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Pat Conroy

Datum narození: 26. říjen 1945
Datum úmrtí: 4. březen 2016

Pat Conroy byl americký romanopisec.


„Láska jako všechno ostatní, za moc nestojí, když není podpořena nějakým činem.“

„You get a little moody sometimes but I think that's because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.“ The Prince of Tides


„Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.“ The Lords of Discipline

„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.“

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

„The world of literature has everything in it, and it refuses to leave
anything out. 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.
Because of them I rode with Don Quixote and danced with Anna Karenina at a
ball in St. Petersburg and lassoed a steer in "Lonesome Dove" and had
nightmares about slavery in "Beloved" and walked the streets of Dublin in
"Ulysses" and made up a hundred stories in the Arabian nights and saw my
mother killed by a baseball in "A Prayer for Owen Meany." I've been in ten
thousand cities and have introduced myself to a hundred thousand strangers
in my exuberant reading career, all because I listened to my fabulous
English teachers and soaked up every single thing those magnificent men and
women had to give. I cherish and praise them and thank them for finding me
when I was a boy and presenting me with the precious gift of the English
language.“

„American men are allotted just as many tears as American women. But because we are forbidden to shed them, we die long before women do, with our hearts exploding or our blood pressure rising or our livers eaten away by alcohol because that lake of grief inside us has no outlet. We, men, die because our faces were not watered enough.“ Beach Music

„Without music and dance, life is a journey through a desert.“


„I don’t know why it is that I have always been happier thinking of somewhere I have been or wanted to go, than where I am at the time. I find it difficult to be happy in the present.“ Beach Music

„A story untold could be the one that kills you.“

„I’ve never had anyone’s approval, so I’ve learned to live without it.“ The Great Santini

„I wanted to become the seeker, the aroused and passionate explorer, and it was better to go at it knowing nothing at all, always choosing the unmarked bottle, always choosing your own unproven method, armed with nothing but faith and a belief in astonishment.“ The Lords of Discipline


„My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call.“ The Prince of Tides

„I do not have any other way of saying it. I think it happens but once and only to the very young when it feels like your skin could ignite at the mere touch of another person. You get to love like that but once.“ Beach Music

„No story is a straight line. The geometry of a human life is too imperfect and complex, too distorted by the laughter of time and the bewildering intricacies of fate to admit the straight line into its system of laws.“ Beach Music

„I could bear the memory, but I could not bear the music that made the memory such a killing thing.“ Beach Music

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