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“Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“This is a place where grandmothers hold babies on their laps under the stars and whisper in their ears that the lights in the sky are holes in the floor of heaven.”
Rick Bragg
“It is a common condition of being poor...you are always afraid that the good things in your life are temporary, that someone can take them away, because you have no power beyond your own brute strength to stop them.”
Rick Bragg
“But I hope I will never have a life that is not surrounded by books, by books that are bound in paper and cloth and glue, such perishable things for ideas have lasted thousands of years . . . I hope I am always walled in by the very weight and breadth and clumsy, inefficient, antiquated bulk of them, hope that I spend my last days on this Earth arranging and rearranging them on thrones of good, honest pine, oak, and mahogany, because I just like to look at their covers, and dream of the promise of the great stories inside.”
Rick Bragg
“Don’t worry about what people think, because once it’s all over the people who love you will make you what they want you to be, and the people who don’t love you will, too.”
Rick Bragg, The Prince of Frogtown
“Passion is something you really don't miss, after it has cooled. It is like looking at an empty bottle on the side of the road and thinking, "Boy, I wish I had a Coke." The loves you miss are the ones that go away when they are still warm, even hot, to the touch.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“You do not hate the time you waste; it evokes a much more passive emotion than that. You only wish you had it back, like a quarter in an unlucky slot machine.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“This is home and home is not something you remember, it is something you see every day and every moment.”
Rick Bragg
tags: home
“Momma kept a garden, which sounds romantic to people who have never held a hoe”
Rick Bragg
“But if she was going to live in a damn jungle, she preferred it be a damn jungle in Georgia, she always said, and never saw any reason to elaborate on that.”
Rick Bragg, Ava's Man
“It is easy to be liked when the world has no jagged edges, when life is electric blankets and peach ice cream. But to be beloved, a man needs a dragon.”
Rick Bragg, Ava's Man
“I know I grew up in the time when a young man in a baggy suit and slicked-down hair stood spraddle-legged in the crossroads of history and talked hot and mean about the colored, giving my poor and desperate people a reason to feel superior to somebody, to anybody. I know that even as the words of George Wallace rang through my Alabama, the black family who lived down the dirt road from our house sent fresh-picked corn and other food to the poor white lady and her three sons, because they knew their daddy had run off, because hungry does not have a color.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“It wasn't that I had gotten it right . . . but that I had gotten true.”
Rick Bragg
“It wasn't that I had gotten it right . . . but that I had gotten it true.”
Rick Bragg
“When you're a sportswriter, you learn how to use your imagination and to flex your literary muscle, because it's the same game played over and over again. There's nothing unique or marvelous. It's not an earthquake, or a weird mass murder. It's just the same old game played over and over, and you have to bring out the personalities. You have to drag them kicking and screaming out into the light of day, or you're not a good sportswriter.”
Rick Bragg
“One: Don't kill yourself.
Two: Don't kill each other.
Three: Try hard not to kill nobody else, but if you have to, better if it ain't fam'ly.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“It was a good moment, the kind you would like to press between the pages of a book, or hide in your sock drawer, so you could touch it again.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“Mama just stepped back on the treadmill of worry and hopeless, and kept walking.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“It is one thing to be sure of yourself. It is another to have someone tell you to quit dancing, look them in the eye, and tell them the truth even if it hurts your pride.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“It is true that almost everyone in the foothills farmed and hunted, so there were no breadlines, no men holding signs that begged for work and food, no children going door to door, as they did in Atlanta, asking for table scraps. Here, deep in the woods, was a different agony. Babies, the most tenuous, died from poor diet and simple things, like fevers and dehydration. In Georgia, one in seven babies died before their first birthday, and in Alabama it was worse.
You could feed your family catfish and jack salmon, poke salad and possum, but medicine took cash money, and the poorest of the poor, blacks and whites, did not have it. Women, black and white, really did smother their babies to save them from slow death, to give a stronger, sounder child a little more, and stories of it swirled round and round until it became myth, because who can live with that much truth.”
Rick Bragg, Ava's Man
“The Haitians, who knew something about suffering and survival, had a beautiful phrase... The Translation is not perfect, but the nut of it was: 'The season of pain is never over until the sky begins to cry.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“the unwritten rule of engagement had been “If it looks hostile, shoot it.”
Rick Bragg, I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story
“a man should not be cruel to things weaker than himself,”
Rick Bragg, I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story
“only low men, the lowest, tormented the weaker things in their control.”
Rick Bragg, I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story
“West Virginia is among the nation’s leaders in military service, in killed in action, in medals for valor.”
Rick Bragg, I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story
“Operation Iraqi Freedom began on March 20, 2003.”
Rick Bragg, I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story
“They, especially, taught me that you can't go through life not liking people because they didn't have to work as hard or come as far as you did.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“On every pack leaned an M16, except Lori’s. Her son was playing soldier with it in the bleachers. There was no clip in it, which was a good thing.”
Rick Bragg, I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story
“I write late into the night at the Tutweiler in downtown Birmingham, and try hard to turn down that second cheeseburger at Milo’s over by UAB, which has the best one in the whole wide world.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'
“Like most men, Jimmy Jim was neither all good nor all bad. It is just that when he was bad, gentler people saw in him a disturbing fury. People, a lot them, don't understand fury. They understand anger and even hatred, but fury is one of those old words that have gone out of style. Jimmy Jim Bundrum understood it. It rode his shoulder like a parrot.”
Rick Bragg, Ava's Man
tags: fury

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