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Kentucky Derby Quotes


"You can't run a mule in the Kentucky Derby." - Jim Leyland

"Twilight is to Vampires what My Little Pony is to Kentucky Derby Winning Horses." - Dennis Sharp

"You can't win the Kentucky Derby unless you're on a thoroughbred." - Joe Torre

"Derby born and bred, mate." - Lauren Socha

"To win the Kentucky Derby is the goal of every trainer, every hot-walker, every backside person. They may be just rubbing on a horse, or hot-walking a horse, but they wonder if they could win the Kentucky Derby." - Bob Lewis

"If Jack Nicklaus can win the Masters at 46, I can win the Kentucky Derby at 54." - Bill Shoemaker

"In some circles, the Mint 400 is a far, far better thing than the Superbowl, the Kentucky Derby, and the lower Oakland roller derby finals all rolled into one. This race attracts a very special breed." - Hunter S Thompson

"Until you go to Kentucky and with your own eyes behold the Derby, you ain't never been nowhere and you ain't seen nothin'!" - Irvin S Cobb

"The Merseyside derby games are unique in the city." - Brendan Rodgers

"Remember the people in the back streets of Derby." - Arthur Christiansen

"After winning the Derby aged just 18-Why all the fuss? After all, the Derby is just another race." - Lester Piggott

"Kentucky wants to occupy some clock" - Billy Packer

"Kentucky Fried Chicken.. KFC... Keep Fooling Customers." - Jay Leno

"As a young boy I won a few dollars in 1972 when Riva Ridge won the Kentucky Derby. I had overheard someone say he was going to win, and I guess that made an impression on me." - Matt Gonzalez

"I take with me Kentucky, embedded in my brain and heart, in my flesh and bone and blood. Since I am Kentucky, and Kentucky is part of me." - Jesse Stuart

"Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place." - Daniel Boone

"The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home." - Stephen Foster

"Some Kentucky fans are a little more subdued." - Ashley Judd

"The Manchester Derby is bigger and more important than El Classico." - Diego Maradona

"He is as much a part of the Derby tradition as the Twin Spires themselves" - John Mallory Asher

"So down thy hill, romantic Ashbourn, glides The Derby dilly, carrying three INSIDES." - George Canning

"Chesterfield 1, Chester 1. Another score draw in the local derby" - Des Lynam

"I know there's a Derby out there with my name on it." - Pat Day

"The demolition derby is, pure and simple, a form of gladiatorial combat for our times." - Tom Wolfe

"Marcel Desailly was pretty hard when I played against him in a Milan derby." - Paul Ince

"Suddenly, I win the derby and people are talking about England again. It is absolutely pathetic" - Stuart Pearce

"The best thing about the Kentucky Derby is that it is only two minutes long. It is the quickest event in sports, except for Sumo-wrestling & Mike Tyson fights. Maybe Drag-racing is quicker, but I have never been attracted to it." - Hunter S Thompson

"When I was in high school, my uncle, who went to the races quite a bit, got me interested. Then when I went to college at Southern Illinois University, just a few hours from Louisville, we used to go to the Kentucky Derby, and I got to see Secretariat and Riva Ridge win." - Kenny Troutt

"His manager is a former player of Derby County and is recommending that Derby County is the place to be, that guy being Mikkel Beck. He speaks very highly of me. It's ongoing again. These scenarios take time." - Phil Brown

"English civilization rests largely upon tea and cricket, with mighty spurts of enjoyment on Derby Day, and at Newmarket." - Agnes Repplier

"I've got to try and educate not only the players but the Derby fans and the board of directors that..." - Phil Brown

"There's a roller derby girl that goes by that name, 'Nerd Rage,' and she named herself after my album." - Brian Posehn

"At the Home Run Derby, you're expected to hit home runs. You're up there trying to hit home runs." - Frank Thomas

"I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game. Kentucky gone, we can not hold Missouri, nor, as I think, Maryland." - Abraham Lincoln

"I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game." - Abraham Lincoln

"If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called its heart." - Jesse Stuart

"Rick Santorum is so conservative; he thinks KY Jelly is jam made in Kentucky." - Jay Leno

"There are few truths in an uncertain world, but here's one; this aint Kentucky!" - Verne Lundquist

"God has brought me to Kentucky...the precise place he has chosen for my sanctification." - Thomas Merton

"Well of course Bush got Kentucky, because it's a Republican city." - Geraldine Ferraro

"I am running for governor of Kentucky as the people's advocate." - Sonny Landham

"I love Kentucky people, but you have to get on the inside before they accept you." - Margo Martindale

