The Road- Words & Quotes

Words from The Road by Cormac McCarthy:

  • trellis- framework
  • catamite- a boy, or child, who has sexual relations with a man
  • chary- cautious; shy
  • mendicant- begging
  • palimpsest- a piece of paper from which writing has been erased to make room for new text
  • cairn- a heap of stones set up as a landmark or tombstone
  • sepulchre- tomb, grave, or burial site
  • derelict- abandoned

Quotes from The Road by Cormac McCarthy:

“If he is not the word of God God never spoke.”

“Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever… You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.”

“The blackness he woke to on those nights was sightless and impenetrable. A blackness to hurt your ears with listening.”

“Ever is a long time.”

“How does the never to be differ from what never was.”

“We used to talk about death. We dont any more… because it’s here. There’s nothing left to talk about.”

“Nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave.”

“When we’re all gone at last then there’ll be nobody here but death and his days will be numbered too.”

“There were few nights lying in the dark that he did not envy the dead.”


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