Larry McMurtry Quotes

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Self-parody is the first portent of age.
— Larry McMurtry Some Can Whistle

age parody

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
— Larry McMurtry Some Can Whistle


Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look—historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
— Larry McMurtry Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West: 1846–1890

ignorance America history

The sorrowing are nomads, on a plain with few landmarks and no boundaries; sorrow's horizons are vague and its demands are few.
— Larry McMurtry Some Can Whistle


No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind.
— Larry McMurtry Some Can Whistle

success money illusion

The tradition I was born into was essentially nomadic, a herdsmen tradition, following animals across the earth. The bookshops are a form of ranching; instead of herding cattle, I herd books.  Writing is a form of herding, too; I herd words into little paragraphlike clusters.
— Larry McMurtry in The New York Times

why I write bookstore

You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: What we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination.  Hold the philosophy, hold the adjectives, just give us a plain subject and verb, and perhaps a wholesome, nonfattening adverb or two.
— Larry McMurtry Some Can Whistle

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