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Tim O'Brien Quote: “That’s what fiction is for.  It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”

That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.

— Tim O'Brien



Tim O'Brien Quote: “Fiction is the lie that helps us understand the truth.”

Fiction is the lie that helps us understand the truth.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.”

They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “I’m not dead. But when I am, it’s likeI don’t know, I guess it’s like being inside a book that nobody’s reading.”

I’m not dead. But when I am, it’s likeI don’t know, I guess it’s like being inside a book that nobody’s reading.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories ar for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”

Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories ar for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “I survived, but it’s not a happy ending.”

I survived, but it’s not a happy ending.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “I was a coward. I went to the war.”

I was a coward. I went to the war.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is.”

Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “A true war story is never moral...”

A true war story is never moral...

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “The goal, I suppose, any fiction writer has, no matter what your subject, is to hit the human heart and the tear ducts and the nape of the neck and to make a person feel something about the characters are going through and to experience the moral paradoxes and struggles of being human.”

The goal, I suppose, any fiction writer has, no matter what your subject, is to hit the human heart and the tear ducts and the nape of the neck and to make a person feel something about the characters are going through and to experience the moral paradoxes and struggles of being human.

— Tim O'Brien



Tim O'Brien Quote: “I’m skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later, I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy’s life with a story.”

I’m skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later, I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy’s life with a story.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “Even then, at nine years old, I wanted to live inside her body. I wanted to melt into her bones – THAT kind of love.”

Even then, at nine years old, I wanted to live inside her body. I wanted to melt into her bones – THAT kind of love.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “In war you lose your sense of the definite, hence your sense of truth itself, and therefore it’s safe to say that in a war story nothing is ever absolutely true.”

In war you lose your sense of the definite, hence your sense of truth itself, and therefore it’s safe to say that in a war story nothing is ever absolutely true.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.”

War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.”

I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “I’ll picture Rat Kiley face, his grief, and I’ll think, You dumb cooze. Because she wasn’t listening. It wasn’t a war story. It was a love story.”

I’ll picture Rat Kiley face, his grief, and I’ll think, You dumb cooze. Because she wasn’t listening. It wasn’t a war story. It was a love story.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “Words, too, have genuine substance – mass and weight and specific gravity.”

Words, too, have genuine substance – mass and weight and specific gravity.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “It’s a hard thing to explain to somebody who hasn’t felt it, but the presence of death and danger has a way of bringing you fully awake. It makes things vivid.”

It’s a hard thing to explain to somebody who hasn’t felt it, but the presence of death and danger has a way of bringing you fully awake. It makes things vivid.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “What would you do? Would you jump? Would you feel pity for yourself? Would you think about your family and your childhood and your dreams and all you’re leaving behind? Would it hurt? Would it feel like dying? Would you cry, as I did?”

What would you do? Would you jump? Would you feel pity for yourself? Would you think about your family and your childhood and your dreams and all you’re leaving behind? Would it hurt? Would it feel like dying? Would you cry, as I did?

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “In any war story, but especially a true one, it’s difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen.”

In any war story, but especially a true one, it’s difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen.

— Tim O'Brien



Tim O'Brien Quote: “Imagination is a killer.”

Imagination is a killer.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “But this too is true: stories can save us.”

But this too is true: stories can save us.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “Everything was such a damned nice idea when it was an idea.”

Everything was such a damned nice idea when it was an idea.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “What sticks to memory, often, are those odd little fragments that have no beginning and no end...”

What sticks to memory, often, are those odd little fragments that have no beginning and no end...

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “Writing doesn’t get easier with experience. The more you know, the harder it is to write.”

Writing doesn’t get easier with experience. The more you know, the harder it is to write.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written.”

A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “A giddy feeling, in a way, except there was the dreamy edge of impossibility to it – like running a dead-end maze – no way out – it couldn’t come to a happy conclusion and yet I was doing it anyway because it was all I could think of to do.”

A giddy feeling, in a way, except there was the dreamy edge of impossibility to it – like running a dead-end maze – no way out – it couldn’t come to a happy conclusion and yet I was doing it anyway because it was all I could think of to do.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “The bad stuff never stops happening: it lives in its own dimension, replaying itself over and over.”

The bad stuff never stops happening: it lives in its own dimension, replaying itself over and over.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.”

The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “With a hangover and with fear, it is difficult to put a helmet on your head.”

With a hangover and with fear, it is difficult to put a helmet on your head.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “Once someone’s dead you can’t make them undead.”

Once someone’s dead you can’t make them undead.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “The world shrieks and sinks talons into our hearts. This we call memory.”

The world shrieks and sinks talons into our hearts. This we call memory.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “It was very sad, he thought. The things men carried inside. The things men did or felt they had to do.”

It was very sad, he thought. The things men carried inside. The things men did or felt they had to do.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “But in a story, which is a kind of dreaming, the dead sometimes smile and sit up and return to the world.”

But in a story, which is a kind of dreaming, the dead sometimes smile and sit up and return to the world.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie.”

If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “Let the story tell itself.”

Let the story tell itself.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.”

A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “For Rat Kiley, I think, facts were formed by sensation, not the other way around, and when you listened to one of his stories, you’d find yourself performing rapid calculations in your head, subtracting superlatives, figuring the square root of an absolute and then multiplying by maybe.”

For Rat Kiley, I think, facts were formed by sensation, not the other way around, and when you listened to one of his stories, you’d find yourself performing rapid calculations in your head, subtracting superlatives, figuring the square root of an absolute and then multiplying by maybe.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “They carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity.”

They carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “My life is storytelling. I believe in stories, in their incredible power to keep people alive, to keep the living alive, and the dead.”

My life is storytelling. I believe in stories, in their incredible power to keep people alive, to keep the living alive, and the dead.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “He wished he could’ve explained some of this. How he had been braver than he ever thought possible, but how he had not been so brave as he wanted to be. The distinction was important.”

He wished he could’ve explained some of this. How he had been braver than he ever thought possible, but how he had not been so brave as he wanted to be. The distinction was important.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “What happened, and what might have happened?”

What happened, and what might have happened?

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “I live in my head all day long and the world is a little dreamy.”

I live in my head all day long and the world is a little dreamy.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “If you don’t care for obscenity, you don’t care for the truth.”

If you don’t care for obscenity, you don’t care for the truth.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “There was the single abiding certainty that they would never be at a loss for things to carry.”

There was the single abiding certainty that they would never be at a loss for things to carry.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “Did I choose this life of illusion? Don’t be mad. My bed was made, I just lied in it.”

Did I choose this life of illusion? Don’t be mad. My bed was made, I just lied in it.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “But in a story I can steal her soul.”

But in a story I can steal her soul.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “I guess we’re really brothers, aren’t we? Don’t know what that means, except it means that some of the same things we remember.”

I guess we’re really brothers, aren’t we? Don’t know what that means, except it means that some of the same things we remember.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “All that peace, man, if felt so good it hurt. I want to hurt it back.”

All that peace, man, if felt so good it hurt. I want to hurt it back.

— Tim O'Brien


Tim O'Brien Quote: “The presence of danger has a way of making you feel fully awake.”

The presence of danger has a way of making you feel fully awake.

— Tim O'Brien

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