My Losing Season: A Memoir Quotes.

1. "Do you think that Hemingway knew he was a writer at twenty years old? No, he did not. Or Fitzgerald, or Wolfe. This is a difficult concept to grasp. Hemingway didn't know he was Ernest Hemingway when he was a young man. Faulkner didn't know he was William Faulkner. But they had to take the first step. They had to call themselves writers. That is the first revolutionary act a writer has to make. It takes courage. But it's necessary"
- Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

2. "The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life. I wanted to follow Mr. Monte around for the rest of my life, learning everything he wished to share of impart, but I didn't know how to ask."
- Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

3. "There is no teacher more discriminating or transforming than loss."
- Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

4. "Loss invites reflection and reformulating and a change of strategies. Loss hurts and bleeds and aches. Loss is always ready to call out your name in the night. Loss follows you home and taunts you at the breakfast table, follows you to work in the morning. You have to make accommodations and broker deals to soften the rabbit punches that loss brings to your daily life. You have to take the word "loser" and add it to your resume and walk around with it on your name tag as it hand-feeds you your own shit in dosages too large for even great beasts to swallow. The word "loser" follows you, bird-dogs you, sniffs you out of whatever fields you hide in because you have to face things clearly and you cannot turn away from what is true."
- Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

5. "Know this. I think you could be special if you only thought there was anything special about yourself."
- Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

6. ". . . I have come to revere words like "democracy" and "freedom," the right to vote, the incomprehensibly beautiful origins of my country, and the grandeur of the extraordinary vision of the founding fathers. Do I not see America's flaws? Of course I do. But I now can honor her basic, incorruptible virtues, the ones that let me walk the streets screaming my ass off that my country had no idea what it was doing in South Vietnam. . . . I have come to a conclusion about my country that I knew then in my bones, but lacked the courage to act on: America is a good enough country to die for even when she is wrong."
- Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

7. "You do not learn how to write novels in a writing program. You learn how by leading an interesting life. Open yourself up to all experience. Let life pour through you the way light pours through leaves."
- Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

8. "Love had always issued out of the places that hurt the most."
- Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

9. "Good coaching is good teaching and nothing else."
- Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

10. "I had declared in public my desire to be a writer ... I wanted to develop a curiosity that was oceanic and insatiable as well as a desire to learn and use every word in the English language that didn't sound pretentious or ditzy."
- Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

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