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Colum McCann quotes: There are no days more full than those we go back to. There are no days more full than those we go back to.
Colum McCann quotes: A good novel can be a doorstop to despair. A good novel can be a doorstop to despair.
Colum McCann quotes: Her smile could've broken glass. Her smile could've broken glass.
Colum McCann quotes: The luxury of age was the giving up of vanity. The luxury of age was the giving up of vanity.
Colum McCann quotes: Stories are the best democracy we have. We are allowed to become the other we never dreamed we could be. Stories are the best democracy we have. We are allowed to become the other we never dreamed we could be.
Colum McCann quotes: Sometimes, in life, nothing happens. But, sometimes, nothing happens beautifully. Sometimes, in life, nothing happens. But, sometimes, nothing happens beautifully.
Colum McCann quotes: The true nature of a democracy is its ability to say yes when even the powerful say no The true nature of a democracy is its ability to say yes when even the powerful say no
Colum McCann quotes: Oh, the mind itself is a deep, deep well. Lower me down and let me touch water. Oh, the mind itself is a deep, deep well. Lower me down and let me touch water.
Colum McCann quotes: The point of flight. To get rid of oneself. That was reason enough to fly. The point of flight. To get rid of oneself. That was reason enough to fly.
Colum McCann quotes: When I sat down beside them, their silence was lined with tenderness. We have to admire the world for not ending on us. When I sat down beside them, their silence was lined with tenderness. We have to admire the world for not ending on us.
Colum McCann quotes: What was life anyway? An accumulation of small shelves if incident. Stacked at odd angles to each other. What was life anyway? An accumulation of small shelves if incident. Stacked at odd angles to each other.
Colum McCann quotes: They bobbed back and forth, little Halloween apples. They bobbed back and forth, little Halloween apples.
Colum McCann quotes: banging saucepans to ring in the new year? banging saucepans to ring in the new year?
Colum McCann quotes: An optimist is a braver cynic. An optimist is a braver cynic.
Colum McCann quotes: Literature can stop my heart and execute me for a moment, allow me to become someone else. Literature can stop my heart and execute me for a moment, allow me to become someone else.
Colum McCann quotes: Their perfect English accents. As if serving all their vowels on a fine set of tongs. Their perfect English accents. As if serving all their vowels on a fine set of tongs.
Colum McCann quotes: Pain's nothing. Pain's what you give, not what you get. Pain's nothing. Pain's what you give, not what you get.
Colum McCann quotes: It was necessary to love silence, but before you could love silence you had to have noise. It was necessary to love silence, but before you could love silence you had to have noise.
Colum McCann quotes: One look at each other and it was immediately understood that they both needed a clean slate,,, The obliteration of memory. One look at each other and it was immediately understood that they both needed a clean slate,,, The obliteration of memory.
Colum McCann quotes: He was the son of his sonhe was here, he was left behind. He was the son of his son
he was here, he was left behind.
Colum McCann quotes: He was holding the image of his own people up: sometimes it was weight enough to stagger under. He was holding the image of his own people up: sometimes it was weight enough to stagger under.
Colum McCann quotes: At a certain stage every single thing can be a sign. At a certain stage every single thing can be a sign.
Colum McCann quotes: There is always room for at least two truths. There is always room for at least two truths.
Colum McCann quotes: The smallest moments: they return, dwell, endure. The smallest moments: they return, dwell, endure.
Colum McCann quotes: So you want to be a dancer? I asked. I want to dance better than I already do, he said. So you want to be a dancer? I asked. I want to dance better than I already do, he said.
Colum McCann quotes: He felt for a moment uncreated. Another kind of awake. He felt for a moment uncreated. Another kind of awake.
Colum McCann quotes: So, leave the cynics be. Out-cynic them. Step into that elsewhere. Believe that your story is bigger than yourself. In So, leave the cynics be. Out-cynic them. Step into that elsewhere. Believe that your story is bigger than yourself. In
Colum McCann quotes: He realized that he had thought only about the first step, never imagined the last. He realized that he had thought only about the first step, never imagined the last.
Colum McCann quotes: The world does not turn without moments of grace. Who cares how small. The world does not turn without moments of grace. Who cares how small.
Colum McCann quotes: In another life I would have liked to be a poet, I just can't stop the lines in time, so I'm a novelist. In another life I would have liked to be a poet, I just can't stop the lines in time, so I'm a novelist.
Colum McCann quotes: The person we know at first, she thinks, is not the one we know at last. The person we know at first, she thinks, is not the one we know at last.
Colum McCann quotes: And what is it we give our children anyway, except the ability to not become us? And what is it we give our children anyway, except the ability to not become us?
Colum McCann quotes: She had told Jaslyn once that everyone knows where they are from when they know where it is they want to be buried. She had told Jaslyn once that everyone knows where they are from when they know where it is they want to be buried.
Colum McCann quotes: Words are good for saying what things are, but sometimes they don't function for what things aren't. Words are good for saying what things are, but sometimes they don't function for what things aren't.
Colum McCann quotes: Then the clouds curtsy in, the rain kneels upon the land, and the weather knocks them back a whole day and a half. Then the clouds curtsy in, the rain kneels upon the land, and the weather knocks them back a whole day and a half.
Colum McCann quotes: Part of the beauty of fiction is that we come alive in a body that we don't own. Part of the beauty of fiction is that we come alive in a body that we don't own.
