George Saunders Quotes

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George Saunders Quote: “Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.”


George Saunders Quote: “Goodbye. I am leaving because I am bored.”

George Saunders Quote: “What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.”

George Saunders Quote: “When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you. What I want is to have the reader come out just 6 percent more awake to the world.”

George Saunders Quote: “I started out in engineering. I was a geophysical engineer. Throughout the course of my life I’ve done a lot of strange jobs, and the effect has been to make me think a little more skeptically about our capitalist society.”

George Saunders Quote: “If you at least try to do the things that excite you, it will make you a more expansive and present person – you’ll feel, at the end of your life, that at least you took the shot.”

George Saunders Quote: “Stay alert. The big moral crossroads in your life may not come labeled as such.”

George Saunders Quote: “The scariest thought in the world is that someday I’ll wake up and realize I’ve been sleepwalking through my life: underappreciating the people I love, making the same hurtful mistakes over and over, a slave to neuroses, fear, and the habitual.”

George Saunders Quote: “Humor is what happens when we’re told the truth quicker and more directly than we’re used to.”

George Saunders Quote: “Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.”


George Saunders Quote: “I was trained in seismic prospecting. We’d drill a deep hole and put dynamite in the bottom and blow it up remotely, which would give you a cross-sectional picture of the subsurface, which tells you where to drill.”

George Saunders Quote: “Realism is to fiction what gravity is to walking: a confinement that allows dancing under the right circumstances.”

George Saunders Quote: “When I write I know that I’m going to have to produce 40 percent more than I need.”

George Saunders Quote: “If you haven’t read you don’t have the voice. The lack of voice eliminates experience.”

George Saunders Quote: “Anyone can be shamed, but feeling guilt requires empathy within.”

George Saunders Quote: “It was that impossible thing: happiness that does not wilt to reveal the thin shoots of some new desire rising from within it.”

George Saunders Quote: “There comes that phase in life when, tired of losing, you decide to stop losing, then continue losing. Then you decide to really stop losing, and continue losing. The losing goes on and on so long you begin to watch with curiosity, wondering how low you can go.”

George Saunders Quote: “The contours of the coming disaster expanded to include the deaths of all present.”

George Saunders Quote: “We try, we fail, we posture, we aspire, we pontificate – and then we age, shrink, die, and vanish.”

George Saunders Quote: “Success is like a mountain in front of you that keeps growing. If you’re not careful, it will take up your whole life.”

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