Quotes by 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."

"Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration."

"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."

"Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide."

"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

Books by Pat Conroy

  • War and Peace
  • 276,750 ratings
  • June 5th 2007 by Signet Classics

    (first published 1865)

  • The Prince of Tides
  • 197,888 ratings
  • March 26th 2002 by Dial Press Trade Paperback

    (first published 1986)

  • Beach Music
  • 44,314 ratings
  • March 26th 2002 by Dial Press

    (first published July 2nd 1995)

  • The Water is Wide
  • 20,768 ratings
  • March 26th 2002 by Dial Press Trade Paperback

    (first published 1972)

Pat Conroy
  • Pat Conroy

  • Date of birth: October 26, 1945
  • Died: March 04, 2016
  • Born: in Atlanta, Georgia, The United States.

  • Description: Pat Conroy (1945 - 2016) 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. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy lived on Fripp Island, South Carolina until his death in 2016.