Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Funny ~ Humorous Quotes about New England

"A good word now is worth ten on a headstone."

"In New England we have nine months of winter and three months of darned poor sledding."

To the European, a Yankee is an American.
To an American, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To a New Englander, a Yankee is someone from New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine.
To those from Northern New England, a Yankee is someone who eats apple pie for breakfast.
And to a Vermonter who eats apple pie for breakfast a Yankee is someone who eats pie with a knife.
~An old Yankee joke

Doris "Granny D" Haddock (1910 – 2010) 
"Small towns make up for their lack of people by having everyone be more interesting."

Henry Cabot Lodge (1850- 1924)
“New England has a harsh climate, a barren soil, a rough and stormy coast, and yet we love it, even with a love passing that of dwellers in more favored regions.”

Mark Twain  
“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”

 John Collins Bossidy, Holy Cross alumni dinner, 1910
“And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells talk to the Cabots
And the Cabots talk only to God.”

Judson D. Hale, 1982, editor of the “Farmer’s Almanac”
“Summer person: ‘Nice little town, so old and quaint.  But I suppose you have a lot of oddballs, too.’
Native: ‘Oh, yes, quite a few.  You see ‘em around.  But they’re mostly gone after Labor Day.’

Daniel Webster (1782 – 1852)
“Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades:  shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe;  jewelers, a monster watch;  and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that here he is the makes men.”  [reference to the now gone “Old Man of the Mountain”]

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)  
“From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring.”

Jeff Foxworthy
“If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in New England”

“If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you live in New England”

"If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you live in New England”

“If you have switched from “heat” to “A/C: in the same day and back again, you live in New England”


  1. How fun to see the doggerel about the Powell's and Cabots! I've recently discovered Lowell ancestry in my tree; I had no idea I was in such elite company!

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