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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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“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
“Even when it stands vacant the past is never empty".”
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“We count by years, but we live by days.”
Ivan Doig, Dancing at the Rascal Fair
“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
“Life is wide. There's room to take a new run at it.”
Ivan Doig, English Creek
“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
“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
“What scrunched under our overshoes as we trudged through the stubble of the grainfield was the nasty mix of moistureless snow and windblown dirt that we called “snirt.”
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
“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
“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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“that whole fussy room still carried an atmosphere of having been crocheted into existence rather than carpentered.”
Ivan Doig, The Whistling Season
“What a wealth we are granted, in the books that carry the best in us through time.”
Ivan Doig
“Every soldier in the course of time exists only in the breath of written word.”
Ivan Doig, The Eleventh Man
“Provider of moonbeams when I wanted full illumination.”
Ivan Doig, The Whistling Season
“It takes a collector to know a collector, even if you do stack your treasures in your head instead of out on a shelf.”
Ivan Doig, Work Song
“It’s funny about imagination, how it”
Ivan Doig, Last Bus to Wisdom
“Twelve years old was awfully early to meet up with what inevitability does to possibility.”
Ivan Doig
“If I have learned anything in a lifetime spent overseeing schools, it is that childhood is the one story that stands by itself in every soul.”
Ivan Doig, The Whistling Season
“... hindsight is always through bifocals: it peers specifically instead of seeing whole.”
Ivan Doig, English Creek
“She came to the ranch on one of the first pale chilly days of an autumn, hired to cook for us for a few months, and stayed on in our lives for almost three years. Her time with us is a strange season all mist and dusk and half-seen silhouettes, half-heard cries. there is nothing like it in the sortings of my memory.”
Ivan Doig, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
“The music of men’s lives’ isn’t as easy to recognize as the average fool thinks,”
Ivan Doig, Work Song
“I am a writer, not a transcriber.”
Ivan Doig, Heart Earth
“In Montana, it is a good idea to keep your hat on your head so the wind doesn’t blow your hair off.”
Ivan Doig, Work Song
“It came to me more as a whisper of suggestion than the fundamental adage that it is - if this is not biblical, I shall always believe it should be - that all of us need someone who loves us enough to forgive us despite the history.”
Ivan Doig
“Believe me, I have looked this up, and the roots of fate and faith are not the same. Nonetheless, I picked up my wicker suitcase to follow Herman the German into the Old Faithful Inn.”
Ivan Doig, Last Bus to Wisdom

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