Texans are proud of their state and they’ll be the first to tell you so. Below are a collection of thoughts about Texas we’ve collected over the years.

From an E-mail:
There is some bit of Texas in everyone. Do you know why? Because Texas is Texas. Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men standing in a church, facing thousands of Mexican nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out and save themselves, but stayed. We send our kids to schools named William B. Travis and Bowie and do you know why? Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to be heroes. John Wayne paid to do the movie himself. That is Texas. Texas is Sam Houston capturing Santa Anna at San Jacinto. Texas is Juneteenth and
 Texas Independence Day. Texas is huge forests of Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett National Forest. Texas is breathtaking mountains in Big Bend. Texas is shiny skyscrapers in Houston and Dallas. Texas is the
uniqueness of Austin. Texas is a world record bass from places like Lake Fork. Texas is the best colleges around. From Houston to Lubbock and everywhere in between. Texas is Mexican food like nowhere in the world, even Mexico.

Texas is Lone Star beer and Shiner Bock. Texas is larger-than-life legends like Willie Nelson and Buddy Holly, Earl Campbell and Nolan Ryan, Denton Cooley and Michael DeBakey, Lyndon Johnson and George Bush. Texas is great companies like Texas Instruments, Dell Computer and Compaq. Texas is huge herds of cattle and miles of crops. Texas is skies blackened with doves and leases full of deer. Texas is the best Barbecue anywhere. Period. Texas is the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Anywhere. Not to mention, the prettiest girls. Texas is a place where cities shut down for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football and the streets are deserted during church. Texas is the best music, with the best musicians in the world. Texas is beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies. If it isn’t in Texas, you don’t need it. No one does anything bigger or better.

Our capitol is the only one in the country that is taller than the capitol building in D.C. We signed those in as part of the deal when we came on. That’s the best part right there. When we came on, Texas was its own country. The Republic of Texas. Aren’t you proud to be a Texan?

You should be.

Another Forwarded E-mail:
When you’re from Texas, people that you meet ask you questions like, “Do you have any cows?” “Do you have horses?” “Bet you got a bunch of guns, eh?” They all want to know if you’ve been to Southfork. They watched Dallas.

Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Look at Texas with me just for a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part of you as anything ever will be. As soon as anyone anywhere in the world looks at it they know what it is. It’s Texas.

Pick any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt and he’ll know what it is. What happens if I show you a picture of any other state? You might get it maybe after a second or two, but who else would? And even if you do, does it ever stir any feelings in you?

In every man, woman and child on this planet, there is a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride in a pickup. There is some bit of Texas in everyone. Did you ever hear anyone in a bar go, “Wow…so you’re from Iowa? Cool, tell me about it?”

Do you know why? Because there’s no place like Texas.

John Steinbeck on Texas:
“I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study and the passionate possession of all Texans.”

–from Travels With Charley: In Search of America

A joke via e-mail:
A man in Topeka, Kansas, decided to write a book about churches around  the country. He started by flying to San Francisco and started working east from there.

Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making  notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued  with a sign that read, “$10,000 per minute.”

Seeking out the pastor, he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that the golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to  Heaven, and if he pays the price, he can talk directly to God.

The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way.

As he continued to visit churches in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Milwaukee, and around the United States, he found more such phones with the same sign and the same explanation from each pastor.

Finally, the man arrived in the great state of Texas. Upon entering a church, behold, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read: “Calls: 25 cents”!? Fascinated, the man asked to speak with the pastor.

“Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden telephone, and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven, and that I could use it to talk to God…. But in 20 other churches, the cost was $10,000 per minute. Your sign says 25 cents per call…why is that?

The pastor, smiling kindly, replied: “Son, you’re in Texas now and it’s a local call.”