As Texas’ capital city, the self-declared Live Music Capital of the World, and one of the–quite simply–most fun cities in the country, there are some great sayings and quotes about Austin, TX out there!
It is home to the University of Texas, a fantastic creative and arts scene, and many laid-back residents who are proud to call the city home.
Here is a list of Austin quotes from some of the most influential Austinites, celebrities, sports stars, and politicians.
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The Best Quotes About Austin, Texas
“To me, Texas is Austin, a bunch of cool people trying to make a difference.” – Bill Hicks
“I like to say I live in Austin, Texas because I can live where I want to.” – Matthew McConaughey
“There’s so much music in Austin, and it’s all so different.” – Gary Clark, Jr.
“During the cold war, West Berlin was an exclave – a tiny outpost of liberalism surrounded by people who want to crush it. It was like Austin, Texas.” – Craig Ferguson
“Of all the places I’ve ever been, Austin is the only place that has felt like home. I fit in here.” – Martha Kelly
“During my Austin years, I was drawing a regular strip for the University Of Texas newspaper, going to school, delivering blood, and trying to change my approach and ‘style’ as much as I could, since I knew that I’d calcify as I got older.” – Chris Ware
“There is a freedom you feel the closer you get to Austin, TX.” – Willie Nelson
“I like it here in Austin. Anybody got a room?” – Keith Richards
“I do think Austin is a great town for writers; we have a lot of them here. But I grew up in Austin, and so I didn’t move here because it was a creative mecca; I was just lucky to live here.” – Jeff Abbott
“In cities like New York and Austin, there’s much more of a social context for music than in other places.” – John Cale
“I’ve worn some particularly baggy jeans and cowboy boot combinations after coming back from Austin, Texas. This was ill-advised.” – Jamie Cullum
“We ended up moving out to Texas. We live outside of Austin. We’ve got a couple of horses, we’ve got three miniature donkeys, we’ve got four dogs. Miniature donkeys are very warm, loving animals.” – Kyle Chandler
“I’ve been surprised by Austin. I had a cowboy image of the place. It’s a pretty sophisticated city – in some ways, more sophisticated than Boston. And there’s a lighter feel to the place. It’s very good for my spirits.” – Tim O’Brien
“We played in Texas about a year ago, at Emo’s, the famous country and western club in Austin. And I figured, well, if I’m finally gonna die onstage, that’s where it’s going to be!” – Alan Vega
“I love the writers in Austin. We stick together. We all like each other and go to each other’s book signings in case no one else shows up.” – Elizabeth Crook
“In Austin, the eco-capital of Texas, residents tend to favor native plants and wildflowers to the sculpted lawns of the Palm Springs variety.” – Douglas Brinkley
“Keep Austin Weird.”
This Austin saying is so iconic that plenty of Austinites even have old T-shirts with the phrase immortalized on them!
“I like the fact that Austin’s the first place I’ve ever lived where there’s a real sense of community. People care about their neighbors.” – Ian McLagan
“People don’t live in Austin to work, they work to live there.” – Robert Rodriguez
“I do all kinds of roles – nerd, psycho, nerd, psycho, nerd, psycho – and occasionally someone kind of normal. It’s weird, when I lived in Austin I was always cast as pretty normal people. But when I moved to Los Angeles I was immediately branded a psycho.” – John Hawkes
“That’s one of the main reasons we live in Austin. The weather is so nice for the majority of the offseason, and it’s easy for us to get out and ride bikes and get on some trails, to walk together as a family. Sometimes I’ll go out for a trail run. We just like to do things outdoors.” – Jake Arrieta
“What did I know about lawyering? I just thought it was another way to stay in Austin for another three years.” – Joe Jamail
Love these Austin sayings?
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