Quotations From LARRY MCMURTRY


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  • Self-parody is the first portent of age.
    Larry McMurtry (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, novelist, essayist. Danny Deck, in Some Can Whistle, pt. 1, ch. 14 (1989).
  • True maturity is only reached when a man realizes he has become a father figure to his girlfriends' boyfriends—and he accepts it.
    Larry McMurtry (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, novelist, essayist. Danny Deck, in Some Can Whistle, pt. 1, ch. 12 (1989).

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  • No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind, such as cars that won't start.
    Larry McMurtry (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, novelist, essayist. Danny Deck, in Some Can Whistle, pt. 1, ch. 11 (1989).

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  • You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination. Hold the philosophy, hold the adjectives, just give us a plain subject and verb and perhaps a wholesome, nonfattening adverb or two.
    Larry McMurtry (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, novelist, essayist. Godwin, in Some Can Whistle, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1989).

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  • The lives of happy people are dense with their own doings—crowded, active, thick.... But the sorrowing are nomads, on a plain with few landmarks and no boundaries; sorrow's horizons are vague and its demands are few.
    Larry McMurtry (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, novelist, essayist. Some Can Whistle, pt. 4, ch. 9 (1989).

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