The Best Quotes about Maine

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Maine should be pleased that its animal is not a waverer, and rather than fight, lets the primed quill fall. Shallow oppressor, intruder, insister, you have found a resister.— Marianne Moore in “Apparition of Splendor”, in The Poems of Marianne Moore (2003)

This country needs room to grow and expand. In all my own newspapers I read frightful tales of the shameful atrocities being perpetrated on our Democratic minorities in Maine and Vermont. My patience is almost at an end, and if provoked much further I will place both countries under American protection, even if I have to send in my tourists to start trouble so I’ll have to send in a force to restore order. -Gracie Allen

It was said by Fisher Ames that “falsehood proceeds from Maine to Georgia, while truth is pulling on his boots”. -Fisher Ames

 I will not listen to childcare lectures from a man who put his daughter in a box and shipped her to Maine. -Jane Espenson

What was once Sinclair Lewis is buried in no ground. Even in life he was fully alive only in his writing. He lives in public libraries from Maine to California, in worn copies in the bookshelves of women from small towns who, in their girlhood, imagined themselves as Carol Kennicotts, and of medical men who, as youths, were inspired by Martin Arrowsmith. -Sinclair Lewis

On a late -winter evening in 1983, while driving through fog along the Maine coast, recollections of old campfires began to drift into the March mist, and I thought of the Abnaki Indians of the Algonquin tribe who dwelt near Bangor a thousand years ago. -Norman Mailer

Maine should be pleased that its animal is not a waverer, and rather than fight, lets the primed quill fall. Shallow oppressor, intruder, insister, you have found a resister. -Marianne Moore

To the memory of Dr. Olfert Dapper, who saw a wild unicorn in the Maine woods in 1673, and for Robert Nathan, who has seen one or two in Los Angeles.— Peter S. Beagle, on the dedication page of The Last Unicorn (1968)

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They were walking along a roadway of great slabs of stone set down one after another, the beginning and end of which they could take in at a glance, a road rising from and heading toward nowhere now. “You can’t get there from here,” William said, using a Down East accent. “Anymore.” Maine, they thought of Maine, then. Evidently this truncated road could still carry them as far away and as long ago as that.— Nancy Clark, in A Way from Home: A Novel (2007)

There was a young lady from Gloucester Who complained that her parents both bossed her, So she ran off to Maine. Did her parents complain? Not at all they were glad to have lost her.— John Ciardi, in The Hopeful Trout and Other Limericks (1989)

I felt like I’d been misplaced in the cosmos and I belonged in Maine.— Terry Goodkind, as quoted in Moving to Maine : The Essential Guide to Get You There and What You Need to Know to Stay (2007) by Vicki Doudera, p. 13

 When people asked me in a RV park, “What do you do?” I just said, “I’m a retired state employee from Maine.”— Angus King, on his job description to strangers, as a former Governor, in “Bowdoin Lecturer is King of the Road in ‘Governor’s Travels'” in Academic Spotlight (2 August 2011)

The Southwest was spectacular, but I have no interest in moving there. North Carolina is beautiful in spring and fall. But I can say I didn’t find anyplace I’d rather live than Maine.— Angus King, in “Bowdoin Lecturer is King of the Road in ‘Governor’s Travels'” in Academic Spotlight (2 August 2011)

My grandfather once told her if you couldn’t read with cold feet, there wouldn’t be a literate soul in the state of Maine.— Marilynne Robinson, in Gilead (2004)

I looked along the San Juan Islands and the coast of California, but I couldn’t find the palette of green, granite, and dark blue that you can only find in Maine.— Parker Stevenson, as quoted in Maine (2010) by Margaret Dornfeld and Joyce Hart, p. 6

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Ye who made war that your ships Should lay to at the beck of no nation, Make war now on Murder, that slips The leash of her hounds of damnation; Ye who remembered the Alamo, Remember the Maine! -Richard Hovey

No man is an Iland , intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent , a part of the Maine ; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea , Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me , because I am involved in Mankinde ; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee . -John Donne

Our goal is to make Maine the healthiest state in the nation and reduce our overall health care costs. -John Baldacci

And my response is 70,000 people in the state of Maine that paid income tax in 2011 will not be paying income tax in 2012.  -Paul LePage

