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Barbara Jordan’s booming voice and unparalleled oratorical skills cemented her place among the great speakers of our history. Known for her inspiring words, Jordan spoke for commencements, conferences, keynote addresses, and news articles. Here are a few of our favorite quotes from the former state Senator.


The inscription on a memorial to George Washington Littlefield in the West Texas town that bears his surname describes him as a “pioneer plainsman, soldier and state benefactor.” In fact, he was a great deal more. Cattle baron, banking magnate, builder, and philanthropist, Littlefield (1842-1920) was the consummate Texan. In the 1943 biography George W. Littlefield, Texan, author J. Evetts Haley described him as “an intent, practical man, of driving and determined purpose … but most of all he was an unreconstructed rebel who never forgot that his deepest love was for the South.”

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Lee Daniel  (Photo by Kevin Stillman)

Cinematographer Lee Daniel initially earned his chops collaborating with filmmaker and fellow Austin resident Richard Linklater, first on Slacker (1991), and then on a string of other successful projects (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Fast Food Nation, and subUrbia). Daniel is also renowned for his camera work on environmental documentaries, such as The Unforeseen (2007), a film backed by Robert Redford and Texas filmmaker Terence Malick that looks at issues surrounding Central Texas water rights.

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From Liz Smith to Roger Clemens to Greater Tuna's Aunt Pearl, 25 Texas celebrities tell what they love most about their home state. Their choices reveal a lot about the ties that bind.

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