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Carson McCullers is an American author and playwright. Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages, and she was the first U.S. woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, which she won in 1967 at age thirty-eight for her novels The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940) and Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941). She also wrote plays, essays, short stories, poems, screenplays and other works of fiction including children’s books. The youngest daughter of Georgia sharecroppers who became one of the most influential writers of 20th century America; Carson McCullers lived from February 19 1917 – September 29 1967.

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About Carson Mccullers

birth of the author

February 19, 1917

death of the author

September 29, 1967

occupation of the author


education of the author

Columbus High School, New York University, Columbia University

genre of the author

Southern Gothic

award of the author

Notable Works:
Novels: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter The Ballad Of The Sad Café The Member Of The Wedding


The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. — Carson Mccullers

The human heart is a lonely hunter–but the search for us southerners is more anguished. — Carson Mccullers

It is music that causes the heart to broaden and the listener to grow cold with ecstasy and fright. — Carson Mccullers

We wander, question. But the answer waits in each separate heart–the answer of our own identity and the way by which we can master loneliness and feel that at last we belong. — Carson Mccullers

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But the hearts of small children are delicate organs. A cruel beginning in this world can twist them into curious shapes. — Carson Mccullers

There are the lover and the beloved, but these two come from different countries. — Carson Mccullers


Imagination takes humility, love and great courage. — Carson Mccullers

A most mediocre person can be the object of a love which is wild, extravagant, and beautiful as the poison lillies of the swamp. — Carson Mccullers

The value and quality of any love is determined solely by the lover himself. — Carson Mccullers

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Love is the main generator of all good writing… Love, passion, compassion, are all welded together. — Carson Mccullers

The theme is the theme of humiliation, which is the square root of sin, as opposed to the freedom from humiliation, and love, which is the square root of wonderful. — Carson Mccullers

Falling in love is the easiest thing in the world. It’s standing in love that matters. — Carson Mccullers

Love is a joint experience between two persons––but the fact that it is a joint experience does not mean that it is a similar experience to the two people involved. — Carson Mccullers

Passion is more important than justice. — Carson Mccullers

the value and quality of any love is determined solely by the lover himself Carson Mccullers quote

And the curt truth is that, in a deep secret way, the state of being loved is intolerable to many. — Carson Mccullers

It was better to be in a jail where you could bang the walls than in a jail you could not see. — Carson Mccullers


Maybe when people longed for a thing that bad the longing made them trust in anything that might give it to them. — Carson Mccullers

Owing to the fact he was a mute they were able to give him all the qualities they wanted him to have. — Carson Mccullers

Some men are heroes by nature in that they will give all that is in them without regard to the effort or to the personal returns. — Carson Mccullers

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All we can do is go around telling the truth. — Carson Mccullers

Don’t you loathe it when doctors use the word ‘we’ when it applies only and solely to yourself? — Carson Mccullers


The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone. — Carson Mccullers

My advice to you is this. Do not attempt to stand alone. …The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone. — Carson Mccullers

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I am not meant to be alone and without you who understands. — Carson Mccullers

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Once you have lived with another, it is a great torture to have to live alone. — Carson Mccullers

In his face there came to be a brooding peace that is seen most often in the faces of the very sorrowful or the very wise. But still he wandered through the streets of the town, always silent and alone. — Carson Mccullers


I got to wear blinders all the time so I won’t think sideways or in the past. — Carson Mccullers

She stood in front of the mirror a long time, and finally decided she either looked like a sap or else she looked very beautiful. One or the other. — Carson Mccullers

While Time, The endless idiot, runs screaming round the world. — Carson Mccullers

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The trouble with me is that for a long time I have just been an I person. All people belong to a We except me. Not to belong to a We makes you too lonesome. — Carson Mccullers

Because in some men it is in them to give up everything personal at some time, before it ferments and poisons––throw it to some human being or some human idea. They have to. — Carson Mccullers

Inspiring Phrases From Carson Mccullers

I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen. — Carson Mccullers

They are the we of me. — Carson Mccullers

The world is certainty a sudden place. — Carson Mccullers

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When a person knows and can’t make the others understand, what does he do? — Carson Mccullers

I want–I want–I want–was all that she could think about–but just what this real want was she did not know. — Carson Mccullers

The writer is by nature a dreamer–a conscious dreamer. — Carson Mccullers

To know who you are, you have to have a place to come from. — Carson Mccullers

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