Roy Blount Jr. Quotes


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

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?

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.

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.

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

We don't want bookstores to die. Authors need them and so do neighborhoods.

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.

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

In the beginning Atlanta was without form and void; and it still is.

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

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

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

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.

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

The local groceries are all out of broccoli loccoli.

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

There will be birthdays in the next twelve months; books keep well; they're easy to wrap: buy those books now. Buy replacements for any books looking raggedy on your shelves.

Perhaps the truth is that heavy literature blooms in extremes of temperature.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Get your friends together go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party.

The first time I walked into a library I got so excited I almost wet my pants.

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.

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

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

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.

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

The more you try to pin a word down the more you realize that it has its own cape sword and little hat.

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

A picture's worth a thousand words? A library card's worth millions.

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

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

I do some eccentric dancing.

I prefer my oysters fried; that way I know my oysters died.

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

That's American English for you: more roots than a mangrove swamp.

I think what's really hard is making sense and making what you write clear and smooth-flowing.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Usage ain't always a matter of ought.

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.