"If you don't like basketball and you're from Kentucky, they'll kick you out!" - Josh Hopkins

"When I won the Derby on Never Say Die I went home and cut the lawn. I haven't cut the lawn since." - Lester Piggott

"How's the patient?" asked Derby. "Dead to the world." "But not actually dead." "No." "How nice - to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive." - Kurt Vonnegut

"How's the patient?" asked Derby. "Dead to the world." "But not actually dead." "No." "How nice - to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive." - Kurt Vonnegut

"The best bet for the horses would be to stop betting on the Derby and other horse races, and to stop breeding, racing and killing thoroughbreds altogether" - Ingrid Newkirk

"It is a human demolition derby!" - Jim Ross

"I went out to the Derby on Wednesday and think it is the most interesting thing I ever saw over here." - Richard H Davis

"The Commonwealth of Kentucky has a judicial system, and this system needs a lot of repair. Therefore, there is no need for Kentucky to start building another judicial system within the system, that we already have." - Sonny Landham

"Kentucky has always said you can't really make bourbon outside of Kentucky because it's a combination of the barrels and the limestone-fed springs that give us the water. That's our story, and we're sticking to it." - John Yarmuth

"I do not believe it is appropriate or in the best interest of Kentucky to recommend policies that would move Kentucky from low-cost energy options to high-cost energy options." - Joe Craft

"I think I do regret leaving Kentucky because I took over a team with 15 wins banking everything on the Tim Duncan lottery, and once we didn't get Tim Duncan, I realized that leaving Kentucky was not a good move." - Rick Pitino

"Sign at a Kentucky appliance store: Don't kill your wife. Let our washing machine do the dirty work." - Dave Barry

"The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky theyre going to give Cleveland State another year of probation." - Jerry Tarkanian

"Randolph Morris on the inside for Kentucky has been too much of a load for Villanova to handle" - Billy Packer

"If the world ends, I'll just head on down to Kentucky because they're always 20 years behind." - Mark Twain

"Kentucky Gag Order is a great band, there's stuff here and there that you catch that is cool." - Eyedea

"The hour of noon has passed,' said Judge Fang. 'Let us go and get some Kentucky Fried Chicken." - Neal Stephenson

"I am also a Kentucky Colonel and an Honorary Mayor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, among other things." - Jack L Chalker

"The bust of Colonel Sanders stands as a monument to cruelty and has no place in the Kentucky state Capitol." - Pamela Anderson

"In this time the enemy began to undermine our fort, which was situated sixty yards from Kentucky River." - Daniel Boone

"On 'Justified', we're driving all around Southern California trying to find a location that we can call Kentucky." - Timothy Olyphant

"I was raised all over. Kansas, Hawaii, Georgia, Texas and Kentucky, by the time I was 11." - Jeri Ryan

"The Kentucky Fried Chicken corporation made a bobble head of me and sent it to my management. No card, nothing." - Patton Oswalt

"Growing up in eastern Kentucky like I did, I'm used to having a few guns around to protect me." - Loretta Lynn

"On 'Justified,' we're driving all around Southern California trying to find a location that we can call Kentucky." - Timothy Olyphant

"We are creating a political demolition derby, not a presidential debate. Those strange impulses in the American soul that have produced mud wrestling and The Gong Show seem to have claimed the national campaign." - Hugh Sidey

"I can't tell the difference between the best and the worst 'cause I realize not everybody wants to have sex in the middle of a demolition derby race in the car." - John Waters

"I've been in one Derby, and this is my third Belmont. But I've never thought of the fact that I haven't won a Triple Crown race. I'm not like that. I always look at the sunshine of things." - Julie Krone

"I hold the record now with Dixie Dean for being the only Everton player to score three Merseyside derby goals at Anfield. I still hope to better it. Things like that, the fans never forget." - Tim Cahill

"Should I marry W? Not if she won't tell me the other letters in her name. And what about her career? How can I ask a woman of her beauty to give up the Roller Derby? Decisions..." - Woody Allen

"I'm hyper-aware of my last name and it's lack of Derby or Horowtiz-esque sonorousness. Moffett sounds like a type of couch cushion. I guess I'm hoping to start a wave of first-name usage." - Kevin Moffett

"I don't remember half of the new bands, though - and I think that's kind of where we're going. It's turning into just a big derby of songs. May the best song win." - Beck

"That is why, no matter how desperate the predicament is, I am always very much in earnest about clutching my cane, straightening my derby hat and fixing my tie, even though I have just landed on my head." - Charlie Chaplin

