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“Rule number one: Always stick around for one more drink. That's when things happen. That's when you find out everything you want to know.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, "What's your business?" In Macon they ask, "Where do you go to church?" In Augusta they ask your grandmother's maiden name. But in Savannah the first question people ask you is "What would you like to drink?”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“By morning she was dead. She had not died of starvation or committed suicide by any conventional means. She had simply willed herself to die, and being a strong-willed woman, she had succeeded. She had missed dying on her birthday by two days.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“Two tears in a bucket. Motherfuck it.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“Someone once wrote that musicians are touched on the shoulder by God, and I think it's true. You can make other people happy with music, but you can make yourself happy too. Because of my music, I have never known loneliness and never been depressed.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“For me, Savannah's resistance to change was its saving grace. The city looked inward, sealed off from the noises and distractions of the world at large. It grew inward, too, and in such a way that its people flourished like hothouse plants tended by an indulgent gardener. The ordinary became extraordinary. Eccentrics thrived. Every nuance and quirk of personality achieved greater brilliance in that lush enclosure than would have been possible anywhere else in the world.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“Never spend any of your hard-earned money on clothes and accessories. You need to get yourself a mayyin to buy all that for you.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“But I never think about dead people. Looking at these old graves makes me think how generation after generation of the same family are all gathered together. And that makes me think about how life goes on, but not about dying. I never think about dying.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“She was a marvel. She did exactly as she pleased all her life, God bless her.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“Black magic never stops. What goes from you comes to you. Once you start this shit, you gotta keep it up. Just like the utility bill. Just like the grocery store. Or they kill you. You got to keep it up. Two, five, ten, twenty years.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“If there’s a single trait common to all Savannahians, it’s their love of money and their unwillingness to spend it.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“We have a saying: If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, ‘What’s your business?’ In Macon they ask, ‘Where do you go to church?’ In Augusta they ask your grandmother’s maiden name. But in Savannah the first question people ask you is ‘What would you like to drink?”
John Berendt, Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
“Sometimes I just can't face going through with breakfast.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“The South is one big drag show, honey [...].”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“There being no direct route to Savannah from Charleston, I followed a zigzagging course that took me through the tidal flatlands of the South Carolina low country. As I approached Savannah, the road narrowed to a two-lane blacktop shaded by tall trees. There was an occasional produce stand by the side of the road and a few cottages set into the foliage, but nothing resembling urban sprawl. The voice on the radio informed me that I had entered a zone called the Coastal Empire.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“the doorbell rang again, and there was Mrs. Onassis and her friend Maurice”
John Berendt, Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

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