Walker Percy Quotes

Most popular Walker Percy Quotes

You can get all A's and still flunk life.

life

Boredom is the self being stuffed with itself.

boredom

Bourbon does for me what the piece of cake did for Proust.
We love those who know the worst of us and don't turn their faces away.

friendship love relationships

There is no pain on this earth like seeing the same woman look at another man the way she once looked at you.

men and women

A novelist these days has to be an ex-suicide.  A good novel...is possible only after one has given up and let go.

novelists

Where there is chance of gain, there is also chance of loss.  Whenever one courts great happiness, one also risks malaise.

happiness loss

There is no joy on this earth like falling in love with a woman and managing at the same time the trick of keeping just enough perspective to see her fall in love too.

love

It is possible...that the artist is both thin-skinned and prophetic and, like the canary lowered into the mine shaft to test the air, has caught a whiff of something lethal.

artists

There may be times when the greatest service a novelist can do his fellow man is to follow General Patton's injunction: Attack, attack, attack.  Attack the false in the name of the real.

novelists

Why is it that one can look at a lion or a planet or an owl or at someone's finger as long as one pleases, but looking into the eyes of another person is, if prolonged past a second, a perilous affair?
I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen.  When it does at last dawn on a man that you really want to hear about his business, the look that comes over his face is something to see.

listening