The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.— John Steinbeck
Relaxing Charley quotations
This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
If you understand each other you will be kind to each other.
Like all real heroes, Charley had a fatal flaw.
He refused to believe that he had gonorrhea, whereas the truth was that he did.
A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.
This I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.
No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree.
The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe
I totally should've gone to Hogwarts when I had the chance.
I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.
I guess this is why I hate governments, all governments.
It is always the rule, the fine print, carried out by fine-print men. There's nothing to fight, no wall to hammer with frustrated fists.
God is dead,' Nick said. 'They found his carcass in 2019. Floating in space near Alpha.' 'They found the remains of an organism advanced several thousand times over what we are,' Charley said. 'And evidently could create habitable worlds and populate them with living organisms, derived from itself. But that doesn't prove it was God.
I find out of long experience that I admire all nations and hate all governments
We don't take a trip. A trip takes us.
We value virtue but do not discuss it.
The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat.
We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
There was nothing like a trip to the gynecologist to make one feel just a little violated. Charley
When I was very young and the urge to be someplace was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch.
A sheriff arrested me. I could be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure my men-in-uniform fetish began that day. The sheriff was hot. And he handcuffed me. I've never been the same.
Once Charley fell in love with a dachshund, a romance racially unsuitable, physically ridiculous, and mechanically impossible. But all these problems Charley ignored. He loved deeply and tried dogfully.
I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost.
I think Charley Pride has been one of the best things to happen to country music, to prove it belongs to everybody.
A Nuns Life: Chastity, poverty, and obedience. Wait, chastity?" BUMPER STICKER
I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.
Some of us still get all weepy when we think about the Gaia Hypothesis, the idea that earth is a big furry goddess-creature who resembles everybody's mom in that she knows what's best for us. But if you look at the historical record -- Krakatoa, Mt. Vesuvius, Hurricane Charley, poison ivy, and so forth down the ages -- you have to ask yourself: Whose side is she on, anyway?
I'm not James Brown. I'm not Sam Cooke. I'm Charley Pride. I'm just me and that's what you got.
A question is a trap and an answer is your foot in it.
Twenty years ago I wanted to move to a nice place so our Charley would grow up a nice boy and learn a profession. But instead we live in a jungle, so he can only be a wild animal. D'you think I picked the East Side like Columbus picked America?
There were no guarantees that country music, whose roots were in the South, were ready for Charley Pride.
When we get these thruways across the whole country, as we will and must, it will be possible to drive from New York to California without seeing a single thing.
It seems to me Montana is a great splash of grandeur.
The scale is huge but not overpowering. The land is rich with grass and color, and the mountains are the kind I would create if mountains were ever put on my agenda.
When the virus of restlessness begins to take possession of a wayward man, and the road away from Here seems broad and straight and sweet, the victim must first find himself a good and sufficient reason for going.
How would you like your eggs?" I tried.
I really did. But I glanced at his crotch and it came out anyway. "Fertilized?
Have you slept yet?' 'Sure. I took a power nap on the way over.' 'Didn't you drive there?' 'Yeah. Other drviers kept waking me up. Car horns should be illegal.' - Charley & Cookie
My powers of persuasion are only as strong as the bullshit I have to back it up. - Charley Davidson
Give it up? Not likely. Besides, what else would I do? I totally should have gone to Hogwart's when I had the chance.