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Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Suppose you were the last one left? Suppose you did that to yourself?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “What you alter in the remembering has yet a reality, known or not.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Doomed enterprises divide lives forever into the then and now.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He sat a long time and he thought about his life and how little of it he could ever have foreseen and he wondered for all his will and all his intent how much of it was his doing.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Well, I guess in all honesty I would have to say that I never knew nor did I ever hear of anybody that money didnt change.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “They say that women dream of danger to those in their care and men of danger to themselves.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “That god lives in silence who has scoured the following land with salt and ash.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He woke before dawn and watched the gray day break. Slow and half opaque. He rose while the boy slept and pulled on his shoes and wrapped in his blanket he walked out through the trees. He descended into a gryke in the stone and there he crouched coughing and he coughed for a long time. Then he just knelt in the ashes. He raised his face to the paling day. Are you there? he whispered. Will I see you at the last? Have you a neck by which to throttle you? Have you a heart? Damn you eternally have you a soul? Oh God, he whispered. Oh God.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He thought that in the history of the world it might even be that there was more punishment than crime but he took small comfort from it.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “When he went back to the fire he knelt and smoothed her hair as she slept and he said if he were God he would have made the world just so and no different.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Nadie sabe para quien trabaja.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The small wad of burning paper drew down to a wisp of flame and then died out leaving a faint pattern for just a moment in the incandescence like the shape of a flower, a molten rose. Then all was dark again.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The freedom of birds is an insult to me.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “It’s a mystery. A man’s at odds to know his mind cause his mind is aught he has to know it with. He can know his heart, but he don’t want to. Rightly so. Best not to look in there.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “That all courage was a form of constancy. That it was always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this all other betrayals came easily.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Ever step you take is forever. You cant make it go away. None of it. You understand what I’m sayin?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I got what I needed instead of what I wanted and that’s just about the best kind of luck you can have.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Men’s memories are uncertain and the past that was differs little from the past that was not.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “They stood on the far shore of a river and called to him. Tattered gods slouching in their rags across the waste. Trekking the dried floor of a mineral sea where it lay cracked and broken like a fallen plate. Paths of feral fire in the coagulate sands. The figures faded in the distance. He woke and lay in the dark.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “You always pay too much. Particularly for promises. There aint no such thing as a bargain promise.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “How surely are the dead beyond death. Death is what the living carry with them. A state of dread, like some uncanny foretaste of a bitter memory. But the dead do not remember and nothingness is not a curse. Far from it.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “In his dream she was sick and he cared for her. The dream bore the look of sacrifice but he thought differently. He did not take care of her and she died alone somewhere in the dark and there is no other dream nor other waking world and there is no other tale to tell.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “In history there are no control groups. There is no one to tell us what might have been. We weep over the might have been, but there is no might have been. There never was.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “His mind was betraying him. Phantoms not heard from in a thousand years rousing slowly from their sleep.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He stood at the window of the empty cafe and watched the activites 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 Quote: “Do you think that your fathers are watching? That they weigh you in their ledgerbook? Against what? There is no book and your fathers are dead in the ground.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Creedless shells of men tottering down the causeways like migrants in a feverland.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The hundred nights they’d sat up arguing the pros and cons of self destruction with the earnestness of philosophers chained to a madhouse wall.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Where men cant live gods fare no better. You’ll see. It’s better to be alone. So I hope that’s not true what you said because to be on the road with the last god would be a terrible thing so I hope it’s not true. Things will be better when everybody’s gone.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Tolling in the silence the minutes of the earth and the hours and the days of it and the years without cease.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “For let it go how it will, he said, God speaks in the least of creatures. The kid thought him to mean birds or things that crawl but the expriest, watching, his head slightly cocked, said: No man is give leave of that voice. The kid spat into the fire and bent to his work. I aint heard no voice, he said. When it stops, said Tobin, you’ll know you’ve heard it all your life. Is that right? Aye.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The stars burned with a lidless fixity and they drew nearer in the night until toward dawn he was stumbling among the whinstones of the uttermost ridge to heaven, a barren range of rock so enfolded in that gaudy house that stars lay awash at his feet and migratory spalls of burning matter crossed constantly about him on their chartless reckonings.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The world shrinking down about a raw core of parsible entities. The names of things slowly following those things into oblivion. Colors. The names of birds. Things to eat. Finally the name of things one believed to be true. More fragile than he would have thought. How much was gone already? The sacred idiom shorn of its referents and so of its reality. Drawing down like something trying to preserve heat. In time to wink out forever.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “That good luck might be no such thing. There were few nights lying in the dark that he did not envy the dead.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The blackness he woke to on those nights was sightless and impenetrable. A blackness to hurt your ears with listening.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Make a list. Recite a litany. Remember.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Like the great pendulum in its rotunda scribing through the long day movements of the universe of which you may say it knows nothing and yet know it must.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Finally he said that among men there was no such communion as among horses and the notion that men can be understood at all was probably an illusion.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Moral law is an invention of mankind for the disenfranchisement of the powerful in favor of the weak. Historical law subverts it at every turn. A moral view can never be proven right or wrong by any ultimate test. A man falling dead in a duel is not thought thereby to be proven in error as to his views. His very involvement in such a trial gives evidence of a new and broader view.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Each the others world entire.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “There is no greater monster than reason.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Notions of chance and fate are the preoccupations of men engaged in rash undertakings.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes. So, he whispered to the sleeping boy. I have you.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “If fate is the law, then is fate also subject to that law? At some point we cannot escape naming responsibility. It’s in our nature. Sometimes I think we are all like that myopic coiner at his press, taking the blind slugs one by one from the tray, all of us bent so jealously at our work, determined that not even chaos be outside of our own making.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He said that most men were in their lives like the carpenter whose work went so slowly for the dullness of his tools that he had not time to sharpen them. Y.”
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