Inspirational Tim O’Brien Quotes

Tim O’Brien (born October 1, 1946) is an American novelist. Below is a list of Inspirational Tim O’Brien Quotes.

Tim O’Brien Quotes

Tim O’Brien Quotes
Tim O’Brien Quotes

“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

“They carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity.”
― Tim O’Brien

“But this too is true: stories can save us.”
― Tim O’Brien

“Fiction is the lie that helps us understand the truth.”
― Tim O’Brien

“A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.”
― Tim O’Brien

“But in a story, which is a kind of dreaming, the dead sometimes smile and sit up and return to the world.”
― Tim O’Brien

“Everything was such a damned nice idea when it was an idea.”
― Tim O’Brien

“A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it.”
― Tim O’Brien

“What sticks to memory, often, are those odd little fragments that have no beginning and no end.”
― Tim O’Brien

“But the thing about remembering is that you don’t forget.”
― Tim O’Brien

“You’re never more alive than when you’re almost dead.”
― Tim O’Brien

“I was a coward. I went to the war.”
― Tim O’Brien

“A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written.”
― Tim O’Brien

“It was very sad, he thought. The things men carried inside. The things men did or felt they had to do.”
― Tim O’Brien

“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 are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”
― Tim O’Brien

“I survived, but it’s not a happy ending.”
― Tim O’Brien

“It wasn’t a question of deceit. Just the opposite; he wanted to heat up the truth, to make it burn so hot that you would feel exactly what he felt.”
― Tim O’Brien

“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

“The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.”
― Tim O’Brien

“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

“If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie. There is no rectitude whatsoever. There is no virtue. As a first rule of thumb, therefore, you can tell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil.”
― Tim O’Brien quotes

“He wished he could’ve explained some of this. How he had been braver than he ever thought possible, but how he had not been so brave as he wanted to be. The distinction was important.”
― Tim O’Brien

“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

“And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It’s about sunlight. It’s about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It’s about love and memory. It’s about sorrow. It’s about sisters who never write back and people who never listen.”
― Tim O’Brien quotes

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