Pat Conroy Quotes.

11. "It’s impossible to explain to a Yankee what ‘tacky’ is. They simply have no word for it up north, but my God, do they ever need one."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

12. "A perspicacious lad, Mr. McLean. A perspicacious swine, indeed."
- Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

14. "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."
- Quote by Pat Conroy

15. "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."
- Quote by Pat Conroy

16. "Without music and dance, life is a journey through a desert."
- Quote by Pat Conroy

17. "A story untold could be the one that kills you."
- Quote by Pat Conroy

18. "When mom and dad went to war the only prisoners they took were the children"
- Quote by Pat Conroy

19. "Walking the streets of Charleston in the late afternoons of August was like walking through gauze or inhaling damaged silk."
- Quote by Pat Conroy

20. "Here's what I want from a book, what I demand, what I pray for when I take up a novel and begin to read the first sentence: I want everything and nothing less, the full measure of a writer's heart. I want a novel so poetic that I do not have to turn to the standby anthologies of poetry to satisfy that itch for music, for perfection and economy of phrasing, for exactness of tone. Then, too, I want a book so filled with story and character that I read page after page without thinking of food or drink because a writer has possessed me, crazed with an unappeasable thirst to know what happens next."
- Quote by Pat Conroy

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