The Best Quotes about Charleston, South Carolina

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In Charleston, more than elsewhere, you get the feeling that the twentieth century is a vast, unconscionable mistake. -Pat Conroy

Charleston has a landscape that encourages intimacy and partisanship. I have heard it said that an inoculation to the sights and smells of the Carolina lowcountry is an almost irreversible antidote to the charms of other landscapes, other alien geographies. You can be moved profoundly by other vistas, by other oceans, by soaring mountain ranges, but you can never be seduced. You can even forsake the lowcountry, renounce it for other climates, but you can never completely escape the sensuous, semitropical pull of Charleston and her marshes. -Pat Conroy

Charleston has something for everyone, rain or shine. Its architecture is unparalleled. Carriage rides are great for seeing the city and hearing the history behind certain houses and the area. -Thomas Gibson

There was very little art in my childhood. I was raised in South Carolina; I wasn’t aware of any art in South Carolina. There was a minor museum in Charleston, which had nothing of interest in it. It showed local artists, paintings of birds. -Jasper Johns

Walking the streets of Charleston in the late afternoons of August was like walking through gauze or inhaling damaged silk. -Pat Conroy

Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington  – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. …This is your victory. -Barack Obama

Because our right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Christians in Charleston, South Carolina, and that was denied Jews in Kansas City, and that was denied Muslims in Chapel Hill, and Sikhs in Oak Creek. They had rights too. Our right to peaceful assembly, that right was robbed from movie goers in Aurora and Lafayette. -Barack Obama

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One thing inspired me the most from the time I spent in Charleston was how much heritage and history are connected to influencing how I cook. Each dish tugged my heart in a different spot that after I finished cooking, I was really emotional and felt fulfilled at the same time. -Shirley Chung

I don’t think you ever think of a big city as sweet or community, but there are cities that I think of as charming and particular and interesting cities. I live in one now, Charleston. -Anne Rivers Siddons

Well, how’d we get to talking about our ancestors? People think we don’t talk about anything else in Charleston. -Josephine Pinckney

One of my favorite stories was Black Orchid, because it was so different from all the others. I especially enjoyed dancing the Charleston. I have always been keen on dancing. -Sarah Sutton

It’s funny, but we were living on this small island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina when I was 9. -Josh Lucas

My parents were working in a hospital in Memphis. But I didn’t live there for any length of time that I remember. The first thing I remember is the town in Mississippi that I live in now, Charleston. -Morgan Freeman

Charleston was where America split apart in 1861. Maybe it’s where America comes together in 2015. -Russell D. Moore

I was ten,” I said. “Give me a little credit.” “To a boy with aspirations like that, I would extend my respect—but not credit. Or life insurance.” Abraham sounded amused. “You are an interesting man, David Charleston, but you sound like you were an even more interesting child. -Brandon Sanderson

All the forms of popular music from jazz to hip-hop, to bebop, to soul [come from black innovation]. You talk about different dances from the catwalk, to the jitterbug, to the Charleston, to break dancing -\-\ all these are forms of black dancing…What would [life] be without a song, without a dance, and joy and laughter, and music. -Michael Jackson

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According to Festus, our flying table, Buford, made it back safely while we were in Charleston, so those eagles didn’t get him. Unfortunately, he lost the laundry bag with your pants.” “Dang it!” Frank Barked, which Leo figured was probably severe profanity for him. No doubt Frank would’ve cursed some more -busting out the golly gees and the gosh darns- but Percy interrupted by doubling over and groaning. “Did the world just turn upside down?” he asked. Jason pressed his hands to his head. “Yeah, and it’s spinning. Everything is yellow. Is it supposed to be yellow? -Rick Riordan

I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you. It belongs to you. I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause. -Barack Obama

I do a lot of work with the Red Cross, too. As a reporter, before I went to entertainment news, I tended to follow natural disasters. I went to Charleston, South Carolina, after Hurricane Hugo. I went to Miami the year after they were recovering from Hurricane Andrew. I came to California when they were recovering from a big earthquake. I’ve seen the Red Cross and how they stay there years after a natural disaster. They’re not just there when a disaster is happening. -Nancy O’Dell