Colum McCann quotes: We stumble on, thinks Jaslyn, bring a little noise into the silence, find in others the ongoing of ourselves. It is almost enough. We stumble on, thinks Jaslyn, bring a little noise into the silence, find in others the ongoing of ourselves. It is almost enough.
Colum McCann quotes: That's what I like about God. You get to know Him by His occasional absence. That's what I like about God. You get to know Him by His occasional absence.
Colum McCann quotes: He looks like the sort of man who can't afford to leave, and doesn't want to stay, and so he is doing both at once. He looks like the sort of man who can't afford to leave, and doesn't want to stay, and so he is doing both at once.
Colum McCann quotes: A single man, he said he loved women but preferred engines. A single man, he said he loved women but preferred engines.
Colum McCann quotes: We seldom know what echo our actions will find, but our stories will most certainly outlast us. We seldom know what echo our actions will find, but our stories will most certainly outlast us.
Colum McCann quotes: You are a dancer for only a part of your life. The rest of the time you are walking around, thinking about it! You are a dancer for only a part of your life. The rest of the time you are walking around, thinking about it!
Colum McCann quotes: Rather, it was the manshape that held them there, their necks craned, torn between the promise of doom and the disappointment of the ordinary. Rather, it was the manshape that held them there, their necks craned, torn between the promise of doom and the disappointment of the ordinary.
Colum McCann quotes: The job of the writer is to look at where he is now and make some sort of emotional sense of it, not only for that moment but for years The job of the writer is to look at where he is now and make some sort of emotional sense of it, not only for that moment but for years to come.
Colum McCann quotes: Whatever you say, say nothing. Whatever you say, say nothing.
Colum McCann quotes: I gave them all the truth and none of the honesty. I gave them all the truth and none of the honesty.
Colum McCann quotes: The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough. The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough.
Colum McCann quotes: I don't believe the world's a particularly beautiful place, but I do believe in redemption. I don't believe the world's a particularly beautiful place, but I do believe in redemption.
Colum McCann quotes: I write about what I know; and I write about things that are new to me, and that I didn't know before. I write about what I know; and I write about things that are new to me, and that I didn't know before.
Colum McCann quotes: We are being bought off by our affair with the contemporary drug of choice: ease. We are being bought off by our affair with the contemporary drug of choice: ease.
Colum McCann quotes: Give life long enough and it will solve all your problems, including the one of being alive. Give life long enough and it will solve all your problems, including the one of being alive.
Colum McCann quotes: We have always absorbed our own disintegration. We have always absorbed our own disintegration.
Colum McCann quotes: That he'd see the light and it'd still be in a tunnel. That he'd see the light and it'd still be in a tunnel.
Colum McCann quotes: One small cloud, cast out by the herd, limps away to the west. One small cloud, cast out by the herd, limps away to the west.
Colum McCann quotes: He has heard once that a man knows where he is from when he knows where he would like to be buried. He has heard once that a man knows where he is from when he knows where he would like to be buried.
Colum McCann quotes: How inevitable it is; we step into an ordinary moment and never come out again. How inevitable it is; we step into an ordinary moment and never come out again.
Colum McCann quotes: Life must pass through difficulty in order to achieve any modicum of beauty. Life must pass through difficulty in order to achieve any modicum of beauty.
Colum McCann quotes: She would want, instead, to recall him in the air, between layers of cloud. To give him back that ancient dignity. She would want, instead, to recall him in the air, between layers of cloud. To give him back that ancient dignity.
Colum McCann quotes: The simple things come back to us. They rest for a moment by our ribcages then suddenly reach in and twist our hearts a notch backward. The simple things come back to us. They rest for a moment by our ribcages then suddenly reach in and twist our hearts a notch backward.
Colum McCann quotes: There was something of the beautiful failure about her. There was something of the beautiful failure about her.
Colum McCann quotes: The essence of intelligence was to know when, or if, to expose even the heart's deep need for instruction. The essence of intelligence was to know when, or if, to expose even the heart's deep need for instruction.
Colum McCann quotes: Anakana Schofield is part of a new wave of wonderful Irish fiction-international in scope and electrically alive. Anakana Schofield is part of a new wave of wonderful Irish fiction-international in scope and electrically alive.
Colum McCann quotes: There's a part of me that thinks perhaps we go on existing in a place even after we've left it. There's a part of me that thinks perhaps we go on existing in a place even after we've left it.
Colum McCann quotes: The conspiracy of women. We are in it together, make no mistake. The conspiracy of women. We are in it together, make no mistake.
Colum McCann quotes: Truth: When criticized you go berserk, but in your defense remember that it is those who calmly listen who never change. Truth: When criticized you go berserk, but in your defense remember that it is those who calmly listen who never change.
Colum McCann quotes: What was a life anyway? An accumulation of small shelves of incident. What was a life anyway? An accumulation of small shelves of incident.
Colum McCann quotes: There is nothing more substantial to place against the cruelty of the world than language. There is nothing more substantial to place against the cruelty of the world than language.
Colum McCann quotes: If they ask you to stand still, you should dance. If they ask you to stand still, you should dance.
Colum McCann quotes: The over examined life, Claire, it's not worth living. The over examined life, Claire, it's not worth living.
Colum McCann quotes: 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. 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.
Colum McCann quotes: The repeated lies become history, but they don't necessarily become the truth. The repeated lies become history, but they don't necessarily become the truth.