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Quotations From EDWARD HOAGLAND

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  • 1.
    City people try to buy time as a rule, when they can, whereas country people are prepared to kill time, although both try to cherish in their mind's eye the notion of a better life ahead.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "The Ridge-Slope Fox and The Knife-Thrower," Harper's (New York, Jan. 1977).

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  • 2.
    In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "Dogs and the Tug of Life," Harper's (New York, Feb. 1975).

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  • 3.
    Animals are stylized characters in a kind of old saga—stylized because even the most acute of them have little leeway as they play out their parts.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "Dogs and the Tug of Life," Harper's (New York, February 1975).
  • 4.
    There aren't many irritations to match the condescension which a woman metes out to a man who she believes has loved her vainly for the past umpteen years.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. "The Lapping, Itchy Edge of Love," Heart's Desire (1988).

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  • 5.
    Men often compete with one another until the day they die; comradeship consists of rubbing shoulders jocularly with a competitor.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "Heaven and Nature," Harper's (New York, March 1988).
  • 6.
    Like a kick in the butt, the force of events wakes slumberous talents.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. Guardian (London, August 11, 1990).
  • 7.
    Men greet each other with a sock on the arm, women with a hug, and the hug wears better in the long run.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "Heaven and Nature," Harper's (March 1988).

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  • 8.
    Many people have believed that they were Chosen, but none more baldly than the Texans.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "Lament the Red Wolf," Sports Illustrated (New York, Jan. 14, 1974).

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  • 9.
    True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. Weekend Guardian (London, Jan. 20-21, 1990).

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  • 10.
    Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "Heaven and Nature," Harper's (New York, March 1988).

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