The churches had left me cold, but I thought there’s got to be a God. I remember going out, this is in Charleston, South Carolina, and my desire then was to be a playwright, and I was studying theater, and I went out one night, late at night, and I asked, “What can God be if there is a God?” I wasn’t sure there was a God, but if there is a God, what must he be? Well, he can’t be a judge, who’s up there just waiting for us to make a mistake so he can clap us into hell. There’s got to be something more than that. -Goswami Kriyananda

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The Jews believed Jerusalem to be the centre. I have seen a kratometric chart designed to show that the city of Philadelphia was in the same thermic belt, and, by inference, in the same belt of empire, as the cities of Athens, Rome, and London. It was drawn by a patriotic Philadelphian, and was examined with pleasure, under his showing, by the inhabitants of Chestnut Street. But, when carried to Charleston, to New Orleans, and to Boston, it somehow failed to convince the ingenious scholars of all those capitals. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

After watching the video, the senseless shooting and taking of Walter Scott’s life was absolutely unnecessary and avoidable. My heart aches for the family and our North Charleston community. I will be watching this case closely. -Tim Scott

I welcome opposing viewpoints, but I should warn you that you’ll be facing off against the 2nd-place finisher at the 1981 Charleston County High-School Debate Tournament. And whatever became of that county champ who argued in favor of tractor safety modifications? Last time I checked, she didn’t have her own show. -Stephen Colbert

My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion. When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston. -Lionel Blue

This was the first Memorial Day [Monday, May 1st, 1865]. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina. What you have there is Black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution. -David W. Blight

To become a classical ballerina, you have to move to New York when you’re 12 or 11 and that becomes your life. I just wanted to be good in my company in Charleston and I wanted it to always be part of my life. -Jennifer Garner

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If you are not physically strong, it’s difficult. But at the same time, I think you need something more than that; you need to vary your shots, as Justine has been able to do in Amelia or Charleston, where she beat her  – I can’t remember where it was on clay. So you need this kind of thing. But of course if you’re not fit, you’ll never make it through. -Amelie Mauresmo

A lot of West Virginia is untouched. It doesn’t have as many strip malls, it has these old towns that feel like it used to be how it looked. Charleston has this river that runs through it, and it’s really beautiful. -Sam Trammell

Oscar Charleston was the Willie Mays of his day. Nobody ever played center field better than Willie Mays. Suppose they had never given Willie a chance, and we said that, would anybody believe there was a kid in Alabama who was that good? Or there was a black guy in Atlanta who might break Babe Ruth’s home run record? No.  -Monte Irvin

I was raised in South Carolina; I wasn’t aware of any art in South Carolina. There was a minor museum in Charleston, which had nothing of interest in it. It showed local artists, paintings of birds.  -Jasper Johns

My parents are still here in Charleston, and I have a lot of family here, so it’s great to be back.  -Khris Middleton

I majored in history and political science at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and I have always loved researching how a single human being can change the course of history.  -Matt Czuchry

In 1987, I had no idea who Steven Isserlis was. We met at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. It was originally just an Italian summer festival, but for the past 14 years, there’s also been a spring festival in America.  -Joshua Bell

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A lot of West Virginia is untouched. It doesn’t have as many strip malls, it has these old towns that feel like it used to be how it looked. Charleston has this river that runs through it, and it’s really beautiful.  -Sam Trammell

Charleston, South Carolina, is about a 90-minute drive northwest of Beaufort and Parris Island. It is an old city reborn with new charm and an influx of snowbirds from the North attracted by its ease, comfort and accessibility.  -Mike Barnicle

I grew up born and raised in Las Vegas and actually grew up skiing. You know, we’ve got some ski resorts close to Las Vegas, up in Mount Charleston or Brian Head, so I grew up skiing and snowboarding.  -Amy Purdy

I was born in New Hampshire, moved to Tennessee when I was 9, and lived there through high school, then went to school at College of Charleston, so definitely a lot of pieces of the South there.  -Matt Czuchry

