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Cormac McCarthy Quote: “She went to the window and looked out. The ground fell away to a branch where willows burned lime green in the sunset. Dark little birds kept crossing the fields to the west like heralds of some coming dread. Below the branch stood the frame of an outhouse from which the planks had been stripped for firewood and there hung from the ceiling a hornetnest like a gross paper egg. The tinker returned from the cart with a lantern.”
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: “The spotlight kept rowing back and forth across the face of the ridge. Methodically. Bright shuttle, dark loom.”
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: “You are either born a writer or you are not.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Ah me, thou Destiny, Giver of evil gifts.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He lay listening to the water drip in the woods. Bedrock, this. The cold and the silence. The ashes of the late world carried on the bleak and temporal winds to and fro in the void. Carried forth and scattered and carried forth again. Everything uncoupled from its shoring. Unsupported in the ashen air. Sustained by a breath, trembling and brief. If only my heart were stone.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “It may be that the life I desire for her no longer even exists, yet I know what she does not. That there is nothing to lose.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “When he reached the fence he stopped for a moment to look back at the road and then he went on, crossing into a field of rank weeds that heeled with harsh dip and clash under the wind as if fled through by something unseen.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He could see the truck in the moonlight at the top of the rise. He looked off to one side of it to see it the better. There was someone standing beside it. Then they were gone. There is no description of a fool, he said, that you fail to satisfy. Now you’re goin to die.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “In their images they had thought to find some small immortality but oblivion cannot be appeased.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I guess you ought to be careful about cussin the dead. I would say at the least there probably ain’t no luck in it.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “For even if you should have stood your ground, he said, yet what ground was it?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Fear of an enemy can often blind men to other hazards, not least the shape which they themselves make in the world.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He nodded toward the specimens he’d collected. These anonymous creatures, he said, may seem little or nothing in the world. Yet the smallest crumb can devour us. Any smallest thing beneath yon rock out of men’s knowing.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “What have you got that a man could drink with just a minimum risk of blindness and death.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I couldn’t trust you with it. To do something with it. I don’t want anybody talking about me. To say where I was or what I said when I was there. I mean, you could talk about me maybe. But nobody could say that it was me. I could be anybody. I think in times like these the less said the better. If something had happened and we were survivors and we met on the road then we’d have something to talk about. But we’re not. So we don’t.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The names of entities that have the power to constrain us change with time. Convention and authority are replaced by infirmity.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “This place aint the same. It never will be. Maybe we’ve all got a little crazy. I guess if everbody went crazy together nobody would notice, what do you think?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Evening. The dead sheathed in the earth’s crust and turning the slow diurnal of the earth’s wheel, at peace with eclipse, asteroid, the dusty novae, their bones brindled with mold and the celled marrow going to frail stone, turning, their fingers laced with root, at one with Tut and Agamemnon, with the seed and the unborn.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “He believed in God even if he was doubtful of men’s claims to know God’s mind. But that a God unable to forgive was no God at all.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The cooler days have brought a wistful mood upon him. The smell of coalsmoke in the air at night. Old times, dead years. For him such memories are bitter ones.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Our waking life’s desire to shape the world to our convenience invites all manner of paradox and difficulty.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “A dream inside a dream might not be a dream.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “No one spoke. There was none to curse and none to pray, we just watched.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I’m glad to hear you say that, Professor. Cause I aint sure either. I just get more amazed by the minute, that’s all. How come you cant see yourself, honey? You plain as glass. I can see the wheels turnin in there. The gears. And I can se the light too. Good light. True light. Cant you see it?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “This is a dog. He is dead too. This.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The soft black talc blew through the streets like squid ink uncoiling along a sea floor and the cold crept down and the dark came early and the scavengers passing down the steep canyons with their torches trod silky holes in the drifted ash that closed behind them silently as eyes.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Crouched in the broken shadow with the sun at his back and holding the trap at eyelevel against the morning sky he looked to be truing some older, some subtler instrument. Astrolabe or sextant. Like a man bent at fixing himself someway in the world. Bent on trying by arc or chord the space between his being and the world that was. If there be such space. If it be knowable.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “His feet are light and nimble. He never sleeps. He says that he will never die. He dances in light and in shadow and he is a great favorite. He never sleeps, the judge. He is dancing, dancing. He says that he will never die.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “If people knew the story of their lives, how many would then elect to live them?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The soul might be silent but the servant of the soul has always got a voice and it has got one for a reason.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “This country was filled with violent children orphaned by war.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Things separate from their stories have no meaning. They are only shapes.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Moss was almost certainly dead. That left the police. Or some agent of the Matacumbe Petroleum Group. Who must think that he thought that they thought that he thought they were very dumb. He thought about that.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Spectre horsemen, pale with dust, anonymous in the crenellated heat. Above all else they appeared wholly at venture, primal, provisional, devoid of order. Like beings provoked out of the absolute rock and set nameless and at no remove from their own loomings to wander ravenous and doomed and mute as gorgons shambling the brutal wastes of Gondwanaland in a time before nomenclature was and each was all.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “Your brother is young enough to believe that the past still exists, he said. That the injustices within it await his remedy. Perhaps you believe this also?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “In this world the mask is what is true.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I look for the words, Professor. I look for the words because I believe that the words is the way to your heart.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “I yearn for the darkness. I pray for death. Real death. If I thought that in death I would meet the people I’ve known in life I don’t know what I’d do. That would be the ultimate horror. The ultimate despair. If I had to meet my mother again and start all of that all over, only this time without the prospect of death to look forward to? Well. That would be the final nightmare. Kafka on wheels.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The mother dead these fourteen years did incubate in her own bosom the creature who would carry her off.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “She watched him with her yellow eyes and in them was no despair but only that same reckonless deep of loneliness that cored the world to its heart.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The mother dead these fourteen years did incubate in her own bosom the creature who would carry her off. The father never speaks her name, the child does not know it. He has a sister in this world that he will not see again. He watches, pale and unwashed. He can neither read nor write and in him broods already a taste for mindless violence. All history present in that visage, the child the father of the man.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The subject was war. The good book says that he that lives by the sword shall perish by the sword, said the black. The judge smiled, his face shining with grease. What right man would have it any other way? he said.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “God made this world, but he didn’t make it to suit everybody, did he?”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “When you’re a kid you have these notions about how things are going to be... You get a little older and you pull back on some of that. I think you wind up just tryin to minimize the pain.”
Cormac McCarthy Quote: “The night was cold and clear and the sparks rising from the fire raced hot and red among the stars.”
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