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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Pinkville was called Pinkville because in the military maps, it was shaded a bright kind Pinkville was called Pinkville because in the military maps, it was shaded a bright kind of shimmering pink, which signified what was called on the maps a 'built up' area, which was extremely misleading - 'built up' only meant there were little villages and it wasn't just desolate paddy land or unpopulated.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: It wasn't a question of deceit. Just the opposite; he wanted to heat up the It wasn't a question of deceit. Just the opposite; he wanted to heat up the truth, to make it burn so hot that you would feel exactly what he felt.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: With a hangover and with fear, it is difficult to put a helmet on your With a hangover and with fear, it is difficult to put a helmet on your head.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: When writing, I'm not thinking about war, even if I'm writing about it. I'm thinking When writing, I'm not thinking about war, even if I'm writing about it. I'm thinking about sentences, rhythm and story. So the focus, when I'm working, even if it's on a story that takes place at war, is not on bombs or bullets. It's on the story.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: She'd say amazing things sometimes. "Once you're alive," she'd say, "you cant ever be dead. She'd say amazing things sometimes. "Once you're alive," she'd say, "you cant ever be dead.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Anyways, the guys try to be cool. They just lie there and groove, but after Anyways, the guys try to be cool. They just lie there and groove, but after a while they start hearing - you won't believe this - they hear chamber music. They hear violins and cellos. They hear this terrific mama-san soprano. Then after a while they hear gook opera and and a glee club and the Haiphong Boys Choir and a barbershop quartet and and all kinds of wierd chanting and Buddha-Buddha stuff. All the whole time, in the background, there's stil that cocktail party going on. All these different voices. Not human voices, though. Because it's the mountains. Follow me? The rock, it's TALKING. And the fog, too, and the grass and the goddamn mongooses. Everything talks. The trees talk politics, the monnkeys talk religion. The whole country. Vietnam. The place talks. It talks. Understand? Nam - it truly TALKS.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Why do fairy tales exist, and why do movies exist? Why do novels exist? There Why do fairy tales exist, and why do movies exist? Why do novels exist? There has to be a reason for it; otherwise, none of these things would be there.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: But this too is true: stories can save us. But this too is true: stories can save us.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: The afternoon had passed to a ghostly gray. She was struck by the immensity of The afternoon had passed to a ghostly gray. She was struck by the immensity of things, so much water and sky and forest, and after a time it occurred to her that she'd lived a life almost entirely indoors. Her memories were indoor memories, fixed by ceilings and plastered white walls. Her whole life had been locked to geometries: suburban rectangles, city squares. First the house she'd grown up in, then dorms and apartments. The open air had been nothing but a medium of transit, a place for rooms to exist.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: We'll find new stuff to want. We'll find new stuff to want.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: If I see a phrase that strikes me as ugly, I'll delete it. Or, if If I see a phrase that strikes me as ugly, I'll delete it. Or, if I find a way to say something a bit more freshly than it was expressed originally, I'll do it. Ultimately, you want to try to leave behind the best possible paragraph or sentence.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Stories have a special way of putting us inside the people, inside the boots of Stories have a special way of putting us inside the people, inside the boots of the soldiers. You're absorbed in a way a documentary or nonfiction can't do for you.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: At the bottom, all wars are the same because they involve death and maiming and At the bottom, all wars are the same because they involve death and maiming and wounding, and grieving mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Place is so important to me. The Midwest is like a ghost in my life. Place is so important to me. The Midwest is like a ghost in my life. It's present as I look out the window now. I see Texas, but if I close my eyes and look out the same window, I'm back in my hometown in Worthington, Minnesota, and I cherish those values and that diction.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie. There is no rectitude whatsoever. There is no virtue. As a first rule of thumb, therefore, you can tell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's about sunlight. It's about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It's about love and memory. It's about sorrow. It's about sisters who never write back and people who never listen.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: How do you generalize? War is hell, but that's not the half of it, because How do you generalize? War is hell, but that's not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead. The truths are contradictory.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: When I have a book I enjoy, I'm partly in the book. I'm not just When I have a book I enjoy, I'm partly in the book. I'm not just observing it.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: There's something about being amid the chaos and the horror of a war that makes There's something about being amid the chaos and the horror of a war that makes you appreciate all you don't have - and all you may lose forever.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: In the attic, a warhead no doubt burns. Everything is combustible. Faith burns. Trust burns. In the attic, a warhead no doubt burns. Everything is combustible. Faith burns. Trust burns. Everything burns to nothing and even nothing burns ... And when there is nothing, there is nothing worth dying for and when there is nothing worth dying for, there is only nothing.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Fiction is a lie that is told in the service of truth. Fiction is a lie that is told in the service of truth.