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62 Insightful Quotes By Walker Percy, The Renowned American Novelist

Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Philosopher
Born On: May 28, 1916
Died On: May 10, 1990
Born In: Birmingham
Died At Age: 73
Walker Percy was one of the most distinguished writers of the twentieth century. In his early life, Percy was saw the deaths of his immediate relatives and lived the life of an orphan kid. Percy lated received a medical degree from the Columbia University in New York. His career as an author began when he was rested with tuberculosis and started reading Soren Kierkegaard and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Percy’s thoughts, books, quotes, writings and novels were closely associated to the real world and the places he lived. His first novel, 'The Moviegoer’ bagged the National Book Award for Fiction in U.S. ‘The Last Gentleman’, ‘Love in the Ruins’, ‘Lancelot’, ‘The Second Coming’ and ‘The Thanatos Syndrome’ have been few of his notable books. He gained recognition for both his fiction and non-fiction works. His thoughts, quotations, sayings, work and writings revolved around exploring, ‘the dislocation of the man in Modern Age’. We have put together a collection of quotes from his life!
You can get all A's and still flunk life.

You can get all A's and still flunk life.

Walker Percy
Why did God make women so beautiful and man with such a loving heart?

Why did God make women so beautiful and man with such a loving heart?

Walker Percy
Before, I wandered as a diversion. Now I wander seriously and sit and read as a diversion.

Before, I wandered as a diversion. Now I wander seriously and sit and read as a diversion.

Walker Percy
Lucky is the man who does not secretly believe that every possibility is open to him.

Lucky is the man who does not secretly believe that every possibility is open to him.

Walker Percy
You live in a deranged age - more deranged than usual, because despite great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.

You live in a deranged age - more deranged than usual, because despite great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.

Walker Percy
My mother refused to let me fail. So I insisted.

My mother refused to let me fail. So I insisted.

Walker Percy
Losing hope is not so bad. There's something worse: losing hope and hiding it from yourself.

Losing hope is not so bad. There's something worse: losing hope and hiding it from yourself.

Walker Percy
I like to eat crawfish and drink beer. That's despair?

I like to eat crawfish and drink beer. That's despair?

Walker Percy
Jews wait for the Lord, Protestants sing hymns to him, Catholics say mass and eat him.

Jews wait for the Lord, Protestants sing hymns to him, Catholics say mass and eat him.

Walker Percy
Small disconnected facts, if you take note of them, have a way of becoming connected.

Small disconnected facts, if you take note of them, have a way of becoming connected.

Walker Percy
The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie. Other people, so I have read, treasure memorable moments in their lives...

The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie. Other people, so I have read, treasure memorable moments in their lives...

Walker Percy
Fiction doesn’t tell us something we don’t know, it tells us something we know but don’t know that we know.

Fiction doesn’t tell us something we don’t know, it tells us something we know but don’t know that we know.

Walker Percy
I couldn't stand it. I still can't stand it. I can't stand the way things are. I cannot tolerate this age.

I couldn't stand it. I still can't stand it. I can't stand the way things are. I cannot tolerate this age.

Walker Percy
To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

Walker Percy
Nobody but a Southerner knows the wrenching rinsing sadness of the cities of the North.

Nobody but a Southerner knows the wrenching rinsing sadness of the cities of the North.

Walker Percy
Where there is chance of gain, there is also chance of loss. Whenever one courts great happiness, one also risks malaise.

Where there is chance of gain, there is also chance of loss. Whenever one courts great happiness, one also risks malaise.

Walker Percy
There is no pain on this earth like seeing the same woman look at another man the way she once looked at you.

There is no pain on this earth like seeing the same woman look at another man the way she once looked at you.

Walker Percy
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.

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.

Walker Percy
Lost in the mystery of finding myself alive.

Lost in the mystery of finding myself alive.

Walker Percy
Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

Walker Percy
Home may be where the heart is but it's no place to spend Wednesday afternoon.

Home may be where the heart is but it's no place to spend Wednesday afternoon.

Walker Percy
It is not a bad thing to settle for the Little Way, not the big search for the big happiness but the sad little happiness of drinks and kisses, a good little car and a warm deep thigh.

