What’s your favorite Florida line?

Floridians enjoy a fantastic literary smorgasbord of novels, nonfiction, poetry, and more. So many authors, past and present, have written great insights about our state. What’s your favorite sentence about Florida written by an author? We love this one from the poem “Florida” by poet Elizabeth Bishop: “The state with the prettiest name, the state that floats in brackish water, held together by mangrave roots…” And there’s the great line by historian Michael Gannon: “By the time the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, Saint Augustine was up for urban renewal.”

What’s your favorite Florida line? Below, please write the sentence you love, the name of the author, and the title of the book, poem, etc., where it appears. We’ll include some of the best in our fall issue of FORUM magazine, which features award-winning Florida authors.

10 Responses

  1. Sylvia Gurinsky

    “There are no other Everglades in the world.”

    -Marjory Stoneman Douglas, “The Everglades: River of Grass”

  2. Crystal Drake

    You bring this many different kinds of
    people together it’s like throwing wolves and panthers into a pen full of cows. The
    fur never stops flying.” Patrick Smith, “A Land Remembered”

  3. “It seems to me that the earth may be borrowed but not bought. It may be used, but not owned.”
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in Cross Creek. Closing chapter, last paragraph.

  4. Greg Cunningham

    “…how is the mind agitated and bewildered, at being thus, as it were, placed on the borders of a new world!”
    William Bartram, Travels p.189

  5. I like these two:

    “A prosthetic leg with a Willie Nelson bumper sticker washed ashore on the beach, which meant it was Florida.”
    ― Tim Dorsey, Pineapple Grenade

    “I had a werewolf morning. Awoke with a rum hangover, imagined blood on the walls, and prayed to god it was mine.”
    ― Randy Wayne White, Ten Thousand Islands

  6. Shawn E. Martin


    As viewed from space, reclamation ecology is the the bed sheet of the strip-mining phosphate industry, as evidenced by the number of man-made lakes found in central Florida.

  7. Barbara

    Florida “burst and bubbled in multitudes of clear springs…Basins of rock and sand held them like bowls of liquid light.” Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, in her book, Florida the Long Frontier.

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