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#1. At what whirling moment had she halted and turned, unbeknownst to herself, the other way? - Author: Colum McCann
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#2. O woman shapely as a swan. - Author: Padraic Colum
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#3. The contemporary American novelist benefits in a way from being ignored. It makes you angrier and makes you want to go into all of those places where you shouldn't. - Author: Colum McCann
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#4. The stars looked like nail heads in the sky
pull a few of them out and the darkness would fall. - Author: Colum McCann
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#5. Sooner or later they all turn their backs. They all leave. That's gospel. I've been there. I've seen it. They all do. - Author: Colum McCann
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#6. It was a silence that heard itself, awful and beautiful. - Author: Colum McCann
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#7. Every first thing is always a miracle. The first person you fall in love with. The first letter you receive. The first stone you throw. And in my conception of the novel, the letter becomes important. But what's more important is the fact that we need to continue to tell each other stories. - Author: Colum McCann
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#8. What monstrous things, our pasts, especially when they have been lovely. - Author: Colum McCann
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#9. Their perfect English accents. As if serving all their vowels on a fine set of tongs. - Author: Colum McCann
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#10. Yet she likes complications. She wishes she could turn and say: I like people who unbalance me. - Author: Colum McCann
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#11. Mornings in the kitchen, afternoons in the counseling room, evenings out combing streets of half-lamplight: Hermann Park, Montrose, Sunnyside, Hiram Clarke, the Fifth Ward. - Author: Colum McCann
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#12. And there are moments that I would like to know what might have happened if it hadn't happened, and why it happened the way it did, and what it might have taken to prevent it from happening. - Author: Colum McCann
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#13. Very seldom in my fiction have I directly used the stories people have told me. I think ripping off people's lives in fiction is dangerous. It also lacks imagination. - Author: Colum McCann
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#14. If you think you know all the secrets, you think you know all the cures. - Author: Colum McCann
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#15. I'm of the opinion that the real is imagined and the imagined is quite real. The real is imagined, in the sense that we shape our stories, so anything that even happens on the news gets shaped in a certain way and gets a texture, and that the imagined can be real. - Author: Colum McCann
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#16. She had told Jaslyn once that everyone knows where they are from when they know where it is they want to be buried. - Author: Colum McCann
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#17. You are a dancer for only a part of your life. The rest of the time you are walking around, thinking about it! - Author: Colum McCann
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#18. ...only when a man dies can his life acquire a beginning, middle, and an end: up until then we are constantly unfinished, even the midpoint cannot be located. So only the final word finds the middle word and this, in a way becomes a verse--one's death explains oneself. - Author: Colum McCann
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#19. It's hardly wisdom, but the older I get the more I believe that our lives are built not out of time, but light. The problem is that the images that so often return to me are seldom those I want. - Author: Colum McCann
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#20. He might have been naive, but he didn't care; he said he's rather die with his heart on his sleeve than end up another cynic. - Author: Colum McCann
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#21. The essence of intelligence was to know when, or if, to expose even the heart's deep need for instruction. - Author: Colum McCann
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#22. She likes the people with the endurance to tolerate the drudge, the ones who know that pain is a requirement, not a curse. - Author: Colum McCann
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#23. although i know that a wall to happiness is expecting too much happiness - Author: Colum McCann
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#24. When I sat down beside them, their silence was lined with tenderness. We have to admire the world for not ending on us. - Author: Colum McCann
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#25. Words are good for saying what things are, but sometimes they don't function for what things aren't. - Author: Colum McCann
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#26. They say ol' man Beach is crazy. And maybe he is. But he goes ahead anyways. He's the sort of man who knows the only things worth doing are the things might break your heart. - Author: Colum McCann
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#27. I mean, every novel's a historical novel anyway. But calling something a historical novel seems to put mittens on it, right? It puts manners on it. And you don't want your novels to be mannered. - Author: Colum McCann
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#28. I suppose I've always known that it's hard to be just one person. the key is in the door and it can always be opened. - Author: Colum McCann
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#29. It's interesting if you can talk about the large moments and also the small moments to understand the deepest complexities of a man by trying to imagine who they are. - Author: Colum McCann
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#30. How far from real the truth is. I wanted then to take every murdering bastard in Northern Ireland, and have them sleep for a night in my boy's blue rowboat, out on the lough, in the dark, among the reeds, turning in primal celtic patterns. - Author: Colum McCann
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#31. It is more important to let a child's imagination develop than it is to labor to inculcate in him or her some correct ethical point of view. - Author: Padraic Colum
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#32. She's always thought that one of the beauties of New York is that you can be from anywhere and within moments of landing its yours. - Author: Colum McCann
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#33. People are good or half good or a quarter good, and it changes all the time- but even on the best day nobody's perfect. - Author: Colum McCann
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#34. The further away we got from 9/11, the more I wanted to find some way to recover. I wanted to talk about the more anonymous corners of the city, because I think it's very important that not all of that anger was turned to revenge. - Author: Colum McCann