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: That you don't make war without knowing why. That you don't make war without knowing why.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: You're a shadow. You slip out of your own skin, like molting, shedding your own You're a shadow. You slip out of your own skin, like molting, shedding your own history and your own future, leaving behind everything you ever were or wanted or believed in.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Fantasy has a dark side to it. It also has a light hemisphere - the Fantasy has a dark side to it. It also has a light hemisphere - the power of the human imagination to keep going, to imagine a better tomorrow.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: The object of storytelling, like the object of magic, is not to explain or to The object of storytelling, like the object of magic, is not to explain or to resolve, but rather to create and to perform miracles of the imagination. To extend the boundaries of the mysterious. To push into the unknown in pursuit of still other unknowns. To reach into one's heart, down into that place where the stories are, bringing up the mystery of oneself.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Writing doesn't get easier with experience. The more you know, the harder it is to Writing doesn't get easier with experience. The more you know, the harder it is to write.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Money was never a problem, passports were never required. There were always new places to Money was never a problem, passports were never required. There were always new places to dance.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written. A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: To provide background and physical description and all the rest is of course vital to To provide background and physical description and all the rest is of course vital to fiction, but vital only insofar as such detail is in the service of a richly imagined story, rather than in the service of good botany or good philosophy or good geography.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: You don't know. When I'm out there at night I feel close to my own You don't know. When I'm out there at night I feel close to my own body, I can feel my blood moving, my skin and fingernails, everything, it's like I'm full of electricity and I'm glowing in the dark - I'm on fire almost - I'm burning away into nothing - but it doesn't matter because I know exactly who I am.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: The greater a man's fear, the greater his potential courage The greater a man's fear, the greater his potential courage
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: In the summer of 1954, after several years in Austin, Minnesota, our family moved across In the summer of 1954, after several years in Austin, Minnesota, our family moved across the state to the small, rural town of Worthington, where my dad became regional manager for a life insurance company. To me, at age 7, Worthington seemed a perfectly splendid spot on the earth.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: In many ways he was like America itself, big and strong, full of good intentions, In many ways he was like America itself, big and strong, full of good intentions, a roll of fat jiggling at his belly, slow of foot but always plodding along, always there when you needed him, a believer in the virtues of simplicity and directness and hard labor.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Each of us, I suppose needs his illusions. Life after death. A maker of planets. Each of us, I suppose needs his illusions. Life after death. A maker of planets. A woman to love, a man to hate. Something sacred. But what a waste.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Words, too, have genuine substance mass and weight and specific gravity. Words, too, have genuine substance
mass and weight and specific gravity.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: I grew up with the Gene Kelly look at war. The cheerful kind of stories I grew up with the Gene Kelly look at war. The cheerful kind of stories you tell about a horrendous war.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: In any war story, but especially a true one, it's difficult to separate what happened In any war story, but especially a true one, it's difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen. What seems to happen becomes its own happening and has to be told that way. The angles of vision are skewed. When a booby trap explodes, you close your eyes and duck and float outside yourself.. The pictures get jumbled, you tend to miss a lot. And then afterward, when you go to tell about it, there is always that surreal seemingness, which makes the story seem untrue, but which in fact represents the hard and exact truth as it seemed.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Most of this I've told before, or at least hinted at, but what I have Most of this I've told before, or at least hinted at, but what I have never told is the full truth. How I cracked. How at work one morning, standing on the pig line, I felt something break open in my chest. I don't know what it was. I'll never know. But it was real, I know that much, it was a physical rapture
a cracking-leaking-popping feeling. I remember dropping my water gun. Quickly, almost without thought, I took off my apron and walked out of the plant and drove home. It was midmorning, I remember, and the house was empty. Down in my chest there was still that leaking sensation, something very warm and precious spilling out, and I was covered with blood and hog-stink, and for a long while I just concentrated on holding myself together.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: A place where your life exists before you live it, and where it goes afterwards. A place where your life exists before you live it, and where it goes afterwards.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: He believed in mission. But . . . he did not believe in it as He believed in mission. But . . . he did not believe in it as an intellectual imperative, or even as a professional standard. Mission . . . was an abstract notion that took meaning in concrete situations.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: I hated him for making me stop hating him I hated him for making me stop hating him
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: It's one thing to say you're for the war; it's another thing to send your It's one thing to say you're for the war; it's another thing to send your kid to war - your daughter or your son.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: What happened, and what might have happened? What happened, and what might have happened?
