C. J. Box Quotes

C. J. Box Quotes

Biography
Author Profession: Author
Nationality: American
Born: November 9, 1958


I really think more fledgling novelists – and many current and even established novelists – should get out into the real world and cover local politics, sports, culture, and crime and write it up on deadline.

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Think, Should, Current,


I do like the research part of writing, I must admit.

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Part, Like, Love,


I love to feature children and young adults as real people – flawed, naive, virtuous, venal – but real. I think it adds nuance and depth to the stories that wouldn’t exist without them.

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Real, People, Feature,


As a reader, I’m often put off by authors and story-lines without families or children and all of the angst and joy they bring with them.

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Children, Joy, Stories


Because it’s indicative of a tired mind-set. It’s nothing more than mental jerking off: puffed-up officials trying to make order out of random acts when all around them their world is about to explode—but they just don’t know it, or care. It’s like trying to find the fly shit in the pepper. I mean, who cares?

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Tired, Mental, Fly,


I often think that in the world we live in today, where we are threatened by forces as violent and primitive as anything we have ever faced, that it would be wise to look back a little ourselves and embrace our heritage. We were once a nation of hunters. And not the effete, European-style hunters who did it for sport. We hunted for our food, our independence. It’s what made us who we are. But, like so many other virtues that made us unique, we have, as a society, forgotten where we came from and how we got here. What was once both noble and essential has become perverted and indefensible.

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Today, Motivational, World,


In Joe’s experience, the person who talked the most very often had the least to say.

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Person, Often, Least,


On the third day of their honeymoon, infamous environmental activist Stewie Woods and his new bride, Annabel Bellotti, were spiking trees in the forest when a cow exploded and blew them up. Until then, their marriage had been happy.

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HoneyMoon, New, Bride,


Children were not pets, not furniture, not items put on earth to bring pleasure to people who owned them, she raged to herself.

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Pets, Bring, Raged,


Wyomingites, Joe had observed, didn’t know what to do when it rained except get out of it, watch it through the window, and wait for it to go away.

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Except, Famous, Wait,


Yellowstone, a place so special and awe-inspiring that after exploring it in 1871, the Hayden Expedition conceived of the original concept of the world’s first national park—a set-aside of 2. 2 million acres containing more than ten thousand thermal features, canyons, waterfalls, and wildlife—so no man or corporation could ever own it.

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Place, Exploring, National,


He doubted that the drivers hurtling down the interstate even noticed the herd, the coyote, or the dogfight in the clouds. Like so many vistas in the state, Joe thought, it looked like a whole lot of nothing at first. But if one stopped and observed, really sat still for a few minutes and observed, there was a lot going on. The high-steppe desert was alive and complex.

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Down, DogFight, Nothing,


The relationship between a father and his daughters, Joe had discovered, was a remarkably powerful thing. They looked to him to accomplish greatness; they expected it as a matter of course because he was their dad and therefore a great man.”

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Father, Powerful, Between,


Twilight in the mountains brought a special kind of cold. It crept out from the darkness of the lodgepole pine forest where it had spent the daylight hours and it slithered across the top of the snow to sting every inch of exposed human skin. Sounds became sharper and the snow itself became a different texture that squeaked like nails on a chalkboard with every footfall.

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Cold, Darkness, Special,


I know Edmond Locard’s Principle, the central theory of modern forensic crime-scene investigation: something is always left behind.

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Modern, Central, Something,


We’re bringing good little people into the world who have a mom and a dad who care about them and love them. They know right from wrong because their parents teach them which is which, and because their parents live by example. Somewhere, there is a reward for us, Joe. We need to believe that. We won’t just be abandoned.

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Inspirational, Mom, Care,


perspective. Related biologically to goats, not antelope (despite their name), pronghorn were uniquely evolved to survive and prosper in”

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Related, Prosper, Love,


This is what wolves do,” Joe said, his voice calm, a betrayal of what he felt. “I’m not saying they shouldn’t be here, but this is what they do. They’re wolves. I know it sounds real nice to say they’re magical and beautiful and they balance nature and restore an ecosystem – and it’s true, they do that. But this is how they do it. They go after the weakest first. When the mother stays back, the wolves open a hole in her belly and pull out her entrails. Then they wait until she doesn’t have the strength to protect herself, then they’ll move in and tear her throat out.

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Said, Calm, Magical,


Joe wanted to reach across the table, gather the old man’s collar in his fist, and bounce him up and down like a rag doll. “At one time, I had a lot to say to you. For years, I rehearsed what I was going to tell you if I ever got the opportunity I have now. I’d go over it when I was by myself like it was a speech. I had sections about what you did to my mother, my brother, and me. It was a pretty good speech, and I’m not good at speeches. But now that you’re sitting right there, I can’t remember any of it.”

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Table, Across, Down,


There’s nothing worse on this earth than privileged bureaucratic assholes who work the system. they never get caught, and if they do, there are no real consequences.”

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Earth, System, Caught,