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You have to understand, writing a novel gets very weird and invisible-friend-from-childhood-ish. Then you kill that thing, which was never really alive except in your imagination, and you're supposed to go buy groceries and talk to people at parties and stuff. -- David Foster Wallace
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This by the way is known as Werther's Axiom, whereby quote The Intensity of a desire D is inversely proportional to the ease of D's gratification. Known also as Romance. -- David Foster Wallace
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It occurred to me that the movement of the amputated knob perfectly schematized what it would look like for someone to try to turn somersaults with one hand nailed to the floor. This was how I first became interested in the possibilities of annulation. -- David Foster Wallace
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Some days you can almost see Hal like flit in and out of a match, like some part of him leaves and hovers and then comes back. -- David Foster Wallace
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De Tocqueville's thrust is that it's in the democratic citizen's nature to be like a leaf that doesn't believe in the tree it's part of. -- David Foster Wallace
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The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. -- David Foster Wallace
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The bus had a lavatory in the wayback rear, which no one ever made any attempt to use, and I remember consciously deciding to trust that the passengers had good reason for not using it instead of venturing in and discovering that reason for myself. -- David Foster Wallace
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Sentence-by-sentence basis - that it's okay if a person -- David Foster Wallace
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Who would die for this chance to be fed this death of pleasure with spoons, in their warm homes, alone, unmoving? -- David Foster Wallace
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Am I a good person? Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people (including myself) will approve of me? Is there a difference? How do I ever actually know whether I'm bullshitting myself, morally speaking? -- David Foster Wallace
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It's like a fugue of evaded responsibility. -- David Foster Wallace
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The point here is ... to be just a little less arrogant. To have just a little critical awareness about myself and my certainties. Because a huge percentage of the stuff that I tend to be automatically certain of is, it turns out, totally wrong and deluded. -- David Foster Wallace
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...a harried commuter is mistaken for Christ by a child he knocks over. -- David Foster Wallace
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Greater when one's mind has been exercised and thus -- David Foster Wallace
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Enfield MA is one of the stranger little facts that make up the idea that is metro Boston, because it is a township composed almost entirely of medical, corporate, and spiritual facilities. -- David Foster Wallace
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Look. Listen. Use ears I'd be proud to call our own. Listen to the silence behind the engines' noise. Jesus, Sweets, listen. Hear it? It's a love song.
For whom?
You are loved. -- David Foster Wallace
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Between a cold kitchen window gone opaque with the stove's wet heat and the breath of us, an open drawer, and the gilt ferrotype of identical boys flanking a blind vested father which hung in a square recession above the wireless's stand, my Mum stood and cut off my long hair in the uneven heat. -- David Foster Wallace
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When people call it that I always get pissed off because I always think depression sounds like you just get like really sad, you get quiet and melancholy and just like sit quietly by the window sighing or just lying around. A state of not caring about anything. A kind of blue kind of peaceful state. -- David Foster Wallace
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Here is the truth - actual heroism receives no ovation, entertains no one. No one queues up to see it. No one is interested.
- David Foster Wallace, from The Pale King -- David Foster Wallace
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It's well-known that an overkeen sense of obligation tends to afflict the congenitally nice. -- David Foster Wallace
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What if sometimes there is no choice about what to love? What if the temple comes to Mohammed? What if you just love? without deciding? You just do: you see her and in that instant are lost to sober account-keeping and cannot choose but to love? -- David Foster Wallace
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Some words have to be explicitly uttered, Lenore. Only by actually uttering certain words does one really DO what one SAYS. 'Love' is one of those words, performative words. Some words can literally make things real. -- David Foster Wallace
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There. I want to be like that. Able to just sit all quiet and pull life toward me, one forehead at a time. His name is supposedly Lyle. It was yrstruly and C and Poor Tony that crewed that day and everything like that. The -- David Foster Wallace
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Let's not sit around and give each other hand-jobs. -- David Foster Wallace
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The sky is low and gray and loose and seems to hang. There's something baggy about the sky. -- David Foster Wallace
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My father's mood surrounded him like a field and affected any room he occupied, like an odor or a certain cast to the light. -- David Foster Wallace
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I'm so scared of dying without ever being really seen. -- David Foster Wallace
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A novelist has to know enough about a subject to fool the passenger next to him on an airplane. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's an urban November P.M.: very last leaves down, dry gray hairy grass, brittle bushes, gap-toothed trees. The rising moon looks like it doesn't feel very well. -- David Foster Wallace
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People hate people, not freedom. -- David Foster Wallace
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Hamsters being notorious draggers and rearrangers of stuff they can't eat but feel compelled to fuck with anyway, somehow - and -- David Foster Wallace
