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Quotes of the day: Larry McMurtry

Published Tuesday, June 02, 2015 @ 3:17 PM EDT
Jun 02 2015

Larry Jeff McMurtry (b. June 3, 1936) is an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work is predominantly set in either the old West or in contemporary Texas. He is known for his 1975 novel Terms of Endearment, his 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove, a historical saga that follows ex-Texas Rangers as they drive their cattle from the Rio Grande to a new home in the frontier of Montana, and for co-writing the adapted screenplay for Brokeback Mountain. Lonesome Dove was adapted into a television miniseries and both the films of Terms of Endearment and Brokeback Mountain won Academy Awards (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man that ain't willin' to cheat for a poke don't want it bad enough.

Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look - historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.

I don't see how being married could be any worse than listening to you talk for twenty years, but that still ain't much of a recommendation for it.

I think its a sickness to grieve too much for those who never cared a fig for you.

If we know anything about man, it's that he's not pacific. The temptation to butcher anyone considered undesirable seems to be a common temptation, not always resisted.

If you only come face to face with your own mistakes once or twice in your life it's bound to be extra painful. I face mine every day- that way they ain't usually much worse than a dry shave.

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

If you want one thing too much it's likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen.

Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.

It's a fine world, though rich in hardships at times.

Live through it. That's all we can do.

No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind, such as cars that won't start.

Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken fried steak.

Part of the trick of being happy is a refusal to allow oneself to become too nostalgic for the heady triumphs of one's youth.

Self-parody is the first portent of age.

The earth is mostly just a boneyard. But pretty in the sunlight...

The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters

The older the violin, the sweeter the music.

The reason men are so awful is because some woman has spoiled them.

There isn't a thought in my head I care to be alone with for more than five minutes.

Whacking a surly bartender ain't much of a crime.

Yesterday's gone on down the river and you can't get it back.


(June 3 is also the birthday of Allen Ginsberg and Sidney Smith.)

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