"I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large." - Charlie Chaplin

"I loved the world of roller derby because I thought it was such an empowering metaphor, that you get out there and do it. It's such a rocker, athletic, capable, cool exhibitionist sport; it's about this great sort of camaraderie." - Drew Barrymore

"Basketball would have been the natural sport to play, but it's a little too aggressive for me, so instead I dabbled in volleyball and some good old-fashioned Roller Derby." - Jessica Williams

"I'm still a horse that can run. I may not be able to win the Derby, but what do you do when you retire? People retire and they vegetate. They go away and they dry up." - Mel Brooks

"Christopher Carson, whose renown as Kit Carson has reached almost every ear in the country was born in Madison county, Kentucky, on the 24th of December, 1809." - John Stevens Cabot Abbott

"In Harlan, Kentucky, we told stories the way some people play music. ... In the mountains, storytelling is truly an art form, and as much recreation as communication." - Maxine Cheshire

"The pure products of America go crazy-mountain folk from Kentucky or the ribbed north end of Jersey with its isolate lakes and valleys, its deaf-mutes, thieves." - William Carlos Williams

"Engineers are really good at labeling and branding things. If we had named Kentucky Fried Chicken, it would have been Hot Dead Birds." - Vinton Cerf

"In Pakistan anti-American protesters set a Kentucky Fried chicken restaurant on fire. The protesters mistakenly thought they were attacking high-ranking U.S. military official Colonel Sanders." - Jimmy Fallon

"When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years after it happens anywhere else." - Mark Twain

"I was brought up to believe that Scotch whisky would need a tax preference to survive in competition with Kentucky bourbon." - Hugo Black

"To be born in Kentucky is a heritage; to brag about it is a habit; to appreciate it is a virtue." - Irvin S Cobb

"Every time I look in the mirror, I see that kid from Louisville, Kentucky, staring back at me. His name was Cassius Clay." - Muhammad Ali

"For example, in my dorm, at the University of Kentucky, I had the only camera. I don't think anyone came to college with a camera, other than me." - Sam Abell

"I was recruited by a number of schools including Miami University, University of Kentucky, University of Cincinnati, Indiana university, West Virginia University as well as others." - Graham Taylor

"Allowing Texas to display the Ten Commandments on State property but disallowing Kentucky courthouses from doing the same is a poor and flawed interpretation of the U.S. Constitution." - Ginny B. Waite

"My name is Clark, and I have come out to see what you brave fellows are doing in Kentucky and to lend you a helping hand, if necessary." - George Rogers Clark

"I grew up in Kentucky, but I did not grow up like that. I had heat, and I didn't have to shoot my dinner or anything." - Jennifer Lawrence

"I do live in a couple of worlds. My home is in Kentucky. I fly out to Los Angeles when I'm working." - Ciara Bravo

"The uplands of my home country in north central Kentucky are sloping and easily eroded, dependent for safekeeping upon year-round cover of perennial plants." - Wendell Berry

"I'm not West Coast at all. I was born in Atlanta, but I grew up in Kentucky, outside of Lexington, in Winchester." - Tucker Max

"Allowing Texas to display the Ten Commandments on State property but disallowing Kentucky courthouses from doing the same is a poor and flawed interpretation of the U.S. Constitution." - Ginny Brownwaite

"Allowing Texas to display the Ten Commandments on State property but disallowing Kentucky courthouses from doing the same is a poor and flawed interpretation of the U.S. Constitution." - Ginny Brown-Waite

"By now everyone knows that I picked Kentucky, and I am definitely happy with my decision and that it's all finally over." - Nerlens Noel

"I'm a huge Kentucky fan. So when there was a chance to do the John Wall dance, I went into character." - Josh Hopkins

"I will tell , though, that Donald Trump got 70 percent in eastern Kentucky and I don't think it had anything to do with the Russian. He got 70 percent because in eastern Kentucky we didn't like what President [Barack] Obama or Hillary Clinton wanted to do to our coal jobs. It didn't have anything to do with the Russians." - Rand Paul

"My vision for Kentucky is a Commonwealth where there is so much economic opportunity, and our quality of life is so high, that people who are born here can stay here, and people who aren't fortunate enough to be born in Kentucky, can look forward to locating here." - Ernie Fletcher

"I can't escape being born in Pike County, Kentucky, grandson of a miner, Luther Tibbs, and his wife, Earlene, and traveling as a child up and down Route 23 between Kentucky and Columbus, Ohio, where I was raised, experiencing life via working-class people. Nor do I want to escape." - Dwight Yoakam

