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“If you want one thing too much it’s likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“It ain’t dying I’m talking about, it’s living. I doubt it matters where you die, but it matters where you live.” ~spoken by Augustus McCrae”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.”
Larry McMurtry
“The older the violin, the sweeter the music.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“I'm sure partial to the evening,' Augustus said. 'The evening and the morning. If we just didn't have to have the rest of the dern day I'd be a lot happier.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“Call saw that everyone was looking at him, the hands and cowboys and townspeople alike. The anger had drained out of him, leaving him feeling tired. He didn't remember the fight, particularly, but people were looking at him as if they were stunned. He felt he should make some explanation, though it seemed to him a simple situation.
"I hate a man that talks rude," he said. "I won't tolerate it.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken fried steak.”
Larry McMurtry, In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas
“Yesterday's gone on down the river and you can't get it back.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“Maybe you can make art out of unredeemed pain, but only if you're a genius -- Dostoyevsky perhaps.”
Larry McMurtry
“The earth is mostly just a boneyard. But pretty in the sunlight.”
Larry McMurtry
“He had known several men who blew their heads off, and he had pondered it much. It seemed to him it was probably because they could not take enough happiness just from the sky and the moon to carry them over the low feelings that came to all men.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“If I had a mind to rent pigs, I'd be mighty upset. A man that likes to rent pigs won't be stopped.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“It's like I told you last night son. The earth is mostly just a boneyard. But pretty in the sunlight, he added”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“It's a fine world, though rich in hardships at times.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“I never met a soul in this world as normal as me.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“Nobody run off with her,” Roscoe said. "She just run off with herself, I guess.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
tags: humor
“I'm glad I've been wrong enough to keep in practice. . . You can't avoid it, you've got to learn to handle it. If you only come face to face with your own mistakes once or twice in your life it's bound to be extra painful. I face mine every day--that way they ain't usually much worse than a dry shave.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“But just let me tell you something, son, a woman's love is like the morning dew, it's just as apt to settle on a horse turd as it is on a rose. So you better just get over it.”
Larry McMurtry, Leaving Cheyenne
“Anyway, whacking a surly bartender ain't much of a crime.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“Live through it," Call said. "That's all we can do.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“The eastern sky was red as coals in a forge, lighting up the flats along the river. Dew had wet the million needles of the chaparral, and when the rim of the sun edged over the horizon the chaparral seemed to be spotted with diamonds. A bush in the backyard was filled with little rainbows as the sun touched the dew.
It was tribute enough to sunup that it could make even chaparral bushes look beautiful, Augustus thought, and he watched the process happily, knowing it would only last a few minutes. The sun spread reddish-gold light through the shining bushes, among which a few goats wandered, bleating. Even when the sun rose above the low bluffs to the south, a layer of light lingered for a bit at the level of the chaparral, as if independent of its source. The the sun lifted clear, like an immense coin. The dew quickly died, and the light that filled the bushes like red dirt dispersed, leaving clear, slightly bluish air.
It was good reading light by then, so Augustus applied himself for a few minutes to the Prophets. He was not overly religious, but he did consider himself a fair prophet and liked to study the styles of his predecessors. They were mostly too long-winded, in his view, and he made no effort to read them verse for verse—he just had a look here and there, while the biscuits were browning.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“Uva uvum vivendo varia fit”
Larry McMurtry
“A man who wouldn't cheat for a poke don't want one bad enough. --Augustus "Gus" McCrae”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“Occasionally the very youngness of the young moved him to charity--they had no sense of the swiftness of life, nor of its limits. The years would pass like weeks, and loves would pass too, or else grow sour.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“I hate rude behavior in a man,' he explained in his quiet, unassuming drawl. 'I won't tolerate it.' He politely tipped his hat, and rode away.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“The reason men are so awful is because some woman has spoiled them.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“Though loyal and able and brave, Pea had never displayed the slightest ability to learn from his experience, though his experience was considerable. Time and again he would walk up on the wrong side of a horse that was known to kick, and then look surprised when he got kicked.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“I don't see how being married could be any worse than listening to you talk for twenty years, but that still ain't much of a recommendation for it.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
“There isn't a thought in my head I care to be alone with for more than five minutes.”
Larry McMurtry, Texasville
“WHEN AUGUSTUS CAME OUT on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake—not a very big one. It had probably just been crawling around looking for shade when it ran into the pigs. They were having a fine tug-of-war with it, and its rattling days were over.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove

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