Larry McMurtry Quotes

Most popular Larry McMurtry Quotes

Self-parody is the first portent of age.

age parody

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


Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look—historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.

history ignorance America

The sorrowing are nomads, on a plain with few landmarks and no boundaries; sorrow's horizons are vague and its demands are few.


No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind.

money success 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.

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.

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