David Foster Wallace

David Foster
Wallace
1962
2008

American Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist and Professor of English and Creative Writing

Author Quotes

Are we not all of us fanatics? I say only what you of the U.S.A. pretend you do not know. Attachments are of great seriousness. Choose your attachments carefully. Choose your temple of fanaticism with great care. What you wish to sing of as tragic love is an attachment not carefully chosen. Die for one person? This is a craziness. Persons change, leave, die, become ill. They leave, lie, go mad, have sickness, betray you, die. Your nation outlives you. A cause outlives you.

Abstruse dullness is actually a much more effective shield than is secrecy. For the great disadvantage of secrecy is that it?s interesting.

And he wishes, in the cold quiet of his archer's heart, that he himself could feel the intensity of their reconciliations as strongly as he feels that of their battles.

Aren't there parts of ourselves that are just better left unfed?

Acceptance is usually more a matter of fatigue than anything else.

And her eyes. I cannot say what color Lenore Beadsman?s eyes are; I cannot look at them; they are the sun to me.

As a rule, almost all of them are Midwesterners...This area of the country, what are we to say of this area of the country, Ms. Beadsman?... Both in the middle and on the fringe. The physical heart and the cultural extremity. Corn, a steady waning complex of heavy industry, and sports. What are we to say? We feed and stoke and supply a nation much of which doesn't know we exist. A nation we tend to be decades behind, culturally and intellectually. What are we to say about it?

Act in haste, repent at leisure would seem to have been almost custom-designed for the case of tattoos.

And I must say, even I do not understand why some people are willing to pay to be reversed and suspended and precipitated at high speed and then slammed back and forth, and finally hung upside down until he vomits. It's like paying to do a road accident. I do not understand their own, and I never understood. Is not a regional or cultural. I think the world is sharply divided between those who planned induction to excite terror, and those who do not get excited at all. The terror, for me, is not that exciting. It's terrifying.

As each person's sandal hits the pier, a sociolinguistic transformation from cruiser to tourist is affected.

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First Name
David Foster
Last Name
Wallace
Birth Date
1962
Death Date
2008
Bio

American Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist and Professor of English and Creative Writing