The simple act of opening a bottle of wine has brought more happiness to the human race than all the collective governments in the history of earth

— Jim Harrison

The most belligerent Jim Harrison quotes that will activate your desire to change

The wilderness does not make you forget your normal life so much as it removes the distractions for proper remembering.


I did not want to live out my life in the strenuous effort to hold a ghost world together. It was plain as the stars that time herself moved in grand tidal sweeps rather than the tick-tocks we suffocate within, and that I must reshape myself to fully inhabit the earth rather than dawdle in the sump of my foibles.


I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass.


Fishing makes us less the hostages to the horrors of making a living.


Life is sentimental. Why should I be cold and hard about it? That's the main content. The biggest thing in people's lives is their loves and dreams and visions, you know.


There is a neurologist, a woman over at Harvard who wanted me to come talk to them, and in France I have a lot of readers in the sciences. I can't tell you why.


Michigan is two radically different places - the North and the South which makes for good drama and contrast.


One of the curious effects of a bad hangover is that you think you're wrong whether you are or not. Not wrong in particulars, but wrong in general, wrong about everything.


The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don't do it unless you're willing to give your whole life to it. Red wine and garlic also helps.


Perhaps when we die our names are takenfrom us by a divine magnet and are freeto flutter here and there within the bodies of birds.I'll be a simple crowwho can reach the top of Antelope Butte.(From: Hard Times)


I can maintain my sense of the sacredness of existence only by understanding my own limitations and losing my self-importance.


Writers can write outside their ethnicity or sex depending how open and vulnerable they wish to be.


About Jim Harrison

Quotes 96 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence.


It is utterly soothing to fly fish for trout.

All other considerations or worries drift away and you couldn't keep them close if you wanted. Perhaps it's standing thigh deep in a river with the water passing at the exact but varying speed of life. You easily recognize this mortality and it dissipates into the landscape.


The old fun thing is when somebody typed up the first chapter of War and Peace.

And then made a precis of the rest of it and sent it out and only one publisher recognized it.


Wherever we go we do harm, forgiving ourselves as wheels do cement for wearing each other out. We set this house on fire, forgetting that we live within. (from "To a Meadowlark," for M.L. Smoker)


I have closely noted that people who watch a great deal of TV never again seem able to adjust to the actual pace of life. The speed of the passing images becomes the speed the aspire to and they seem to develop an impatience and boredom with anything else.


Dad said I would always be "high minded and low waged" from reading too much Ralph Waldo Emerson. Maybe he was right.


All artists as a type seem to suffer a great deal, but then so do miners.


I was on the verge of jumping into one of those holes in life out of which we emerge a bit tattered and bloody, though we remain sure nonetheless that we had to make the jump.


After a lifetime of world travel I've been fascinated that those in the third world don't have the same perception of reality that we do.


I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my books did so well in France. He said it was because in my novels people both act and think. I got a kick out of that.


Every day I wonder how many things I am dead wrong about. -- True North


That is simply the most beautiful publishing office in the world, with that cranky old building in that wonderful park.


When we were children we were errant enough to wish to be birds for the day but there's nothing easier to lose than playfulness.


I like grit, I like love and death, I'm tired of irony.

... A lot of good fiction is sentimental. ... The novelist who refuses sentiment refuses the full spectrum of human behavior, and then he just dries up. ... I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass.


Birthdays are ghost bounty hunters that track you down to ask, "Que pasa, baby?


I'm actually forced to write about Michigan because as a native of that state it's the place I know best.


I see more genuine sociability between the races in Mississippi than I see in Michigan. No question.


I couldn't run a tight schedule, and if you're any good at teaching, you get sucked dry because you like your students and you're trying to help them, but you don't have any time left to write yourself.


Short things are short all over and long things are long all over.


Fishing tournaments seem a little like playing tennis with living balls.


I should add that I very much enjoy certain cities especially Paris, New York and Chicago.


I don't know what psychotherapy does. I have been seeing the same person for 26 years now.


Everybody has a gun in their car in Detroit.


Writing as a woman presents enormous problems but I have attempted it several times and haven't had many complaints.


Success and money can really be quite blinding.


I wonder, when a writer's blocked and doesn't have any resources to pull himself out of it, why doesn't he jump in his car and drive around the U.S.A.? I went last winter for seven thousand miles and it was lovely. Inexpensive, too.


The fact is, the media never gets off the interstate unless there's a major explosion.


I thought, frankly, that it would be more pleasant to write a memoir than it was.


I've never felt influenced by Ernest Hemingway though I suppose there is something inevitable there.


The trajectory started when I was on the roof of our house looking out at a swamp when I was 19. I had written for several years, starting at about 15, but that day on the roof I took my vows and acknowledged my calling.


The days are stacked against what we think we are.


Strangely, when I totally emerged from this slump I couldn't comprehend how I had almost drowned it it.


I got $30 from Nation magazine for a poem and $500 for my first book of poems.


Poetry at its best is the language your soul would speak if you could teach your soul to speak.


Sometimes the only answer to death is lunch.


Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness.

And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy... or they become legend.


The answer is always in the entire story, not a piece of it.