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Pat Conroy Quotes: "Without music, life is a journey through a desert."

Without music, life is a journey through a desert.




Pat Conroy Quotes: "Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide."

Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "A new novel awaits my arrival, prepares for my careful inspection. Yet a novel is always a long dream that lives in me for years before I know where to go to hunt it out."

A new novel awaits my arrival, prepares for my careful inspection. Yet a novel is always a long dream that lives in me for years before I know where to go to hunt it out.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "A woman in Charlotte approached me and said that she’s tired of the dysfunction in my novels. I told her I was sorry, but that is how the world has presented itself to me throughout my life."

A woman in Charlotte approached me and said that she’s tired of the dysfunction in my novels. I told her I was sorry, but that is how the world has presented itself to me throughout my life.




Pat Conroy Quotes: "The mind is an intricate mechanism that can be run on the fuels of both victory and defeatism."

The mind is an intricate mechanism that can be run on the fuels of both victory and defeatism.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "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."

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.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I have yet to meet an English teacher who assigned a book to damage a kid."

I have yet to meet an English teacher who assigned a book to damage a kid.




Pat Conroy Quotes: "Basketball allowed me to revere my father without him knowing what I was up to. I took up basketball as a form of homage and mimicry."

Basketball allowed me to revere my father without him knowing what I was up to. I took up basketball as a form of homage and mimicry.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "If not for sports, I do not think my father would have ever talked to me."

If not for sports, I do not think my father would have ever talked to me.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "We had made the error of staying small – and there is no more unforgivable crime in America."

We had made the error of staying small – and there is no more unforgivable crime in America.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I think I learned about the relationship between books and life from Margaret Mitchell."

I think I learned about the relationship between books and life from Margaret Mitchell.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "It's politics . . . It makes everybody stupid. When you grow up, you'll know what I mean."

It's politics . . . It makes everybody stupid. When you grow up, you'll know what I mean.




Pat Conroy Quotes: "A man's only got so many yeses inside him before he uses them all up."

A man's only got so many yeses inside him before he uses them all up.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "Among the worst things about growing old is the loss of those irreplaceable friends who added richness and depth to your life."

Among the worst things about growing old is the loss of those irreplaceable friends who added richness and depth to your life.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "In every southerner, beneath the veneer of clichés lies a much deeper motherlode of cliché. But even cliché is overlaid with enormous power when a child is involved."

In every southerner, beneath the veneer of clichés lies a much deeper motherlode of cliché. But even cliché is overlaid with enormous power when a child is involved.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "Love had always issued out of the places that hurt the most."

Love had always issued out of the places that hurt the most.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I envy the tireless intimacy of women’s friendship, its lastingness, and its unbendable strength."

I envy the tireless intimacy of women’s friendship, its lastingness, and its unbendable strength.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "Generosity is the rarest of qualities in American writers."

Generosity is the rarest of qualities in American writers.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I take account of my life and find that I have lived a lot and learned very little."

I take account of my life and find that I have lived a lot and learned very little.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I was trying to unravel the complicated trigonometry of the radical thought that silence could make up the greatest lie ever told."

I was trying to unravel the complicated trigonometry of the radical thought that silence could make up the greatest lie ever told.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I've always admired people who give accurate directions, and the tribe is small."

I've always admired people who give accurate directions, and the tribe is small.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "You're going to act like a happy man. I know, I know. It's the hardest role in the world."

You're going to act like a happy man. I know, I know. It's the hardest role in the world.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I lived with the terrible knowledge that one day I would be an old man still waiting for my real life to start. Already, I pitied that old man."

I lived with the terrible knowledge that one day I would be an old man still waiting for my real life to start. Already, I pitied that old man.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "She understood the nature of sin and knew that its most volatile form was the kind that did not recognize itself."

She understood the nature of sin and knew that its most volatile form was the kind that did not recognize itself.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "The most powerful words in English are, "Tell me a story."

