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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: I propose that English poetry and biology should be taught as usual, but that at I propose that English poetry and biology should be taught as usual, but that at irregular intervals, poetry students should find dogfishes on their desks and biology students should find Shakespeare sonnets on their dissecting boards. I am serious in declaring that a Sarah Lawrence English major who began poking about in a dogfish with a bobby pin would learn more in thirty minutes than a biology major in a whole semester; and that the latter upon reading on her dissecting board That time of year Thou may'st in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold - Bare ruin'd choirs where late the sweet birds sang. might catch fire at the beauty of it. — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Since grief only aggravates your loss, grieve not for what is past. Since grief only aggravates your loss, grieve not for what is past. — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Is all niceness then or is all buggery? How can a man be forty-five years Is all niceness then or is all buggery? How can a man be forty-five years old and still not know whether all is niceness or buggery? How does one know for sure? — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: New Orleans may be too seductive for a writer. New Orleans may be too seductive for a writer. — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: A good title should be like a good metaphor. It should intrigue without being too A good title should be like a good metaphor. It should intrigue without being too baffling or too obvious. — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Yes, interest! The worm of interest. Are you surprised? No? Yes? One conclusion I have Yes, interest! The worm of interest. Are you surprised? No? Yes? One conclusion I have reached here after a year in my cell is that the only emotion people feel nowadays is interest or the lack of it. Curiosity and interest and boredom have replaced the so-called emotions we used to read about in novels or see registered on actors' faces. Even the horrors of the age translate into interest. Did you ever watch anybody pick up a newspaper and read the headline PLANE CRASH KILLS THREE HUNDRED? How horrible! says the reader. But look at him when he hands you the paper. Is he horrified? No, he is interested. When is the last time you saw anybody horrified? — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The evolutionary facts about the emergence of man, e.g., the sudden appearance of Homo sapiens The evolutionary facts about the emergence of man, e.g., the sudden appearance of Homo sapiens sapiens (Cro-Magnon man) no more than 35 thousand years ago, are as spectacular as the account in Genesis and allow hardly less room for theology. — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The drowsiness returns. It is unwelcome. I recognize it as the sort of fitful twilight The drowsiness returns. It is unwelcome. I recognize it as the sort of fitful twilight which has come over me of late, a twilight where waking dreams are dreamed and sleep never comes. — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: It is not a bad thing to settle for the Little Way, not the big It is not a bad thing to settle for the Little Way, not the big search for the big happiness but the sad little happiness of drinks and kisses, a good little car and a warm deep thigh. — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Unlike him I had been unable to escape into the simple complexities of science. All Unlike him I had been unable to escape into the simple complexities of science. All he had to do was solve the mystery of the universe, which may be difficult but is not as difficult as living an ordinary life ... (How happy scientists are! Why didn't we become scientists, Percival? They confront problems which can be solved. We don't know what we confront. Does it have a name?) — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: A repetition is the re-enactment of past experience toward the end of isolating the time A repetition is the re-enactment of past experience toward the end of isolating the time segment which has lapsed in order that it, the lapsed time, can be savored of itself and without the usual adulteration of events that clog time like peanuts in brittle. — Walker Percy
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Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: It's one thing to develop a nostalgia for home while you're boozing with Yankee writers It's one thing to develop a nostalgia for home while you're boozing with Yankee writers in Martha's Vineyard or being chased by the bulls in Pamplona. It's something else to go home and visit with the folks in Reed's drugstore on the square and actually listen to them. The reason you can't go home again is not because the down-home folks are mad at you
they're not, don't flatter yourself, they couldn't care less
but because once you're in orbit and you return to Reed's drugstore on the square, you can stand no more than fifteen minutes of the conversation before you head for the woods, head for the liquor store, or head back to Martha's Vineyard, where at least you can put a tolerable and saving distance between you and home. Home may be where the heart is but it's no place to spend Wednesday afternoon. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: This miserable trick the romantic plays upon himself: of setting just beyond his reach the This miserable trick the romantic plays upon himself: of setting just beyond his reach the very thing he prizes. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The second I left my old life's cowpath, I discovered I didn't need a drink. The second I left my old life's cowpath, I discovered I didn't need a drink. It became possible to stand still in the dark under the oaks, hands at my sides, and watch and wait. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: This life is too much trouble, far too strange, to arrive at the end of This life is too much trouble, far too strange, to arrive at the end of it and then to be asked what you make of it and have to answer 'Scientific humanism.' That won't do. A poor show. Life is a mystery, love is a delight. Therefore I take it as axiomatic that one should settle for nothing less than the infinity mystery and the infinite delight, i.e., God. In fact I demand it. I refuse to settle for anything less. I don't see why anyone should settle for less than Jacob, who actually grabbed aholt of God and would not let go until God identified himself and blessed him.