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: Precisely where the land touched water at high tide, where things came together but also Precisely where the land touched water at high tide, where things came together but also separated.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.
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Tim O'Brien Sayings: In books or films, it is desirable to have a climactic battle scene, but the In books or films, it is desirable to have a climactic battle scene, but the world does not operate in those gross dramatic terms. In Vietnam, there was a general aimlessness, not just in the physical sense, but beyond that in the moral and ethical sense.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: From the year of his birth in 1914 until the outbreak of war in 1941, From the year of his birth in 1914 until the outbreak of war in 1941, my father lived in a mostly white, mostly working-class, mostly Irish Catholic neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Laughter does not deny pain. Laughter - like a wail - acknowledges and replies to Laughter does not deny pain. Laughter - like a wail - acknowledges and replies to pain.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: In battle, in a war, a soldier sees only a tiny fragment of what is In battle, in a war, a soldier sees only a tiny fragment of what is available to be seen. The soldier is not a photographic machine. He is not a camera. He registers, so to speak, only those few items that he is predisposed to register and not a single thing more. Do you understand this? So I am saying to you that after a battle each soldier will have different stories to tell, vastly different stories, and that when a was is ended it is as if there have been a million wars, or as many wars as there were soldiers.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Stories can save us. Stories can save us.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: I learned that words make a difference. It's easier to cope with a kicked bucked I learned that words make a difference. It's easier to cope with a kicked bucked than a corpse; if it isn't human, it doesn't matter much if it's dead.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: He hated her. Yes, he did. He hated her. Love, too, but it was a He hated her. Yes, he did. He hated her. Love, too, but it was a hard, hating kind of love.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Together we understood what terror was: you're not human anymore. You're a shadow. You slip Together we understood what terror was: you're not human anymore. You're a shadow. You slip out of your own skin, like molting, shedding your own history and your own future, leaving behind everything you ever were or wanted to believed in. You know you're about to die. And it's not a movie and you aren't a hero and all you can do is whimper and wait.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Zapped while zipping. Zapped while zipping.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: He felt crazy sometimes. Real depravity. Late at night an electric sizzle came into his He felt crazy sometimes. Real depravity. Late at night an electric sizzle came into his blood, a tight pumped-up killing rage, and he couldn't keep it in and he couldn't let it out. He wanted to hurt things. Grab a knife and start cutting and slashing and never stop. All those years. Climbing like a son of a bitch, clawing his way up inch by fucking inch, and then it all came crashing down at once.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: My whole life seemed to spill out into the river, swirling away from me, everything My whole life seemed to spill out into the river, swirling away from me, everything I had ever been or ever wanted to be.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: It can be argued, for instance, that war is grotesque. But in truth war is It can be argued, for instance, that war is grotesque. But in truth war is also beauty ... Like a killer forest fire, like cancer under a microscope, any battle or bombing raid or artillery barrage has the aesthetic purity of absolute moral indifference- a powerful, implacable beauty- and a true war story will tell the truth about this, though the truth is ugly
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Every dark cloud may well have its silver lining, but I have come to learn Every dark cloud may well have its silver lining, but I have come to learn that every silver lining has its dark consequences.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: I showed up in October 1946, part of an early surge that would become a I showed up in October 1946, part of an early surge that would become a great nationwide baby boom. My sister Kathy was born a year later.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: And in the end, really, there's nothing much to say about a true war story, And in the end, really, there's nothing much to say about a true war story, except maybe Oh.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: They were afraid of dieing, but they were even more afraid to show it. They were afraid of dieing, but they were even more afraid to show it.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: The world comes at me that way - comes at me in clumps of stuff, The world comes at me that way - comes at me in clumps of stuff, sometimes little vignettes and sometimes whole stories. And then the rest is erased by the internal filter that erases things for the same reason you'd forget swatting a mosquito.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: The bad stuff never stops happening: it lives in its own dimension, repaying itself over The bad stuff never stops happening: it lives in its own dimension, repaying itself over and over.