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Don DeLillo Quotes


An American author, playwright and occasional essayist whose work paints a detailed portrait of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
(1936 - )

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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.
 

America was and is the immigrant's dream.
 

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

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

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.
 

Hardship makes the world obscure.
 

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

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.
 

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

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?
 

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.
 

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

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

I've always seen myself in sentences. I begin to recognize myself, word by word, as I work through a sentence.
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I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.
 


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