Larry McMurtry Quotes

Home / Writer / Larry McMurtry Quotes
Larry McMurtry
Born Larry Jeff McMurtry
(1936-06-03) June 3, 1936 (age 80)
Archer City, Texas, U.S.
Education University of North Texas
Rice University
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter, essayist
Years active 1961–present

Members of the Academy are mostly urban people. We are an urban nation. We are not a rural nation. It's not easy even to get a rural story made.
Larry McMurtry
Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.
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
A man that ain't willin' to cheat for a poke don't want it bad enough.
Larry McMurtry
One of the things that Ang brings to all of his projects is his deep sense of being a double exile, an outsider's outsider.
Larry McMurtry
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
If we know anything about man, it's that he's not pacific. The temptation to butcher anyone considered undesirable seems to be a common temptation, not always resisted.
Larry McMurtry
Self-parody is the first portent of age.
Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look – historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
Larry McMurtry
Americans don't want cowboys to be gay.
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.
Larry McMurtry