”

― Whitney Cummings

“I speak as much Spanish as anyone who has grown up in Southern California or Texas or Arizona. I had my three years of high-school Spanish and a couple of semesters in college.”

― Will Ferrell

“When the Oakies left Oklahoma and moved to California, it raised the I.Q. of both states.”

― Will Rogers

“When I was growing up, I didn’t know there was a world outside of California.”

― Willie Aames

“In California, they don’t throw their garbage away – they make it into TV shows.”

― Woody Allen

“California is an easy place to be an Asian woman engineer.”

― Yi So-Yeon

“I lived in San Pedro, California, which is, you know, on the west side of California, and it’s where many, many Japanese lived.”

― Yuri Kochiyama
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