Walker Percy was born 28 May 1916 and died 10 May 1990
- Fiction doesn’t tell us something we don’t know, it tells us something we know but don’t know that we know.
- The present age is demented. It is possessed by a sense of dislocation, a loss of personal identity, an alternating sentimentality and rage which, in an individual patient, could be characterised as dementia.
- You can get all A’s and still flunk life.
- 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.
- Before, I wandered as a diversion. Now I wander seriously and sit and read as a diversion.
- Small disconnected facts, if you take note of them, have a way of becoming connected.
- Whenever I feel bad, I go to the library and read controversial periodicals. Though I do not know whether I am a liberal or a conservative, I am nevertheless enlivened by the hatred which one bears the other. In fact, this hatred strikes me as one of the few signs of life remaining in the world.
- Losing hope is not so bad. There’s something worse: losing hope and hiding it from yourself.
- In this world goodness is destined to be defeated. But a man must go down fighting. That is the victory. To do anything less is to be less than a man.
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