Appalachian Sayings

You can take the hill out of the mountain, but you can’t take the mountain out of the hillbilly.

A good hunter only needs one shot, a great hunter never misses.

If you don’t like the weather in Appalachia, just wait five minutes.

When life gives you corn, make moonshine.

Country roads may take you home, but a dirt road takes you where the adventure begins.

A creek without fish is like a bird without wings.

Just because your pig can sing doesn’t mean it’s going to win a talent show.

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, especially if you live on a farm.

The best fishing hole is always the one that’s the hardest to find.

If a mosquito can’t find you, it must be lost.

A good horse may be worth its weight in gold, but a stubborn mule is worth its weight in laughter.

You can learn a lot about a man by the way he treats his dog.

When the sun sets in the mountains, it paints a picture that no artist can reproduce.

The freshest corn is the one that goes from the field to the pot in less than an hour.

Appalachian women don’t need fancy recipes, they can turn a handful of ingredients into a feast.

Hard work may not always pay off, but it builds character.

The key to happiness is a front porch swing and a glass of sweet tea.

Admire the beauty of the mountains, but never underestimate their power.

A chicken coop may not be the Taj Mahal, but it’s a palace for its residents.

The first sign of spring is not the flowers, but the sound of banjo music echoing through the holler.

If you’re not catching fish, you’re not using the right bait or you’re in the wrong spot.

A good fire can warm your body, but a bonfire can warm your soul.

The only way to truly find yourself is by getting lost in nature.

A dog’s bark may be worse than its bite, but a squirrel’s bark is always worse than nothing.

It’s not the size of the fish that matters, it’s the size of the story you tell about it.

Never trust a raccoon that comes knocking on your door asking for sugar.

The best way to cool off on a hot summer day is to dip your feet in a cold mountain stream.

A bird’s nest may be small, but it’s a fortress in the eyes of its owner.

In the mountains, it’s not about how fast you can climb, but about how well you can enjoy the view.

The secret ingredient in grandma’s apple pie is always love.

When life gives you blackberries, make cobbler and share it with your neighbors.

A country boy can survive, but a country girl can conquer the world.

There’s no need for a rooster when the sun rises and the birds start singing.

A shady spot under an old oak tree is the best place for a midday nap.

When the cows come home, it’s time to put your boots on.

You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.

There’s no such thing as too much butter on a biscuit.

A true mountaineer can find their way home even with their eyes closed.

The strongest trees have the deepest roots.

The best place to find wild mushrooms is a secret only known by those who have found them before.

A clean front porch is a sign of a welcoming home.

A barn without animals is like a snowstorm without snow.

A river may separate us, but the mountains unite us.

A porch full of rocking chairs is a porch full of stories waiting to be shared.

A fig tree may take years to bear fruit, but when it does, it’s worth the wait.

The best way to chase away the winter blues is with a fiddle and a square dance.

If you’re feeling blue, pick up a paintbrush and let the canvas tell your story.

A mountain lion may be king of the forest, but a cardinal’s song is the soundtrack of the mountains.

The key to a good tomato sandwich is fresh bread, ripe tomatoes, and a sprinkle of salt.

A mountaineer’s heart is as strong as the peaks that surround them.

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