How does a man decide in what order to abandon his life? ― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men ( Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, July 11, 2006) Originally published July 2005.
He stood at the window of the empty cafe and watched the activities in the square and he said that it was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they’d have no heart to start at all. — Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses.… Continue reading Cormac McCarthy
Be as you wish to seem. — Socrates 469 BC – 399 BC
Such simple events last lovers a long time. — Jim Harrison, The Man Who Gave Up his Name, from Legends of the Fall; The Man Who Gave Up His Name; Revenge: Three Novellas (Delacorte Press, 1978)
Nothing lives longOnly the earth and mountains — Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. (Holt Paperbacks; 30th Anniversary edition January 23, 2001) Originally published 1970.
Men say they only learn this but he said that no creature can learn that which his heart has no shape to hold. — Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses. (Alfred A. Knopf May 1992)
And she understood, all by herself, without reading it in a novel or hearing it on a radio program, that falling passionately in love with someone, without reservation or holding back, was good for the heart. For its valves and its arteries and that invisible shadow of the heart called the soul. Falling in love… Continue reading Paulette Jiles
A ship does not sail with yesterday’s wind. ― Louis L’Amour, The Walking Drum. (Bantam; Reissue edition, May 1, 1985)
He thought that in the beauty of the world were hid a secret. He thought that the world’s heart beat at some terrible cost and that the world’s pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging equity and that in this headlong deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the… Continue reading Cormac McCarthy
Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting. ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses. (Vintage June 29, 1993)