It is not a bad thing to settle for the Little Way, not the big search for the big happiness but the sad little happiness of drinks and kisses, a good little car and a warm deep thigh.

Walker Percy
It is possible, however, that the artist is both thin-skinned and prophetic and, like the canary lowered into the mine shaft to test the air, has caught a whiff of something lethal.

It is possible, however, that the artist is both thin-skinned and prophetic and, like the canary lowered into the mine shaft to test the air, has caught a whiff of something lethal.

Walker Percy
Why is it that one can look at a lion or a planet or an owl or at someone's finger as long as one pleases, but looking into the eyes of another person is, if prolonged past a second, a perilous affair?

Why is it that one can look at a lion or a planet or an owl or at someone's finger as long as one pleases, but looking into the eyes of another person is, if prolonged past a second, a perilous affair?

Walker Percy
I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen.

I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen.

Walker Percy
Suppose you ask God for a miracle and God says yes, very well. How do you live the rest of your life?

Suppose you ask God for a miracle and God says yes, very well. How do you live the rest of your life?

Walker Percy
At night the years come back and perch around my bed like ghosts.

At night the years come back and perch around my bed like ghosts.

Walker Percy
Being uneducated is no guarantee against being obnoxious.

Being uneducated is no guarantee against being obnoxious.

Walker Percy
Nowadays when a good-looking woman flirts with me, however idly, I guffaw like some ruddy English lord, haw haw, har har, harr harr.

Nowadays when a good-looking woman flirts with me, however idly, I guffaw like some ruddy English lord, haw haw, har har, harr harr.

Walker Percy
Have you noticed that only in time of illness or disaster or death are people real?

Have you noticed that only in time of illness or disaster or death are people real?

Walker Percy
People usually told him the same joke two or three times.

People usually told him the same joke two or three times.

Walker Percy
...this miserable trick the romantic plays upon himself: of setting just beyond his reach the very thing he prizes.

...this miserable trick the romantic plays upon himself: of setting just beyond his reach the very thing he prizes.

Walker Percy
The origin of consciousness is the initiation of the sign-user into the world of signs by a sign-giver.

The origin of consciousness is the initiation of the sign-user into the world of signs by a sign-giver.

Walker Percy
During my last year in college I discovered that I was picking up the mannerisms of Akim Tamiroff, the only useful thing, in fact, that I learned in the entire four years.

During my last year in college I discovered that I was picking up the mannerisms of Akim Tamiroff, the only useful thing, in fact, that I learned in the entire four years.

Walker Percy
At that time the only treatment of angelism, that is, excessive abstraction of the self from itself, was recovery of the self through ordeal.

At that time the only treatment of angelism, that is, excessive abstraction of the self from itself, was recovery of the self through ordeal.

Walker Percy
I believe in God and the whole business but I love women best, music and science next, whiskey next, God fourth, and my fellowman hardly at all.

I believe in God and the whole business but I love women best, music and science next, whiskey next, God fourth, and my fellowman hardly at all.

Walker Percy
Have you noticed that the narrower the view the more you can see? For the first time I understand how old ladies can sit on their porches for years.

Have you noticed that the narrower the view the more you can see? For the first time I understand how old ladies can sit on their porches for years.

Walker Percy
Misery misery son of a bitch of all miseries.

Misery misery son of a bitch of all miseries.

Walker Percy
A great scientist once said that genius consists not in making great discoveries but in seeing the connection between small discoveries.

A great scientist once said that genius consists not in making great discoveries but in seeing the connection between small discoveries.

Walker Percy
What Descartes did not know: no such isolated individual as he described can be conscious.

What Descartes did not know: no such isolated individual as he described can be conscious.

Walker Percy
People who are ordinarily understood to dislike each other or at least to be indifferent toward each other discover that they have much in common.

People who are ordinarily understood to dislike each other or at least to be indifferent toward each other discover that they have much in common.

Walker Percy
But the expectation of the self, to be informed in its nothingness--if only I can get out of this old place and into the right new place, I can become a new person--places a heavy burden on travel.

But the expectation of the self, to be informed in its nothingness--if only I can get out of this old place and into the right new place, I can become a new person--places a heavy burden on travel.