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#35. That's what sons do: write to their mothers about recall, tell themselves about the past until they come to realize that they are the past. - Author: Colum McCann
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#36. I'd been involved in journalism for a long time - my dad's a journalist, he's written many books, and when I was twelve years old I wrote reports on local football matches for the newspapers. - Author: Colum McCann
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#37. There's a part of me that thinks perhaps we go on existing in a place even after we've left it. - Author: Colum McCann
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#38. A good doctor. He would not let her take pills. Try each day just to laugh a little bit, it's a good medicine, he said. Pills were a second option. I should have taken them. No. Better off to try laughing. Die laughing. - Author: Colum McCann
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#39. I was studying with Peter Carey, Colum McCann; but also, my fellow students were really critical readers for me. - Author: Phil Klay
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#40. People think they know the mystery of living in your skin. They don't. There's no one who knows except the person who carts it around her own self. - Author: Colum McCann
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#41. Memory has a heavy backspin, yet it's still impossible to land exactly where we took off. - Author: Colum McCann
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#42. I don't believe a poet has a better hold on truth or morality than a fiction writer has. And I don't think a fiction writer has anything over a journalist. It's all about the good word, properly inserted. - Author: Colum McCann
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#43. I don't really know what an adverb is. A dangling participle? That sounds really rude. I don't know what character is, really. Plot seems vaguely juvenile to me. It's all about language, it's all about how you apply it to the page. - Author: Colum McCann
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#44. If you think of the world without people it's about the most perfect thing there ever is. It's all balanced and shit. But then come the people, and they fuck it up. - Author: Colum McCann
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#45. That's what I like about God. You get to know Him by His occasional absence. - Author: Colum McCann
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#46. I'm not interested in blind optimism, but I'm very interested in optimism that is hard-won, that takes on darkness and then says, 'This is not enough.' - Author: Colum McCann
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#47. The repeated lies become history, but they don't necessarily become the truth. - Author: Colum McCann
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#48. The detectives slide back on the digital timeline to the moment when Mendelssohn steps out into the snowstorm: there is something of the Greek epic about it, the old gray man with his walking stick, venturing out, into the snow, out of frame and away, like an ancient word stepping off a page. - Author: Colum McCann
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#49. Women in long dresses, aloof and elegant, the mark of bonnet ribbons still on the soft of their necks. - Author: Colum McCann
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#50. How very odd it is to be abandoned by language, how the future demands what should have been asked in the past, how words can escape us with such ease, and we are left, then, only with the pursuit. - Author: Colum McCann
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#51. All this miraculous hatred. Christ, a man can't eat his breakfast for filling his belly full of it. - Author: Colum McCann
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#52. My wardrobe is drab. I could spend six weeks in the same jeans. Most everything I have is blue or black, but certainly not cool. - Author: Colum McCann
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#53. The thing about love is that we come alive in bodies not our own. - Author: Colum McCann
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#54. I think literature can make familiar the unfamiliar, and the unfamiliar is very much about the dispossessed, and so the value of literature seems to me to go into the stories that not everybody wants to tell. - Author: Colum McCann
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#55. I was a little bit perturbed by the whole big grief machine that grew out of 9/11. I knew that I wanted to write about it, but I wasn't sure about how to go about it. - Author: Colum McCann
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#56. The disconnect between his mouth and his mind. That's where the camera came in. It was the unspoken thing between him and the others. - Author: Colum McCann
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#57. Pain's nothing. Pain's what you give, not what you get. - Author: Colum McCann
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#58. There was something in the music of the accent that Douglass liked: it was as if the Cork people put long lazy hammocks in their sentences. - Author: Colum McCann
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#59. He was the son of his son
he was here, he was left behind. - Author: Colum McCann
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#60. ... it struck me that maybe the young girl had just been a prostitute. I felt a momentary sigh of gratitude, and then the awareness stopped me cold, the walls pulsed in on me. How cheap was I? - Author: Colum McCann
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#61. Well, I'd say fuck too, if I were me. I'd say it backward and forward and around the block, fuck this and fuck that and fuck it all at once, twice, three times. - Author: Colum McCann
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#62. It's the sort of hum that makes you feel that you're the actual ground lying under the sky, a blue hum that's all above and around you, but if you think about it too hard it will get too loud or big, and make you feel no more than just a speck. - Author: Colum McCann
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#63. Her smile colud've broen glass. - Author: Colum McCann
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#64. I was reminded of how years before, he had drifted away from one of our afternoon strolls and got surrounded by the tide - Corrigan, isolated on a sandbar, tangled in light, voices from the shores drifting over him, calling his name. - Author: Colum McCann
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#65. Every now and then the city shook its soul out. It assailed you with an image, or a day, or a crime, or a terror, or a beauty so difficult to wrapy your mind around that you had to shake your head in disbelief. - Author: Colum McCann
