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    I could bear the memory, but I could not bear the music that made the memory such a killing thing.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: memory  music 
     
    My soul found ease and rest in the companionship of books.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: soul  book 
     
    The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: hope 
     
    There is no teacher more discriminating or transforming than loss.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: loss 
     
    Each divorce is the death of a small civilization.
    — Pat Conroy
    I'd be a conservative if I'd never met any. They're selfish, mean-spirited, egocentric, reactionary, and boring.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: conservative 
     
    Good writing ... involves the agony of turning profoundly difficult thoughts into lucid form, then forcing them into the tight-fitting uniform of language, making them visible and clear.
    — Pat Conroy
    One of the greatest gifts you can get as a writer is to be born into an unhappy family.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: gift 
     
    Like everything else, love's not worth much without some action to back it up.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: action  worth 
     
    Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: journey  music 
     
    Here is all I ask of a book- give me everything. Everything, and don't leave out a single word.
    — Pat Conroy
    One can learn anything, anything at all, I thought, if provided by a gifted and passionate teacher.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: thoughts  learn 
     
    I've never had anyone's approval, so I've learned to live without it.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: live 
     
    The most powerful words in English are, 'Tell me a story.'
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: powerful  stories 
     
    I stood face to face with the moon and the ocean and the future that spread out with all its bewildering immensity before me.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: future  ocean  moon 
     
    Books are living things and their task lies in their vows of silence. You touch them as they quiver with a divine pleasure. You read them and they fall asleep to happy dreams for the next 10 years. If you do them the favor of understanding them, of taking in their portions of grief and wisdom, then they settle down in contented residence in your heart.
    — Pat Conroy
    I was born and raised on a Carolina sea island and I carried the sunshine of the low-country, inked in dark gold, on my back and shoulders.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: dark 
     
    Teach them the quiet words of kindness, to live beyond themselves. Urge them toward excellence, drive them toward gentleness, pull them deep into yourself, pull them upward toward manhood, but softly like an angel arranging clouds. Let your spirit move through them softly.
    — Pat Conroy
    It's impossible to explain to a Yankee what `tacky' is. They simply have no word for it up north, but my God, do they ever need one.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: impossible  god 
     
    There's no word in the language I revere more than 'teacher.' My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I've honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: men  heart  language  kids 
     
    Why do they not teach you that time is a finger snap and an eye blink, and that you should not allow a moment to pass you by without taking joyous, ecstatic note of it, not wasting a single moment of its swift, breakneck circuit?
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: time  moment  eyes 
     
    To describe our growing up in the lowcountry of South Carolina, I would have to take you to the marsh on a spring day, flush the great blue heron from its silent occupation, scatter marsh hens as we sink to our knees in mud, open an oyster with a pocketknife and feed it to you from the shell and say, 'There. That taste. That's the taste of my childhood.'
    — Pat Conroy
    American men are allotted just as many tears as American women. But because we are forbidden to shed them, we die long before women do, with our hearts exploding or our blood pressure rising or our livers eaten away by alcohol because that lake of grief inside us has no outlet. We, men, die because our faces were not watered enough.
    — Pat Conroy
    I loved my parents... but that can never change the fact that my father's violence ruined my childhood.
    — Pat Conroy
    The English language on her tongue became a smoke-screen, without her eyes changing expression in the least.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: language  eyes 
     
    ... silence (can) be the most eloquent form of lying.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: silence  lying 
     
    In Charleston, more than elsewhere, you get the feeling that the twentieth century is a vast, unconscionable mistake.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: mistakes 
     
    My attraction to story is a ceaseless current that runs through the center of me. My inexhaustible ardor for reading seems connected to my hunger for storylines that show up in both books and in the great tumbling chaos of life.
    — Pat Conroy
    Carolina beach music," Dupree said, coming up on the porch. "The holiest sound on earth.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: earth 
     
    Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: men  suffering  hurt  beautiful  music 
     
    The University of South Carolina has always played a role in my life and the intellectual life of South Carolina.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: university 
     
    Except for memory, time would have no meaning at all.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: time  memory  meaning 
     
    Losing prepares you for the heartbreak, setback, and the tragedy that you will encounter in the world more than winning ever can. By licking your wounds you learn how to avoid getting wounded the next time.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: time  world  tragedy  winning  learn 
     
    William Ferris has long reigned as the unimpeachable source of the entire southern experience. His work on southern folklore and the composition of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture have made him both legendary and necessary. His book, The Storied South , is a love song to the South Bill helped illuminate. It's a crowning achievement of his own storied career.
    — Pat Conroy
    Laughter is the only strategy that has ever worked at all for me when my world is falling apart.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: laughter  world  strategy 
     
    I had come to a place where I was meant to be. I don't mean anything so prosaic as a sense of coming home. This was different, very different. It was like arriving at a place much safer than home.
    — Pat Conroy
    I've always found paranoia to be a perfectly defensible position.
    — Pat Conroy
    Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: writing 
     
    Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: baseball 
     
    She had so mastered the strategies of camouflage that her own history had seemed a series of well-placed mirrors that kept her hidden from herself.
    — Pat Conroy
    tags: strategy 
     
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