Posts Tagged ‘Walker Percy’

Quote of the day, May 10

May 9, 2017

Walker Percy, on the U.S. Civil War (from “The American War”)

“The truth is, I think, that the whole country, South included, is just beginning to see the Civil War whole and entire for the first time. The thing was too big and too bloody, too full of suffering and hatred, too closely knit into the fabric of our meaning as a people, to be held off and looked at—until now. It is like a man walking away from a mountain. The bigger it is, the farther he’s got to go before he can see it. Then one day he looks back and there it is, this colossal thing lying across his past.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 2

January 2, 2017

Walker Percy, from The Last Gentleman

“What was wrong with a Mr. and Mrs. Williston Bibb Barrett living in a brand-new house in a brand-new suburb with a proper address: 2041 Country Club Drive, Druid Hills, Atlanta, Georgia?”

Quote of the day, July 16

July 16, 2016

Walker Percy, on fiction

“Fiction doesn’t tell us something we don’t know, it tells us something we know but don’t know that we know.”

Quote of the day, May 10

May 10, 2014

Walker Percy, on moviegoing (1961)

The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie. Other people, so I have read, treasure memorable moments in their lives.”

Quote of the day, May 10

May 10, 2013

Walker Percy, on the search

“The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. (more…)

Quote of the day, Aug. 28

August 28, 2012

Walker Percy

“I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen. (more…)

Quote of the day, May 29

May 29, 2012

Walker Percy, on the artist

“It is possible, however, that the artist is both thin-skinned and prophetic and, like the canary lowered into the mine shaft to test the air, has caught a whiff of something lethal.”

Quote of the day, May 28

May 28, 2011

Walker Percy, from Love in the Ruins (1971)

“What does a man live for but to have a girl, use his mind, practice his trade, drink a drink, read a book, and watch the martins wing it for the Amazon and the three-fingered sassafras turn red in October?”