Author Pat Conroy passes away. Read some of his best quotes:

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Best Quotes from Author Pat Conroy:

Personal Quotes:

“Writing has never been that simple for me.”

“I loved my parents… but that can never change the fact that my father’s violence ruined my childhood.”

“Writing is more about imagination than anything else. I fell in love with words. I fell in love with storytelling.”

“Without music, life is a journey through a desert.”

“A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.”

“There’s always a version of me who is the narrator. And I make myself look better than other people.”

“I mark the reading of ‘Look Homeward, Angel’ as one of the pivotal events of my life. It starts off with the single greatest, knock-your-socks-off first page I have ever come across in my careful reading of world literature.”

Quotes from Pat Conroy’s Novels:

“Rape is a crime against sleep and memory; it’s afterimage imprints itself like an irreversible negative from the camera obscura of dreams.”
― Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

“I dislike poor teachers. They are criminals to me. I’ve seen so much cruelty toward children. I’ve seen so many children not given the opportunity to live up to their potential as human beings.”
― Pat Conroy, The Water is Wide

“No story is a straight line. The geometry of a human life is too imperfect and complex, too distorted by the laughter of time and the bewildering intricacies of fate to admit the straight line into its system of laws.”
― Pat Conroy, Beach Music

“Man wonders but God decides
When to kill the Prince of Tides.”
― Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

“Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.”
― Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

“There are no ideas in the South, just barbecue.”
― Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

“I’ve never had anyone’s approval, so I’ve learned to live without it.”
― Pat Conroy, The Great Santini

“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

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