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Don DeLillo Quotes


43 Don DeLillo quotes:



"Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals."
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"If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely."
"The modern meaning of life's end-when does it end? How does it end? How should it end? What is the value of life? How do we measure it?"
"Men with secrets tend to be drawn to each other, not because they want to share what they know but because they need the company of the like-minded, the fellow afflicted."
"Hardship makes the world obscure."
"Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom."
"I embarked on my life - I didn't do anything. I don't have an explanation."
"In a repressive society, a writer can be deeply influential, but in a society that's filled with glut and repetition and endless consumption, the act of terror may be the only meaningful act."
"Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there."
"I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language."
"I like the construction of sentences and the juxtaposition of words-not just how they sound or what they mean, but even what they look like."
"I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore."
"I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism."
"I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries. Virtually nothing else."
"May the days be aimless. Do not advance action according to a plan."
"People will always make comparisons."
"The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence."
"When you try to unravel something you've written, you belittle it in a way. It was created as a mystery."
"People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power."
"In this century the writer has carried on a conversation with madness. We might almost say of the twentieth-century writer that he aspires to madness. Some have made it, of course, and they hold special places in our regard. To a writer, madness is a final distillation of self, a final editing down. It's the drowning out of false voices."
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