The Best Quotes about Kansas City, Missouri

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Like every other place, I guess, Kansas City was quite a different city when I was a youngster there. They had quite a few clubs, and we had what we used to call jam sessions every night.  -Ben Webster

The E Street band casts a pretty wide net. Our influences go all the way back to the early primitive garage music, and also, we’ve had everything in the band from jazz players to Kansas City trumpet players to Nils Lofgren, one of the great rock guitarists in the world.  -Bruce Springsteen

I got everything I wanted. When I was young in Kansas City, I knew nothing about Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, of all those concert halls, of all those countries. I did not know what it was like to direct a band… All I wanted was to be big, to be in show -business, and to travel…and that’s what I’ve been doing all my life.  -Count Basie

If I had the hand strength to sign autographs for everybody in Kansas City, I would… but its just impossible to get to everyone.  -Dante Hall

I spent a majority of my life in Kansas City, so I am a Chiefs and Royals guy. I used to work for the Royals for like five years in the suites department and in the stadium club restaurant.  -David Cook

With the Chiefs, you can’t live in Kansas City and not like the Chiefs. To go catch a game at Arrowhead is a pretty great experience. I haven’t had the chance to go to games anywhere else, but, from what I’m told, I don’t really need to.  -David Cook

There are people walking around the streets of Kansas City who are unemployed, while one of our largest employers is not only sending jobs aboard, but then turning around and making a statement about preserving jobs.  -Emanuel Cleaver

Starbucks has stores in America in many, many communities that are governed by many, many different municipalities. Starbucks cannot dictate to a municipality in Cincinnati or Kansas City or Sacramento how or why or when there should be a recycling program.  -Howard Schultz

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Further south, there are some airports, but none our size. Our airport is the gateway to the southern Kansas City.  -James Green

Where else but in America could a schoolteacher from Kansas City end up the governor of her adopted state?  -Jane D. Hull

It was my first time in Kansas City. In about two or three days I had a gig at a place called The Monroe Inn.  -Jay McShann

I have been robbed of three million dollars all told. Everyone today is playing my stuff and I don’t even get credit. Kansas City style, Chicago style, New Orleans style hell, they’re all Jelly Roll style.  -Jelly Roll Morton

Over a 10 -season stretch from 1967 to 1976, eight Super Bowl champions either were the Raiders or had to beat the Raiders in the playoffs. The Jets, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Baltimore Colts, Miami, the Steelers each of the first two times… we all had to deal with the Raiders.  -Joe Greene

If you’re playing for the Kansas City Royals about all you can do is beat your head against the wall.  -John Kruk

You learn just by trying and experimenting. By the time I was 14, I had my own comic strip in the Kansas City paper.  -Mort Walker

Ev’rythin’s up to date in Kansas City.  -Oscar Hammerstein II

I was able to work with the best musicians in Kansas City starting when I was really young  -Pat Metheny

We were 6 -4 and everybody doubted us. We lost to the Kansas City Chiefs and that week we had a players meeting and really talked about where we really want to go. It’s not about the record. At the end of the day it comes down to are we going to keep focusing on each other and are we going to keep getting better day by day? We ignored the noise, we ignored all the talk from the outside.  -Russell Wilson

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A portrait of the young Charlie Parker with a degree of vivid detail never before approached. . . [Kansas City Lightning is] a deft, virtuosic panorama of early jazz. . . This is a mind -opening, and mind -filling, book.  -Tom Piazza

I was at the 1976 Republican Convention in Kansas City. I was running ‘Nobody for President’ at the time. I printed up these press releases and handed them out to the crowd at the Kemper Arena. ‘Nobody keeps campaign promises.’ ‘Nobody lowers your taxes.’ ‘Nobody should have that much power.’ ‘Nobody is in Washington working for you.’  -Wavy Gravy

I don’t know if I want to go to New York. They’ll have to pay me a lot more money because I like it here in Kansas City.  -Roger Maris

Being born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in the very rural parts of Kansas led me to believe that everything was simple, everything made sense and that anything was possible.  -Chely Wright

I spent a majority of my life in Kansas City, so I am a Chiefs and Royals guy. I used to work for the Royals for like five years in the suites department and in the stadium club restaurant.  -David Cook

Starbucks has stores in America in many, many communities that are governed by many, many different municipalities. Starbucks cannot dictate to a municipality in Cincinnati or Kansas City or Sacramento how or why or when there should be a recycling program.  -Howard Schultz

