Pat Conroy: Author Bio About and Best Quotes

Ten of My Favorite Pat Conroy Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Pat Conroy, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Pat Conroy you will find my Ten favorites of Pat Conroy’s quotes. 

About Pat Conroy

He was the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. He is considered to be one of the foremost authors of Southern literature of the late 20th century.

He attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, as the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household. After publishing his first novel, The Boo, he briefly became a teacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide). Fripp Island, South Carolina was where Conroy lived until he passed away in 2016.

Conroy passed away from pancreatic cancer on March 4, 2016. At the time of his death, he was 70 years old.

Born: October 26, 1945, Atlanta, Georgia, The United States
Died: March 04, 2016
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir

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Popular Quotes

“A story untold could be the one that kills you.”
― Pat Conroy

 “American men are allotted just as many tears as American women. But because we are forbidden to shed them, we die long before women do, with our hearts exploding or our blood pressure rising or our livers eaten away by alcohol because that lake of grief inside us has no outlet. We, men, die because our faces were not watered enough.”
― Pat Conroy, Beach Music

“I don’t know why it is that I have always been happier thinking of somewhere I have been or wanted to go, than where I am at the time. I find it difficult to be happy in the present.”
― Pat Conroy, Beach Music

 “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
― Pat Conroy

 “You get a little moody sometimes but I think that’s because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.”
― Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

 “Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.”
― Pat Conroy, Beach Music

“Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.”
― Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline

 “I’ve never had anyone’s approval, so I’ve learned to live without it.”
― Pat Conroy, The Great Santini

“My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call.”
― Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

“Without music and dance, life is a journey through a desert.”
― Pat Conroy

10 Famous Quotes by Author Pat Conroy

So there you have it my Ten favorite quotes by Pat Conroy, please comment below and share your favorite quotes by the fantastic author Pat Conroy.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Pat Conroy. 

One Final Bonus – Pat Conroy Quote 

“The world of literature has everything in it, and it refuses to leave
anything out. I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the
genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language.
Because of them I rode with Don Quixote and danced with Anna Karenina at a
ball in St. Petersburg and lassoed a steer in “Lonesome Dove” and had
nightmares about slavery in “Beloved” and walked the streets of Dublin in
“Ulysses” and made up a hundred stories in the Arabian nights and saw my
mother killed by a baseball in “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” I’ve been in ten
thousand cities and have introduced myself to a hundred thousand strangers
in my exuberant reading career, all because I listened to my fabulous
English teachers and soaked up every single thing those magnificent men and
women had to give. I cherish and praise them and thank them for finding me
when I was a boy and presenting me with the precious gift of the English
language. ”

― Pat Conroy

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