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In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments. Those whom life does not cure death will.
When you're a kid you have these notions about how things are going to be.... You get a little older and you pull back on some of that. I think you wind up just tryin to minimize the pain.
He could not construct for the child's pleasure the world he'd lost without constructing the loss as well and he thought perhaps the child had known this better than he.
Suppose you were the last one left? Suppose you did that to yourself?
I always thought when I got older that God would sort of come into my life in some way. He didn't. I don't blame him. If I was him I'd have the same opinion about me that he does.
A goodlookin horse is like a goodlookin woman, he said. They're always more trouble than what they're worth. What a man needs is just one that will get the job done.
He is where he is supposed to be. And yet the place he has found is also of his own choosing. That is a piece of luck not to be despised.
What you alter in the remembering has yet a reality, known or not.
Your heart's desire is to be told some mystery. The mystery is that there is no mystery.
A man is always right to pursue the thing he loves.No matter even if it kills him?I think so. Yes. No matter what.
Maybe it's like Mac says. Ever man winds up with the horse that suits him.
War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.
Nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave.
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.
This country was filled with violent children orphaned by war.
There was someone there and they had been there. There was no one there. There was someone there and they had been there and they had not left but there was no one there.
At one time in the world there were woods that no one owned
...the space which [books] occupied was itself an expectation.
If you pursue this road that you've embarked upon, you will eventually come to moral decisions that will take you completely by surprise
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.
Anything that doesn't take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.
In the draws the smoke coming off the ground like mist and the thin black trees burning on the slopes like heathen candles.
Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting.
No one can tell you what your life is goin to be, can they?No. It's never like what you expected.Quijada nodded. If people knew the story of their lives how many would then elect to live them?
He can neither read nor write and in him broods already a taste for mindless violence. All history present in that visage, the child the father of the man.
He believed in God even if he was doubtful of men's claims to know God's mind. But that a God unable to forgive was no God at all.
in dreams it is often the case that the greatest extravagances seem bereft of their power to astonish and the most improbable chimeras seem commonplace.
Can you do it? When the time comes? When the time comes there will be no time. Now is the time. Curse God and die.
The soul might be silent but the servant of the soul has always got a voice and it has got one for a reason.
Carry the fire.
Where men can't live gods fare no better.
Lastly he looked at the face so caved and drawn among the folds of funeral cloth, the yellowed moustache, the eyelids paper thin. That was not sleeping. That was not sleeping.
I aint sure we've seen these people before. Their kind. I dont know what to do about em even. If you killed em all they'd have to build a annex on to hell.
This is what the good guys do. They keep trying. They don't give up.
Even a nonbeliever might find it useful to model himself after God. Very useful, in fact.
you fix what you can fix and you let the rest go. If there ain't nothin to be done about it it aint even a problem. It's just a aggravation.
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.
There is no forgiveness. For women. A man may lose his honor and regain it again. But a woman cannot. She cannot.
I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing
How would you know if you were the last man on Earth? He said.I don't guess you would know it. You'd just be it.
You have my whole heart. You always did.
I dont know what happens to country.
And the dreams so rich in color. How else would death call you? Waking in the cold dawn it all turned to ash instantly.
Life is a memory, then it is nothing. All law is writ in a seed.
I think if you were Satan and you were settin around tryin to think up somethin that would just bring the human race to its knees what you would probably come up with is narcotics.
What's the bravest thing you ever did?He spat in the road a bloody phlegm. Getting up this morning, he said.
By the time I was sixteen I had read many books and I had become a freethinker.
If war is not holy man is nothing but antic clay.
His mind was betraying him. Phantoms not heard from in a thousand years rousing slowly from their sleep.
The closest bonds we will ever know are bonds of grief. The deepest community one of sorrow.