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33 Remarkable McMurtrey Quotes

Larry McMurtry is an American novelist, screenwriter, and bookseller originally from Texas. With films that have earned more than two dozen Academy Award nominations and more than a dozen Emmy Award nominations, here is a look at some of the most noted McMurtry quotes ever recorded.

“Anyway, whacking a surly bartender ain’t much of a crime.”

“At times he felt that he had almost rather not be in love with her, for it brought him no peace. What was the use of it, if it was only going to be painful?”

“Buffalo Hump knew his son was brave, but that was not enough. If a warrior lacked wisdom, courage alone would not keep him alive for long.”

“But just let me tell you something, son, a woman’s love is like the morning dew, it’s just as apt to settle on a horse turd as it is on a rose. So you better just get over it.”

“By the time the shade had reached the river, Augustus would have mellowed with the evening and be ready for some intelligent conversation, which usually involved talking to himself.”

“Call saw that everyone was looking at him, the hands and cowboys and townspeople alike. The anger had drained out of him, leaving him feeling tired.”

“From him to the stars, in all directions, there was only silence and emptiness.”

“He had known several men who blew their heads off, and he had pondered it much.”

“He sat where he was, on Mouse, in the grip of terrible indecision. He almost wished something would happen—a sudden attack of Mexicans or something.”

“I don’t see how being married could be any worse than listening to you talk for twenty years, but that still ain’t much of a recommendation for it.”

“I figured out something, Lorie,” he said. “I figured out why you and me get along so well. You know more than you say and I say more than I know. ”

“I hate rude behavior in a man,’ he explained in his quiet, unassuming drawl. ‘I won’t tolerate it.’ He politely tipped his hat, and rode away.”

“I never met a soul in this world as normal as me.”

“I think its a sickness to grieve too much for those who never cared a fig for you.”

“If I had a mind to rent pigs, I’d be mighty upset. A man that likes to rent pigs won’t be stopped.”

“If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.”

“If you want one thing too much it’s likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen.”

“I’m glad I’ve been wrong enough to keep in practice. . . You can’t avoid it, you’ve got to learn to handle it.”

“I’m sure partial to the evening,’ Augustus said. ‘The evening and the morning. If we just didn’t have to have the rest of the dern day I’d be a lot happier.”

“It was inconsiderate, she thought, how blandly people mentioned the future in the sick rooms. Phrases like next summer were always popping out; people made such assumptions about their own continuity.”

“It’s a fine world, though rich in hardships at times.”

“Occasionally the very youngness of the young moved him to charity–they had no sense of the swiftness of life, nor of its limits. The years would pass like weeks, and loves would pass too, or else grow sour.”

“Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken fried steak.”

“Part of the trick of being happy is a refusal to allow oneself to become too nostalgic for the heady triumphs of one’s youth.”

“The earth is mostly just a boneyard. But pretty in the sunlight.”

“The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.”

“The older the violin, the sweeter the music.”

“The reason men are so awful is because some woman has spoiled them.”

“There isn’t a thought in my head I care to be alone with for more than five minutes.”

“They don’t know it, but the wrath of the Lord is about to descend upon them.”

“Though loyal and able and brave, Pea had never displayed the slightest ability to learn from his experience, though his experience was considerable. ”

“Yesterday’s gone on down the river and you can’t get it back.”

“You don’t look strong enough to trouble nobody around here…. We grow our own troubles–it would be a novelty to have some we ain’t already used to.”

Larry McMurtry is noted as being a great American writer that turned book seller following a bout of health issues. In this interview he discusses his present focus on new horizons.

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