TOP 20 Tim O’Brien Quotes

TOP 20 Tim O’Brien Quotes.
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“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”
— Tim O’Brien (00:00)

“Fiction is the lie that helps us understand the truth.”
— Tim O’Brien (00:07)

“They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.”
— Tim O’Brien (00:14)

“Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories ar for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”
— Tim O’Brien (00:21)

“I’m not dead. But when I am, it’s likeI don’t know, I guess it’s like being inside a book that nobody’s reading.”
— Tim O’Brien (00:28)

“A true war story is never moral…”
— Tim O’Brien (00:35)

“I was a coward. I went to the war.”
— Tim O’Brien (00:42)

“The goal, I suppose, any fiction writer has, no matter what your subject, is to hit the human heart and the tear ducts and the nape of the neck and to make a person feel something about the characters are going through and to experience the moral paradoxes and struggles of being human.”
— Tim O’Brien (00:49)

“I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.”
— Tim O’Brien (00:56)

“Words, too, have genuine substance – mass and weight and specific gravity.”
— Tim O’Brien (01:03)

“In war you lose your sense of the definite, hence your sense of truth itself, and therefore it’s safe to say that in a war story nothing is ever absolutely true.”
— Tim O’Brien (01:10)

“What sticks to memory, often, are those odd little fragments that have no beginning and no end…”
— Tim O’Brien (01:17)

“I’m skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later, I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy’s life with a story.”
— Tim O’Brien (01:24)

“Writing doesn’t get easier with experience. The more you know, the harder it is to write.”
— Tim O’Brien (01:31)

“Even then, at nine years old, I wanted to live inside her body. I wanted to melt into her bones – THAT kind of love.”
— Tim O’Brien (01:38)

“The presence of danger has a way of making you feel fully awake.”
— Tim O’Brien (01:45)

“Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is.”
— Tim O’Brien (01:52)

“A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written.”
— Tim O’Brien (01:59)

“I’ll picture Rat Kiley face, his grief, and I’ll think, You dumb cooze. Because she wasn’t listening. It wasn’t a war story. It was a love story.”
— Tim O’Brien (02:06)

“War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.”
— Tim O’Brien (02:13)

Music credit: Easy Day – Kevin MacLeod


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