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    We're kind of wishing some parents would come back. And of course we're uneasy about the fact that we wish they'd come back - I mean, what's wrong with us?
    tags: wishes wrong facts parent
    — David Foster Wallace
    It looks like you can write a minimalist piece without much bleeding. And you can. But not a good one.
    tags: write
    — David Foster Wallace
    Fiction's about what it is to be a human being.
    tags: human fiction
    — David Foster Wallace
    TV's 'real' agenda is to be 'liked,' because if you like what you're seeing, you'll stay tuned. TV is completely unabashed about this; it's its sole raison.
    tags: seeing real
    — David Foster Wallace
    Good literature makes your head throb heartlike
    tags: literature
    — David Foster Wallace
    Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.
    tags: time
    — David Foster Wallace
    True heroism is minutes, hours, weeks, year upon year of the quiet, precise, judicious exercise of probity and care-with no one there to see or cheer. This is the world.
    tags: world true year precise exercise
    — David Foster Wallace
    Lucky people develop a relationship with a certain kind of art that becomes spiritual, almost religious, and doesn't mean, you know, church stuff, but it means you're just never the same.
    — David Foster Wallace
    Learning how to think" really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot or will not exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.
    — David Foster Wallace
    I'd like to be the sort of person who can enjoy things at the time, instead of having to go back in my head and enjoy them.
    tags: time people
    — David Foster Wallace
    That sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, hurt. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness. That it is possible to fall asleep during an anxiety attack. That concentrating on anything is very hard work.
    tags: people work kindness hurt human anxiety
    — David Foster Wallace
    What the really great artists do is they're entirely themselves. They're entirely themselves, they've got their own vision, they have their own way of fracturing reality, and if it's authentic and true, you will feel it in your nerve endings.
    tags: reality true authentic vision artist
    — David Foster Wallace
    No wonder we cannot appreciate the really central Kafka joke: that the horrific struggle to establish a human self results in a self whose humanity is inseparable from the horrific struggle. That our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home.
    tags: humanity self journey human wonder impossible struggle facts appreciate
    — David Foster Wallace
    In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.
    tags: reality value
    — David Foster Wallace
    I know I'm paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?
    — David Foster Wallace
    Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.
    tags: belief secret
    — David Foster Wallace
    Quentin Tarantino is interested in watching somebody's ear getting cut off; David Lynch is interested in the ear.
    — David Foster Wallace
    K-: 'When they say "I am my own person," "I do not need a man," "I am responsible for my own sexuality," they are actually telling you just what they want you to make them forget.
    — David Foster Wallace
    How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it's just words.
    — David Foster Wallace
    In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.
    tags: adult choice atheism worship
    — David Foster Wallace
    Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.
    tags: people
    — David Foster Wallace
    You don't have to think very hard to realize that our dread of both relationships and loneliness ... has to do with angst about death, the recognition that I'm going to die, and die very much alone, and the rest of the world is going to go merrily on without me.
    tags: death world alone die loneliness relationship
    — David Foster Wallace
    If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.
    — David Foster Wallace
    The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.
    tags: truth
    — David Foster Wallace
    It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.
    — David Foster Wallace
    Great short stories and great jokes have a lot in common. Both depend on what communication-theorists sometimes called "exformation," which is a certain quantity of vital information removed from but evoked by a communication in such a way as to cause a kind of explosion of associative connections within the recipient.
    tags: communication stories quantity
    — David Foster Wallace
    I will probably write an hour a day and spend eight hours a day biting my knuckle and worrying about not writing.
    tags: writing write
    — David Foster Wallace
    Truly decent, innocent people can be taxing to be around.
    tags: people decent
    — David Foster Wallace
    It can become an exercise in trying to get the reader to like and admire you instead of an exercise in creative art.
    tags: creative exercise
    — David Foster Wallace
    Te Occidere Possunt Sed Te Edere Non Possunt Nefas Est" ("They can kill you, but the legalities of eating you are quite a bit dicier").
    — David Foster Wallace
    What TV is extremely good at - and realize that this is 'all it does' - is discerning what large numbers of people think they want, and supplying it.
    tags: people
    — David Foster Wallace
    Writing fiction takes me out of time. I sit down and the clock will not exist for me for a few hours. That's probably as close to immortal as we'll ever get.
    tags: time immortal writing fiction
    — David Foster Wallace
    The entire ball game, in terms of both the exam and life, was what you gave attention to vs. what you willed yourself to not.
    tags: attention games
    — David Foster Wallace
    she committed suicide by putting her extremities down the garbage disposal-first one arm and then, kind of miraculously if you think about it, the other arm.
    tags: suicide
    — David Foster Wallace
    Our attachments are our temple, what we worship, no? What we give ourselves to, what we invest with faith. . . . Attachments are of great seriousness. Choose your attachments carefully. Choose your temple of fanaticism with great care.
    tags: care faith worship invest
    — David Foster Wallace
    Stated as an English sentence, of course, this is just a banal platitude-but the fact is that, in the day-to-day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have life-or-death importance. That may sound like hyperbole, or abstract nonsense.
    tags: adult existence facts
    — David Foster Wallace
    I submit that tennis is the most beautiful sport there is and also the most demanding. It requires body control, hand-eye coordination, quickness, flat-out speed, endurance, and that weird mix of caution and abandon we call courage. It also requires smarts. Just one single shot in one exchange in one point of a high-level match is a nightmare of mechanical variables.
    tags: smart beautiful control body endurance courage
    — David Foster Wallace
    That everything is on fire, slow fire, and we're all less than a million breaths away from an oblivion more total than we can even bring ourselves to even try to imagine...
    tags: fire imagine
    — David Foster Wallace
    Whatever you get paid attention for is never what you think is most important about yourself.
    tags: attention
    — David Foster Wallace
    Good writing isn't a science. It's an art, and the horizon is infinite. You can always get better.
    tags: writing
    — David Foster Wallace
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    david foster wallace
    Birth    : February 21, 1962
    Death  : September 12, 2008
    Occupation  : Novelist