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“Childhood is the one story that stands by itself in every soul.”
Ivan Doig, The Whistling Season
“The spaces between stars are where the work of the universe is done.”
Ivan Doig, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
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“Life is mostly freehand.”
Ivan Doig, The Sea Runners
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“My books already threatened to take over my part of the room and keep on going . . . whatever cargoes of words I could lay my hands on I gave safe harbor.”
Ivan Doig, The Whistling Season
“There is more time than there is expanse of the world and so any voyage at last will end.”
Ivan Doig, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
“Even when it stands vacant the past is never empty".”
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“Nightly awaits that sweet address
Principality of Sleep
Happy Land of Forgetfullness”
Ivan Doig, The Whistling Season
“Men and women are hard ore, we do not go to slag in a mere few seasons of forge.”
Ivan Doig, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
“The nature of love is that it catches you off-guard, subjects you to rules you have never faced, some of them contradictory.”
Ivan Doig, The Eleventh Man
“Life is wide. There's room to take a new run at it.”
Ivan Doig, English Creek
“Every soldier in the course of time exists only in the breath of written word.”
Ivan Doig, The Eleventh Man
“If somewhere beneath the blood, the past must beat in me to make a rhythm of survival for itself - to go on as this half-life which echoes as a second pulse inside the ticking moments of my existence - if this is what must be, why is the pattern of remembered instants so uneven, so gapped and rutted and plunging and soaring? I can only believe it is because memory takes its pattern from the earliest moments of the mind, from childhood. And childhood is a most queer flame-lit and shadow-chilled time.”
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“I thought again what an achievement a book is, a magic box simultaneously holding the presence of the author and the wonders of the world.”
Ivan Doig, Sweet Thunder
“... hindsight is always through bifocals: it peers specifically instead of seeing whole.”
Ivan Doig, English Creek
“I am a writer, not a transcriber.”
Ivan Doig, Heart Earth
“We count by years, but we live by days.”
Ivan Doig, Dancing at the Rascal Fair
“A man, the same alphabet of college degrees after his name as mine, trumps in a debating point during a party argument, and my grandmother's words mutter in me on cue that he grins like a jackass eating thistles.”
Ivan Doig, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
“Thinking is thinking. It happens in spite of a person. … I don’t have any choice. This stuff I’m talking about is on my mind whether or not I want it to be. English Creek”
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“Provider of moonbeams when I wanted full illumination.”
Ivan Doig, The Whistling Season
“For as long as there are men and women, some things in life will best be done arm in arm, and strolling in a flower garden is one.”
Ivan Doig, Work Song
“But earth and heart don't have much of a membrane between them. Sometimes decided on grounds as elusive as that single transposable h , this matter of siting ourselves. Of a place insisting itself to us.”
Ivan Doig, Heart Earth
“make friends, as grown-ups always”
Ivan Doig, The Bartender's Tale


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