Cormac Mccarthy Quotes

Cormac McCarthy (born Charles McCarthy; July 20, 1933) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He has written ten novels, spanning the southern gothic, western, and post-apocalyptic genres.

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Cormac Mccarthy


We think we are the victims of time. In reality, the way of the world isn't fixed anywhere. How could that be possible? We are our own journey. And therefore we are time as well. We are the same. Fugitive. Inscrutable. Ruthless.

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Each memory recalled must do some violence to its origins.

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If it is life that you feel you are missing I can tell you where to find it. In the law courts, in business, in government. There is nothing occurring in the streets. Nothing but a dumbshow composed of the helpless and the impotent.

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Notions of chance and fate are the preoccupations of men engaged in rash undertakings.

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The martyr who longs for the flames can be no right candidate for them.

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It is not my experience that lifeâ??s difficulties make people more charitable.

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Word gets around when the circus comes to town, don't it?

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There is no later. This is later.

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War is the ultimate game because war is at last a forcing of the unity of existence. War is god.

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Suppose you were the last one left? Suppose you did that to yourself?

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Doomed enterprises divide lives forever into the then and now

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The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in a many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning.

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In the neuter austerity of that terrain all phenomena were bequeathed a strange equality and no one thing nor spider nor stone nor blade of grass could put forth claim to precedence. The very clarity of these articles belied their familiarity, for the eye predicates the whole on some feature or part and here was nothing more luminous than another and nothing more enshadowed and in the optical democracy of such landscapes all preference is made whimsical and a man and a rock become endowed with unguessed kinship.

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It just bothered me that you might think I'm somethin special. I aint.

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What could a child know of the darkness of God's plan? Or how flesh is so frail it is hardly more than a dream

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