In my home state of Maine, we’ve seen out -of -state groups with anonymous donors spend millions of dollars to campaign against issues that don’t fit their agenda.  -Chellie Pingree

Excellent education and an excellent environment are two hallmarks of our state. How we treat our environment is connected to so many other opportunities in Maine.  -John Baldacci

The best part of my life is I’ve been hired to work for the people of the state of Maine, and I’m very humble and very proud. -Paul LePage

In a way, I’m very interested in writing about Maine, because I think Maine represents its own kind of history. It’s the oldest state, and it’s the whitest state.  -Elizabeth Strout

Maine’s long and cold winters may help keep our State’s population low, but our harsh climate also accounts for what is unique and valuable about our land and our people.  -Tom Allen

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I think Maine needs people. It needs diversity. It needs to be able to respect people. Openness is crucial for this state because we don’t want to be known for having the oldest state in the nation. We want young families.  -John Baldacci

About 47 percent of able -bodied people in the state of Maine don’t work.  -Paul LePage

Reading newspapers in the state of Maine is like paying somebody to tell you lies.  -Paul LePage

Indiana gets credit for having the most rabid basketball fans in the union, but Maine is a very, very active basketball state.  -Bob Cousy

I felt like I’d been misplaced in the cosmos and I belonged in Maine. -Terry Goodkind

Maine is wonderful. It can be very hard. I mean, if you look at the profile maps it doesn’t look it, but somehow when you get out there it’s really steep and hard. -Bill Bryson

I am a big lover of the environment. I actually come from Maine, which is pretty much all environment. -Noah Gray -Cabey

In this part of the world, only Maine gives winter the welcome and the worship it should have. -Tom Allen

Renewable energy has economic advantages that extend beyond steady, predictable electric rates  – and Maine is in a good position to capitalize on those opportunities. -Chellie Pingree

We thought that the Internet was going to connect us all together. As a young geek in rural Maine, I got excited about the Internet because it seemed that I could be connected to the world. What it’s looking like increasingly is that the Web is connecting us back to ourselves. -Eli Pariser

Maine likes to call itself ‘America’s Vacationland.’ For many artists, though, it’s the office. Since the 19th century, painters from all over the country  – including Edward Hopper, Alex Katz, John Marin, Fairfield Porter, Neil Welliver and Andrew Wyeth  – have spent large chunks of time there. -Terry Teachout

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Many small towns I know in Maine are as tight -knit and interdependent as those I associate with rural communities in India or China; with deep roots and old loyalties, skeptical of authority, they are proud and inflexibly territorial. -Paul Theroux

At one point, I was seriously considering playing Huck Finn in a production in Northern Maine in the dead of winter. -David Walton

Winter in #‎ Maine is a time of alternating rest and frenzied activity. -Tom Allen

When I was in the Maine Senate and proposed Maine RX  – a plan to lower prescription drug costs by forcing the pharmaceutical companies to negotiate  – I was told by many people that it was too big an idea, and we couldn’t overcome opposition from the drug companies. -Chellie Pingree

Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it. -Paul Theroux

Maine out of season is unmistakably a great destination: hospitable, good -humored, plenty of elbow room, short days, dark nights of crackling ice crystals.  -Paul Theroux

Until we know for sure this is an area where Maine can really help, we aren’t making a decision. -Lynette Miller

What we’re seeing in Maine is not indicative of what we’re seeing nationally. -Brian Cresta

We regard this as a step toward being able to manage the Gulf of Maine on an ecosystem basis. Each increment of knowledge will enable policy makers to make better decisions. -Evan Richert

We’re fortunate that we had family to help us evacuate. If not for them, we’d probably be in a shelter somewhere with all those other people. My father wired us money from Maine and Robert’s grandparents and parents also wired us money for the trip. Everybody in the family wanted us to leave Gulfport. -J. Taylor

I went to this very disorganized Jewish summer camp in Maine called Camp Modin. -David Wain

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In a way, I’m very interested in writing about Maine, because I think Maine represents its own kind of history. It’s the oldest state, and it’s the whitest state. -Elizabeth Strout

