Ironweed Quotes.

1. "Love, is always insufficient, always a lie. Love, you are the clean shit of my soul. Stupid love, silly love."
- William Kennedy, Ironweed

2. ". . . and what if I did drink too much? Whose business is that? Who knows how much I didn't drink?"
- William Kennedy, Ironweed

3. "...the only brotherhood they belonged to was the one that asked that enduring question: How do I get through the next twenty minutes? They feared drys, cops, jailers, bosses, moralists, crazies, truth-tellers, and one another. they loved storytellers, liars, whores, fighters, singers, collie dogs that wagged their tails, and generous bandits. Rudy, thought Francis: he's just a bum, but who ain't?"
- William Kennedy, Ironweed

4. "But after awhile you stand up, wipe the frost out of your ear, go someplace to get warm, bum a nickel for coffee, and then start walkin' toward somewheres else that ain't near no bridge."
- William Kennedy, Ironweed

5. "Why was it that suicide kept rising up in Francis' mind? Wake up in the weeds outside Pittsburgh, half frozen over, too cold to move, flaked out 'n' stiffer than a chunk of old iron, and you say to yourself: Francis, you don't ever want to put in another night, another mornin', like this one was. Time to go take a header off the bridge. But after a while you stand up, wipe the frost out of your ear, go someplace to get warm, bum a nickel for coffee, and then start walkin' toward somewheres else that ain't near no bridge."
- William Kennedy, Ironweed

6. "One never knows the potential within the human breast."
- William Kennedy, Ironweed

7. "Katie bar the door."
- William Kennedy, Ironweed

8. "He would not chance arrest by crawling into a corner of one of the old houses on Lower Broadway where the cops swept through periodically with their mindless net. What difference did it make whether four or six or eight lost men slept under a roof and out of the wind in a house with broken stairs and holes in the floors you could fall through to death, a house that for five or maybe ten years had been inhabited only by pigeons? What difference?"
- William Kennedy, Ironweed

9. "Why the hell's he preachin' if he don't preach to people that need it?"
- William Kennedy, Ironweed

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