California, officially the State of California, also known as Cali and C.A., is a U.S. state located on the western coastline of the continent of North America. It is the most populous U.S. state. California is the third most extensive U.S. state, after Alaska and Texas, and is home to the United States' second- and sixth-largest census statistical areas (Los Angeles Metropolitan Area and San Francisco Bay Area), and eight of the fifty most populated U.S. cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Oakland). The Californian capital city is Sacramento.
- There are growing pools of Californians in nearly every state. It's quite a switch because through 1990 California led the nation in retaining its native-born population.
- Gregor Aisch and Robert Gebeloff, "Where We Came From and Where We Went, State by State" (19 August 2014), The New York Times
- California's a wonderful place to live — if you happen to be an orange.
- Fred Allen; reported in Steven D. Price, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About California (2007), p. viii
- According to CoreLogic, the median house price in Los Angeles is $456,000. This compares with a median price of $187,000 in Houston. There is a similar story for other cities across the state. I won’t even mention house prices in San Francisco. Higher housing costs are a predictable result of restricting supply; it is far more difficult to arrange a new development in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles or other California population centers than in Texas. Builders will have to meet environmental restrictions and density limits in many areas. The Census Bureau reports that between 1980 and 2010 the number of housing units in Texas increased by 81.9 percent, compared with just 41.3 percent in California.
- Dean Baker, "Tall tales about Texas" (13 June 2014), Al-Jazeera America
- California, I'll be knocking on the golden door
Rising up to paradise, I know I'm going to shine.
- California's like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me.
- If everybody had an ocean across the USA,
Then everybody'd be surfin' like Californ-I-A.
- It's a scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of your IQ every year.
- Truman Capote; reported in Steven D. Price, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About California (2007), p. viii.
- Whatever starts in California unfortunately has a tendency to spread.
- Attributed to Jimmy Carter in a 1977 cabinet meeting; reported in Steven D. Price, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About California (2007), p. viii.
- California has experienced rapid population growth for most of its history, but that trend has come to an end. California’s population grew by 2.9 percent over the last three years, only slightly above the nation’s 2.4 percent increase. Over the last few decades, millions of Californians have left the Golden State for opportunities elsewhere.
- Nate Cohn, "The California Exodus" (14 August 2014), The New York Times
- The old question as to what shall be done with the negro will have to give place to the greater question 'What shall be done with the Mongolian', and perhaps we shall see raised one still greater, namely, 'What will the Mongolian do with both the negro and the white?' Already has the matter taken shape in California and on the Pacific coast generally. Already has California assumed a bitterly unfriendly attitude toward the Chinaman. Already has she driven them from her altars of justice. Already has she stamped them as outcasts and handed them over to popular contempts and vulgar jest. Already are they the constant victims of cruel harshness and brutal violence. Already have our Celtic brothers, never slow to execute the behests of popular prejudice against the weak and defenseless, recognized in the heads of these people, fit targets for their shilalahs. Already, too, are their associations formed in avowed hostility to the Chinese. In all this there is, of course, nothing strange. Repugnance to the presence and influence of foreigners is an ancient feeling among men. It is peculiar to no particular race or nation. It is met with, not only in the conduct of one nation towards another, but in the conduct of the inhabitants of the different parts of the same country, some times of the same city, and even of the same village.
- Chinese children are in American schools in San Francisco. None of our children are in Chinese schools, and probably never will be, though in some things they might well teach us valuable lessons. Contact with these yellow children of the Celestial Empire would convince us that the points of human difference, great as they, upon first sight, seem, are as nothing compared with the points of human agreement. Such contact would remove mountains of prejudice.
- I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.
- This was California. You could get LSD fresh made from Stanford. You could sleep on the beach at night with your girlfriend. California has a sense of experimentation and a sense of openness—openness to new possibilities.
- California is a queer place — in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort.
- D. H. Lawrence, letter (September 24, 1923); published in The Letters of D. H. Lawrence, James T. Boulton, E. Mansfield, and W. Roberts (1987), vol. 4.
- As one went to Europe to see the living past, so one must visit southern California to observe the future.
- Alison Lurie, The Nowhere City (1992).
- Say, what's up. Straight up, holler! What, I am C-A. Day-Go, L.A., to the Bay. Yeah, it's my shit.
- Then, she take it all in. Best kush filling my joints. Say I sound too L.A.? That's the point!
- When I came to California, it was the mecca of the world. Every young person on the planet wanted to be here. It was the heart of the hippie activity, and it was our culture, our generation, expressing itself at its most festive, so it was a real magnet for the young people … with the love-ins and so on.
- Joni Mitchell, on coming to California in 1969, as quoted in "Joni on Point" in The Los Angeles Times (7 June 2009).
- Know ye that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California, very close to that part of the Terrestrial Paradise, which was inhabited by black women without a single man among them, and they lived in the manner of Amazons. They were robust of body with strong passionate hearts and great virtue. The island itself is one of the wildest in the world on account of the bold and craggy rocks.
- Whatever interesting things America have happened, they've happened first in California.
- I am C-A. Sac-Town, Seaside, L.A.!
- California here we come; right back where we started from. California! Here we come!
- I'll shimmy a little shimmy I'll fly a little fly. Yea we're out there having fun in the warm California sun!
- The Ramones, "California Sun"
- There are so many different challenges California has; it's the greatest state in the greatest country in the world. Hasta la vista, baby!
- California, Florida, whatever. Either way, your pale ass is getting a tan.
- Only in Cali, where we riot, not rally, to live and die.
- From Oakland to Sac-Town, the Bay Area and back down, Cali is where they put their mack down. Give me love!
- What was the use of my having come from Oakland it was not natural to have come from there yes write about it if I like or anything if I like but not there, there is no there there.
- Gertrude Stein, Everybody's Autobiography (1937, reprinted 1971), p. 289.
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- California love! California, knows how to party. California, knows how to party. In the city, of L-A. In the city of good old Watts. In the city, the city of Compton. We keep it rocking! We keep it rocking!
- No California gentleman or lady ever abuses or oppresses a Chinaman, under any circumstances, an explanation that seems to be much needed in the east. Only the scum of the population do it; they and their children. They, and, naturally and consistently, the policemen and politicians, likewise, for these are the dust-licking pimps and slaves of the scum, there as well as elsewhere in America.
- The Senator says the territory of California is three times greater than the average extent of the new States of the Union. Well, Sir, suppose it is. We all know that it has more than three times as many mountains, inaccessible and rocky hills, and sandy wastes, as are possessed by any State of the Union. But how much is there of useful land? how much that may be made to contribute to the support of man and of society? These ought to be the questions. Well, with respect to that, I am sure that everybody has become satisfied that, although California may have a very great sea-board, and a large city or two, yet that the agricultural products of the whole surface now are not, and never will be, equal to one half part of those of the State of Illinois; no, nor yet a fourth, or perhaps a tenth part.
- Daniel Webster, remarks in the Senate on admitting California into the Union (June 27, 1850); reported in The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster (1903), vol. 10, p. 130.
- I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls.
- A state that's untouchable, like Elliot Ness... It's all good, from Diego to the Bay.
- This California love, this California bud.
- Andre R. Young, "The Next Episode", 2001 (1999)
- Encyclopedic article on California at Wikipedia