Norman Maclean

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Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.

Norman Fitzroy Maclean (December 23, 1902August 2, 1990) was an American author and scholar noted for his books A River Runs Through It and Other Stories (1976) and Young Men and Fire (1992).

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Young Men and Fire (1992)[edit]

A mystery of the universe is how it has managed to survive with so much volunteer help.
  • In the Gates of the Mountains there have been many blowups. Now there are many rattlesnakes and nothing more fragile than mountain goats, themselves tougher than the mountains they disdain, although at a distance they are white wings of butterflies floating up and down and sideways across the faces of fragments of arches and cliffs, touching but never becoming attached to them.
  • Unless we are willing to escape into sentimentality or fantasy, often the best we can do with catastrophes, even our own, is to find out exactly what happened and restore some of the missing parts.

A River Runs Through It (1976)[edit]

On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories (1976)
  • The brain gives up a lot less easily than the body.
  • "Help," he said "is giving part of yourself to somebody who comes to accept it willingly and needs it badly."
    • p. 22
  • One of life's quiet excitements is to stand somewhat apart from yourself and watch yourself softly becoming the author of something beautiful even if it is only a floating ash.
    • p. 68
  • Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
    I am haunted by waters.

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