From the article titled "Questions They Never Asked Me — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: People usually told him the same joke two or three times. People usually told him the same joke two or three times. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: God, if you recall, did not warn his people against dirty books. He warned them God, if you recall, did not warn his people against dirty books. He warned them against high places. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help BookorHow you can survive in the Cosmos about Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book
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How you can survive in the Cosmos about which you know more and more while knowing less and less about yourself, this despite 10,000 self-help books, 100,000 psychotherapists, and 100 million fundamentalist Christians
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Why is it that of all the billions and billions of strange objects in the Cosmos - novas, quasars, pulsars, black holes - you are beyond doubt the strangest
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Why is it possible to learn more in ten minutes about the Crab Nebula in Taurus, which is 6,000 light-years away, than you presently know about yourself, even though you've been stuck with yourself all your life — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie. Other 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 ... — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Small disconnected facts, if you take note of them, have a way of becoming connected. Small disconnected facts, if you take note of them, have a way of becoming connected. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: In New Orleans I have noticed that people are happiest when they are going to In New Orleans I have noticed that people are happiest when they are going to funerals, making money, taking care of the dead, or putting on masks at Mardi Gras so nobody knows who they are. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: I am not ashamed to use the word class. I will also plead guilty to I am not ashamed to use the word class. I will also plead guilty to another charge. The charge is that people belonging to my class think they're better than other people. You're damn right we're better. We're better because we do not shirk our obligations either to ourselves or to others ... we live by our lights, we die by our lights, and whoever the high gods may be, we'll look them in the eye without apology. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: We shake hands and part good comrades. But I have to get out of here, We shake hands and part good comrades. But I have to get out of here, good fellows or no good fellows. Too much fellow feeling makes me nervous, to tell the truth. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Our Catholic church here split into three pieces: (1) the American Catholic Church whose new Our Catholic church here split into three pieces: (1) the American Catholic Church whose new Rome is Cicero, Illinois; (2) the Dutch schismatics who believe in relevance but not God; (3) the Roman Catholic remnant, a tiny scattered flock with no place to go. The American Catholic Church, which emphasizes property rights and the integrity of neighborhoods, retained the Latin mass and plays The Star-Spangled Banner at the elevation. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Do you know what he told me after lying under a cliff for thirty six Do you know what he told me after lying under a cliff for thirty six hours with two inches of his femur sticking out? He said: 'Queenie, I think I'm going to pass out and before I do, I'm going to give you a piece of advice' - God, I thought he was going to die and knew and was telling me what to do with his book - and he said quite solemnly: 'Queenie, always stick to Bach and the early Italians' - and passed out cold as a mackerel. And by God, it's not bad advice. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Why is there such a gap between nonspeaking animals and speaking man, when there is Why is there such a gap between nonspeaking animals and speaking man, when there is no other such gap in nature? — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: But there is much to be said for giving up ... grand ambitions and living But there is much to be said for giving up ... grand ambitions and living the most ordinary life imaginable. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Such terms as 'diagnosis' and 'pathology' are of course used analogically here, but I am Such terms as 'diagnosis' and 'pathology' are of course used analogically here, but I am using the word 'science' deliberate and unequivocally in its original and broad sense of discovery and knowing, rather than its conventional sense of isolating the secondary causes of natural phenomena. For if I believe anything, it is that the primary business of literature and art is cognitive, a kind of finding out and knowing and telling, both in good times and bad; a celebration of the way things are when they are right, and a diagnostic enterprise when they are wrong. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The truth is I dislike cars. Whenever I drive a car, I have the feeling The truth is I dislike cars. Whenever I drive a car, I have the feeling I have become invisible. People on the street cannot see you; they only watch your rear fender until it is out of their way. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Where there is chance of gain, there is also chance of loss. Whenever one courts Where there is chance of gain, there is also chance of loss. Whenever one courts great happiness, one also risks malaise. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: My mother refused to let me fail. So I insisted. My mother refused to let me fail. So I insisted. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: My laps-meter, the first caliper of the soul and the first hope of bridging the My laps-meter, the first caliper of the soul and the first hope of bridging the dread chasm that has rent the soul of Western man ever since the famous philosopher Descartes ripped body loose from mind and turned the very soul into a ghost that haunts its own house. