38 Wonderful Charles Frazier Quotes

Charles Frazier is an American novelist. Best known for his book ‘Cold Mountain,’ Frazier won the 1997 National Book Award for Fiction. With a Ph.D in English, and several other notable works written by him, here is a look at some of the most notable Charles Frazier quotes ever recorded.

“All your grief hasn’t changed a thing. What you have lost will not be returned to you. It will always be lost. You’re only left with your scars to mark the void. All you can choose to do is go on or not.”

“And then she thought that you went on living one day after another, and in time you were somebody else, your previous self only like a close relative, a sister or brother, with whom you shared a past.”

“Ask her what she craved, and she’d get a little frantic about things like books, the woods, music. Plants and the seasons. Also freedom.”

“At the first gesture of morning, flies began stirring.”

“But I believe the words entered me and changed me and still work in me. The words eat me and sustain me.”

“Claim your space. Draw a circle of light around it. Push back against the dark. Don’t just survive. Celebrate.”


“He had been alone in the world and empty for so long. But she filled him full, and so he believed everything that had been taken out of him might have been for a purpose. To clear space for something better.”

“He tried to name which of the deadly seven might apply, and when he failed he decided to append an eighth, regret.”

“I know I don’t need him, but I think I want him.”

“I’m ruined beyond repair, is what I fear…And if so, in time we’d both be wretched and bitter.”

“It is a bad idea to live too long. Few carry it off well.”

“It is best not to study too much on who gets what they deserve. It can lead to an overly complicated interpretation of God’s personal attributes.”

“Life can get fucked up fast when you try to be a pleaser. Because people won’t ever be pleased, not even if you drop them ass-first into paradise. They like bitching too much.”

“Marrying a woman for her beauty makes no more sense than eating a bird for its singing. But it’s a common mistake nonetheless.”

“My opinion was that if hogs are biting you so often that you have to stop and make up a specific word for it, maybe lack of vocabulary is not your most pressing problem.”

“Needing and getting don’t seem likely to match up any time soon… What needs doing is mine to do.”

“No looking back. Life goes one way only, and whatever opinions you hold about the past having nothing to do with anything but your own damn weakness.”

“Nothing changes what alreaay happened. It will always have happened. You either let it break you down or you don’t.”

“One thing he discovered with a great deal of astonishment was that music held for him more then just pleasure.”

“Our minds aren’t made to hold on to the particulars of pain the way we do bliss. It’s a gift God gives us, a sign of His care for us.”

“Our worst pain is confined within our own skin.”

“She always carried a book, though, in case she needed to read a few pages to avoid unwanted conversation.”

“She fit her head under his chin, and he could feel her weight settle into him. He held her tight and words spilled out of him without prior composition.”

“She wondered if literature might lose some of its interest when she reached an age or state of mind where her life was set on such a sure course that the things she read might stop seeming so powerfully like alternate directions for her being.”

“Surely it is a sin to reject the few gifts we are given. Be happy in the flash of time granted to us or hurt forever.”

“Survive long enough and you get to a far point in life where nothing else of particular interest is going to happen. After that, if you don’t watch out, you can spend all your time tallying your losses and gains in endless narrative.”

“That’s just pain she said. It goes eventually. And when it’s gone, there’s no lasting memory. Not the worst of it anyway. It fades. Our minds aren’t made to hold on to the particulars of pain the way we do bliss.”

“That’s not a thing any of us are granted. To go back. Wipe away what later doesn’t suit us and make it the way we wish it. You just go on.”

“That’s the way it is at some point in life. An inevitable consequence of living. A lot of things begin falling away.”

“There was a redemption of some kind, he believed, in such complete fulfillment of a desire so long deferred.”

“They say this war is a cloud over the land! But they make the weather and then they stand in the rain and say, ‘Shit, it’s raining!”

“Verbs. All of them tiring.”

“We are not strong enough to stand up against endless grief, And yet pain is the constant drone of life. So if we are to have any happiness at all, it is only in the passing instant.”

“We mark some days as fair, some as foul, because we do not see that the character of every day as identical.”

“What I’m certain I don’t want is to find myself someday in a new century, an old bitter woman looking back, wishing that right now I’d had more nerve.”

“What you have lost will not be returned to you; it always be lost. You’re left with only your scars to mark the void. All you can choose to do is go on, or not. But if you go on, it’s knowing you carry your scars with you.”

“When everything is immediately available and infinitely reproducible, nothing is valuable.”

“You never know when somebody will pull you to them.”

As the best selling author of the book, ‘Cold Mountain’ Charles Frazier discusses the pressures involved as a writer.

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