In 1981, when he ran for governor, I confiscated the needlepoint belts of New Jersey’s Tom Kean. It’s a patrician look that is right for the Vineyard, Nantucket, Darien, Greenwich, Charleston and Savannah.  -Roger Stone

Willie Wells, Ray Dandridge, Leon Day, Buck Leonard, Quincy Troupe, Satchel Paige – earlier than when he was called up – Oscar Charleston and Josh Gibson. You see what kind of talent we had, and guys in the majors knew it too. – Monte Irvin

My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion. When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.  -Lionel Blue

The shooter’s choice of Emanuel AME was most likely deliberate, given the church’s storied history. It was the first African Methodist Episcopal church in the South, founded in 1818 by a group of men including Morris Brown, a prominent pastor, and Denmark Vesey, who would go on to lead a large, yet failed, slave revolt in Charleston.  -Anthea Butler

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These days, gun violence can strike anywhere, from a church hall in Charleston to a movie theatre or a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado. But our response to it depends on whether that violence is understood to be terrorism.  -Lawrence M. Krauss

When my sister and I were kids, swimming down in Charleston, there was this pizza parlor that had this old Dixieland band play, and I just loved Louis Armstrong and the sound of his voice, and I got up there with the band and started singing Louis Armstrong songs when I was a kid. I have no idea why, but I did it and I loved it.  -Thomas Gibson

There was very little art in my childhood. I was raised in South Carolina; I wasn’t aware of any art in South Carolina. There was a minor museum in Charleston, which had nothing of interest in it. It showed local artists, paintings of birds.  -Jasper Johns

Charleston is an amazing place. I probably didn’t appreciate it enough when I was growing up.  -Thomas Gibson

One of my favorite stories was Black Orchid, because it was so different from all the others. I especially enjoyed dancing the Charleston. I have always been keen on dancing.  -Sarah Sutton

It’s funny, but we were living on this small island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina when I was 9.  -Josh Lucas

The Charleston shooting is a result of an ingrained culture of racism and a history of terrorism in America. It should be covered as such.  -Anthea Butler

Charleston is one of the best built, handsomest, and most agreeable cities that I have ever seen.  -Marquis de Lafayette

My parents were working in a hospital in Memphis. But I didn’t live there for any length of time that I remember. The first thing I remember is the town in Mississippi that I live in now, Charleston.  -Morgan Freeman

I received orders from Congress to proceed to Charleston in South Carolina, for the purpose of Co’operating with General Lincoln in the defense of that Capitol.  -Abraham Whipple

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To become a classical ballerina, you have to move to New York when you’re 12 or 11 and that becomes your life. I just wanted to be good in my company in Charleston and I wanted it to always be part of my life.  -Jennifer Garner

I don’t think you ever think of a big city as sweet or community, but there are cities that I think of as charming and particular and interesting cities. I live in one now, Charleston.  -Anne Rivers Siddons

Since the announcement that Boeing was going to open a plant in Charleston, South Carolina, Boeing has actually created 2,000 new jobs in Washington state. So it’s hard to say you are retaliating against the union when you create 2,000 members to their role.  -Alan Wilson

Charleston has something for everyone, rain or shine. Its architecture is unparalleled. Carriage rides are great for seeing the city and hearing the history behind certain houses and the area.  -Thomas Gibson

The 1920s brought not only the Charleston but the flat chest.  -Robert Gottlieb

I used to walk to Altman’s on Saturdays for lunch at the Charleston Garden, which had a coconut cake that is still my favorite food in the world.  -Adriana Trigiani

I was born and raised in Charleston, SC.  -Khris Middleton

I’m definitely active in the community down there in Charleston.  -Khris Middleton

I dedicate much of my success to what I learned inside and outside the classroom at Porter-Gaud, and I want to give that same opportunity to other kids in Charleston.  -Khris Middleton

I’ve always loved Charleston. It’s always been one of my favorite tournaments.  -Madison Keys

I would love to see the Replacements get back together at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, because I never got to see them live and I love Charleston.  -Paul F. Tompkins

My dad grew up in a little place near Charleston called Moncks Corner.  -Stephen Thompson

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I thought the Charleston would be a bit like the jive, but it isn’t really.  -Laila Rouass

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