When I visited Wisconsin, I fell in love with the place. I liked the academics and the fact it had Big Ten sports. So I called Maine because I didn’t want them to waste their money on me. -Andrew Joudrey

In Maine we have a saying that there’s no point in speaking unless you can improve on silence. -Edmund Muskie

When you’re up in Maine, there is Canada, I mean it’s looking right at you; it’s a different viewpoint. -Barbara Mikulski

We’re excited to be back in the tournament once again. It’s a privilege to be in and going back to Albany, and we look forward to a good game against a great Maine team. -Ted Donato

Maine is one of the few states where we don’t have a presence. Opening stores in Maine is part of our overall expansion plan. We are focused on growing in the U.S. -Carol Hively

Maine is a team that has some talented and strong kids. They play a real solid game. -Brian Durocher

Maine is a mirror image of us. They play hard, they’ve got great defense, and they’ve got great depth. It could come down to special teams. -W. S. Gilbert

Maine has shown the huge value of using a laptop across all of one’s studies. Maine’s program demonstrates how laptops can serve as a window into the world and a tool with which to think. -Nicholas Negroponte

Maine has good size. They’re big and that’s what hurt us against New Hampshire. I don’t want to say it’s going to be a problem, but it’s going to be an issue for us. -Kelly Greenberg

Maine has an impeccable record of upholding our end of the settlement agreement. Our enforcement has been more than diligent; it has been dogged and determined. -Steven Rowe

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Maine folks are just like Vermont people – they’re very independent. And that’s a great place to start the turnaround. -Howard Dean

Maine and us go back and forth, depending on the year. -Peter Gregg

So many guys on this team have never been through the America East, they don’t know the history of Maine versus Vermont. When you have so many new guys, it takes some time for all that to sink in. -Ted Woodward

She was very interesting and very easy to understand. Not intimidating at all. I liked what she said about how advanced Maine is in technology and that we are leading the country in our (middle school) laptop program. -Samantha Allen

One tough match in the quarterfinals, and other than that he did a nice job getting to the finals. We knew the kid from Maine was a state champ, a tough kid, and a great wrestler. We knew it was going to be a typical heavyweight battle. -Pat Burns

My first impression is they really didn’t listen to Maine people. -J. J. Johnson

Obviously this is good news. Maine competes very well with financial service institutions, and I think this proves it. -Jack Cashman

Plum Creek totally failed to listen to Maine people. What we have today is the same development in essentially the same places. -Catherine Johnson

Portland is a logical choice. Maine is a marine state and Portland is a port city. This effort can highlight the advantages of the city and the development of marine resources can benefit the entire state. -Lewis Incze

Nichols is attracting companies that want to establish a beachhead in western Maine as a way to test the waters. -Steve Cole

Basically, I think it’s a really bad idea. The Scholastic Aptitude Test has a completely different purpose than the state of Maine said it had in the MEA. -Tom Edwards

Because we do not have generation assets to ?hedge? the impact of the rate hike, Maine consumers take the hit worse than any other state in New England. -Kurt Adams

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Given the fact that you can count on one hand the number of other towns in Maine that have a wind turbine ordinance  – if there’s any at all, I think it’s unrealistic to expect us to get together an ordinance from scratch that covers all the safety issues. -Steve Bennett

Given the fact that Maine has raised its minimum wage each year for the last five years, that our minimum wage is currently $1.35 above the federal minimum wage and that Maine experienced a net loss of 600 jobs in 2005, one would wonder how it could possibly be true that raising the minimum wage again is going to improve our economy. -David Bowles

GLAD worked very hard with our partners in Maine to make this day a reality. Now we stand ready to see that Mainers know about their new rights and that the law is implemented and enforced. -Lee Swislow

He will absolutely veto it if it comes to his desk. He believes he should take care of the people of Maine first. -Crystal Canney

We’re probably the only team that has a chance at catching BC, but it’s probably not going to happen. There are still too many points to make up … and a whole bunch of teams have a chance at home -ice: BU, Providence, UNH, Vermont and Maine  – there’s five teams going for the other three spots. It’s a battle. -Jack Parker

Here is someone who sits in Maine and works here in Portland, but this show takes you to San Francisco and takes you to Rome through imagination and architecture. -Susan Danly

