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“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”
Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men
“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
“Nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
tags: life
“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn't believe in that. Tomorrow wasn't getting ready for them. It didn't even know they were there.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.
You forget some things, dont you?
Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday don't count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of. Nothin else.”
Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men
“He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. 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, The Road
“There is no God and we are his prophets.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“Whatever in creation exists without my knowledge exists without my consent.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
“If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“You have my whole heart. You always did.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“What's the bravest thing you ever did?
He spat in the road a bloody phlegm. Getting up this morning, he said.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
tags: war
“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 many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning.

The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man's mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
“He knew only that his child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God God never spoke.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“There is no forgiveness. For women. A man may lose his honor and regain it again. But a woman cannot. She cannot.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
“Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“When you die it's the same as if everybody else did too.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“I can normally tell how intelligent a man is by how stupid he thinks I am.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
“Listen to me, he said, when your dreams are of some world that never was or some world that never will be, and you're happy again, then you'll have given up. Do you understand? And you can't give up, I won't let you.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“He stood at the window of the empty cafe and watched the activites in the square and he said that it was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they'd have no heart to start at all.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
“If only my heart were stone.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“You have to carry the fire."
I don't know how to."
Yes, you do."
Is the fire real? The fire?"
Yes it is."
Where is it? I don't know where it is."
Yes you do. It's inside you. It always was there. I can see it.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“You keep runnin that mouth and I'm goin to take you back there and screw you.”
Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men
“Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other's world entire.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“Deep in each man is the knowledge that something knows of his existence. Something knows, and cannot be fled nor hid from.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing
tags: god
“I don't know why I started writing. I don't know why anybody does it. Maybe they're bored, or failures at something else.”
Cormac McCarthy

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