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you do not have to like a person in order to learn from him/her/it. That -- David Foster Wallace
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in winter's watered-down light - just -- David Foster Wallace
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I had to face: I had chosen. My choice, this was love. I had chosen I think the way out of the chains of the cage. I needed this woman. Without her to choose over myself, there was only pain and not choosing, rolling drunkenly and making fantasies of death. -- David Foster Wallace
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The placid hopelessness of adulthood. The complex regret. -- David Foster Wallace
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Ragweed,wild oat,vetch,butcher grass,invaginate volunteer beans,all heads gently nodding in a morning breeze like a mother's soft hand on your cheek ... -- David Foster Wallace
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You are what you love. No? You are, completely and only, what you would die for without, as you say, the thinking twice. -- David Foster Wallace
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Imagine the day after the Berlin Wall came down if everybody in East Germany was plump and comfortable-looking and dressed in Caribbean pastels, and you'll have a pretty good idea what the Fort Lauderdale Airport terminal looks like today. -- David Foster Wallace
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A thing among things, its self's soul so much vapor aloft, falling as rain and then rising, the sun up and down like a yoyo. -- David Foster Wallace
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The world divides into those who like the managed induction of terror and those who don't. I do not find terror exciting. I find it terrifying. -- David Foster Wallace
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I think at seventeen now I believe the only real monsters might be the type of liar where there's simply no way to tell. The ones who give nothing away ... That they walk among us. Teach our children. Inscrutable. Brass-faced. -- David Foster Wallace
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Boo, I think I no longer believe in monsters as faces in the floor or feral infants or vampires or whatever. I think at seventeen now I believe the only real monsters might be the type of liar where there's simply no way to tell. The ones who give nothing away. -- David Foster Wallace
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Most really pretty girls have pretty ugly feet, and so does Mindy Metalman, Lenore notices, all of a sudden. -- David Foster Wallace
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The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies and duplicates. -- David Foster Wallace
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So yo then man what's your story? -- David Foster Wallace
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[The entire text of Infinite Jest.] -- David Foster Wallace
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The reader becomes God, for all textual purposes. I see your eyes glazing over, so I'll hush. -- David Foster Wallace
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Chutes and Ladders was perhaps the most sadistic board game ever invented. Adults loathed the game; children loved it. The universe thus dictated that an adult invariably got snookered into playing the game with a child. -- David Foster Wallace
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It is about simple awareness - awareness of what is so real and
essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep
reminding ourselves, over and over: This is water, this is water. -- David Foster Wallace
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The depressed person was in terrible and unceasing pain, and the impossibility of sharing or articulating this pain was itself a component of the pain and a contributing factor in its essential horror. -- David Foster Wallace
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Ast year's Best-Sex-Scene-in-a-film winner Vince Voyeur's real name turns out to be John LaForme. Rhetorical Q.: How, if one's real name was John LaForme, could that person possibly feel the need for a nom de guerre? -- David Foster Wallace
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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 ... -- David Foster Wallace
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My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist will blow away your expectation of what late-model literature has to be. Unified by obsessions too eerie not to be real, this gorgeous rearrangement of our century's mental furniture is testimony to a new talent of Burroughs/Coover/Acker scale. -- David Foster Wallace
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A real leader can somehow get us to do certain things that deep down we think are good and want to be able to do but usually can't get ourselves to do on our own. -- David Foster Wallace
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The sun would leave my sky if I couldn't assume you'd simply come and tell me you were sad. -- David Foster Wallace
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People outdoors here just scuttle in vectors from air conditioning to air conditioning. The sun is a hammer. I can feel one side of my face start to cook. The blue sky is glossy and fat with heat, a few thin cirri sheared to blown strands like hair at the rims. -- David Foster Wallace
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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. -- David Foster Wallace
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The thing is that there are obviously different ways to think about these kinds of situations. -- David Foster Wallace
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I perhaps could have been somewhat better. One of the interesting things about playing competitive sports as a child is that you confront your own limitations rather starkly at a certain point. -- David Foster Wallace
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A president views, interviews, and reviews everything he presides over, if he's doing his job in the correct manner. -- David Foster Wallace
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He imagined that the clock's second hand possessed awareness and knew that it was a second hand and that its job was to around and around inside a circle of numbers forever at the same slow unvarying machinelike rate ... -- David Foster Wallace
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American human beings are a slippery and protean bunch in real life, hard as hell to get any kind of universal handle on. -- David Foster Wallace
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I'm a typical American, half of me is dying to give myself away and the other half is continually rebelling. -- David Foster Wallace
