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“You get a little moody sometimes but I think that's because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.”
Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
“Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.”
Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline
“Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.”
Pat Conroy, Beach Music
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
Pat Conroy
“The world of literature has everything in it, and it refuses to leave
anything out. I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the
genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language.
Because of them I rode with Don Quixote and danced with Anna Karenina at a
ball in St. Petersburg and lassoed a steer in "Lonesome Dove" and had
nightmares about slavery in "Beloved" and walked the streets of Dublin in
"Ulysses" and made up a hundred stories in the Arabian nights and saw my
mother killed by a baseball in "A Prayer for Owen Meany." I've been in ten
thousand cities and have introduced myself to a hundred thousand strangers
in my exuberant reading career, all because I listened to my fabulous
English teachers and soaked up every single thing those magnificent men and
women had to give. I cherish and praise them and thank them for finding me
when I was a boy and presenting me with the precious gift of the English
language. ”
Pat Conroy
“Without music and dance, life is a journey through a desert.”
Pat Conroy
“American men are allotted just as many tears as American women. But because we are forbidden to shed them, we die long before women do, with our hearts exploding or our blood pressure rising or our livers eaten away by alcohol because that lake of grief inside us has no outlet. We, men, die because our faces were not watered enough.”
Pat Conroy, Beach Music
“I don’t know why it is that I have always been happier thinking of somewhere I have been or wanted to go, than where I am at the time. I find it difficult to be happy in the present.”
Pat Conroy, Beach Music
“I wanted to become the seeker, the aroused and passionate explorer, and it was better to go at it knowing nothing at all, always choosing the unmarked bottle, always choosing your own unproven method, armed with nothing but faith and a belief in astonishment.”
Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline
“I’ve never had anyone’s approval, so I’ve learned to live without it.”
Pat Conroy, The Great Santini
tags: truth
“A story untold could be the one that kills you.”
Pat Conroy
“I do not have any other way of saying it. I think it happens but once and only to the very young when it feels like your skin could ignite at the mere touch of another person. You get to love like that but once.”
Pat Conroy, Beach Music
“No story is a straight line. The geometry of a human life is too imperfect and complex, too distorted by the laughter of time and the bewildering intricacies of fate to admit the straight line into its system of laws.”
Pat Conroy, Beach Music
“Fantasy is one of the soul's brighter porcelains.”
Pat Conroy, Beach Music
“I could bear the memory, but I could not bear the music that made the memory such a killing thing.”
Pat Conroy, Beach Music
“My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call.”
Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
“Books are living things and their task lies in their vows of silence. You touch them as they quiver with a divine pleasure. You read them and they fall asleep to happy dreams for the next 10 years. If you do them the favor of understanding them, of taking in their portions of grief and wisdom, then they settle down in contented residence in your heart.”
Pat Conroy, My Reading Life
“There is such a thing as too much beauty in a woman and it is often a burden as crippling as homeliness and far more dangerous. It takes much luck and integrity to survive the gift of perfect beauty, and its impermanence is its most cunning betrayal.”
Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
“We set down feasts for each other and treated our love with tongues of fire. Our bodies were fields of wonder to us.”
Pat Conroy, Beach Music
tags: love
“Do you think that Hemingway knew he was a writer at twenty years old? No, he did not. Or Fitzgerald, or Wolfe. This is a difficult concept to grasp. Hemingway didn't know he was Ernest Hemingway when he was a young man. Faulkner didn't know he was William Faulkner. But they had to take the first step. They had to call themselves writers. That is the first revolutionary act a writer has to make. It takes courage. But it's necessary”
Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir
“When mom and dad went to war the only prisoners they took were the children”
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“Here is all I ask of a book- give me everything. Everything, and don't leave out a single word.”
Pat Conroy, My Reading Life
“Anyone who knows me well must understand and be sympathetic to my genuine need to be my own greatest hero. It is not a flaw of character; it is a catastrophe.”
Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline
“Her laughter was a shiny thing, like pewter flung high in the air.”
Pat Conroy, Beach Music
“The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life. I wanted to follow Mr. Monte around for the rest of my life, learning everything he wished to share of impart, but I didn't know how to ask.”
Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir
“Few things linger longer or become more indwelling than that feeling of both completion and emptiness when a great book ends. That the book accompanies the reader forever from that day forward is part of literature's profligate generosity.”
Pat Conroy, My Reading Life
“Rape is a crime against sleep and memory; it's afterimage imprints itself like an irreversible negative from the camera obscura of dreams.”
Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
“She was one of those Southerners who knew from an early age that the South could never be more for them than a fragrant prison, administered by a collective of loving but treacherous relatives.”
Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
“Man wonders but God decides
When to kill the Prince of Tides.”
Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
“These are the quicksilver moments of my childhood I cannot remember entirely. Irresistible and emblematic, I can recall them only in fragments and shivers of the heart.”
Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

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