Literary Birthday – 28 May – Walker Percy

Walker Percy was born 28 May 1916 and died 10 May 1990.

Nine Quotes

  1. Fiction doesn’t tell us something we don’t know, it tells us something we know but don’t know that we know.
  2. 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.
  3. You can get all A’s and still flunk life.
  4. 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.
  5. Before, I wandered as a diversion. Now I wander seriously and sit and read as a diversion.
  6. Small disconnected facts, if you take note of them, have a way of becoming connected.
  7. 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.
  8. Losing hope is not so bad. There’s something worse: losing hope and hiding it from yourself.
  9. 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 was an American author. He is known for his novels set in and around New Orleans, Louisiana. The Moviegoer won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 27th May 2017