Quotes by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

"True law, the code of justice, the essence of our sensations of right and wrong, is the conscience of society. It has taken thousands of years to develop, and it is the greatest, the most distinguishing quality which has developed with mankind ... If we can touch God at all, where do we touch him save in the conscience? And what is the conscience of any man save his little fragment of the conscience of all men in all time?"

"Most men are more afraid of being thought cowards than of anything else, and a lot more afraid of being thought physical cowards than moral ones."

"Then our crime's worse than a murderer's. His act puts him outside the law, but keeps the law intact. Ours would weaken the law."

"Places, like people, have their beginnings and have also their endings."

"We desire justice, and justice has never been obtained in haste and strong feeling."

Books by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

  • The Track Of The Cat
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  • October 1st 1993 by University of Nevada Press

    (first published January 1st 1949)

Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  • Walter Van Tilburg Clark

  • Date of birth: August 03, 1909
  • Died: November 10, 1971
  • Born: in East Orland, Maine, The United States.

  • Description: Walter Van Tilburg Clark was an American novelist, short story writer, and educator. He ranks as one of Nevada's most distinguished literary figures of the 20th century and is known primarily for his novels, his one volume of stories, as well as his uncollected short stories. As a writer, he taught himself to use the familiar materials of the western saga to explore the human psyche and to raise deep philosophical issues.