74+ The Road Quotes

“The Road” by Cormac McCarthy is a survival tale of a father and son in a post-apocalyptic world. It describes a bleak world nearly devoid of life where the father-son duo is sustained by love as they make their way South to escape from the cold winters.


The Road Quotes

– I tried to think of something appropriate to say, but I could not. I’d had this feeling before, much deeper than numbness and dull despair.

– “What is the bravest thing you have ever done?” he asked. “Getting up this morning and continuing on the journey.”

– Where men can’t survive, Gods fare no better.

– Then they set out along the bleak blacktop in the light like gunmetal, shuffling through the mud and ash, each the other’s entire world.

– Most often, you tend to forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.

– Nobody wants to be in this godforsaken place, but nobody has the courage to its relative safety.

– In the deep valleys where they resided, all things were older than man and hummed of mystery.

– There is no God, and we are his prophets.

– Always remember to keep a little fire burning, however small or hidden it may be.

– Be careful about the things you put in your head; they are there forever.

– For a moment, he could see the absolute truth of the world. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.      

– The wind howled like Mother Earth’s abandoned and pained cries.

– Perhaps when they destroy themselves, we will know how it came to be. The mountains, the oceans, the sweeping wastes. The final silence.

– All the things made of beauty and grace that one holds close to the heart have been born from grief and ashes.


The Road Quotes

– If you start breaking little promises, you will end up breaking big ones.

 – I don’t think I would like people talking about me. To say where I was and what all I did when I was there.

As he looked at him, he realized that he was an alien, an unknown being from a long-destroyed planet to the boy.

– If only my heart were made of stone, I could carry so much more.

– He looked up at the ashen sky and thought, ”Are you there? Do you have a face, a heart, a soul, any mercy? Oh God, are you there?”

– The ashes of the late, dead world are carried on the bleak and temporal winds towards the void.  Everything left supported by a trembling and brief breath.

– By day, the banished sun circles the earth and scorches it like the grief of a grieving mother with a lamp.

– People always assume there will be a tomorrow and prepare for that. But tomorrow wasn’t ready for then; it didn’t even know they existed.

– When one has lost everything, make ceremonies out of thin air and breathe life upon them.

– When you are faced with trouble when you least expect it, then maybe the best thing to do is always expect it; at least it won’t pounce on you unawares.

– When you die, it is the same as everybody else.

– When you dream of some beautiful world that never existed and never will exist and are happy again, it will mean that you have given up. And you cannot give up; I won’t allow you to.

– How is what never will be different from what never was?

– Would you cry if I died? 

 If you died, I would be dead too so I could be with you.  

–  Some part of me wished we had not found this refuge. Some part of me always wished that it would be over soon.

– He could hear the sweet music coming from below. Music for the new age or maybe the last music left on earth called up from its ruins.

– The right dreams, the good dreams, for a man in mortal danger are dreams of peril, and all else is a trap set by death.

– On the road I travel, there are no godly men. There are gone, and I am left; they have stolen the world with them.

– You have my whole heart. You always did.

– Ever is a long time. But the boy knew better, ever is no time at all.

– The frailty of everything is revealed at last. 

– Each memory you recall from the depths of your mind must do some violence to its origin.

– It was more likely that they would end up dead in the mountains, and that was that.

– The good guys always keep trying, even in the face of exhaustion.

– We are not survivors in this world devoid of life. We are the walking dead of horror movies.

– What atrocities he could bear in the day he could not in the silence of the night, and he sat there afraid that the dream would return.

– He could not conjure up the world he has lost for the child’s pleasure without constructing the loss, and the child knows this better than him.

– If he were God, he would have made the world just so and no different.

– Dreams plague women that those they care for rein danger, and dreams of danger to themselves plague men.

– My hope is for eternal nothingness, and I hope it with every fiber in my body.

– When all of us are gone, there will be nothing left but death, and his life would be short too. He will be here with nothing to do and nothing to feed on. 

– He can give me what you never can. Death is not a lover. But he is.


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