Don DeLillo Quotes

43 Don DeLillo quotes:

"There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down."
"People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power."
"People who are powerless make an open theater of violence."
"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?"
"I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version."
"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."
"It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain."
"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."
"There's never a dearth of reasons to shoot at the President."
"One truth is the swing of the sentence, the beat and poise, but down deeper it's the integrity of the writer as he matches with the language."
"America was and is the immigrant's dream."
"American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous."
"Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there."
"For me, writing is a concentrated form of thinking."
"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."

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