Best Quotes by Walker Percy (Top 10)

  1. You can get all A's and still flunk life.
  2. The difference between a non-suicide and an ex-suicide leaving the house for work, at eight o'clock on an ordinary morning: The non-suicide is a little traveling suck of care, sucking care with him from the past and being sucked toward care in the future. His breath is high in his chest. The ex-suicide opens his front door, sits down on the steps, and laughs. Since he has the option of being dead, he has nothing to lose by being alive. It is good to be alive. He goes to work because he doesn't have to.
  3. Before, I wandered as a diversion. Now I wander seriously and sit and read as a diversion.
  4. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.
  5. You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.
  6. 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.
  7. Lucky is the man who does not secretly believe that every possibility is open to him.
  8. I like to eat crawfish and drink beer. That's despair?
  9. Fiction doesn't tell us something we don't know, it tells us something we know but don't know that we know.
  10. Jews wait for the Lord, Protestants sing hymns to him, Catholics say mass and eat him.

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