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Wally Lamb’s “I Know This Much Is True” Quotes (14 Quotes)


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  • Take what people give you. Drink their milkshakes.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much Is True")

  • That's the problem with survival of the fittest ... the corpse at your fett. That little inconvenience.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • That's the trouble with survival of the fittest, isn't it, Dominick? The corpse at your feet. That little inconvenience.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • With destruction comes renovation.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • But what are our stories if not the mirrors we hold up to our fears?
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much Is True")


  • I am not a smart man, particularly, but one day, at long last, I stumbled from the dark woods of my own, and my family's, and my country's past, holding in my hands these truths: that love grows from the rich loam of forgiveness; that mongrels make good dogs; that the evidence of God exists in the roundness of things. This much, at least, I've figured out. I know this much is true.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • I didn't respond to him. Couldn't speak at all. Couldn't look at his self-mutilation--not even the clean, bandaged version of it. Instead, I looked at my own rough, stained house painter's hand. They seemed more like puppets than hands. I had no feelings in it either.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • I needed her to stop. Needed not to hear the pain in her voice--to see the way she was twisting the pocketbook strap. If she kept talking, she might break down and tell me everything.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • I stumbled from the dark woods of my own, and my family's, and my country's past, holding in my hands these truths: that love grows from the rich loam of forgiveness; that mongrels make good dogs; that the evidence of God exists in the roundness of things.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • I walked over and looked closer at the statue of the goddess. She was wearing a headdress with a skull and a cobra and a crescent moon. Maybe this is what peace of mind was all about: having a poisonous snake on your head and smiling anyway.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • If I could just write it down in a piece of paper, then maybe she could get a decent night's sleep, eat a little of her dinner. Maybe she could have a minute's worth of peace.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • Joy said she hadn't really understood the meaning of life until Tyffanie had come along, but now she understood it perfectly. Well, great, I felt like saying. Make sure you share the news with Plato and Kierkegaard and all those other philosophers who'd banged their heads against the wall, trying to figure things out.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • Love grows from the rich foam of forgiveness, mongrels make good dogs, and the evidence of God exists in the roundness of things.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • Power, wrongly used, defeats the oppressor as well as the oppressed.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")


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