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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thoughts for Thursday: Cormac McCarthy

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

This week's theme is Cormac McCarthy! For those who haven't read him, Cormac McCarthy has a beautiful, poetic writing style that doesn't always come across very well on screen, but is unfailingly thought-provoking to read. I always think of him as the writer's writer. His books take a little bit of work to wade through, but it's always worth it!

He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.--The Road

What's the bravest thing you ever did?
He spat in the road a bloody phlegm. Getting up this morning, he said.--The Road

There is no God and we are his prophets.--The Road

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.--The Road

You are either born a writer or you are not.--C. McCarthy

So everything is necessary. Every least thing. This is the hard lesson. Nothing can be dispensed with. Nothing despised. Because the seams are hid from us, you see. The joinery. The way in which the world is made. We have no way to know what could be taken away. What omitted. We have no way to tell what might stand and what might fall.--The Crossing

Which is your favorite Cormac McCarthy quote? Do you have one to add?

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