Walker Percy citations
Date de naissance: 28. mai 1916
Date de décès: 10. mai 1990
Walker Percy, né le 28 mai 1916 à Birmingham en Alabama et mort le 10 mai 1990 à Covington en Louisiane, est un écrivain américain.
Citations Walker Percy
„J'ai découvert que la plupart des gens n'ont personne à qui parler, personne, j'entends, qui veuille vraiment écouter. Quand un homme se rend enfin compte que vous êtes sincèrement désireux de l'entendre parler de ses affaires, l'expression qui envahit son visage est quelque chose d'extraordinaire à observer.“
„C'est que dans la vie, en face des situations critiques, il n'est pas nécessaires de répondre de l'une des manières traditionnelles. Non, on peut tout simplement faire défaut. Passer. Agir selon son bon plaisir, hausser les épaules, tourner les talons et sortir. Exit. Pourquoi, après tout, aurait-on besoin de se comporter avec humanité?“
„Good-looking and amiable as he was, however, he did not strike one as remarkable. People usually told him the same joke two or three times.“
— Walker Percy
Context: He was a young man of pleasant appearance. Of medium height and exceedingly pale, he was nevertheless strongly built and quick and easy in his ways. Save for his deafness in one ear, his physical health was perfect. Handsome as he was, he was given to long silences. So girls didn't know what to make of him. But men liked him. After a while they saw that he was easy and meant no harm. He was the sort whom classmates remember fondly; they liked to grab him around the neck with an elbow and cuff him around. Good-looking and amiable as he was, however, he did not strike one as remarkable. People usually told him the same joke two or three times.
— Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins
„The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.“
— Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
Context: To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair. The movies are onto the search, but they screw it up. The search always ends in despair. They like to show a fellow coming to himself in a strange place-but what does he do? He takes up with the local librarian, sets about proving to the local children what a nice fellow he is, and settles down with a vengeance. In two weeks time he is so sunk in everydayness that he might just as well be dead.