Over a 10 -season stretch from 1967 to 1976, eight Super Bowl champions either were the Raiders or had to beat the Raiders in the playoffs. The Jets, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Baltimore Colts, Miami, the Steelers each of the first two times… we all had to deal with the Raiders.  -Joe Greene

I was at the 1976 Republican Convention in Kansas City. I was running ‘Nobody for President’ at the time. I printed up these press releases and handed them out to the crowd at the Kemper Arena. ‘Nobody keeps campaign promises.’ ‘Nobody lowers your taxes.’ ‘Nobody should have that much power.’ ‘Nobody is in Washington working for you.’  -Wavy Gravy

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I talked with Quentin about where the character came from, and he told me Kansas City. I don’t know how somebody talks from Kansas City, so I made him from New York.  -Steve Buscemi

At Kansas City, Kansas, before the saloons were closed, they were getting ready to build an addition to the jail. Now the doors swing idly on the hinges and there is nobody to lock in the jails.  -Billy Sunday

My older brother Mike is an excellent trumpet player. By the time he was 12, he was playing around Kansas City in classical situations. He was already an amazing talent.  -Pat Metheny

I was able to work with the best musicians in Kansas City starting when I was really young  -Pat Metheny

If I had the hand strength to sign autographs for everybody in Kansas City, I would… but its just impossible to get to everyone.  -Dante Hall

Well, I got pretty good and went on the road with a group. We starved. At that time I didn’t realize that you’d work one gig in Kansas City, the next in Florida and the next gig will be in Louisville. You know, a thousand miles a night. That was really rough, man.  -Wes Montgomery

It isn’t necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy.  -Groucho Marx

I have been robbed of three million dollars all told. Everyone today is playing my stuff and I don’t even get credit. Kansas City style, Chicago style, New Orleans style hell, they’re all Jelly Roll style.  -Jelly Roll Morton

You learn just by trying and experimenting. By the time I was 14, I had my own comic strip in the Kansas City paper.  -Mort Walker

If you’re playing for the Kansas City Royals about all you can do is beat your head against the wall.  -John Kruk

Where else but in America could a schoolteacher from Kansas City end up the governor of her adopted state?  -Jane D. Hull

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In ten years I will become president of the United States Of America.  -Tom DeLonge

It was my first time in Kansas City. In about two or three days I had a gig at a place called The Monroe Inn.  -Jay McShann

Like every other place, I guess, Kansas City was quite a different city when I was a youngster there. They had quite a few clubs, and we had what we used to call jam sessions every night.  -Ben Webster

There are people walking around the streets of Kansas City who are unemployed, while one of our largest employers is not only sending jobs aboard, but then turning around and making a statement about preserving jobs.  -Emanuel Cleaver

I was Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. As you know, there are twelve banks and they have their citizens board, and I got elected to the Fed Chairmanship for the Federal Reserve Kansas City Bank back in the mid -’90s. It might have been 1995 -’96.  -Herman Cain

The people who say: ‘You are what you eat’ have always seemed addled to me. In my opinion, you are what you think, and if you don’t think, you can eat all the meat in Kansas City and still be nothing but a vegetable.  -Russell Baker

It has long been acknowledged that the single best restaurant in the world is Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue at Eighteenth and Booklyn in Kansas city.  -Calvin Trillin

Ev’rythin’s up to date in Kansas City.  -Oscar Hammerstein II

I think you need to, as an architect, understand the essence of a place and create a building that feels like it resonates with the culture of a place. So my buildings in India or in Kansas City or in Arkansas or in Singapore, they come out different because the places are so different.  -Moshe Safdie

The Eternal Kansas City song came from a dream sequence. It was actually kind of weird. I had this dream about a Kansas City type of thing while I was up at Stevie Winwood’s place near Cheltenham, in Britain. I went into this small town and I was walking along and this dream thing was still in my head.  -Van Morrison

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With the Chiefs, you can’t live in Kansas City and not like the Chiefs. To go catch a game at Arrowhead is a pretty great experience. I haven’t had the chance to go to games anywhere else, but, from what I’m told, I don’t really need to.  -David Cook

The year after I graduated from high school, they came to shoot Mr. and Mrs. Bridge in Kansas City.  -Jason Wiles

Kansas City Lightning succeeds as few biographies of jazz musicians have. . . This book is a magnificent achievement; I could hardly put it down.  -Henry Louis Gates

A portrait of the young Charlie Parker with a degree of vivid detail never before approached. . . [Kansas City Lightning is] a deft, virtuosic panorama of early jazz. . . This is a mind -opening, and mind -filling, book.  -Tom Piazza

