1. 10

    Free people have a serious problem with place, being in a place, using up a place, deciding which new place to rotate to. Americans ricochet around the United States like billiard balls.

  2. 9

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

  3. 8

    If poets often commit suicide, it is not because their poems are bad but because they are good. Whoever heard of a bad poet committing suicide? The reader is only a little better off. The exhilaration of a good poem lasts twenty minutes, an hour at most. Unlike the scientist, the artist has reentry problems that are frequent and catastrophic.

  4. 7

    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 characterized as dementia.

  5. 6

    Hatred strikes me as one of the few signs of life remaining in the world. This is another thing about the world which is upsidedown: all the friendly and likable people seem dead to me; only the haters seem alive.

  6. 5

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

  7. 4

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

  8. 3

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

  9. 2

    In a word, the consumer of mass culture is lonely, not only lonely, but spiritually impoverished.

  10. 1

    Bourbon does for me what the piece of cake did for Proust.

  11. Last Update: 25 September 2022

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