Don DeLillo - Quotes

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It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.

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 in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power.

Never underestimate the power of the State to act out its own massive fantasies. ---->>>

The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. ---->>>

I slept for four years. I didn't study much of anything. I majored in something called communication arts. ---->>>

I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore. ---->>>

Silence, exile, cunning and so on... it's my nature to keep quiet about most things. Even the ideas in my work. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

True terror is a language and a vision. There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts, and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways that writers used to aspire to. ---->>>

When you try to unravel something you've written, you belittle it in a way. It was created as a mystery. ---->>>

Hardship makes the world obscure. ---->>>

May the days be aimless. Do not advance action according to a plan. ---->>>

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.

Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom. ---->>>

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've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version. ---->>>

In the face of technology, everything becomes a little atavistic. ---->>>

The future belongs to crowds. ---->>>

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've always liked being relatively obscure. I feel that's where I belong, that's where my work belongs. ---->>>

There's never a dearth of reasons to shoot at the President. ---->>>

Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana. This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture. ---->>>

America was and is the immigrant's dream. ---->>>

I embarked on my life - I didn't do anything. I don't have an explanation. ---->>>

I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism. ---->>>

I think there is a sense of last things in my work that probably comes from a Catholic childhood. ---->>>

A Catholic is raised with the idea that he will die any minute now and if he doesn't live his life in a certain way, this death is an introduction to an eternity of pain. ---->>>

I saw a photograph of a wedding conducted by Reverend Moon of the Unification Church. I wanted to understand this event, and the only way to understand it was to write about it. ---->>>

I think a playwright realizes after he finishes working on the script that this is only the beginning. What will happen when it moves into three dimensions? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I've always seen myself in sentences. I begin to recognize myself, word by word, as I work through a sentence. ---->>>

American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous. ---->>>

There's a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right. It speaks the writer's will to live. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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 watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries. Virtually nothing else. ---->>>

People will always make comparisons. ---->>>

Rushdie is a hostage. ---->>>

The language of my books has shaped me as a man. ---->>>

There's a connection between the advances that are made in technology and the sense of primitive fear people develop in response to it. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 11-20, 1936
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Occupation: Novelist
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Donald Richard "Don" DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an American novelist, playwright and essayist. His works have covered subjects as diverse as television, nuclear war, sports, the complexities of language, performance art, the Cold War, mathematics, the advent of the digital age, politics, economics, and global terrorism (wikipedia)