Quotes by: Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy
Conroy at a 2014 press conference
Born Donald Patrick Conroy
(1945-10-26)October 26, 1945
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Died March 4, 2016(2016-03-04) (aged 70)
Beaufort, South Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Novelist
Period 1970–2016
Literary fiction nonfiction

Let me now praise the American writer James Dickey. In 1970, his novel 'Deliverance' was published. I found it to be 278 pages that approached perfection. Its tightness of construction and assuredness of style reminded me of 'The Great Gatsby.'
Pat Conroy
I mark the reading of 'Look Homeward, Angel' as one of the pivotal events of my life. It starts off with the single greatest, knock-your-socks-off first page I have ever come across in my careful reading of world literature.
Pat Conroy
I still get weepy when I see a father being nice to his child. It so affects me.
Pat Conroy
I think that my mother, Frances Dorothy Peck, modeled her whole life on that of Scarlett O'Hara.
Pat Conroy
Fear is the major cargo that American writers must stow away when the writing life calls them into carefully chosen ranks.
Pat Conroy
I could not bear to think that I wrote a five-hundred page novel just because I needed to love my father.
Pat Conroy
There are other writers who try for subtle and minimalists effects, but I don't travel in that tribe.
Pat Conroy
When my novel 'Beach Music' came out in 1995, I had included a couple of recipes in the book and had tried to impart some of my love of Roman cuisine and the restaurants of Rome.
Pat Conroy
I only hope to do well enough before I die to have a house as big as my rich Uncle Ed and Aunt Carole.
Pat Conroy
I became a novelist because of 'Gone With the Wind,' or more precisely, my mother raised me up to be a 'Southern' novelist, with a strong emphasis on the word 'Southern' because 'Gone With the Wind' set my mother's imagination ablaze when she was a young girl growing up in Atlanta.
Pat Conroy
I'm not the lovable, wonderful, tenderhearted grandfather that you read about in books. I'm grouchy and curmudgeonly, and I have a lot of rules.
Pat Conroy
I've met many, many writers who say they would never write about their family, never write about people they did not totally make up. But that is not the composition of my character.
Pat Conroy
The great thing about all my siblings is we all agree we had a horrendous childhood. It's not like it doesn't affect us now; it affects us every day, in everything we do.
Pat Conroy
Every industry is going to be affected (by the aging population). This creates tremendous opportunities and tremendous challenges.
Pat Conroy
A family is too frail a vessel to contain the risks of all the warring impulses expressed when such a group meets on common ground.
Pat Conroy
I would love to see young writers come out of college and know there is a possibility to be a novelist.
Pat Conroy
The most powerful words in English are 'Tell me a story,' words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity, and art itself.
Pat Conroy

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