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Kiowa who saw it happen said it was like watching a rock fall, or a Kiowa who saw it happen said it was like watching a rock fall, or a big sandbag or something-Just Boom-then down. Not like in the movies where the dead guy rolls around and does fancy spins and goes ass over teakettle-not like that. Kiowa said. The bastard just flat fuck fell. Boom down. Nothing else.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: In a war without aim, you tend not to aim. You close your eyes, close In a war without aim, you tend not to aim. You close your eyes, close your heart. The consequences become hit or miss in the most literal sense.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Mitchell Sanders was right. For the common soldier, at least, war has the feel-the spiritual Mitchell Sanders was right. For the common soldier, at least, war has the feel-the spiritual texture-of a great ghostly fog, thick and permanent. There is no clarity. Everything swirls. The old rules are no longer binding, the old truths no longer true. Right spills over into wrong. Order blends into chaos, love into hate, ugliness into beauty, law into anarchy, civility into savagery. The vapors suck you in. You can't tell where you are, or why you're there, and the only certainty is overwhelming ambiguity.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: I carry the memories of the ghosts of a place called Vietnam - the people I carry the memories of the ghosts of a place called Vietnam - the people of Vietnam, my fellow soldiers.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Well, right now I'm not dead. But when I am, it's like ... I don't Well, right now I'm not dead. But when I am, it's like ... I don't know, I guess it's like being inside a book that nobody's reading. [ ... ] An old one. It's up on a library shelf, so you're safe and everything, but the book hasn't been checked out for a long, long time. All you can do is wait. Just hope somebody'll pick it up and start reading.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: But the thing about remembering is that you don't forget. But the thing about remembering is that you don't forget.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: It was a flight, a kind of fleeing, a kind of falling, falling higher and It was a flight, a kind of fleeing, a kind of falling, falling higher and higher, spinning off the edge of the earth and beyond the sun and through the vast silent vacuum where there were no burdens and where everything weighed exactly nothing.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Vietnam was the defining event for my generation. It spilled over into all facets of Vietnam was the defining event for my generation. It spilled over into all facets of American life - into music, into the pulpits, in churches of our country. It spilled over into the city streets, police forces. And even if you were born late in the generation, Vietnam was still part of your childhood.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: I am forever astonished at the longevity of childhood. How it never ends. How we I am forever astonished at the longevity of childhood. How it never ends. How we are what we were. How turtles and engines and stolen kisses leave their jet trail across our gaping lives.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: ... he wanted to sleep inside her lungs and breathe her blood and be smothered. ... he wanted to sleep inside her lungs and breathe her blood and be smothered. He wanted her to be a virgin and not a virgin all at once. He wanted to know her. Intimate secrets: Why poetry? Why so sad? Why that grayness in her eyes? Why so alone? Not lonely, just alone - riding her bike across campus or sitting off by herself in the cafeteria - even dancing, she danced alone - and it was the aloneness that filled him with love. He remembered telling her that one evening. How she nodded and looked away. And how, later, when he kissed her, she received the kiss without returning it, her eyes wide open, not afraid, not a virgin's eyes, just flat and uninvolved.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Inside I feel much like a 12-year-old or a 17-year-old who knows big words. Inside I feel much like a 12-year-old or a 17-year-old who knows big words.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: I received my draft notice right after graduation from college and had three months before I received my draft notice right after graduation from college and had three months before going into the Army in September to think about it.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: All that peace, man, if felt so good it hurt. I want to hurt it All that peace, man, if felt so good it hurt. I want to hurt it back.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: A miracle to confound natural law, a baffling reversal of the inevitable consequences ... a A miracle to confound natural law, a baffling reversal of the inevitable consequences ... a miracle ... An act of high imagination
