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Don DeLillo Quotes: "I have only a bare working knowledge of the human brain but it's enough to make me proud to be an American."

I have only a bare working knowledge of the human brain but it's enough to make me proud to be an American.




Don DeLillo Quotes: "Eye contact was a delicate matter. A quarter second of a shared glance was a violation of agreements that made the city operational."

Eye contact was a delicate matter. A quarter second of a shared glance was a violation of agreements that made the city operational.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "The true life is not reducible to words spoken or written, not by anyone, ever."

The true life is not reducible to words spoken or written, not by anyone, ever.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "This was the year he rode the subway to the ends of the city, two hundred miles of track."

This was the year he rode the subway to the ends of the city, two hundred miles of track.




Don DeLillo Quotes: "No sense of the irony of human experience, that we are the highest form of life on earth, and yet ineffably sad because we know what no other animal knows, that we must die."

No sense of the irony of human experience, that we are the highest form of life on earth, and yet ineffably sad because we know what no other animal knows, that we must die.



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."

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



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Fear is intense self-awareness."

Fear is intense self-awareness.




Don DeLillo Quotes: "The thinness of contemporary life. I can poke my finger through it."

The thinness of contemporary life. I can poke my finger through it.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Fear is self-awareness raised to a higher level."

Fear is self-awareness raised to a higher level.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Would you ask a man who bags groceries if he fears death not because it is death but because there are still some interesting groceries he would like to bag?"

Would you ask a man who bags groceries if he fears death not because it is death but because there are still some interesting groceries he would like to bag?



Don DeLillo Quotes: "I am the false character that follows the name around."

I am the false character that follows the name around.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Money was spiritual indemnity against some unspecifiable future loss. It existed in purest form in his mind, my money, a reinforcing source of meditation."

Money was spiritual indemnity against some unspecifiable future loss. It existed in purest form in his mind, my money, a reinforcing source of meditation.




Don DeLillo Quotes: "Everything was fine, would continue to be fine, would eventually get even better as long as the supermarket did not slip."

Everything was fine, would continue to be fine, would eventually get even better as long as the supermarket did not slip.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Be willing to die for your beliefs, or computer printouts of your beliefs."

Be willing to die for your beliefs, or computer printouts of your beliefs.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Then they’re always trying to sell you something. Everything is based on forcing people to buy. If you can’t buy what they’re selling, you’re a zero in the system."

Then they’re always trying to sell you something. Everything is based on forcing people to buy. If you can’t buy what they’re selling, you’re a zero in the system.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "I've got death inside me. It's just a question of whether or not I can outlive it."

I've got death inside me. It's just a question of whether or not I can outlive it.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "You shout because it makes you brave or you want to announce your recklessness."

You shout because it makes you brave or you want to announce your recklessness.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "The future belongs to crowds."

The future belongs to crowds.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "He was a regulator first-class, which was another term for metalworker unskilled."

He was a regulator first-class, which was another term for metalworker unskilled.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Everybody wants to own the end of the world."

Everybody wants to own the end of the world.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Doesn't seem quite real. It's not meaningful. I can't quite imagine myself being 73. That's the age my father was! [Laughter.] How can I be his age? It's weird."

Doesn't seem quite real. It's not meaningful. I can't quite imagine myself being 73. That's the age my father was! [Laughter.] How can I be his age? It's weird.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "She was a voice with a body as afterthought, a wry smile that sailed through heavy traffic. Give her a history and she'd disappear.Eric Packer about Vija Kinski"

She was a voice with a body as afterthought, a wry smile that sailed through heavy traffic. Give her a history and she'd disappear.Eric Packer about Vija Kinski



Don DeLillo Quotes: "I'm completely aware of Matisse and what he said, that painters must begin by cutting out their tongues."

I'm completely aware of Matisse and what he said, that painters must begin by cutting out their tongues.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Doesn't our knowledge of death make life more precious?'What good is a preciousness based on fear and anxiety? It's an anxious quivering thing"

Doesn't our knowledge of death make life more precious?'What good is a preciousness based on fear and anxiety? It's an anxious quivering thing



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Everything was on television last night"

Everything was on television last night



Don DeLillo Quotes: "I like simple men and complicated women."

I like simple men and complicated women.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Memory is the faculty of absolution. Men developed memories to ease their disquiet over things they did as men. The deep past is the only innocence and therefore necessary to retain."

Memory is the faculty of absolution. Men developed memories to ease their disquiet over things they did as men. The deep past is the only innocence and therefore necessary to retain.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "People who are powerless make an open theater of violence."

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom."

California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "All that incoherence. Selection, election, option, alternative. All behind him now. Codes and formats. Courses of action. Values, bias, predilection. Choice is a subtle form of disease."

All that incoherence. Selection, election, option, alternative. All behind him now. Codes and formats. Courses of action. Values, bias, predilection. Choice is a subtle form of disease.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Brilliant people never think of the lives they smash, being brilliant."

Brilliant people never think of the lives they smash, being brilliant.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "Man’s guilt in history and in the tides of his own blood has been complicated by technology, the daily seeping falsehearted death."

Man’s guilt in history and in the tides of his own blood has been complicated by technology, the daily seeping falsehearted death.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "The view is endlessly fulfilling. It is like the answer to a lifetime of questions and vague cravings."

The view is endlessly fulfilling. It is like the answer to a lifetime of questions and vague cravings.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "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."

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 DeLillo Quotes: "We feel a private thrill, admit it, at the sight of beauty in flames. We wish to blast all the fine old things to oblivion and replace them with tasteless identicalstructures."

We feel a private thrill, admit it, at the sight of beauty in flames. We wish to blast all the fine old things to oblivion and replace them with tasteless identicalstructures.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it."

A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "If you could stretch a given minute, what would you find between its unstuck components? Probably some kind of astral madness. A bleak comprehension of the final size of things."

If you could stretch a given minute, what would you find between its unstuck components? Probably some kind of astral madness. A bleak comprehension of the final size of things.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "As technology advances in complexity and scope, fear becomes more primitive."

As technology advances in complexity and scope, fear becomes more primitive.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "You could put your faith in technology. It got you here, it can get you out" - Murray (WN 285)."

You could put your faith in technology. It got you here, it can get you out" - Murray (WN 285).



Don DeLillo Quotes: "What we are reluctant to touch often seems the very fabric of our salvation."

What we are reluctant to touch often seems the very fabric of our salvation.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "I was too much of a Bronx kid to read Emerson or Hawthorne."

I was too much of a Bronx kid to read Emerson or Hawthorne.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "I used to think it was possible for an artist to alter the inner life of the culture. Now bomb-makers and gunmen have taken that territory."

I used to think it was possible for an artist to alter the inner life of the culture. Now bomb-makers and gunmen have taken that territory.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "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 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 DeLillo Quotes: "You need to know things the others don't know. It's what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself."

You need to know things the others don't know. It's what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "It's my contention that each book creates its own structure and its own length. I've written three or four slim books. It may be that the next novel is a big one, but I don't know."

It's my contention that each book creates its own structure and its own length. I've written three or four slim books. It may be that the next novel is a big one, but I don't know.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "The family is the cradle of the world's misinformation."

The family is the cradle of the world's misinformation.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "When birds look into houses, what impossible worlds they see."

When birds look into houses, what impossible worlds they see.



Don DeLillo Quotes: "There are dead stars that still shine because their light is trapped in time. Where do I stand in this light, which does not strictly exist?"

There are dead stars that still shine because their light is trapped in time. Where do I stand in this light, which does not strictly exist?



Don DeLillo Quotes: "I slept for four years. I didn't study much of anything. I majored in something called communication arts."

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