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: A great culture is recognizable through its artists and its saints and not by its A great culture is recognizable through its artists and its saints and not by its GNP. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: A writer worth his salt is probably better off in an adversarial relation with the A writer worth his salt is probably better off in an adversarial relation with the U.S. Senate. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By John Ortberg: Ironically, often the thing that keeps me from experiencing joy is my preoccupation with self. Ironically, often the thing that keeps me from experiencing joy is my preoccupation with self. The very selfishness that keeps me from pouring myself out for the joy of others also keeps me from noticing and delighting in the myriad small gifts God offers each day. This is why Walker Percy describes boredom as "the self stuffed with the self." — John Ortberg
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: It is not merely the truth of science that makes it beautiful, but its simplicity. It is not merely the truth of science that makes it beautiful, but its simplicity. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Fiction doesn't tell us something we don't know, it tells us something we know but Fiction doesn't tell us something we don't know, it tells us something we know but don't know that we know. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The self can be as desperately stranded in the transcendence of theory as in the The self can be as desperately stranded in the transcendence of theory as in the immanence of consumption. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Why did God make women so beautiful and man with such a loving heart? Why did God make women so beautiful and man with such a loving heart? — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Suppose you ask God for a miracle and God says yes, very well. How do Suppose you ask God for a miracle and God says yes, very well. How do you live the rest of your life? — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: How strange to think that you cannot pass along the discovery. How strange to think that you cannot pass along the discovery. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: When these long telephone silences come, it is a sure sign that love is over. When these long telephone silences come, it is a sure sign that love is over. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Polarities of the 'authentic' vs. the 'inauthentic' are easily discernible in recreational modes. The criteria Polarities of the 'authentic' vs. the 'inauthentic' are easily discernible in recreational modes. The criteria of authenticity are not necessarily objective but rather have to do with the rules by which the self allows or disallows its own experience. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Consider to what extent an "antique" is prized because it is excellently made and beautiful Consider to what extent an "antique" is prized because it is excellently made and beautiful and to what extent it is prized because it is an antique and as such is saturated with another time and another place and is therefore resistant to absorption by the self - — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: How much better it would be if they weren't so damn understandingif they kicked me How much better it would be if they weren't so damn understanding
if they kicked me out of the house. To find yourself out in the street with two dollars to your name, to catch the streetcar downtown and get a job, perhaps as an airline stewardess. Think how wonderful it would be to fly to Houston and back three times a week for the next twenty years. You think I'm kidding? I'm not. It would be wonderful. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: If poets often commit suicide, it is not because their poems are bad but because If poets often commit suicide, it is not because their poems are bad but because they are good. Whoever heard of a bad poet committing suicide? The reader is only a little better off. The exhilaration of a good poem lasts twenty minutes, an hour at most.
Unlike the scientist, the artist has reentry problems that are frequent and catastrophic. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Where did the terror come from? Not from the violence; violence gives release from terror. Where did the terror come from? Not from the violence; violence gives release from terror. Not from Leroy's wrongness, for if he were altogether wrong, an evil man, the matter would be simple and no cause for terror. No, it came from Leroy's goodness, that he is a decent, sweet-natured man who would help you if you needed help, go out of his way and bind up a stranger's wounds. No, the terror comes from the goodness and what lies beneath, some fault in the soul's terrain so deep that all is well on top, evil grins like good, but something shears and tears deep down and the very ground stirs beneath one's feet. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The mystery lies in the here and now. The mystery is: What is one to The mystery lies in the here and now. The mystery is: What is one to do with oneself? As you get older you begin to realize the trick time is playing, and that unless you do something about it, the passage of time is nothing but the encroachment of the horrible banality of the past on the pure future. The past devours the future like a tape recorder, converting pure possibility into banality. The present is the tape head, the mouth of time. Then where is the mystery and why bother kicking through the ashes? Because there is a clue in the past. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: All arguments between the traditional scientific view of man as organism, a locus of needs All arguments between the traditional scientific view of man as organism, a locus of needs and drives, and a Christian view of man as a spiritual being not only unresolvable at the present level of discourse but are also profoundly boring ... From the scientific view at least, a new model of man is needed, something other than man conceived as a locus of bio-psycho-sociological needs and drives.