daring and lurid and impossible. Yes, a cartoon of the mind.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Sometimes the bravest thing in the world was to sit through the night and feel Sometimes the bravest thing in the world was to sit through the night and feel the cold in your bones.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: I don't think I'd call myself a war writer, but I would probably say I'm I don't think I'd call myself a war writer, but I would probably say I'm a writer who has written about war.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: You can tell a true war story by the questions you ask. Somebody tells a You can tell a true war story by the questions you ask. Somebody tells a story, let's say, and afterward you ask, 'Is it true?' and if the answer matters, you've got your answer ... Absolute occurrence is irrelevant. A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: The goal, I suppose, any fiction writer has, no matter what your subject, is to The goal, I suppose, any fiction writer has, no matter what your subject, is to hit the human heart and the tear ducts and the nape of the neck and to make a person feel something about the characters are going through and to experience the moral paradoxes and struggles of being human.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: With no draft, the only people who went to war were those who wanted to, With no draft, the only people who went to war were those who wanted to, or at least those who wanted to join the military.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever. And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: It occurred to me that the act of writing had led me through a swirl It occurred to me that the act of writing had led me through a swirl of memories that might otherwise have ended in paralysis or worse. By telling stories, you objectify your own experience. You separate it from yourself. You pin down certain truths. You make up others. You start sometimes with an incident that truly happened, like the night in the shit field, and you carry it forward by inventing incidents that did not in fact occur but that nonetheless help to clarify and explain.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: It was the burden of being alive. Awkwardly, the men would reassemble themselves, first in It was the burden of being alive. Awkwardly, the men would reassemble themselves, first in private, then in groups, becoming soldiers again. They would repair the leaks in their eyes. They would check for casualties, call in dustoffs, light cigarettes, try to smile, clear their throats and spit and begin cleaning their weapons.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: The human life is all one thing, like a blade tracing loops on the ice: The human life is all one thing, like a blade tracing loops on the ice: a little kid, a twenty-three-year-old infantry sergeant, a middle-aged writer knowing guilt and sorrow.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: I'm young and happy. I'll never die. I'm young and happy. I'll never die.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: The word war itself has a kind of glazing abstraction to it that conjures up The word war itself has a kind of glazing abstraction to it that conjures up bombs and bullets and so on, whereas my goal is to try to, so much as I can, capture the heart and the stomach and the back of the throat of readers who can lie in bed at night and participate in a story.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: But in a story I can steal her soul. But in a story I can steal her soul.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: I'll picture Rat Kiley face, his grief, and I'll think, You dumb cooze. Because she I'll picture Rat Kiley face, his grief, and I'll think, You dumb cooze. Because she wasn't listening. It wasn't a war story. It was a love story.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: What stories can do, I guess, is make things present.I can look at things I What stories can do, I guess, is make things present.
I can look at things I never looked at. I can attach faces to grief and love and pity and God. I can be brave. I can make myself feel again.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Is the Mona Lisa an 'accurate' representation of the actual human model for the painting? Is the Mona Lisa an 'accurate' representation of the actual human model for the painting? Who knows? Who cares? It's a great piece of art. It moves us. It makes us wonder, makes us gape - finally makes us look inward at ourselves.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: What is love, for God's sake, if not the most distilled obsession? What is love, for God's sake, if not the most distilled obsession?
Tim O'Brien Sayings: I did not set out to write another novel. One day I sat down with I did not set out to write another novel. One day I sat down with the thought of trying my hand at a piece of nonfiction, a personal memoir of youth, but over the next several weeks, without intending it, the work began evolving into what has become 'Tomcat in Love.'
Tim O'Brien Sayings: It's sad when you learn you're not much of a hero. It's sad when you learn you're not much of a hero.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: He wanted to know her. Intimate secrets: Why poetry? Why so sad? Why that grayness He wanted to know her. Intimate secrets: Why poetry? Why so sad? Why that grayness in her eyes? Why so alone? Not lonely, just alone - riding her bike across campus or sitting off by herself in the cafeteria - even dancing, she danced alone - and it was the aloneness that filled him with love
Tim O'Brien Sayings: I know what it is to feel unloved, to want revenge, to make mistakes, to I know what it is to feel unloved, to want revenge, to make mistakes, to suffer disappointment, yet also to find the courage to go forward in life.
Tim O'Brien Sayings: Mitchell sanders was sitting under a banyan tree and using a thumbnail to pry off Mitchell sanders was sitting under a banyan tree and using a thumbnail to pry off all the body lice, working slowly, carefully depositing them in a USO envelope. When he was done he sealed the envelope, wrote 'Free' in the right hand corner, and sent it to his draft board in ohio.