I really like Kansas City Royals stadium  -Kauffman Stadium.  -Bert Blyleven

I did not go to fashion school. I arrived in New York in 1986 from Kansas City and was working as accessories editor for Mademoiselle Magazine. While working at Mademoiselle I noticed that the market lacked stylish and sensible handbags, so I decided to create my own.  -Kate Spade

I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and I do know from what my parents tell me that I was always interested in art, although not very good at it.  -Warren MacKenzie

While I was writing the book, I went to see Louise Brooks’s most famous film, Pandora’s Box, at the Tivoli in Kansas City, and it was a lovely experience. You can watch old silent films on DVD or even on YouTube, but it was a different feeling watching her up on the big screen, seeing the film the way people saw it all those years ago.  -Laura Moriarty

Robert Altman made that movie Kansas City about the jazz scene in the city, and we saw that band all together, and that was an amazing show. That’s what I got into. I like jazz.  -Nick Kroll

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I obviously wanted to play for the Kansas City Royals. (Laughter) I also knew that was far -fetched. The truth is I don’t really know what I wanted to do.  -Josh Earnest

Although I grew up in Kansas City, … I have always kept more or less au courant of Texas barbecue, like a sports fan who is almost monomaniacally obsessed with basketball but glances over at the N.H.L. standings now and then.  -Calvin Trillin

When I was in Kansas City everything was going well for me. My marriage was good and I was very successful in baseball but something was missing in my life. That something was Christ. Every human being is born with a little defect in his heart. That defect is a hole in the heart that can only be filled by Jesus Christ.  -Carlos Beltran

Because our right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Christians in Charleston, South Carolina, and that was denied Jews in Kansas City, and that was denied Muslims in Chapel Hill, and Sikhs in Oak Creek. They had rights too. Our right to peaceful assembly, that right was robbed from movie goers in Aurora and Lafayette.  -Barack Obama

I’m not saying these flying discs don’t really exist, but nobody living in Kansas City has seen them and that’s a dry state.  -Jack Paar

And Kansas City is at Chicago tonight, or is it Chicago at Kansas City? Well, no matter as Kansas City leads in the eighth 4 to 4.  -Jerry Coleman

I remember when I got a call and was told I was traded [to the Yankees in 1974], I actually cried because I liked Kansas City. But coming to the Yankees was the best thing that ever happened to me in my baseball career.  -Lou Piniella

The E Street band casts a pretty wide net. Our influences go all the way back to the early primitive garage music, and also, we’ve had everything in the band from jazz players to Kansas City trumpet players to Nils Lofgren, one of the great rock guitarists in the world.  -Bruce Springsteen

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I got everything I wanted. When I was young in Kansas City, I knew nothing about Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, of all those concert halls, of all those countries. I did not know what it was like to direct a band… All I wanted was to be big, to be in show -business, and to travel…and that’s what I’ve been doing all my life.  -Count Basie

I cant think of anything more humiliating than losing a ballgame to a guy who steals home on you. It happened to me one time against Kansas City. I had a 2 -2 count on the hitter  -and Amos Otis broke from third. The pitch was a ball and slid in safe. I felt like a nickel.  -Nolan Ryan

Government barriers on Business For example, the Endangered Species Act prevents ‘disturbing the habitat’ of the spotted owl. That has restricted 4.2 million acres of forest from development, leading to the loss of 30,000 lumber -related jobs and the annual loss of 1.1 billion board feet of lumber. This has driven up the cost of houses by at least $4,000 each. In addition, regulators ordered a Kansas City bank to install a Braille keypad on its drive -through automatic teller machine, presumably to aid any blind drivers. The list goes on and on.  -Rush Limbaugh

In spite of the incident, my experience in Kansas City was wonderful and I thank all the warm and supportive people, including so many veterans, who came to welcome me last night.  -Jane Fonda

Although I grew up in London, I spent summers in Missouri, where my dad lived. It’s quite a liberal town, Kansas City. You’d be surprised.  -Hayley Atwell

If Shakespeare had been in pro basketball, he never would have had time to write his soliloquies. He would have always been on a plane between Phoenix and Kansas City.  -Paul Westhead

I think you need to, as an architect, understand the essence of a place and create a building that feels like it resonates with the culture of a place. So my buildings in India or in Kansas City or in Arkansas or in Singapore, they come out different because the places are so different.  -Moshe Safdie

