A good heavy book holds you down. It's an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic.

— Roy Blount, Jr.

The most eye-opening Roy Blount, Jr. quotes that will transform you to a better person

Obama's the most thoughtful-sounding president I can remember.

He seems to be saying what he wants to say, and that is a great relief. He always sounds like he's thinking about what he's saying while he's saying it, and that's a rare thing in politicians.

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I am open to the accusation that I see compost as an end it itself.

But we do grow some real red damn tomatoes such as you can't get in the stores. And potatoes, beans, lettuce, collards, onions, squash, cauliflower, eggplant, carrots, peppers. Dirt in you own backyard, producing things you eat. Makes you wonder.

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English is an outrageous tangle of those derivations and other multifarious linguistic influences, from Yiddish to Shoshone, which has grown up around a gnarly core of chewy, clangorous yawps derived from ancestors who painted themselves blue to frighten their enemies.

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It's my belief that sanity lies in realizing that reality is not exactly what we had in mind.

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Mozart combined high formality and playfulness that delights as no other composition in any other medium does.

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Ham's substantial, ham is fat. Ham is firm and sound. Ham's what God was getting at When He made pigs so round.

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Cats have intercepted my footsteps at the ankle for so long that my gait, both at home and on tour, has been compared to that of a man wading through low surf.

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The legendary yet factual Curtis Wilkie has been the right man in the right place at an uncanny number of extraordinary times.

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Certainly people have said a lot of deeply unfortunate and stupid things in Southern accents, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the accent itself.

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Going to Vanderbilt did a lot of things for me, and one of the things it cured me of was the need to follow college football.

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Studying literature at Harvard is like learning about women at the Mayo Clinic.

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If a cat spoke, it would say things like Hey, I don't see the problem here.

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About Roy Blount, Jr.

Quotes 61 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

I think writer's block is simply the dread that you are going to write something horrible. But as a writer, I believe that if you sit down at the keys long enough, sooner or later something will come out.

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I do some eccentric dancing.

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Even intellectuals should have learned by now that objective rationality is not the default position of the human mind, much less the bedrock of human affairs.

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Any given generation gives the next generation advice that the given generation should have been given by the previous generation but now it's too late.

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I just think lots of words have physicality.

How about the word 'wobble?' You think that's arbitrary? When you say the word 'wince,' you wince. How about that?

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According to scholars of linguistics, the relation between a word and its meaning is arbitrary.

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Lots of people have expressed consternation that I haven't gotten rid of Southern accent, but I just never saw any reason to lose the flavor that I grew up with. I enjoy saying some things with a Southern accent.

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New York walking isn't exercise: it's a continually showing make-your-own movie.

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I always wanted to win the Super Bowl so I could take it and hold it and see what lies beyond it. I think it may be the sun.

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Vincent van Gogh's mother painted all of his best things.

The famous mailed decapitated ear was a figment of the public relations firm engaged by Van Gogh's dealer.

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A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat

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When I was a little kid, of course, I was brown all summer.

That's because I was free as a bird- nothing to do but catch bugs all day.

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The last time somebody said, 'I find I can write much better with a word processor.', I replied, 'They used to say the same thing about drugs.'

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To me, letters have always been a robust medium of sublimation.

I don't remember what I was like before I learned my ABC's, but for as long as I can remember I have made them with my fingers and felt them in my bones.

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I do not Twitter. I don't want to Twitter, and I don't see any point in Twittering. The last thing I want to do is tell people what I'm doing at the moment because I'm probably not doing what I'm supposed to be doing.

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Twitter. It's not a good sound, is it? If it were worth doing, there would be a better word for it.

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The local groceries are all out of broccoli, loccoli.

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Contemporary American children, if they are old enough to grasp the concept of Santa Claus by Thanksgiving, are able to see through it by December 15th.

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Being president of too many well-meaning organizations put my father into an early grave. The lesson in this was not lost on me.

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Twiddle-twiddle away at my softly clicky keyboard for a while, making twiddly adjustments all along- and then print what I have twiddled. Glare at the printout and snarl and curse and scribble almost illegibly all over it with a ballpoint pen. Go back to the machine and enter the scribbles. Repeat this procedure until I hate the very meaning of every word I know.

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Doctors and lawyers must go to school for years and years, often with little sleep and with great sacrifice to their first wives.

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The North isn't a place. It's just a direction out of the South.

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Many a person has been saved from summer alcoholism, not to mention hypertoxicity, by Dostoyevsky.

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Two young Harvard M.B.A.'s worked up some highly optimistic projections -- with the caveat that these were speculative and should of course be tested.

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When I weed, I like to get off into my own head.

For one thing, my wife plants and I have trouble telling which plants are weeds and which are my favorite plants. So I tend to hop around and grab the weeds that I know are weeds. So I don't weed all that linearly. I tend to weed haphazardly.

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I studied French in high school and German in college and I once took a 24-hour Italian crash course. English has by far the most words in it of any other language. Our money might not be worth anything anymore, but the language is.

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People don't necessarily want or need to be done unto as you would have them do unto you. They want to be done unto as they want to be done unto.

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People may think of Southern humor in terms of missing teeth and outhouse accidents, but the best of it is a rich vein running through the best of Southern literature.

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Obama's got a great sense of humor, but mainly he has a great thinking presence, which is uncommon. It's hard to imagine being able to do, think over answers and deliver them on television. If I were president I would constantly be spluttering.

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A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat's eyes don't even look entirely warm-blooded to me, whereas a dog's eyes look human except less guarded. A dog will look at you as if to say, "What do you want me to do for you? I'll do anything for you." Whether a dog can in fact, do anything for you if you don't have sheep (I never have) is another matter. The dog is willing.

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I've never thought it was necessary to make fun of people - you can find fun in people without necessarily mocking them.

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Anyone who undertakes the literary grind had better like playing around with words.

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An author is a person who can never take innocent pleasure in visiting a bookstore again.

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Pete Rose is too rich a character to fit on a bronze plaque.

He requires a good, trenchant, poignant (ah, Petey) book, and this is it.

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I like weeding, but I tend to think of it as a solitary activity.

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Somebody informed me recently that the key to every art, from writing to gardening to sculpture, is creativity. I beg to differ.

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Think about scary movies: There's a fine line between horror and humor.

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