Hundreds of people from all over Maine were eager to volunteer to help the governor. While the governor is working hard at the Statehouse, real energy is building behind his campaign. The support has been overwhelming already. -Jesse Connolly

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I think it’s a great thing for Maine people who will be able to negotiate a lower price. As a result, people will be able to have heating fuel who might have otherwise had to forgo it. -Michael Brennan

I think it’s great that we can do a small part to aid the people and aid the effort to rebuild down there, especially if it can get the refineries back on to lower the gas prices in the U.S. and especially Maine with winter coming on. -Larry Wade

I think it?s a very welcome rating in terms of Maine and how we compare nationally. -P. J. Harvey

I think that the people of Maine aren’t going to listen to pollsters and pundits, … I think they’re going to vote their hearts and their convictions. -Bill Bradley

I thought we opened the game up really defending at a high level. Maine did a great job of closing the gap, but we made some stops and some scores down the stretch. -S. Walker

I thought that run in the second half that Maine made was the key  – where they really rebounded it and went out on the break. -Bill Gibbons

Laws fashioned after Maine may now proliferate. With the legislative genie out of the bottle and opponents in possession of model legislation that has withstood judicial scrutiny, we believe that the march of regulation over time is now inevitable. -David Veal

I think the two best teams are playing in the Eastern Maine championship. -Tom Tennett

I think down the stretch here we have been playing our best hockey. That’s kind of a trademark for Maine hockey. That’s what the tradition does here. We play our best down the stretch. -Keith Johnson

Our goal is to ensure that there are no undue effects on existing uses, scenic character, and natural or historic resources in the area. This project will provide critically needed renewable electricity through Central Maine Power’s existing transmission lines. -Harley Lee

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Our contract with Inland expired in June, and both sides started negotiating the new contract in March, … We had hopes of renewing by June, but had not made much progress by September. Inland was talking to Eastern Maine Medical Center about anesthetic care, and come September, we thought it may be better to concentrate all services at MaineGeneral. -David Landry

Overall, 75 percent of the graduates in 1997, 1998 and 1999 ended up earning their degree from a Maine institution. -David Silvernail

Our 600 employees in Maine can breathe a sign of relief that this referendum is not going forward. We were always hopeful that the effort to impose a crippling new tax on Maine’s bottled water companies would not gain sufficient public support. -Tom Brennan

Playing outside in March in Maine is fantastic. -Gordon Lewis

Our newest product is called the Chameleon. We marketed the product first to high schools, and now the University of Maine girls’ basketball team is using them. -Glen Snow

Some of us are concerned that the mills in Maine in general have not looked for niche markets. Rather, they’re competing in commodity markets where the competition is severe and the advantages that we have here in Maine are not fully utilized. -Bob Rice

Tex Tech is a global company that chose to grow its business in Maine and we appreciate their dedication to the state. Maine’s businesses will continue to succeed on a global level because of the talent and hard work of our workforce. -Jack Cashman

My mom is from Maine and we went camping every year as a kid. We had pets and we were taught to treat them to be like members of the family. -Coryne Tasca

Maryland leaders took a historic step today in acknowledging the crisis of global warming and deciding to do something about it. While leaders in Washington say carbon reductions are impossible, the capital itself now borders a region stretching from Maryland to Maine where reductions are in fact happening. -Mike Tidwell

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I still think Maine is very good. I just think the new coaching staff up there is going through that whole first year thing. I’m not too concerned for Maine, they have the tradition and nothing can beat tradition. -Kelly Greenberg

I think Maine needs people. It needs diversity. It needs to be able to respect people. Openness is crucial for this state because we don’t want to be known for having the oldest state in the nation. We want young families. -John Baldacci

Her imperturbable self -confidence (Duchesse de Maine) caused Madame de Stael to write that the Duchesse believed in herself the same way she believed in God, without explanation or discussion. -Antonia Fraser

That’s the time of the year Maine hockey really steps up. This is when good teams step up. We thrive off that. -Keith Johnson

The branch had unquestionably been whacked from a tree in the woods behind our son’s house in Maine and had made the long trip south. It wore the look and carried the smell of authenticity.   -E.B. White

