15 Lasting Quotes From The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

Here are 15 lasting quotes from The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. In this post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son and their fight for survival, there are plenty of quotable moments.
Author:
Publish date:

Published on September 26, 2006, The Road is a post-apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy, the author of No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses, and Blood Meridian. It is a survival story about a father and son who travel south, because the winters have grown too cold.

(Best Dystopian Novels for Writers.)

They live in a world that is nearly devoid of life (no birds, fish, or other living animals) and has broken down all social norms for the few people still living. However, the father and son protagonists in this novel fight to stay good and alive at the same time as they make their way to the coast.

Here are 15 quotes from Cormac McCarthy's The Road that cover survival, dreams, promises, and more.

15 lasting quotes from The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

"He tried to think of something to say but he could not. He'd had this feeling before, beyond the numbness and dull despair."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_he_tried_to_think_of_something_to_say_but_he_could_not

"I dont want anybody talking about me. To say where I was or what I said when I was there."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_i_dont_want_anybody_talking_about_me

"If you break little promises you'll break big ones."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_if_you_break_little_promises_youll_break_big_ones

*****

Build Your Novel Scene by Scene

If you want to learn how to write a story, but aren’t quite ready yet to hunker down and write 10,000 words or so a week, this is the course for you. Build Your Novel Scene by Scene will offer you the impetus, the guidance, the support, and the deadline you need to finally stop talking, start writing, and, ultimately, complete that novel you always said you wanted to write.

Click to continue.

*****

"Maybe he understood for the first time that to the boy he was himself an alien. A being from a planet that no longer existed."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_maybe_he_understood_for_the_first_time_that_to_the_boy_he_was_himself_an_alien

(15 quotes from Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley.)

"Maybe you should always be on the lookout. If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_maybe_you_should_always_be_on_the_lookout

"My job is to take care of you."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_my_job_is_to_take_care_of_you

"People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didnt believe in that. Tomorrow wasnt getting ready for them. It didnt even know they were there."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_people_were_always_getting_ready_for_tomorrow

"Some part of him always wished it to be over."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_some_part_of_him_always_wished_it_to_be_over

"The man could hear him playing. A formless music for the age to come. Or perhaps the last music on earth called up from out of the ashes of its ruin."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_the_man_could_hear_him_playing_a_formless_music_for_the_age_to_come

"The right dreams for a man in peril were dreams of peril and all else was the call of languor and of death."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_the_right_dreams_for_a_man_in_peril_were_dreams_peril_and_all_else_was_the_call_of_languor_and_of_death

"There was a good chance they would die in the mountains and that would be that."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_there_was_a_good_chance_they_would_die_in_the_mountains_and_that_would_be_that

(3 tips for writing cosmic horror that goes beyond.)

"This is what the good guys do. They keep trying."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_this_is_what_the_good_guys_do_they_keep_trying

"We're not survivors. We're the walking dead in a horror film."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_were_not_survivors_were_the_walking_dead_in_a_horror_film

"When we're all gone at last there'll be nobody here but death and his days will be numbered too. He'll be out in the road there with nothing to do and nobody to do it to."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_when_were_all_gone_at_last_therell_be_nobody_here_but_death_and_his_days_will_be_numbered_too

(12 thought-provoking quotes from 1984, by George Orwell.)

"Where you've nothing else construct ceremonies out of the air and breathe upon them."

cormac_mccarthy_the_road_quotes_where_youve_nothing_else_construct_ceremonies_out_of_the_air_and_breathe_upon_them
new_agent_alert_tasneem_motala_the_rights_factory

New Agent Alert: Tasneem Motala of The Rights Factory

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Tasneem Motala of The Rights Factory) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Miller_1:19

Timothy Miller: The Alluring Puzzle of Fact and Fiction

Screenwriter and novelist Timothy Miller explains how he came to write historical fiction and how research can help him drive his plot.

Batra&DeCandido_1:18

Dr. Munish Batra and Keith R.A. DeCandido: Entertainment and Outrage

Authors Dr. Munish Batra and Keith R.A. DeCandido explain how they came to co-write their novel and why it's important to them that the readers experience outrage while reading.

incite_vs_insight_grammar_rules_robert_lee_brewer

Incite vs. Insight (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use incite vs. insight with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Cleland_1:17

Jane K. Cleland: On Writing the Successful Long-Running Series

Award-winning mystery author Jane K. Cleland describes what it's like to write a long-running book series and offers expert advice for the genre writer.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: #StartWrite, Virtual Conference, and New Courses

This week, we’re excited to announce free resources to start your writing year off well, our Novel Writing Virtual Conference, and more!

20_most_popular_writing_posts_of_2020_robert_lee_brewer

20 Most Popular Writing Posts of 2020

We share a lot of writing-related posts throughout the year on the Writer's Digest website. In this post, we've collected the 20 most popular writing posts of 2020.

Malden_1:16

Carla Malden: Writing With Optimism and Innocence

Screenwriter and author Carla Malden explains why young adult fiction and the '60s go hand-in-hand and how she connected with her main character's voice.