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David Foster Wallace Quote: “What TV is extremely good at – and realize that this is ‘all it does’ – is discerning what large numbers of people think they want, and supplying it.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Nothing brings you together like a common enemy.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies and duplicates.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I had kind of a midlife crisis at twenty which probably doesn’t augur well for my longevity.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “That everything is on fire, slow fire, and we’re all less than a million breaths away from an oblivion more total than we can even bring ourselves to even try to imagine...”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I often think I can see it in myself and in other young writers, this desperate desire to please coupled with a kind of hostility to the reader.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I have filled 3 Mead notebooks trying to figure out whether it was Them or Just Me.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I don’t think writers are any smarter than other people. I think they may be more compelling in their stupidity, or in their confusion.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The severing of an established connection is exponentially more painful than the rejection of an attempted connection.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The point of books is to combat loneliness.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I’m not afraid of new things. I’m just afraid of feeling alone even when there’s somebody else there. I’m afraid of feeling bad. Maybe that’s selfish, but it’s the way I feel.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Psychotics, say what you want about them, tend to make the first move.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Whatever you get paid attention for is never what you think is most important about yourself.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “And when he came to, he was flat on his back on the beach in the freezing sand, and it was raining out of a low sky, and the tide was way out.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I miss everyone. I can remember being young and feeling a thing and identifying it as homesickness, and then thinking well now that’s odd, isn’t it, because I was home, all the time. What on earth are we to make of that?”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. That is real freedom. That is being educated and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The interesting thing is why we’re so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The job of the first eight pages is not to have the reader want to throw the book at the wall, during the first eight pages.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “We’re not keen on the idea of the story sharing its valence with the reader. But the reader’s own life “outside” the story changes the story.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “What if sometimes there is no choice about what to love? What if the temple comes to Mohammed? What if you just love? without deciding? You just do: you see her and in that instant are lost to sober account-keeping and cannot choose but to love?”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I love the way you love, but I hate the way I’m supposed to love you back.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “There are no choices without personal freedom, Buckeroo. It’s not us who are dead inside. These things you find so weak and contemptible in us – these are just the hazards of being free.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “He suddenly felt nothing, or rather Nothing, a pre-tornadic stillness of zero sensation, as if he were the very space he occupied.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The assumption that you everyone else is like you. That you are the world. The disease of consumer capitalism. The complacent solipsism.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The new rebels might be artists willing to risk the yawn, the rolled eyes, the cool smile, the nudged ribs, the parody of gifted ironists, the ‘Oh how banal.’”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “To experience commitment as the loss of options, a type of death, the death of childhood’s limitless possibility, of the flattery of choice without duress-this will happen, mark me. Childhood’s end.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Hear this or not, as you will. Learn it now, or later – the world has time. Routine, repetition, tedium, monotony, ephemeracy, inconsequence, abstraction, disorder, boredom, angst, ennui – these are the true hero’s enemies, and make no mistake, they are fearsome indeed. For they are real.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Talent is its own expectation, Jim: you either live up to it or it waves a hankie, receding forever.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Not that that mystical stuff’s necessarily true: The only thing that’s capital-T true is that you get to decide how you’re going to try to see it.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “If Realism called it like it saw it, Metafiction simply called it as it saw itself seeing itself see it.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “It’s a very American illness, the idea of giving yourself away entirely to the idea of working in order to achieve some sort of brass ring that usually involves people feeling some way about you – I mean, people wonder why we walk around feeling alienated and lonely and stressed out.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I perhaps could have been somewhat better. One of the interesting things about playing competitive sports as a child is that you confront your own limitations rather starkly at a certain point.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “American experience seems to suggest that people are virtually unlimited in their need to give themselves away, on various levels. Some just prefer to do it in secret.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I never, even for a moment, doubted what they’d told me. This is why it is that adults and even parents can, unwittingly, be cruel: they cannot imagine doubt’s complete absence. They have forgotten.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “No wonder we cannot appreciate the really central Kafka joke: that the horrific struggle to establish a human self results in a self whose humanity is inseparable from the horrific struggle. That our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “It’s in the democratic citizen’s nature to be like a leaf that doesn’t believe in the tree it’s part of.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Do not underestimate objects.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Most of us will still take nihilism over neanderthalism.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day. That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “This diagnosis can be done in about two lines. It doesn’t engage anybody.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “In fact, the likeliest reason why so many of us care so little about politics is that modern politicians makes us sad, hurt us deep down in ways that are hard even to name, much less talk about.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “She took a sort of abject pride in her mecilessness toward herself.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Fiction becomes a weird way to countenance yourself and to tell the truth instead of being a way to escape yourself or present yourself in a way you figure you will be maximally likable.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Hal Incandenza has an almost obsessive dislike for deLint, whom he tells Mario he sometimes cannot quite believe is even real, and tries to get to the side of, to see whether deLint has a true z coordinate or is just a cutout or projection.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “If you’ve never wept and want to, have a child.”
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