Such an anthropological model might be provided by semiotics, that is, the study of man as the sign-using creature and, specifically, the study of the self and consciousness as derivatives of the sign-function. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Every place of arrival should have a booth set up and manned by an ordinary Every place of arrival should have a booth set up and manned by an ordinary person whose task it is to greet strangers and give them a little trophy of local space-time stuff - tell them of his difficulties in high school and put a pinch of soil in their pockets - in order to insure that the stranger shall not become an Anyone. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Having only learned to recognize merde when I see it, having inherited no more from Having only learned to recognize merde when I see it, having inherited no more from my father than a good nose for merde, for every species of shit that flies
my only talent
smelling merde from every quarter, living in fact in the very century of merde, the great shithouse of scientific humanism where needs are satisfied, everyone becomes an anyone, a warm and creative person, and prospers like a dung beetle ... — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Francis Crick, co-winner of the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA, Francis Crick, co-winner of the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA, believes that DNA could only have arrived from space, sent in the form of bacteria from more advanced civilizations. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Have you noticed that the narrower the view the more you can see? For the Have you noticed that the narrower the view the more you can see? For the first time I understand how old ladies can sit on their porches for years. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: At this moment the President is beginning to speak in New Orleans and the Vice-President At this moment the President is beginning to speak in New Orleans and the Vice-President is mounting the platform at NASA a few miles away. Both are making a plea for unity. The President, who is an integrationist Mormon married to a liberated Catholic, will appeal to Leftists to respect law and order. The Vice-President, a Southern Baptist Knothead married to a conservative Unitarian, is asking Knotheads for tolerance and understanding, etcetera. The poor U.S.A.! Even — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: A sharp character - no youth as I feared - a Faubourg Marigny type, Mediterranean, A sharp character - no youth as I feared - a Faubourg Marigny type, Mediterranean, big-nosed, lumpy-jawed, a single stitched-in wrinkle over his eyebrows from just above which there springs up a great pompadour of wiry bronze hair. His face aches with it. He has no use for me at all. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Joy and sadness come by turns. Joy and sadness come by turns. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: But what physician has not had patients who don't make any sense at all? To But what physician has not had patients who don't make any sense at all? To tell the truth, they're our stock-in-trade. We talk and write about the ones we can make sense of. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Why has the South produced so many good writers? Because we got beat. Why has the South produced so many good writers? Because we got beat. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Nowadays when a person lives somewhere, in a neighborhood, the place is not certified for Nowadays when a person lives somewhere, in a neighborhood, the place is not certified for him. More than likely he will live there sadly and the emptiness which is inside him will expand until it evacuates the entire neighborhood. But if he sees a movie which shows his very neighborhood, it becomes possible for him to live, for a time at least, as a person who is Somewhere and not Anywhere. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Maybe there are times when an honest hatred serves us better than love corrupted by Maybe there are times when an honest hatred serves us better than love corrupted by sentimentality, meretriciousness, sententiousness, cuteness. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Last summer I picked up a yellow scrap of newspaper and read of a Biloxi Last summer I picked up a yellow scrap of newspaper and read of a Biloxi election in 1948, and in it I caught the smell of history more pungently than from the metal marker telling of the French and Spanish two hundred years ago and the Yankees one hundred years ago. 1948. What a faroff time. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: He registered a dizzy 7.6 mmv over Brodmann 32, the area of abstractive activity. Since He registered a dizzy 7.6 mmv over Brodmann 32, the area of abstractive activity. Since that time I have learned that a reading over 6 generally means that a person has so abstracted himself from himself and from the world around him, seeing things as theories and himself as a shadow, that he cannot, so to speak, reenter the lovely ordinary world. Such a person, and there are millions, is destined to haunt the human condition like the Flying Dutchman. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: What nuns don't realize is that they look better in nun clothes than in J. What nuns don't realize is that they look better in nun clothes than in J. C. Penney pantsuits. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Why is it that one can look at a lion or a planet or an Why is it that one can look at a lion or a planet or an owl or at someone's finger as long as one pleases, but looking into the eyes of another person is, if prolonged past a second, a perilous affair? — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Free people have a serious problem with place, being in a place, using up a Free people have a serious problem with place, being in a place, using up a place, deciding which new place to rotate to. Americans ricochet around the United States like billiard balls. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: For me, certain signifiers fit you, and not others. For me, all signifiers fit me, For me, certain signifiers fit you, and not others. For me, all signifiers fit me, one as well as another. I am rascal, hero, craven, brave, treacherous, loyal, at once the secret hero and asshole of the Cosmos. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen. When it does at last dawn on a man that you really want to hear about his business, the look that comes over his face is something to see. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: I cannot tolerate this age. And I will not. I might have tolerated you and I cannot tolerate this age. And I will not. I might have tolerated you and your Catholic Church, and even joined it, if you had remained true to yourself. Now you're part of the age. You've the same fleas as the dogs you've lain down with. I would have felt at home at Mont-Saint-Michel, the Mount of the Archangel with the flaming sword, or with Richard Coeur de Lion at Acre. They believed in a god who said he came not to bring peace but the sword. Make love not war? I'll take war rather than what this age calls love. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Our eyes meet. Am I mistaken or does the corner of her mouth tuck in Our eyes meet. Am I mistaken or does the corner of her mouth tuck in ever so slightly and the petal of her lower lip curl out ever so richly? She is smiling-at me! My mind hits upon half a dozen schemes to circumvent the terrible moment of separation. No doubt she is a Texan. They are nearly always bad judges of men, these splendid Amazons. Most men are afraid of them and so they fall victim to the first little Mickey Rooney that comes along. In a better world I should be able to speak to her: come, darling, you can see that I love you. If you are planning to meet some little Mickey, think better of it. What a tragedy it is that I do not know her, will probably never see her again. What good times we could have! — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Have you noticed that only in time of illness or disaster or death are people Have you noticed that only in time of illness or disaster or death are people real? I remember at the time of the wreck
people were so kind and helpful and solid. Everyone pretended that our lives until that moment had been every bit as real as the moment itself and that the future must be real too, when the truth was that our reality had been purchased only by Lyell's death. In another hour or so we had all faded out again and gone our dim ways. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Philip Schultz: I was 17 when I decided to write stories as big as cathedrals, overflowing with I was 17 when I decided to write stories as big as cathedrals, overflowing with the kind of memorable and audacious characters Walker Percy, Ernest Hemingway and Saul Bellow created. — Philip Schultz
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Lucky is the man who does not secretly believe that every possibility is open to Lucky is the man who does not secretly believe that every possibility is open to him. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: You are a member of the first generation of doctors in the history of medicine You are a member of the first generation of doctors in the history of medicine to turn their backs on the oath of Hippocrates and kill millions of old useless people, unborn children, born malformed children, for the good of mankind - and to do so without a single murmur from one of you. Not a single letter of protest in the august New England Journal of Medicine. And do you know what you're going to end up doing? You a graduate of Harvard and a reader of the New York Times and a member of the Ford Foundation's Program for the Third World? Do you know what is going to happen to you? ... You're going to end up killing Jews. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The baby, as I had reason from experience to expect and had in fact prepared The baby, as I had reason from experience to expect and had in fact prepared my bag for, suffers from dehydration. He's dried up like a prune. The treatment is simple and the results spectacular. Slip a needle in his scalp vein and hang a bottle of glucose — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Americans are the nicest, most generous, and sentimental people on earth. Yet Americans have killed Americans are the nicest, most generous, and sentimental people on earth. Yet Americans have killed more unborn children than any nation in history. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Peace is only better than war when it's not hell too. War being hell makes Peace is only better than war when it's not hell too. War being hell makes sense. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Why is it that no other species but man gets bored? Under the circumstances in Why is it that no other species but man gets bored? Under the circumstances in which a man gets bored, a dog goes to sleep. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: It is difficult for gods to walk the earth without taking the forms of beasts. It is difficult for gods to walk the earth without taking the forms of beasts. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: There is no pain on this earth like seeing the same woman look at another There is no pain on this earth like seeing the same woman look at another man the way she once looked at you. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The lost self: With the passing of the cosmological myths and the fading of Christianity The lost self: With the passing of the cosmological myths and the fading of Christianity as a guarantor of identity of the self, the self becomes dislocated, Jefferson or no Jefferson, is both cut loose and imprisoned by its own freedom, yet imprisoned by a curious and paradoxical bondage like a Chinese handcuff, so that the very attempts to free itself, e.g., by ever more refined techniques for the pursuit of happiness, only tighten the bondage and distance the self ever farther from the very world is wishes to inhabit as its homeland. The rational Jeffersonian pursuit of happiness embarked upon in the American Revolution translates into the flaky euphoria of the late twentieth century. Every advance in an objective understanding of the Cosmos and in its technological control further distances the self from the Cosmos precisely in the degree of the advance - so that in the end the self becomes a space-bound ghost which roams the very Cosmos it understands perfectly. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Nowadays when a good-looking woman flirts with me, however idly, I guffaw like some ruddy Nowadays when a good-looking woman flirts with me, however idly, I guffaw like some ruddy English lord, haw haw, har har, harr harr. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: This Midwestern sky is the nakedest loneliest sky in America. To escape it, people live This Midwestern sky is the nakedest loneliest sky in America. To escape it, people live inside and underground. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: You live in a deranged age - more deranged than usual, because despite great scientific You live in a deranged age - more deranged than usual, because despite great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: What Descartes did not know: no such isolated individual as he described can be conscious. What Descartes did not know: no such isolated individual as he described can be conscious. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: But the expectation of the self, to be informed in its nothingnessif only I can But the expectation of the self, to be informed in its nothingness
if only I can get out of this old place and into the right new place, I can become a new person
places a heavy burden on travel. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: We did very badly and almost did not do at all. Flesh poor flesh failed We did very badly and almost did not do at all. Flesh poor flesh failed us ... Christians talk about the horror of sin, but they have overlooked something. They keep talking as if everyone were a great sinner, when the truth is that nowadays one is hardly up to it. There is very little sin in the depths of the malaise. The highest moment of a malaisian's life can be that moment when he manages to sin like a proper human (Look at us, Binx
my vagabond friends as good as cried out to me
we're sinning! We're succeeding! We're human after all!). — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The earth-self observing the Cosmos and trying to understand the Cosmos by scientific principles from The earth-self observing the Cosmos and trying to understand the Cosmos by scientific principles from which its self is excluded is, beyond doubt, the strangest phenomenon in all of the Cosmos, far stranger than the Ring Nebula in Lyra.
It, the self, is in fact the only alien in the entire Cosmos. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Nothing remains but desire, and desire comes howling down Elysian Fields like a mistral. Nothing remains but desire, and desire comes howling down Elysian Fields like a mistral. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Boredom is the self being stuffed with itself. Boredom is the self being stuffed with itself. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: The enduring is something which must be accounted for. One cannot simply shrug it off. The enduring is something which must be accounted for. One cannot simply shrug it off. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Every moment think steadily as a Roman and a man, to do what thou hast Every moment think steadily as a Roman and a man, to do what thou hast in hand with perfect and simple dignity, and a feeling of affection and freedom and justice. These words of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus strike me as pretty good advice, for even the orneriest young scamp. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: A note for physicians: if you listen carefully to what patients say, they will often A note for physicians: if you listen carefully to what patients say, they will often tell you not only what is wrong with them but also what is wrong with you. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: It makes people nervous for one to step out of one's role. It makes people nervous for one to step out of one's role. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: One of the peculiar ironies of being a human self in the Cosmos: A stranger One of the peculiar ironies of being a human self in the Cosmos: A stranger approaching you in the street will in a second's glance see you whole, size you up, place you in a way in which you cannot and never will, even though you have spent a lifetime with yourself, live in the Century of the Self, and therefore ought to know yourself best of all. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Looking at oneself in a mirror is a self-canceling phenomenon. Eyes looking into eyes make Looking at oneself in a mirror is a self-canceling phenomenon. Eyes looking into eyes make a hole which spreads out and renders one invisible. I had seen more of myself in that single glimpse of a ghostly image in the pier mirror, not knowing it was I. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: It is otherwise with sports and the media. There, too, a shift has occurred, from It is otherwise with sports and the media. There, too, a shift has occurred, from active participation to the vicarious participation of spectatorship. Four people used to go bowling, but 100 million watch the Super Bowl. Football, where men try to hit and hurt, has replaced baseball as the national game. It is as if the demotion from participant to spectatorship and from live spectatorship to TV spectatorship has to be compensated by upping the ante in violence. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Like many young men in the South, he had trouble ruling out the possible. They Like many young men in the South, he had trouble ruling out the possible. They are not like an immigrant's son in Passaic who desires to become a dentist and that is that. Southerners have trouble ruling out the possible. What happens to a ... man to whom all things seem possible and every course of action open? Nothing of course. — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: Catastrophe as Catalyst in the Ontology of Joy, or Hurricane Parties on the Gulf Coast Catastrophe as Catalyst in the Ontology of Joy, or Hurricane Parties on the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Camille: An In-depth Study of Eleven Victims Who Elected to Stay Compared with Eleven Random Control Subjects Who Elected to Leave"? — Walker Percy
Walker Percy Sayings By Walker Percy: What does a man live for but to have a girl, use his mind, practice 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?
Art Immelmann is right. Man is not made for suffering, night sweats, and morning terrors. — Walker Percy