Pat Conroy Quotes.

1. "The party was very painful to me, as parties usually were, and I felt the familiar loneliness of crowds."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

2. "My memory often seems like a city of exiled poets afire with the astonishment of language, each believing in the integrity of his own witness, each with a separate version of culture and history, and the divine essential fire that is poetry itself."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

3. "He was ruled by the tyranny of instinct, by passion and the instant legislation of a simple heart."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

4. "The Bear had once confided to me that Durrell's ego could fit snugly in the basilica of St. Peter's in Rome but in very few other public places. This runaway megalomania marked him as a blood member of the fraternity of generals. If looks alone could make generals, Durrell would have been a cinch. He was built lean and slim and dark, like a Doberman. A man of breeding and refrigerated intelligence, he ordered his life like a table of logarithms."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

5. "You would think he was somebody the way he carries on. My God, he’s from Spartanburg. Spartanburg of all the pitiful places. The upcountry. The goddam, no-count upcountry."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

6. "I knew about the terrorism of the human spirit and understood that ruthless, immoral forces had planted alien flags in my soul. The plebe system gave cruelty a good name, disguised sadism in the severe raiment of duty."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

7. "…it was but one of the things that made friendship with me an ambivalent enterprise."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

8. "My friends had always come from outside the mainstream. I had always been popular with the fifth column of my peers, those individuals who were princely in their solitude, lords of their own unpraised melancholy."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

9. "Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration, like an albino. LIke the albino it has no protective coloration. White. That is the color. Those placid, untroubled winter months are different shades of white in my memory, unsullied, and pure. But nature in the temperate zones is bitter towards all things white."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

10. "She wore defeat like a piece of cheap jewelry. Worshiping them. Anointing them with oil, Mrs. Gervais, I said."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

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