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, and has a population larger than that of many countries, such as Canada. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Run Manhattan, back in Cali's where it happened.
- From New York to San Andreas; all around the world. Going back to Cali; I'm going back to Cali.
- I am C-A. Sac-Town, Seaside, L.A.!
- When people are poor, it means they don't have much money. Sometimes, they can afford a car to get to work but can't afford insurance. It would be bad enough for them if they were liable in an accident, but the State for many years has made them criminals as well, just for not having insurance. In effect, this has criminalized poverty. In 1996, 28 percent of drivers in California were uninsured. That is more than one out of four drivers, an astounding percentage. By requiring insurance for registration and increasing penalties, in 1999 the percentage is down to 22; but that is still more than one out of every five drivers. Clearly, large numbers of Californians will not or cannot purchase auto insurance, whatever the threats. All that someone with insurance needs to do is get 'uninsured motorist' insurance. This is commonly provided and purchased anyway, since, as a matter of fact, many drivers don't have insurance. Part of the motivation of mandatory insurance may be to drive poor people out of their cars and into the wonderful convenience of public transportation. This is supposed to be ecologically preferable, though the times I've been caught behind a fume-spewing bus in traffic, it didn't seem very ecological to me. In any case, people who can't afford insurance, just can't afford insurance. They also need to get around. They should not be criminalized for being poor. Mandatory auto insurance should be abolished.
- There are so many different challenges California has; it's the greatest state in the greatest country in the world. Hasta la vista, baby!
- 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.
- 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.
- What can I say? Cali-forn-I-A. Where niggas die every day over some shit, they say.
- Andre Romelle Young, "Big Ego's", 2001 (1999).