Walker Percy
...the self can be as desperately stranded in the transcendence of theory as in the immanence of consumption.

...the self can be as desperately stranded in the transcendence of theory as in the immanence of consumption.

Walker Percy
Soap shining beauty.

Soap shining beauty.

Walker Percy
Nothing remains but desire, and desire comes howling down Elysian Fields like a mistral.

Nothing remains but desire, and desire comes howling down Elysian Fields like a mistral.

Walker Percy
In my new freedom I remember thinking: If one knows what he wants to do, others will not only not stand in the way but will lend a hand from simple curiosity and amazement.

In my new freedom I remember thinking: If one knows what he wants to do, others will not only not stand in the way but will lend a hand from simple curiosity and amazement.

Walker Percy
The second I left my old life's cowpath, I discovered I didn't need a drink. It became possible to stand still in the dark under the oaks, hands at my sides, and watch and wait.

The second I left my old life's cowpath, I discovered I didn't need a drink. It became possible to stand still in the dark under the oaks, hands at my sides, and watch and wait.

Walker Percy
School - You can get all A's and still flunk life.

School - You can get all A's and still flunk life.

Walker Percy
How strange to think that you cannot pass along the discovery.

How strange to think that you cannot pass along the discovery.

Walker Percy
The drowsiness returns. It is unwelcome. I recognize it as the sort of fitful twilight which has come over me of late, a twilight where waking dreams are dreamed and sleep never comes.

The drowsiness returns. It is unwelcome. I recognize it as the sort of fitful twilight which has come over me of late, a twilight where waking dreams are dreamed and sleep never comes.

Walker Percy
In New Orleans I have noticed that people are happiest when they are going to funerals, making money, taking care of the dead, or putting on masks at Mardi Gras so nobody knows who they are.

In New Orleans I have noticed that people are happiest when they are going to funerals, making money, taking care of the dead, or putting on masks at Mardi Gras so nobody knows who they are.

Walker Percy
What nuns don’t realize is that they look better in nun clothes than in J. C. Penney pantsuits.

What nuns don’t realize is that they look better in nun clothes than in J. C. Penney pantsuits.

Walker Percy
This Midwestern sky is the nakedest loneliest sky in America. To escape it, people live inside and underground.

This Midwestern sky is the nakedest loneliest sky in America. To escape it, people live inside and underground.

Walker Percy
....With pulleys and ropes and time to plan one could move anything. Now that she thought of it, why couldn’t anyone do anything he or she wished, given the tools and the time.

....With pulleys and ropes and time to plan one could move anything. Now that she thought of it, why couldn’t anyone do anything he or she wished, given the tools and the time.

Walker Percy
I have observed that it is no longer possible for one young man to speak unwarily to another not known to him, except in certain sections of the South and West, and certainly not with a book in his hand.

I have observed that it is no longer possible for one young man to speak unwarily to another not known to him, except in certain sections of the South and West, and certainly not with a book in his hand.

Walker Percy
Pascal told only half the story. He said man was a thinking reed. What man is, is a thinking reed and a walking genital.

Pascal told only half the story. He said man was a thinking reed. What man is, is a thinking reed and a walking genital.

Walker Percy
Is all niceness then or is all buggery? How can a man be forty-five years old and still not know whether all is niceness or buggery? How does one know for sure?

Is all niceness then or is all buggery? How can a man be forty-five years old and still not know whether all is niceness or buggery? How does one know for sure?

Walker Percy
Firing the sunset gun

Firing the sunset gun

Walker Percy
But if there's nothing wrong with me, he thought, then there is something wrong with the world. And if there is nothing wrong with the world, then I have wasted my life and that is the worst mistake of all.

But if there's nothing wrong with me, he thought, then there is something wrong with the world. And if there is nothing wrong with the world, then I have wasted my life and that is the worst mistake of all.

Walker Percy
When these long telephone silences come, it is a sure sign that love is over.

When these long telephone silences come, it is a sure sign that love is over.

Walker Percy
Life is fits and starts, mostly fits.

Life is fits and starts, mostly fits.

Walker Percy