The Things They Carried Quotes by Tim O’Brien

The things they carried are a book written by Tim O’Brien which is all about American Soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War. He expressed his experience as a soldier in the 23rd infantry division. The book was published in March 1990. He has written many quotes in the book in reference to soldiers killed in the Vietnam War, the book carries a very good message of memory and peace. So here we are providing you with all his quotation and sayings written in the novel named The Things They Carried Quotes by 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.

It was very sad, he thought. The things men carried inside. The things men did or felt they had to do. 

He lay face-up in the center of the trail, a slim, dead, almost dainty young man. He had bony legs, a narrow waist, long shapely fingers. His chest was sunken and poorly muscled — a scholar, maybe. His wrists were the wrists of a child.

A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.

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.

I should’ve stepped in; fourth grade is no excuse. Besides, it doesn’t get easier with time, and twelve years later, when Vietnam presented much harder choices, some practice at being brave might’ve helped.

They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.

A dark theater, he remembered, and the movie was Bonnie and Clyde, and Martha wore a tweed skirt, and during the final scene, when he touched her knee, she turned and looked at him in a sad, sober way that made him pull his hand back

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.

By daylight they took sniper fire, at night they were mortared, but it was not battle, it was just the endless march, village to village, without purpose, nothing won or lost.

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.

It’s safe to say that in a true war story nothing is ever absolutely true.

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.

You’re a shadow. You slip out of your own skin, like molting, shedding your own history and your own future, leaving behind everything you ever were or wanted or believed in.

Once you’re alive, you can’t ever be dead.

I tried to will myself overboard.
I gripped the edge of the boat and leaned forward and thought, now.”
I did try. It just wasn’t possible.

But in a story, which is a kind of dreaming, the dead sometimes smile and sit up and return to the world.

Sometimes the bravest thing in the world was to sit through the night and feel the cold in your bones.

The Things They Carried Quotes About War, Fear & Guilt

Writing doesn’t get easier with experience. The more you know, the harder it is to write

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.

But the thing about remembering is that you don’t forget.

Well, right now I’m not dead. But when I am, it’s like…I don’t know, I guess it’s like being inside a book that nobody’s reading. […] An old one. It’s up on a library shelf, so you’re safe and everything, but the book hasn’t been checked out for a long, long time. All you can do is wait. Just hope somebody’ll pick it up and start reading.

I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.

The bad stuff never stops happening: it lives in its own dimension, repaying itself over and over.

When you’re afraid, really afraid, you see things you never saw before, you pay attention to the world.

No sweat. The magic doesn’t go away.

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.

You’re never more alive than when you’re almost dead.

Even then, at nine years old, I wanted to live inside her body. I wanted to melt into her bones – THAT kind of love.

What sticks to memory, often, are those odd little fragments that have no beginning and no end

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