"[To the editor of the Harlan, Kentucky, Daily Enterprise, as a kindergartener:] I know everything that goes on in this town, and if you give me a job so will you." - Maxine Cheshire

"I feel like I owe Juilliard everything... coming from Kentucky at age 17, having a school like that giving me a chance. And if you cant afford it, you can get a scholarship." - Jess Weixler

"For the past seventeen years I have been experimenting with lager. I am a lager user and one drug leads to another. If you do lager, as night follows day, you'll end up doing Kentucky Fried Chicken." - Ben Elton

"Late in the afternoon of a chilly day in February, two gentlemen were sitting alone over their wine, in a well-furnished dining-parlor, in the town of P -, in Kentucky." - Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Suppose that, say, China established military bases in Colombia to carry out chemical warfare in Kentucky and North Carolina to destroy this lethal crop [tobacco] that is killing huge numbers of Chinese." - Noam Chomsky

"My overall point is that 'one and dones' are not healthy for college basketball. I should not have made it personal to Kentucky and its players and I apologize." - Bobby Knight

"As attorney general, Ive had some connection with just about every important public issue in the last eight years in Kentucky. All of the important public issues of the day have, at some point." - Ben Chandler

"If I'm not training then, gosh, anything: donuts... Kentucky Fried Chicken 20-piece hot wings... corned beef hash and eggs... But because I'm training, I'm eating very healthily: almond milk... Ezekiel bread... chicken... fish... I'm on a strict diet." - Mark Wahlberg

"The day goes by like a shadow o'er the heart, With sorrow where all was delight; The time has come when the darkies have to part: Then my old Kentucky home, good night!" - Stephen Foster

"somewhat like the boy in Kentucky who stubbed his toe while running to see his sweetheart. The boy said he was too big to cry, and far too badly hurt to laugh." - Abraham Lincoln

"His name was Rambo, and he was just some nothing kid for all anybody knew, standing by the pump of a gas station at the outskirts of Madison, Kentucky." - David Morrell

"At a tiny station in New Albany, Indiana, which is right across from the river from Louisville, Kentucky, where I grew up. The Louisville stations were loath to hire beginners, so I had to go across the river." - Bob Edwards

"As attorney general, I've had some connection with just about every important public issue in the last eight years in Kentucky. All of the important public issues of the day have, at some point." - Ben Chandler

"We will attract more people to Kentucky by lowering our income tax rate. In fact, lowering the income tax rate is the single most important thing we can do to create opportunity." - Ernie Fletcher

"I attended the University of Louisville my freshman year, transferred to what was then Western Kentucky State Teachers College for my sophomore and junior years, and then graduated from the University of Louisville in the summer of 1961." - Sue Grafton

"I have lived in Kentucky all of my life. I am married to my high school sweetheart, David, a local police captain who has no shame in telling his coworkers that he is the inspiration for all of my heroes." - Molly Harper

"My grandparents back in Kentucky owned a tobacco farm. So, to make money in the summer, we could cut and chop and top and house and strip the tobacco." - George Clooney

"You have to remember that in the microcosm of Cincinnati, Ohio, through northern Kentucky, my father was a big star, still is. So that made my sister and me really visible. Everybody knew us, talked about us." - George Clooney

"Meth production and use is a serious problem in Kentucky and across the country. Clearly, there is a growing need for a national strategy to combat this crisis. Increasing public awareness is a significant means for prevention." - Ron Lewis

"Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune." - Daniel Boone

"In the decline of the day, near Kentucky river, as we ascended the brow of a small hill, a number of Indians rushed out of a thick cane-brake upon us, and made us prisoners." - Daniel Boone

"I feel like I owe Juilliard everything... coming from Kentucky at age 17, having a school like that giving me a chance. And if you can't afford it, you can get a scholarship." - Jess Weixler

"Actually, the Kentucky moment was better than winning the two National Championships, because it was the epitome of what I try to get from a team in a crisis situation." - Mike Krzyzewski

"George Clooney sort of lost his 'George Clooney-ness' the first day I met him. He's not George Clooney in my eyes - he's George from Kentucky with an awesome, awesome heart." - Shailene Woodley

"If we could buy these properties and then invest in the Black community, with our own McDonald's, with our own Kentucky Fried Chickens, it was gonna be a great move." - Solomon Burke

"The family farm is the foundation for who we are as a Commonwealth. And for over a century, the family farm in Kentucky has centered around one crop: tobacco." - Jim Bunning

"In our state, I'm really proud of the fact that the ones who overturned Jim Crow in Kentucky were Republicans fighting against an entirely unified Democrat Party. So I am proud to be Republican. I can't imagine being anything else." - Rand Paul

