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Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He said that war had destroyed the country and that men believe the cure for war is war as the curandero prescribes the serpent’s flesh for its bite. He spoke of his campaigns in the deserts of Mexico and he told them of horses killed under him and he said that the souls of horses mirror the souls of men more closely than men suppose and that horses also love war. 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 Quote: “Best way to live in California is to be from somewheres else.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “His dreams brightened. The vanished world returned.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Men believe death’s elections to be a thing inscrutable yet every act invites the act which follows and to the extent that men put one foot before the other they are accomplices in their own deaths as in all such facts of destiny.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Acts have their being in the witness. Without him who can speak of it? In the end one could even say that the act is nothing, the witness all.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Each memory recalled must do some violence to its origins.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He saw very clearly how all his life led only to this moment and all after led to nowhere at all. He felt something cold and soulless enter him like another being and he imagined that it smiled malignly and he had no reason to believe that it would ever leave.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Do you have any notion of how goddamned crazy you are?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The shape of the city stood in the grayness like a charcoal drawing sketched across the waste.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The societies to which I have been exposed seemed to me largely machines for the suppression of women.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I was afraid I was going to die and then I was afraid I wasnt.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I think if you were Satan and you were settin around tryin to think up somethin that would just bring the human race to its knees what you would probably come up with is narcotics.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “When the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be their yet.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Yet the captain inhabited another space and it was a space of his own election and outside the common world of men.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “It is not my experience that life’s difficulties make people more charitable.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “It took two days to cross that ashen scabland. The road beyond ran along the crest of a ridge where the barren woodland fell away on every side. It’s snowing, the boy said. He looked at the sky. A single gray flake sifting down. He caught it in his hand and watched it expire there like the last host of christendom.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I felt early on I wasn’t going to be a respectable citizen.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I think by the time you’re grown you’re as happy as you’re goin to be. You’ll have good times and bad times, but in the end you’ll be about as happy as you was before. Or as unhappy. I’ve knowed people that just never did get the hang of it.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “In the draws the smoke coming off the ground like mist and the thin black trees burning on the slopes like heathen candles.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Because the question for me was always whether that shape we see in our lives was there from the beginning or whether these random events are only called a pattern after the fact. Because otherwise we are nothing.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “They said that it was no accident of circumstance that a man be born in a certain country and not some other and they said that the weathers and seasons that form a land form also the inner fortunes of men in their generations and are passed on to their children and are not so easily come by otherwise.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “What he loved in horses was what he loved in men, the blood and the heat of the blood that ran them. All his reverence and all his fondness and all the leanings of his life were for the ardenhearted and they would always be so and never be otherwise.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “DOOMED ENTERPRISES divide lives forever into the then and the now.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Every man’s death is a standing in for every other. And since death comes to all there is no way to abate the fear of it except to love that man who stands for us. We are not waiting for his history to be written. He passed here long ago. That man who is all men and who stands in the dock for us until our own time come and we must stand for him. Do you love him, that man? Will you honor the path he has taken? Will you listen to his tale?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I always thought when I got older that God would sort of come into my life in some way. He didn’t.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He looked up. His pale hair looked white. He looked fourteen going on some age that never was. He looked as if he’d been sitting there and God had made the trees and rocks around him. He looked like his own reincarnation and then his own again. Above all else he looked to be filled with a terrible sadness. As if he harbored news of some horrendous loss that no one else had heard of yet. Some vast tragedy not of fact or incident or event but of the way the world was.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Only that man who has offered up himself entire to the blood of war, who has been to the floor of the pit and seen the horror in the round and learned at last that it speaks to his inmost heart, only that man can dance. – The judge.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “They went on in the perfect blackness, sightless as the blind.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “You can find meanness in the least of creatures, but when God made man the Devil was at his elbow.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The passing of armies and the passing of sands in the desert are one.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The voice of the Almighty speaks most profoundly in such things as lives in silence themselves.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “There was a sharp crack from somewhere on the mountain. Then another. It’s just a tree falling, he said. It’s okay. The boy was looking at the dead roadside trees. It’s okay, the man said. All the trees in the world are going to fall sooner or later. But not on us.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The world to come must be composed of what is past. No other material is at hand.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Hard people make hard times. I’ve seen the meanness of humans till I don’t know why god ain’t put out the sun and gone away.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “My perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper. That’s heaven. That’s gold, and anything else is just a waste of time.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Where all was burnt to ash before them no fires were to be had and the nights were long and dark and cold beyond anything they’d yet encountered. Cold to crack the stones. To take your life.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “When we’re all gone at last then there’ll be nobody here but death and his days will be numbered too. He’ll be out in the road there with nothing to do and nobody to do it to. He’ll say: where did everybody go? And that’s how it will be. What’s wrong with that?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He looked at the boy. You wont shoot, he said. That’s what you think. You aint got but two shells. Maybe just one. And they’ll hear the shot. Yes they will. But you wont. How do you figure that? Because the bullet travels faster than sound. It will be in your brain before you can hear it. To hear it you will need a frontal lobe and things with names like colliculus and temporal gyrus and you wont have them anymore. They’ll just be soup.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He looked at her. After a while he said: It’s not about knowin where you are. It’s about thinkin you got there without takin anything with you. Your notions about startin over. Or anybody’s. You don’t start over. That’s what it’s about. Ever step you take is forever. You can’t make it go away. None of it. You understand what I’m sayin?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “All progressions from a higher to a lower order are marked by ruins and mystery and a residue of nameless rage.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I don’t know what sort of world she will live in and I have no fixed opinions concerning how she should live in it. I only know that if she does not come to value what is true above what is useful, it will make little difference whether she lives at all.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “It is community and respect, of course, but the dead have more claims on you than what you might want to admit or even what you might know about and them claims can be very strong indeed. Very strong indeed.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “There is no description of a fool that you fail to satisfy.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Lying under such a myriad of stars. The sea’s black horizon. He rose and walked out and stood barefoot in the sand and watched the pale surf appear all down the shore and roll and crash and darken again. 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: “He walked to the top of a rise and crouched and watched the day accrue. The chary dawn, the cold illucid world.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in a many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The wrath of God lies sleeping. It was hid a million years before men were and only men have the power to wake it. Hell aint half full. Hear me. Ye carry war of a madman’s making onto a foreign land. Ye’ll wake more than the dogs.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “They’d put an awning up over the gravesite but the weather was all sideways and it did no good. The canvas rattled and flapped and the preacher’s words were lost in the wind.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The spotlight kept rowing back and forth across the face of the ridge. Methodically. Bright shuttle, dark loom.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “For even if you should have stood your ground, he said, yet what ground was it?”
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