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The Eternal Kansas City song came from a dream sequence. It was actually kind of weird. I had this dream about a Kansas City type of thing while I was up at Stevie Winwood’s place near Cheltenham, in Britain. I went into this small town and I was walking along and this dream thing was still in my head.  -Van Morrison

With the Chiefs, you can’t live in Kansas City and not like the Chiefs. To go catch a game at Arrowhead is a pretty great experience. I haven’t had the chance to go to games anywhere else, but, from what I’m told, I don’t really need to.  -David Cook

The year after I graduated from high school, they came to shoot Mr. and Mrs. Bridge in Kansas City.  -Jason Wiles

Kansas City Lightning succeeds as few biographies of jazz musicians have. . . This book is a magnificent achievement; I could hardly put it down.  -Henry Louis Gates

A portrait of the young Charlie Parker with a degree of vivid detail never before approached. . . [Kansas City Lightning is] a deft, virtuosic panorama of early jazz. . . This is a mind -opening, and mind -filling, book.  -Tom Piazza

I really like Kansas City Royals stadium  -Kauffman Stadium.  -Bert Blyleven

I did not go to fashion school. I arrived in New York in 1986 from Kansas City and was working as accessories editor for Mademoiselle Magazine. While working at Mademoiselle I noticed that the market lacked stylish and sensible handbags, so I decided to create my own.  -Kate Spade

I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and I do know from what my parents tell me that I was always interested in art, although not very good at it.  -Warren MacKenzie

While I was writing the book, I went to see Louise Brooks’s most famous film, Pandora’s Box, at the Tivoli in Kansas City, and it was a lovely experience. You can watch old silent films on DVD or even on YouTube, but it was a different feeling watching her up on the big screen, seeing the film the way people saw it all those years ago.  -Laura Moriarty

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Robert Altman made that movie Kansas City about the jazz scene in the city, and we saw that band all together, and that was an amazing show. That’s what I got into. I like jazz.  -Nick Kroll

I obviously wanted to play for the Kansas City Royals. (Laughter) I also knew that was far -fetched. The truth is I don’t really know what I wanted to do.  -Josh Earnest

Although I grew up in Kansas City, … I have always kept more or less au courant of Texas barbecue, like a sports fan who is almost monomaniacally obsessed with basketball but glances over at the N.H.L. standings now and then.  -Calvin Trillin

When I was in Kansas City everything was going well for me. My marriage was good and I was very successful in baseball but something was missing in my life. That something was Christ. Every human being is born with a little defect in his heart. That defect is a hole in the heart that can only be filled by Jesus Christ.  -Carlos Beltran

Because our right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Christians in Charleston, South Carolina, and that was denied Jews in Kansas City, and that was denied Muslims in Chapel Hill, and Sikhs in Oak Creek. They had rights too. Our right to peaceful assembly, that right was robbed from movie goers in Aurora and Lafayette.  -Barack Obama

I’m not saying these flying discs don’t really exist, but nobody living in Kansas City has seen them and that’s a dry state.  -Jack Paar

And Kansas City is at Chicago tonight, or is it Chicago at Kansas City? Well, no matter as Kansas City leads in the eighth 4 to 4.  -Jerry Coleman

I remember when I got a call and was told I was traded [to the Yankees in 1974], I actually cried because I liked Kansas City. But coming to the Yankees was the best thing that ever happened to me in my baseball career.  -Lou Piniella

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The E Street band casts a pretty wide net. Our influences go all the way back to the early primitive garage music, and also, we’ve had everything in the band from jazz players to Kansas City trumpet players to Nils Lofgren, one of the great rock guitarists in the world.  -Bruce Springsteen

I got everything I wanted. When I was young in Kansas City, I knew nothing about Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, of all those concert halls, of all those countries. I did not know what it was like to direct a band… All I wanted was to be big, to be in show -business, and to travel…and that’s what I’ve been doing all my life.  -Count Basie

I cant think of anything more humiliating than losing a ballgame to a guy who steals home on you. It happened to me one time against Kansas City. I had a 2 -2 count on the hitter  -and Amos Otis broke from third. The pitch was a ball and slid in safe. I felt like a nickel.  -Nolan Ryan

Government barriers on Business For example, the Endangered Species Act prevents ‘disturbing the habitat’ of the spotted owl. That has restricted 4.2 million acres of forest from development, leading to the loss of 30,000 lumber -related jobs and the annual loss of 1.1 billion board feet of lumber. This has driven up the cost of houses by at least $4,000 each. In addition, regulators ordered a Kansas City bank to install a Braille keypad on its drive -through automatic teller machine, presumably to aid any blind drivers. The list goes on and on.  -Rush Limbaugh

