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Don DeLillo Quotes & Quotations
Don DeLillo
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    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. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    America was and is the immigrant's dream. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    For me, writing is a concentrated form of thinking. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    I embarked on my life - I didn't do anything. I don't have an explanation. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    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. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    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. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    I slept for four years. I didn't study much of anything. I majored in something called communication arts. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    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? Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    I think there is a sense of last things in my work that probably comes from a Catholic childhood. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries. Virtually nothing else. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    I've always liked being relatively obscure. I feel that's where I belong, that's where my work belongs. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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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. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    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. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    In the face of technology, everything becomes a little atavistic. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    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. Don-DeLilloDon DeLillo
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    Never underestimate the power of the State to act out its own massive fantasies. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    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. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    People who are powerless make an open theater of violence. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    Rushdie is a hostage. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    Silence, exile, cunning and so on... it's my nature to keep quiet about most things. Even the ideas in my work. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    The future belongs to crowds. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    The language of my books has shaped me as a man. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    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? Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    There's a connection between the advances that are made in technology and the sense of primitive fear people develop in response to it. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    There's never a dearth of reasons to shoot at the President. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    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. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    When you try to unravel something you've written, you belittle it in a way. It was created as a mystery. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo
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    Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail. Don-DeLillo/">Don DeLillo