I never know when I press these whether I am going to blow up Massachusetts or start the project.
— John F. Kennedy

It's not like massachusetts, where they're baptized Democrats.
Robert Torricelli massachusetts quote

The old charters of Massachusetts, Virginia, and the Carolinas had given title to strips of territory extending from the Atlantic westward to the Pacific.
— Albert Bushnell Hart

The land was ours before we were the lands. She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people. She was ours In Massachusetts, in Virginia, But we were Englands, still colonials, Possessing what we still were unpossessed by, Possessed by what we now no more possessed. Something we were withholding made us weak Until we found out that it was ourselves We were withholding from our land of living, And forthwith found salvation in surrender. Such as we were we gave ourselves outright To the land vaguely realizing westward, But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced, Such as she was, such as she would become.
— Robert Frost

Of the creative spirits that flourished in Concord, Massachusetts, during the middle of the nineteenth century, it might be said that Hawthorne loved men but felt estranged from them, Emerson loved ideas even more than men, and Thoreau loved himself.
— massachusetts quotation by Leon Edel