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ALL THE PRETTY HORSES

by: Cormac McCarthy


A goodlookin horse is like a goodlookin woman.... They're always more trouble than what they're worth. What a man needs is just one that will get the job done.

--Part I

Word gets around when the circus comes to town.

--Part II

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real. The events that cause them can never be forgotten.

--Part II

Beware gentle knight. There is no greater monster than reason.

--Part II

Pain for the old was no longer a surprise.

--Part III

The societies to which I have been exposed seemed to me largely machines for the suppression of women.

--Part IV

For me the world has always been more of a puppet show. But when one looks behind the curtain and traces the strings upward he finds they terminate in the hands of yet other puppets, themselves with their own strings which trace upward in turn, and so on.

--Part IV

Those who have endured some misfortune will always be set apart but that it is just that misfortune which is their gift and which is their strength and that they must make their way back into the common enterprise of man for without they do so it cannot go forward and they themselves will whither in bitterness.

--Part IV

It was always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this all other betrayals came easily.

--Part IV

The closest bonds we will ever know are bonds of grief. The deepest community one of sorrow.

--Part IV

It was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they'd have no heart to start at all.

--Part IV