I would really rather feel bad in Maine than good anywhere else.   -E.B. White

You can certainly learn to spell ‘moccasin’ while driving into Maine, and there is often little else to do, except steer and avoid death.   -E.B. White

I think of those first five years in Maine as the time when this happened to me… I was suddenly seeing, feeling, and listening as a child sees, feels, and listens.   -E.B. White

Maine out of season is unmistakably a great destination: hospitable, good -humored, plenty of elbow room, short days, dark nights of crackling ice crystals.   -Paul Theroux

Maine is a joy in the summer. But the soul of Maine is more apparent in the winter.   -Paul Theroux

Maine is a movable music festival in the summertime.   -Sue Hubbell

In Maine we have a saying that there’s no point in speaking unless you can improve on silence.   -Edmund Muskie

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This was what you might call a bran -new country; the only roads were of Nature’s making, and the few houses were camps. Here, then, one could no longer accuse institutions and society, but must front the true source of evil.   -Henry David Thoreau

The New York papers carried pages of coverage for an entire week, stating that the Maine had been purposely blown up and that the Spanish had done it.  -Jan R. Van Meter

You cannot be absolutely dumb when you live with a person unless you are inhabitant of the North of England or the state of Maine.   -Ford Madox Ford

As Maine goes, so goes the nation.   -Susan Ratcliffe

In less than half a century the Island, first regarded as merely a rock, barren , and largely inhospitable wilderness, far distant from emerging metropolitan centers along the Eastern seaboard became a scenic destination for thousands of Americans.   -Pamela Belanger

Maine people have a live -and -let -live philosophy, and tend to be fair and open -minded.   -Chellie Pingree

In Maine, there’s a deeply ingrained sense that you can always get a little more use out of something.   -Tim Sample

I grew up on a dirt road in Maine, and pretty much everybody on that dirt road was related to me, and they were old. And so grumpy.   -Elizabeth Strout

The beauty of Maine is such that you can’t really see it clearly while you live there. But now that I’ve moved away, with each return it all becomes almost hallucinatory: the dark blue water, the rocky coast with occasional flashes of white sand, the jasper stone beaches along the coast, the fire and fir forests somehow vivid in their stillness.   -Alexander Chee

I am a big lover of the environment. I actually come from Maine, which is pretty much all environment.   -Noah Gray -Cabey

When I was a child growing up in Maine, one of my favorite things to do was to look for the sand dollars on the seashores of Maine, because my parents told me it would bring me luck. But you know, these shells, they were hard to find. They’re covered in sand. They’re difficult to see.   -Sarah Parcak

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The forests are largely primeval. Oaks, beeches, birches, maples, ashes, poplars and many other deciduous trees of our eastern ranges, here found in full luxuriance, mingles with groves of pine and giant hemlock. The typical shrub of northeast America are in equal abundance. Wild flowers abound.   -Franklin K. Lane

I never fastened my door, night or day, though I was to be absent several days; not even when the next fall I spent a fortnight in the woods of Maine. and yet my house was more respected than if it had been surrounded by a file of soldiers.   -Henry David Thoreau

Located on the East Coast of the United States, Main is famous for its wild, untamed scenery. Rocky, windswept beaches line the coast.    -Robin S. Doak

Spring and fall are also comfortable. Maine’s fall foliage attracts visitors from around the world.    -Robin S. Doak

Maine is wonderful. It can be very hard. I mean, if you look at the profile maps it doesn’t look it, but somehow when you get out there it’s really steep and hard.    -Bill Bryson

Maine out of season is unmistakably a great destination: hospitable, good -humored, plenty of elbow room, short days, dark nights of crackling ice crystals.    -Paul Theroux

My grandfather once told her if you couldn’t read with cold feet, there wouldn’t be a literate soul in the state of Maine.   -Marilynne Robinson

Maine is a beautiful place that I paradoxically want to hoard to myself and share with everyone I meet.  -John Hodgman

Maine out of season is unmistakably a great destination: hospitable, good -humored, plenty of elbow room, short days, dark nights of crackling ice crystals.   -Paul Theroux

There’s a quality of life in Maine which is this singular and unique. I think. It’s absolutely a world onto itself.  -Jamie Wyeth

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