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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: “For those who’ve never experienced a sunrise in the rural midwest, it’s roughly as soft and romantic as someone’s abruptly hitting the lights in a dark room.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “As a tourist, you become economically significant but existentially loathsome, an insect on a dead thing.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Of course, the fact that Dostoevsky can tell a juicy story isn’t enough to make him great. If it were, Judith Krantz and John Grisham would be great fiction writers, and by any but the most commercial standards they’re not even very good.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I had four hundred thousand pages of continental philosophy and lit theory in my head. And by God, I was going to use it to prove to him that I was smarter than he was.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Keep in mind that a language is both a map of the world and its own world, with its own shadowlands and crevasses – places where statements that seem to obey all the language’s rules are nevertheless impossible to deal with.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “There’s a weird kind of paradox that the more expensive the vacation is, the more potentially anxiety-producing it is.”
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: “Learning how to think” really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “God seems to have a kind of laid-back management style I’m not crazy about.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “It’s like a fugue of evaded responsibility.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Kafka’s evocations are, rather, unconscious and almost sub-archetypal, the little-kid stuff from which myths derive; this is why we tend to call even his weirdest stories nightmarish rather than surreal.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The individual’s right to pursue his own vision of the best ration of pleasure to pain: utterly sacrosanct.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “To make someone an icon is to make him an abstraction, and abstractions are incapable of vital communication with living people.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “People, unless they’re paying attention, tend to confuse fanciness with intelligence or authority.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “You have decided being scared is caused mostly by thinking.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “We are the Few, the Proud, the More or Less Constantly Appalled at Everyone Else.”
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: “The other half is to dramatize the fact that we still “are” human beings, now. Or can be.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I felt the sort of soaring, ceilingless tedium that transcends tedium and becomes worry.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I think TV promulgates the idea that good art is just art which makes people like and depend on the vehicle that brings them the art.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Apeshit has rarely enjoyed so literal a denotation.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “A novelist has to know enough about a subject to fool the passenger next to him on an airplane.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The freedom to be lords of our own tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the centre of all creation.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “At root, vulgar just means popular on a mass scale. It is the semantic opposite of pretentious or snobby. It is humility with a comb-over. It is Nielsen ratings and Barnum’s axiom and the real bottom line. It is big, big business.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Nuclear weapons and TV have simply intensified the consequences of our tendencies, upped the stakes.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “That there might not be angels, but there are people who might as well be angels.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “That it takes great personal courage to let yourself appear weak.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “There are secrets within secrets, though – always.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Chutes and Ladders was perhaps the most sadistic board game ever invented. Adults loathed the game; children loved it. The universe thus dictated that an adult invariably got snookered into playing the game with a child.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “This argument is not the barrel of drugged trout that Methodological Descriptivism was, but it’s still vulnerable to objections.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I’m not saying that television is vulgar and dumb because the people who compose the Audience are vulgar and dumb. Television is the way it is simply because people tend to be extremely similar in their vulgar and prurient and dumb interests and wildly different in their refined and aesthetic and noble interests.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Life is essentially one long search for an ashtray.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Americans seemed no longer united so much by common beliefs as by common images: what binds us became what we stand witness to.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “We are all dying to give our lives away to something, maybe. God or Satan, politics or grammar, topology or philately – the object seemed incidental to this will to give oneself away, utterly. To games or needles, to some other person.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “We will, of course, without hesitation use art to parody, ridicule, debunk, or criticize ideologies.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “I knew my limitations and the limitations of the courts I played on, and adjusted thusly. I was at my best in bad conditions.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “The desire for perfect release and the real-world impossibility of perfect, whenever-you-want-it release had together produced a tension they could no longer stand.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Do exactly as you please–if you still trust what seems to please you.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Do this: hate him for me after I die. I beg you. Dying request.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “She wanted only tall smooth bottles whose labels spoke of Proof.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Don’t ask why if you don’t want to die. Do as you’re told if you want to get old.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Does somebody have an explanation why there’s human flesh on the hall window upstairs?”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “One of the really American things about Hal, probably, is the way he despises what it is he’s really lonely for.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “A question, doctor,” he said. “Why doesn’t the coyote take the money he spends on bird costumes and catapults and radioactive road runner food pellets and explosive missiles and simply go eat Chinese?” He smiled coolly. “Why doesn’t the coyote simply go eat Chinese food?”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Look down your shirt and spell attic.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “There’s been time this whole time. You can’t kill time with your heart. Everything takes time.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “Our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “It is tragic and sad and chaotic and lovely. All life is the same, as citizens of the human State: the animating limits are within, to be killed and mourned, over and over again.”
David Foster Wallace Quote: “My bones are ringing the way sometimes people say their ears are ringing, I’m so tired.”
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