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30 of the Best Larry McMurtry Quotes (LIFE)

Top 10 Most Famous Larry McMurtry Quotes (BEST)

“If you want one thing too much it’s likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen.”

Larry McMurtry
If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
A woman's love is like the morning dew. It's just as likely to settle on a horse turd as a rose.
A woman’s love is like the morning dew. It’s just as likely to settle on a horse turd as a rose.
True maturity is only reached when a man realizes he has become a father figure to his girlfriends' boyfriends - and he accepts it.
True maturity is only reached when a man realizes he has become a father figure to his girlfriends’ boyfriends – and he accepts it.
No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind, such as cars that won't start.
No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind, such as cars that won’t start.

“You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analagous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination. Hold the philosophy, hold the adjectives, just give us a plain subject and verb and perhaps a wholesome, nonfattening adverb or two.”

Larry McMurtry
The older the violin, the sweeter the music.
The older the violin, the sweeter the music.
Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look - historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look – historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
Yesterday's gone on down the river and you can't get it back.
Yesterday’s gone on down the river and you can’t get it back.
It's a fine world, though rich in hardships at times.
It’s a fine world, though rich in hardships at times.

4 Funny Larry McMurtry Quotes About Life

Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken fried steak.
Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken fried steak.
A man that ain't willin' to cheat for a poke don't want it bad enough.
A man that ain’t willin’ to cheat for a poke don’t want it bad enough.
If I had a mind to rent pigs, I'd be mighty upset. A man that likes to rent pigs won't be stopped.
If I had a mind to rent pigs, I’d be mighty upset. A man that likes to rent pigs won’t be stopped.
I never met a soul in this world as normal as me.
I never met a soul in this world as normal as me.

3 Larry McMurtry Quotes on Cowboys

Men who didn’t know how to get on and off a horse would not be much use around a cow outfit.
Men who didn’t know how to get on and off a horse would not be much use around a cow outfit.
Americans don't want cowboys to be gay.
Americans don’t want cowboys to be gay.
Call’s gone to round up a dern bunch of cowboys so we can head out for Montana with a dern bunch of cows and suffer for the rest of our lives.
Call’s gone to round up a dern bunch of cowboys so we can head out for Montana with a dern bunch of cows and suffer for the rest of our lives.

10 Larry McMurtry Quotes that Will Make You Think

“If we know anything about man, it’s that he’s not pacific. The temptation to butcher anyone considered undesirable seems to be a common temptation, not always resisted.”

Larry McMurtry
Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.
Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.
The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.
The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.
Mystery is underrated, and understanding is overrated.
Mystery is underrated, and understanding is overrated.
Part of the trick of being happy is a refusal to allow oneself to become too nostalgic for the heady triumphs of one's youth.
Part of the trick of being happy is a refusal to allow oneself to become too nostalgic for the heady triumphs of one’s youth.
Nothing good ever comes without a price.
Nothing good ever comes without a price.
Self-parody is the first portent of age.
Self-parody is the first portent of age.
People would be bored shitless if they had to love only the good in someone they care about.
People would be bored shitless if they had to love only the good in someone they care about.
I think it's a sickness to grieve too much for those who never cared a fig for you.
I think it’s a sickness to grieve too much for those who never cared a fig for you.
From him to the stars, in all directions, there was only silence and emptiness.
From him to the stars, in all directions, there was only silence and emptiness.

3 Larry McMurtry Quotes on Writing and Books

“You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination.”

Larry McMurtry
Writing is a form of herding. I herd words into little paragraph-like clusters.
Writing is a form of herding. I herd words into little paragraph-like clusters.
A bookman’s love of books is a love of books, not merely of the information in them.
A bookman’s love of books is a love of books, not merely of the information in them.

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