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Some About Through

We all want to be special, to stand out; there's nothing wrong with this. The irony is that every human being is special to start with, because we're unique to start with. But we then go through some sort of boot camp from the age of zero to about 18 where we learn everything we can about how not to be unique.

- Karl Marlantes

Very Had Got

I knew many Marines had done brave deeds that no one saw and for which they got no medals at all. I was having a very hard time carrying those medals and didn't have the insight or maturity to know what to do with my combination of guilt and pride.

- Karl Marlantes

Over Peace Veterans

When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans, or the family. It's just starting.

- Karl Marlantes

About Back Feet

When I first got back from the war, I said, 'I'm gonna write the Great American Novel about the Vietnam War.' So I sat down and wrote 1,700 pages of sheer psychotherapy drivel. It was first person, and there would be pages about wet socks and cold feet.

- Karl Marlantes

Deal How Taught

The Marine Corps taught me how to kill, but it didn't teach me how to deal with killing.

- Karl Marlantes

Away Allow Bad Behavior

In the military I could exercise the power of being automatically respected because of the medals on my chest, not because I had done anything right at the moment to earn that respect. This is pretty nice. It's also a psychological trap that can stop one's growth and allow one to get away with just plain bad behavior.

- Karl Marlantes

Through Over Basement

For every veteran who goes through a divorce, a wife goes through one, too. For every veteran alone in the basement, there is a wife upstairs, bewildered, isolated and in despair from the dark clouds of war that hangs over family life.

- Karl Marlantes

Failures Dirty Cleaning

War is society's dirty work, usually done by kids cleaning up failures perpetrated by adults.

- Karl Marlantes

Been Against Combat

I mean... if you're raised as a decent human being, killing somebody is against every moral thing you've ever been taught. And so, generally, in combat it's 'krauts,' the 'gooks,' the 'yanks' - whatever you want to do to try and make it so that it's not a human being.

- Karl Marlantes

Going About Proud

I mean, if you're proud of what you've done when you've served in the military, well then we call that bragging. And if you are unhappy about what happened, we call that complaining. And so what are you going to do?

- Karl Marlantes

I Think Psychological

And I think that it's - the military has actually made improvements, so people are considering post-traumatic stress disorder as, at the least, a possible psychological problem. You know, when I was in Vietnam, it was just considered malingering. And we're making progress.

- Karl Marlantes

Worked Grew Boat

I grew up in Oregon, where as a teenager I worked with my grandfather Axel on his i shing boat at the mouth of the Columbia River.

- Karl Marlantes

I Think Thinking Romantics

I don't want any romantics to go into the military. I'm not a pacifist. I think we need a military, and the better one we have, the better off we are. I don't want kids going in there thinking that it's John Wayne on Iwo Jima. That's not healthy.

- Karl Marlantes

About Very Several

Really important books to me are the classics. I try very hard to read them well - you know, especially once I got serious about writing. So, reading Tolstoy several times - 'War and Peace,' 'The Kreutzer Sonata' - all those were really important to me.

- Karl Marlantes

Before Dig Kid

'The Odyssey' is the great tale, and I was really taken by 'The Iliad,' so I dig into those things, and when I was a kid I didn't. You've gotta have a certain level of understanding yourself before that stuff really starts to resonate.

- Karl Marlantes

Read Agent Spare Time

I began writing 'Matterhorn' in 1975 and for more than 30 years I kept working on my novel in my spare time, unable to get an agent or publisher to even read the manuscript.

- Karl Marlantes

Part Eventually Deliver

I was given the ability to create stories and characters. That's my part of the long chain of writers, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, and a host of others who eventually deliver literature to the world. I want to do for others what Eudora Welty did for me.

- Karl Marlantes

Other Depend Vietnam

Vietnam was the first time that Americans of different races had to depend on each other. In the Second World War, they were segregated; it was in Vietnam that American integration happened in the military - and it wasn't easy.

- Karl Marlantes

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Work Built Owner

The best are the ones built without controversy, when the owner, the architect, and the builder work together.

- A. James Clark

Business Cloud Metaphor

The cloud, for a while more of a metaphor than a giant business, is re-ordering all sorts of industries.

- Adam Lashinsky

Business Built No Business

I've built 'The Conversation' from the ground up with no business training.

- Amanda de Cadenet

Reason Built Greatness

Human relations are built on feeling, not on reason or knowledge. And feeling is not an exact science; like all spiritual qualities, it has the vagueness of greatness about it.

- Amelia Barr

Thought Built Romans

The Romans thought of themselves as the chosen people, yet they built the greatest army on Earth by recruiting warriors from any background.

- Amy Chua

Built Took Confidence

Every job I took, I was deeply uncomfortable in terms of feeling unqualified. Every step, every risk I took, built confidence.

- Amy Hood

Having Built Perseverance

Having kids and a relationship at such an early age definitely built up my hunger and perseverance to succeed.

- Anderson Silva

Other Built Might

Other people might want a Ferrari, but I wanted a butterfly house. I built it together with a blacksmith. We designed it together.

- Andre Rieu

Metaphor Naive Competition

Unregulated competition is a naive metaphor for anarchy.

- John Ralston Saul

Vietnam Pinch Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was happening, but Lubbock was... They put a pinch on it.

- Bob Livingston

Built Metaphor Vietnam War

'Matterhorn' is my metaphor of the Vietnam War - we built it, we abandoned it, we assaulted it, we lost, and then we abandoned it again.

- Karl Marlantes

Stop Slow Vietnam War

I was not able to stop or slow down the Vietnam War.

- Mike Mansfield

Both Sides Vietnam War

I'm not so sure that people consider homelessness to be as important as, say, the Vietnam War. One should never even try to equate them because, of course, they're tragedies on both sides of the coin.

- Graham Nash

Science Metaphor

Science is all metaphor.

- Timothy Leary

Lost Face Vietnam War

America lost its face with the debacle of the Vietnam War.

- Tiny Tim

Think General Metaphor

I started to think of Grace of Monaco as a metaphor for women in general.

- Olivier Dahan

Music Teaches Metaphor

Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity.

- Walter Mosley

Concept Level Metaphor

The whole concept of the devil is a metaphor on one level.

- Taylor Hackford

Now Vietnam Vietnam War

We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.

- Zbigniew Brzezinski