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 Delillo

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

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We seem to believe it is possible to ward off death by following rules of good grooming.

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I don’t want your candor. I want your soul in a silver thimble.

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

The true life takes place when we're alone, thinking, feeling, lost in memory, dreamingly self-aware, the submicroscopic moments.

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California deserves whatever it gets.

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

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And what's the point of waking up in the morning if you don't try to match the enormousness of the known forces in the world with something powerful in your own life?

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

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

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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.

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Writing is a form of personal freedom.

It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us.

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The cheesecake was smooth and lush, with the personality of a warm and well-to-do uncle who knows a hundred dirty jokes and will die of sexual exertions in the arms of his mistress.

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It was the time of year, the time of day, for a small insistent sadness to pass into the texture of things. Dusk, silence, iron chill. Something lonely in the bone.

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About Don Delillo

Quotes 329 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Fear is unnatural. Lightning and thunder are unnatural. Pain, death, reality, these are all unnatural. We can't bear these things as they are. We know too much. So we resort to repression, compromise and disguise. This is how we survive the universe. This is the natural language of the species.

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There's a curious knot that binds novelists and terrorists.

..Years ago I used to think it was possible for a novelist to alter the inner life of the culture. Now bomb-makers and gunmen have taken that territory. They make raids on human consciousness. What writers used to do before we were all incorporated.

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

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To a writer, madness is a final distillation of self, a final editing down.

It's the drowning out of false voices.

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Fame requires every kind of excess. I mean true fame, a devouring neon, not the sombre renown of waning statesmen or chinless kings.

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It is possible to be homesick for a place even when you are there.

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In this country there is a universal third person, the man we all want to be.

Advertising has discovered this man. It uses him to express the possibilities open to the consumer. To consume in America is not to buy; it is to dream. Advertising is the suggestion that the dream of entering the third person singular might possibly be fulfilled.

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Writing is a form of personal freedom.

It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.

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The world isn't going to be destroyed, but you don't feel safe anymore in your plane or train or office or auditorium.

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Everything that goes on in your whole life is a result of molecules rushing around somewhere in your brain.

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She became confused when she stepped onto an escalator that wasn't working.

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

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Longing on a large scale makes history.

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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.

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To be a tourist is to escape accountability.

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

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Past, present and future are not amenities of language.

Time unfolds into the seamsof being. It passes through you, making and shaping.

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If you reveal everything, bare every feeling, ask for understanding, you lose something crucial to your sense of yourself. You need to know things that others don't know. It's what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.

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The smoke alarm went off in the hallway upstairs, either to let us know the battery had just died or because the house was on fire.

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Only a catastrophe gets our attention.

We want them, we depend on them. As long as they happen somewhere else.

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Nostalgia is a product of dissatisfaction and rage.

It´s a settling of grievances between the present and the past.

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People had no tolerance for your particular hardship unless you knew how to entertain them with it.

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Tourism is the march of stupidity.

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Fame and secrecy are the high and low ends of the same fascination.

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I see contemporary violence as a kind of sardonic response to the promise of consumer fulfilment in America.

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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A photograph is a universe of dots. The grain, the halide, the little silver things clumped in the emulsion. Once you get inside a dot, you gain access to hidden information, you slide into the smallest event. This is what technology does. It peels back the shadows and redeems the dazed and rumbling past. It makes reality come true.

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He took pains to avoid self-depreciation, self-mockery, ambiguity, irony, subtlety, vulnerability, a civilized world-weariness and a tragic sense of history--the very things, he says, that are most natural to him.

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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.

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That's why people take vacations. No to relax or find excitement or see new places. To escape the death that exists in routine things.

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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.

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Before pop art, there was such a thing as bad taste. Now there's kitsch, schlock, camp, and porn.

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To be a tourist is to escape accountability.

Errors and failings don't cling to you the way they do back home. You're able to drift across continents and languages, suspending the operation of sound thought. Tourism is the march of stupidity.

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Some people are larger than life. Hitler is larger than death.

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