Walker Percy The Last Gentleman —

“If a man cannot forget, he will never amount to much.”

Soren Kirkegard

I have been a big fan of an author named Walker Percy and Audible now has his books available so started listening to one read 45 years ago or more during the height of the Vietnam War. The  name of the book is The Last Gentleman. Not thrilled with the reader but he is OK. Here are a few quotes from the book that made a lot of sense back then and still make a lot of sense.

“He had to know everything before he could do anything.”

“Lucky is the man who does not secretly believe that  every possibility is open to


Southerners have trouble ruling out the possible. What happens to a man to whom all things seem possible and every course of action open? Nothing of course. Except war. If a man lives in the sphere of  the possible and waits for something to happen, what he is waiting for is war or the end of the world.

That is why Southerners like to fight and make good soldiers. In war the possible becomes actual through no doing of one’s own. ”

It really is healthier to understand one’s real possibilities and act on them instead of sitting around waiting because there are so many roads, one cannot figure out which to go down.


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