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David Foster Wallace Quote: “For me, boviscopophobia is an even stronger motive than semi-agoraphobia for staying on the ship when we’re in port.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The integrity of my sleep has been forever compromised, sir.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I think it’s easy to stop smoking; it’s just hard not to commit a felony after you stop.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Life is like tennis. Those who serve best usually win.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “You’ll stop worrying what others think about you when you realize how seldom they do.”
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: “To be willing to sort of die in order to move the reader, somehow. Even now I’m scared about how sappy this’ll look in print, saying this.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Some words have to be explicitly uttered, Lenore. Only by actually uttering certain words does one really DO what one SAYS. ‘Love’ is one of those words, performative words. Some words can literally make things real.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “It’s probably hard to feel any sort of Romantic spiritual connection to nature when you have to make your living from it.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “TV’s “real” agenda is to be “liked,” because if you like what you’re seeing, you’ll stay tuned. TV is completely unabashed about this; it’s its sole raison.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “You are what you love. No? You are, completely and only, what you would die for without, as you say, the thinking twice.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The entire ball game, in terms of both the exam and life, was what you gave attention to vs. what you willed yourself to not.”
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: “I believe I want adult sanity, which seems to me the only unalloyed form of heroism available today.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Most really pretty girls have pretty ugly feet, and so does Mindy Metalman, Lenore notices, all of a sudden.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Worship your body, beauty, and sexual allure and you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “But if I decide to decide there’s a different, less selfish, less lonely point to my life, won’t the reason for this decision be my desire to be less lonely, meaning to suffer less overall pain? Can the decision to be less selfish ever be anything other than a selfish decision?”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “My chest bumps like a dryer with shoes in it.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The man who knows his limitations, has none.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Quentin Tarantino is interested in watching somebody’s ear getting cut off; David Lynch is interested in the ear.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Capital T-truth is about life before death.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The sound of wind had become, for me, silence. When it went away, I was left with the squeak of the blood in my head and the aural glitter of all those little eardrum hairs quivering like a drunk in withdrawal.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I received 500,000 discrete bits of information today, of which maybe 25 are important. My job is to make some sense of it.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “America, as everybody knows, is a country of many contradictions, and a big contradiction for a long time has been between a very aggressive form of capitalism and consumerism against what might be called a kind of moral or civic impulse.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “If you’re automatically sure that you know what reality is and who and what is really important-if you want to operate on your default-setting-then you, like me, will not consider possibilities that aren’t pointless and annoying.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The parts of me that used to think I was different or smarter or whatever, almost made me die.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I’m not a machine. I feel and believe. I have opinions. Some of them are interesting. I could, if you’d let me, talk and talk. Let’s talk about anything. I.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “This is so American, man: either make something your God and cosmos and then worship it, or else kill it.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “She had a brainy girls discomfort about her own beauty and its effects on folks.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Mario, what do you get when you cross an insomniac, an unwilling agnostic and a dyslexic?”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “My worst character flaw that I’m conscious of is that I tend to think my way into circles instead of resolving anything. It’s paralyzing and boring for people around me.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “There happen to be whole large parts of adult American life that nobody talks about in commencement speeches. One such part involves boredom, routine, and petty frustration.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I’d like to be the sort of person who can enjoy things at the time, instead of having to go back in my head and enjoy them.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The sun like a sneaky keyhole view of hell.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I’m screaming for help and everybody’s acting as if I’m singing Ethel Merman covers...”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “It’s all very confusing. I think I’m very honest and candid, but I’m also proud of how honest and candid I am – so where does that put me?”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Many people in America throw the term “fascism” around, particularly for Middle-Eastern terrorists, but in fact what fascism really is is a close alliance between a unitary executive and a state and large corporations and a state.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “So which is the lie? Hard or soft? Silence or time?”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “For these cultures, getting rid of the pain without addressing the deeper cause would be like shutting off a fire alarm while the fire’s still going.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I cannot say what color Lenore Beadsman’s eyes are; I cannot look at them; they are the sun to me.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “That evil people never believe they are evil, but rather that everyone else is evil.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “If you worship power, you will feel weak and afraid, needing ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I will probably write an hour a day and spend eight hours a day biting my knuckle and worrying about not writing.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “As a tourist, you become economically significant but existentially loathsome, an insect on a dead thing.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Two clocks, two ghosts, one square acre of hidden mirror.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The problem is that once the rules of art are debunked, and once the unpleasant realities the irony diagnoses are revealed and diagnosed, ‘then’ what do we do?”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I had, by thirteen, developed a sort of Taoist hubris about my ability to control via non-control.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Irony, entertaining as it is, serves an almost exclusively negative function. It’s critical and destructive, a ground-clearing.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “One of the things that makes Wittgenstein a real artist to me is that he realized that no conclusion could be more horrible than solipsism.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “If two people get married in West Virginia and then pull up stakes and move to Massachusetts and then if they decide they want to get a divorce, what’s the biggest problem getting a divorce?”
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