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David Foster Wallace Quotes and Sayings

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It seems important to find ways of reminding ourselves
that most "familiarity" is meditated and delusive.
- David Foster Wallace

The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart,
gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies and duplicates.
- David Foster Wallace

This is so American, man: either make something your
God and cosmos and then worship it,
or else kill it.
- David Foster Wallace

We're not keen on the idea of the story sharing its valence with the reader.
But the reader's own life "outside" the story changes the story.
- David Foster Wallace

 

This diagnosis can be done in about two lines.
It doesn't engage anybody.
- David Foster Wallace

Pleasure becomes a value, a teleological end in itself.
It's probably more Western than U.S.
per se.
- David Foster Wallace

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

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The other half is to dramatize the fact that we still "are" human beings,
now.
Or can be.
- David Foster Wallace

Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S.
blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride.
- David Foster Wallace

This might be one way to start talking about differences
between the early postmodern writers of the fifties
and sixties and their contemporary descendants.
- David Foster Wallace

It can become an exercise in trying to get the reader
to like and admire you instead of an exercise in creative art.
- David Foster Wallace

The interesting thing is why we're so desperate for
this anesthetic against loneliness.
- David Foster Wallace

The reader becomes God, for all textual purposes.
I see your eyes glazing over, so I'll hush.
- David Foster Wallace

This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside.
- David Foster Wallace

I just think that fiction that isn't exploring what
it means to be human today isn't art.
- David Foster Wallace

What TV is extremely good at - and realize that this is "all it does" -
is discerning what large numbers of people think they want,
and supplying it.
- David Foster Wallace

Nuclear weapons and TV have simply intensified the
consequences of our tendencies,
upped the stakes.
- David Foster Wallace

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

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

We're kind of wishing some parents would come back.
And of course we're uneasy about the fact that we wish they'd come back -
I mean,
what's wrong with us?
- David Foster Wallace

It looks like you can write a minimalist piece without much bleeding.
And you can.
But not a good one.
- David Foster Wallace

Fiction's about what it is to be a human being.
- David Foster Wallace

I often think I can see it in myself and in other young writers,
this desperate desire to please coupled with a kind
of hostility to the reader.
- David Foster Wallace

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

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

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

Success seems to be largely a matter
of hanging on after others have let go.
- William Feather

Success seems to be connected with action.
Successful people keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Ah, not everything is as seems...
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Expressing gratitude seems like a cosmic invitation
for all kinds of thankfulness and appreciation to pour in.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

As long as a man stands in his own way,
everything seems to be in his way.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

You CAN do what you are committed to do -
regardless of how difficult it seems.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

What seems new is only new to us.
- Pearl S. Buck

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks,
that we concentrate only
on what is most significant and important.
- Soren Kierkegaard

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves
come when life seems most challenging.
- Joseph Campbell

It always seems impossible until its done.
- Nelson Mandela

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness;
however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

When you get into a tight place
and everything goes against you,
till it seems you cannot hold on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just
the place and time the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Loneliness is not what it seems.
One does not feel lonely because one is alone,
but because of a feeling of lack -
a feeling that something is missing.
Loneliness is essentially independent
of how many other humans are around.
It has much more to do with one's self-esteem -
one's sense of inherent worth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If someone irritates you, it is only
your own response that is irritating you.
Therefore, when anyone seems to be provoking you,
remember that it is only your judgment
of the incident that provokes you. -
- Epictetus

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it
seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour
and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

If everything seems to be going well,
you have obviously overlooked something.
- Anonymous

It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy,
we go out and wreck something with it.
- David R. Brower

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish,
the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.
- Bernard Berenson

It seems every year, people make the resolution to
exercise and lose weight and get in shape.
- Ed Smith

When a thought takes one's breath away,
a grammar lesson seems an impertinence.
- Thomas W. Higginson

When you are courting a nice girl
an hour seems like a second.
When you sit on a red-hot cinder
a second seems like an hour.
That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

Perhaps people, and kids especially,
are spoiled today,
because all the kids today have cars,
it seems.
When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.
- James Cagney

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.
- Kitty O'Neill Collins

There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the
part of a great many people to the effect that when
you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
- Louis Kronenberger

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
- George Santayana

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer,
self-sufficient.
There is no other time when the whole world seems composed
of one thing and one thing only.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems,
in my opinion, to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein

It seems that we have it backward in our society.
We tend to look up to people
who are under a great deal of stress,
who can handle loads of stress,
and those who are under a great deal of pressure.
- Richard Carlson

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
- Jacques Barzun

A perfection of means,
and confusion of aims,
seems to be our main problem.
- Albert Einstein

Random chance seems to have operated in our favor ...
there was no deity involved.
- Spock character in the Star Trek television series

There is something about inside information which seems
to paralyse a man's reasoning powers.
- Bernard Baruch

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon.
We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships -
the ones that last -
are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship.
You know, one day you look at the person
and you see something more than you did the night before.
Like a switch has been flicked somewhere.
And the person who was just a friend is...
suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
- Dana Scully

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are,
we must know our mothers names.
- Alice Walker

There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people
will not go to analyze humor.
It seems to worry them.
- Robert Benchley

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture
that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.
It may seem even fresher.
- Pauline Kael

The good ole days weren't always good,
and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems.
- Billy Joel


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