"The first time I managed to pick up a basketball I knew I was destined to lead the UK to another National championship. ... Even now, so many years later, I still believe Kentucky will go undefeated in March & win everything." - Hunter S Thompson

"The Thoroughbred exists because its selection has depended, not on experts, technicians, or zoologists, but on a piece of wood: the winning post of the Epsom Derby. If you base your criteria on anything else, you will get something else, not the Thoroughbred." - Federico Tesio

"But there is always that unpredictability about a derby match and that's what it was today." - Alex Ferguson

"Fabregas looking left.. this is Abou Diaby... tall, rangy... and going for goal... OOOHHHH - What an absolute screamer! Abou Diaby! Arsenal 1, Derby County 0. A glorious strike! Found in space, cut inside worked the yard more in space and thumped it!" - Jonathan Pearce

"I find the education I got from living in Derby and being streetwise and knowing the people that I know, the lessons that I had to learn growing up, have set me in good stead for this kind of working life." - Jack Oconnell

"I was a 'Laurel and Hardy' nut. I got to know Laurel at the end of his life, and it was a great thrill for me. He left me his bow tie and derby and told me that if they ever made a movie about him, he'd want me to play him." - Dick Van Dyke

"A Home Run Derby is fun. It's just like taking batting practice, and you just want to go deep. Guys do it every day. Yes, there's a little more pressure when they pull that cage back, but if you practice properly, it shouldn't affect the second half of your season at all." - Frank Thomas

"When you ran out the tunnel at the old Easter Road for a derby game, you'd get a spittal right on the back of your head. They were spitting on you as you ran out, which actually helped get you going. It was some place." - Drew Busby

"The rules of the track work well for life. Roller derby is life in a tiny circle. You can only go forward, even if you find yourself turned around, facing the wrong way. There's speed, unpredictability, and danger. You can't be sure what's going to happen, you don't always know when you'll stop, and it appears most people are out to get you. You will fall. You will get hurt. But you will get up again." - Pamela Ribon

"Storing your car in New York is safer than entering it in a demolition derby. But not much." - Daniel S. Greenberg

"I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families-second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks.... My father ... removed from Kentucky to ... Indiana, in my eighth year.... It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up.... Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher ... but that was all." - Abraham Lincoln

"I feel good about the fact that I finally found something I love. I never lived in one place for very long - that's the way my whole life has been. I was always packing and moving around, staying in Canada, Kentucky, Jersey, St. Louis - it all helped because I was always learning new accents, experiencing different environments." - Tom Cruise

"New Jersey boasts the highest percentage of passport holders (68%); Delaware (67%), Alaska (65%), Massachusetts (63%), New York (62%), and California (60%) are close behind. At the opposite end of the spectrum, less than one in five residents of Mississippi are passport holders, and just one in four residents of West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, and Arkansas." - Richard Florida

"I think that one of the problems that exists in the United States and in many places in the world is that people don't believe that they can make a difference. So a lot of times we're defeated before we even start. We've become consumers of a world vision, of Kentucky Fried Chicken, of McDonalds." - Assata Shakur

"Thus we behold Kentucky, lately an howling wilderness, the habitation of savages and wild beasts, become a fruitful field; this region, so favourably distinguished by nature, now become the habitation of civilization, at a period unparalleled in history, in the midst of a raging war, and under all the disadvantages of emigration to a country so remote from the inhabited parts of the continent." - Daniel Boone

"The Bumpuses were so low down on the evolutionary totem pole that they weren't even included in Darwin's famous family tree. They had inbred and ingrown and finally emerged from the Kentucky hills like some remnant of Attila the Hung's barbarian horde. Flick said that they had webbed feet and only three toes. It might have been true." - Jean Shepherd

"We've gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that's why I'm glad I'm not coaching. You see we've got a coach at Kentucky who put two schools on probation and he's still coaching. I really don't understand that." - Bobby Knight

"The 2006 event logo combines the twin spires of Churchill Downs, one of the great signature elements in sports, with the greatest international day of Thoroughbred racing. We look forward to displaying the logo widely throughout the commonwealth of Kentucky, and to our international outlets." - Damon Thayer

"Louisville, KY - Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama's executive overreach. So, Kentucky's Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate's dignity." - George Will

"Suppose that the US really is trying to get rid of drugs in Colombia. Does Colombia then have the right to fumigate tobacco farms in Kentucky? They are producing a lethal substance far more dangerous than cocaine. More Colombians die from tobacco-related illnesses than Americans die from cocaine. Of course, Colombia has no right to do that." - Noam Chomsky



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