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#66. Back home, he sleeps in Clarence's bed. Then he moves across and arranges the pillows beside the ghost of his wife. All three of them lie down together. The pulse of Louis Armstrong sounds out from the record player, the notes moving tenderly through his torment. - Author: Colum McCann
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#67. Once we had filled each other with desire, not remembrance. - Author: Colum McCann
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#68. This is not my life. These are not my cobwebs. This is not the darkness I was designed for. - Author: Colum McCann
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#69. To return to the moment of radical innocence. To paint. To stretch canvas. To find the point of originality. It wasn't a hippie idea. Both of us always hated the hippies, their flowers, their poems, their one idea. We were the furthest thing from hippies. We were the edge, the definers. - Author: Colum McCann
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#70. The wind surged in a roar, then died down like it was pondering some heavy shit, then started back up like before. - Author: Colum McCann
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#71. It is not fashionable anymore, I suppose, to have a regard for one's mother in the way my brother and I had then, in the mid-1950s, when the noise outside the window was mostly wind and sea chime. - Author: Colum McCann
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#72. Goodness is more difficult than evil. Evil men knew that more than good men. That's why they became evil. That's why it stuck with them. Evil was for those who could never reach the truth. It was a mask for stupidity and lack of love. - Author: Colum McCann
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#73. Darkness doesn't fall, he thought as he swayed to the radio, it rises up from the bottom of the sea and begins to breathe around us. - Author: Colum McCann
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#74. I don't believe the world's a particularly beautiful place, but I do believe in redemption. - Author: Colum McCann
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#75. It's like moving through a delicious fog. - Author: Colum McCann
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#76. I think a good novel can be a doorstop to despair. I also think the real bravery comes with those who prepared to go through that door and look at the world in all its grime and torment, and still find something of value, no matter how small. - Author: Colum McCann
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#77. The short story is an imploding universe. It has all the boil of energy inside it. A novel has shrapnel going all over the place. You can have a mistake in a novel. A short story has to be perfect. - Author: Colum McCann
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#78. I think the Northern Ireland accent is one of the most beautiful in the world. - Author: Colum McCann
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#79. If you're a writer, you know there are ways in which we don't know what we're doing at all. We're working out mysteries in a sort of poetic realm, and hoping that if a story is honest, if you're dragging the deep truth out of yourself, then something good and profound might come out of it. - Author: Colum McCann
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#80. I'm much more interested in allowing a story to happen, and people find whatever meaning is in there. - Author: Colum McCann
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#81. He caught a glimpse in the mirror the other day, and how in tarnation did I acquire the face of my father's father? - Author: Colum McCann
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#82. For all its imagined moments, literature works in unimaginable ways. - Author: Colum McCann
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#83. He wanted to hear his own footsteps to prove that he trod the ground. - Author: Colum McCann
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#84. Someone was high or brilliant or both. - Author: Colum McCann
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#85. The overexamined life... It's not worth living. - Author: Colum McCann
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#86. Rain fell more steadily now. Grey and unrelenting. Nobody seemed to notice. Rain on the puddles. Rain on the high brickwork. Rain on the slate roofs. Rain on the rain itself. - Author: Colum McCann
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#87. The true nature of a democracy is its ability to say yes when even the powerful say no - Author: Colum McCann
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#88. So, leave the cynics be. Out-cynic them. Step into that elsewhere. Believe that your story is bigger than yourself. In - Author: Colum McCann
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#89. There'll be lawyers in heaven before you see somethin' so good again. - Author: Colum McCann
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#90. Where happiness was not a possibility, the illusion of it was always more important. - Author: Colum McCann
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#91. It's not very fashionable, but I love life, and I believe that things disappear and reappear and nothing ever solidifies, no matter how middle-class, housebroken, staid, and solitary someone's life seems to be. That, I think, is what I'm writing about. - Author: Colum McCann
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#92. The over examined life, Claire, it's not worth living. - Author: Colum McCann
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#93. We have always absorbed our own disintegration. - Author: Colum McCann
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#94. I write about what I know; and I write about things that are new to me, and that I didn't know before. - Author: Colum McCann
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#95. A single man, he said he loved women but preferred engines. - Author: Colum McCann
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#96. Death by drowning, death by snakebite ... death by memory loss, death by claymore ... death by paper cuts, death by whoreknife, death by poker game ... death by authority, death by isolation, death by genocide, death by Kennedy ... death by signature, death by silence ... death by performance - Author: Colum McCann
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#97. In the end you should probably know your characters as well as you know yourself. Not only what they had for breakfast this morning, but what they wanted to have for breakfast. - Author: Colum McCann
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#98. There wasn't much left for anyone to die for, except the right to remain peculiar. - Author: Colum McCann
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#99. And I suddenly think, as I look across the table at him, that these are the days as they will be. This is the future as we see it. The swerve and the static. The confidence and the doubt. - Author: Colum McCann
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#100. Sometimes, in life, nothing happens. But, sometimes, nothing happens beautifully. - Author: Colum McCann
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