In spite of the incident, my experience in Kansas City was wonderful and I thank all the warm and supportive people, including so many veterans, who came to welcome me last night.  -Jane Fonda

Although I grew up in London, I spent summers in Missouri, where my dad lived. It’s quite a liberal town, Kansas City. You’d be surprised.  -Hayley Atwell

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If Shakespeare had been in pro basketball, he never would have had time to write his soliloquies. He would have always been on a plane between Phoenix and Kansas City.  -Paul Westhead

It’s pretty cool just to see the support we have. It’s unmatched, Kansas City and the Chiefs Kingdom, the support they have for us. For me to just kind of be in the community and see those people is always a good thing.  -Patrick Mahomes

I was just a young kid out of Mexico, Missouri, and then Kansas City, having an opportunity to play at the University of Nebraska, where I grew as a man.  -Tyronn Lue

Whenever I’m in Kansas City, I think back to all the jazz -blues greats who played the blues here  -like Count Basie, Charlie Parker and Jay McShann. I watched those guys jam in different places and heard a lot of things  -but I couldn’t do what they did. They were too good.  -B. B. King

When you play the Oakland Raiders when you’re the Kansas City Chiefs, you know they’re going to come out with that mentality that they’re going to win. They’re going to come out fighting. It’s a rivalry game.  -Patrick Mahomes

My first job was with an auto plant, Kansas City  -they treated you like slaves. From there I went back to Chicago, worked in steel mills, drove a cab, stuff like that.  -Ed Asner

I like being… in Kansas City. People are extremely nice, extremely passionate about the Chiefs.  -Patrick Mahomes

I have been robbed of three million dollars all told. Everyone today is playing my stuff and I don’t even get credit. Kansas City style, Chicago style, New Orleans style hell, they’re all Jelly Roll style.  -Jelly Roll Morton

I was at the 1976 Republican Convention in Kansas City. I was running ‘Nobody for President’ at the time. I printed up these press releases and handed them out to the crowd at the Kemper Arena. ‘Nobody keeps campaign promises.’ ‘Nobody lowers your taxes.’ ‘Nobody should have that much power.’ ‘Nobody is in Washington working for you.’  -Wavy Gravy

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I like cars and houses. I have three houses  -in Atlanta, in Kansas City and Houston.  -Tyronn Lue

I grew up in rural Missouri about two hours north of St. Louis, and if the wind was blowing right on a Saturday night, I could catch All Star Wrestling out of Kansas City, which was run by Bob Geigel, and some of the stars there were Bulldog Bob Brower and Ray Candy.  -Kane

You want to be drafted high, but to be drafted high into an organization like the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s like a dream to me.  -Patrick Mahomes

Like every other place, I guess, Kansas City was quite a different city when I was a youngster there. They had quite a few clubs, and we had what we used to call jam sessions every night.  -Ben Webster

I never thought I would be the oldest quarterback in the National Football League at one point, not in a million years. I never thought I would play as long as I did, either, seventeen years from start to finish, with stops in Houston, Minnesota, Seattle, and Kansas City.  -Warren Moon

It isn’t necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy.  -Groucho Marx

A lot of people got a lot of money around Kansas City, Missouri. If we didn’t, KC Trends would be out of business.  -Tech N9ne

There’s a family tradition of fighting in the Kansas City Golden Gloves. My older brother, Tim, did, and so did my father’s two youngest brothers, Trent and Troy. They all won the Golden Gloves. So when my mother asked me to keep the tradition going, I did.  -Tommy Morrison

I love everything about Kansas City.  -Billy Butler

Bain also asked Kansas City for a $3 million tax break. The Bain executives were taking home $36 million in borrowed funds and were asking Kansas City to forfeit $3 million in public money for police officers, roads and schools? More free stuff! Jennifer  -Granholm

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What I love about jazz is that it’s full of legends, full of myths. It’s an oral history because it started in New Orleans and Kansas City, under the radar.  -Damien Chazelle

I’ve been back to the Kansas City area a lot in the past. My sisters went to college in the area. My brother went to college in the area. I’ve got friends there, so there’s some ties to the area.  -Ben Zobrist

I have soaked this league up for everything it’s worth. I’ve had fun. Made some great relationships. I don’t regret anything. Don’t regret being in Kansas City. It’s all been very good to me. So why would I take that approach? There will be no pity party thrown here.  -Tony Gonzalez

I was able to work with the best musicians in Kansas City starting when I was really young.  -Pat Metheny


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