The most powerful words in English are, "Tell me a story.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "There was always a grandeur and a nobility in my megalomania. And also something cheap and loathsome that I could not help."

There was always a grandeur and a nobility in my megalomania. And also something cheap and loathsome that I could not help.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "Because I’ve gotten older, I worry that there will be a steep decline in my talent, but I promise not to let the same thing happen to my passion for writing."

Because I’ve gotten older, I worry that there will be a steep decline in my talent, but I promise not to let the same thing happen to my passion for writing.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "Wasn't Atlanta the murder capital of the U.S. last year?" "Yes, but the airport's perfectly safe."

Wasn't Atlanta the murder capital of the U.S. last year?" "Yes, but the airport's perfectly safe.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "Help them, but don't make friends with them."

Help them, but don't make friends with them.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "College was to teach me that I was one of life's journeymen, eager to excel but lacking the requisite gifts."

College was to teach me that I was one of life's journeymen, eager to excel but lacking the requisite gifts.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "One can learn anything, anything at all, I thought, if provided by a gifted and passionate teacher."

One can learn anything, anything at all, I thought, if provided by a gifted and passionate teacher.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "There is no teacher more discriminating or transforming than loss."

There is no teacher more discriminating or transforming than loss.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "Good coaching is good teaching and nothing else."

Good coaching is good teaching and nothing else.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "The water was pure and cold and came out of the Apennines tasting like snow melted in the hands of a pretty girl."

The water was pure and cold and came out of the Apennines tasting like snow melted in the hands of a pretty girl.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "Read the great books, gentlemen, ” Mr. Monte said one day. “Just the great ones. Ignore the others. There’s not enough time."

Read the great books, gentlemen, ” Mr. Monte said one day. “Just the great ones. Ignore the others. There’s not enough time.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "You must appreciate beauty for it to endure."

You must appreciate beauty for it to endure.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "Before I met the Jesuits, I’d never encountered another group who thought that intellect and arrogance were treasures beyond price and necessities in waging wars against blasphemers, heretics."

Before I met the Jesuits, I’d never encountered another group who thought that intellect and arrogance were treasures beyond price and necessities in waging wars against blasphemers, heretics.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I can forgive almost any crime if a great story is left in its wake."

I can forgive almost any crime if a great story is left in its wake.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I felt the sharp sting of emptiness and solitude that you feel so acutely and with such internal sorrow and wonder whenever music is performed well."

I felt the sharp sting of emptiness and solitude that you feel so acutely and with such internal sorrow and wonder whenever music is performed well.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I don’t know when reading books became the most essential thing about me, but it happened over the years and I found myself the most willing servant of what I considered a rich habit."

I don’t know when reading books became the most essential thing about me, but it happened over the years and I found myself the most willing servant of what I considered a rich habit.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Losing well was a gift, but winning well is this stuff of the authentic manhood."

Losing well was a gift, but winning well is this stuff of the authentic manhood.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration."

Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "i was delighted I had offended her upholstered sensibilities."

i was delighted I had offended her upholstered sensibilities.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "I have always been attracted to male writers who can demonstrate their love and affection for women with ease, yet not draw attention to themselves."

I have always been attracted to male writers who can demonstrate their love and affection for women with ease, yet not draw attention to themselves.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "When mom and dad went to war the only prisoners they took were the children"

When mom and dad went to war the only prisoners they took were the children



Pat Conroy Quotes: "My father managed to change his entire life after I wrote a novel about his brutal regime as a family man. It took resoluteness and courage for my father to change, and I need to acknowledge that."

My father managed to change his entire life after I wrote a novel about his brutal regime as a family man. It took resoluteness and courage for my father to change, and I need to acknowledge that.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "It’s the great surprise of my life that I ended up loving [my father] so much."

It’s the great surprise of my life that I ended up loving [my father] so much.



Pat Conroy Quotes: "One must always forgive another's passion."

One must always forgive another's passion.