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Had numerous pairs of dress chinos and blue blazers and Topsiders, and a smile that looked as though someone had plugged him in. -- David Foster Wallace
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To be a mass tourist, for me, ... is, in lines and gridlock and transaction after transaction, to confront a dimension of yourself that is as inescapable as it is painful: As a tourist, you become economically significant but existentially loathsome, an insect on a dead thing. -- David Foster Wallace
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Hal Incandenza has an almost obsessive dislike for deLint, whom he tells Mario he sometimes cannot quite believe is even real, and tries to get to the side of, to see whether deLint has a true z coordinate or is just a cutout or projection. -- David Foster Wallace
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Hal wills himself to stay objective and not form any judgments before he has serious data, hoping desperately for some sort of hopeful feeling to emerge. -- David Foster Wallace
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I'm very bright, but I'm terrified of sounding like someone who thinks he's very bright-because those people are assholes. -- David Foster Wallace
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[T]o really try to be informed and literate today is to feel stupid nearly all the time, and to need help. -- David Foster Wallace
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It is named the "Web" for good reason. -- David Foster Wallace
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The fraud part of me was always there, just as a puzzle piece, objectively speaking, is a true piece of the puzzle even before you see how it fits. -- David Foster Wallace
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Sometimes what's important is dull. -- David Foster Wallace
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The psychological need to believe that others take you as seriously as you take yourself. There is nothing particularly wrong with it, as psychological needs go, but yet of course we should always remember that a deep need for anything from other people makes us easy pickings. -- David Foster Wallace
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The desire for perfect release and the real-world impossibility of perfect, whenever-you-want-it release had together produced a tension they could no longer stand. -- David Foster Wallace
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Organized shuffleboard has always filled me with dread. Everything about it suggests infirm senescence and death: it's a game played on the skin of a void, and the rasp of the sliding puck is the sound of that skin getting abraded away bit by bit. -- David Foster Wallace
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Which he said was the big lie they all bought that made doctors and standard therapy such a waste of time for people like us
they thought that diagnosis was the same as cure. That if you knew why, it would stop. Which is bullshit. You only stop if you stop. -- David Foster Wallace
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The fact that the most powerful and significant connections in our lives are (at the time) invisible to us seems to me a compelling argument for religious reverence rather than skeptical empiricism as a response to life's meaning. -- David Foster Wallace
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Sounds kind of ad hoc and jerry-rigged and haphazard.' 'Everybody's a critic. This wasn't an aesthetic endeavor. -- David Foster Wallace
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I tend to think of fiction as being mainly about characters and human beings and inner experience, whereas essays can be much more expository and didactic and more about subjects or ideas. -- David Foster Wallace
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There are exactly as many R.L.-points in [0,1] as there are in [0,2]. -- David Foster Wallace
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The Great White Male is rap's Grand Inquisitor, its idiot questioner, its Alien Other no less than Reds were for McCarthy. -- David Foster Wallace
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The boot, which was dull black and square-heeled, the motorcycle boot of persons who did not own motorcycles but wore the boots of those who did. -- David Foster Wallace
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Good writing isn't a science. It's an art, and the horizon is infinite. You can always get better. -- David Foster Wallace
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An unpopular apres-garde filmmaker (Watt) either suffers a temporal lobe seizure and becomes mute or else is the victim of everyone else's delusion that his (Watt's) temporal lobe seizure has left him mute. -- David Foster Wallace
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The Moms revealed that if you're not crazy then speaking to someone who isn't there is termed apostrophe and is valid art. -- David Foster Wallace
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When he kneels at other times and prays or meditates or tries to achieve a Big-Picture spiritual understanding of God as he can understand Him, he feels Nothing - not nothing, but Nothing, an edgeless blankness that somehow feels worse than the sort of unconsidered atheism he Came In with. -- David Foster Wallace
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The teeth of the smile evidenced a clinical depressive's classic inattention
to oral hygiene. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's always seemed a little preposterous that Hamlet, for all his paralyzing doubt about everything, never once doubts the reality of the ghost. Never questions his own madness might not in fact be unfeigned. -- David Foster Wallace
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He said he didn't think Lenore should go to the G.O.D.
"Nobody ever finds anybody in a place like that," he said, "People don't go to a place like that to look for other people. That's the opposite of the whole concept that's behind the thing. -- David Foster Wallace
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There are no choices without personal freedom, Buckeroo. It's not us who are dead inside. These things you find so weak and contemptible in us
these are just the hazards of being free. -- David Foster Wallace
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In fact, the likeliest reason why so many of us care so little about politics is that modern politicians makes us sad, hurt us deep down in ways that are hard even to name, much less talk about. -- David Foster Wallace
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Her expression is from Page 18 of the Victoria's Secret catalogue. -- David Foster Wallace
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I felt, as I became a later and later bloomer, alienated not just from my own recalcitrant glabrous little body but in a way from the whole elemental exterior I'd come to see as my co-conspirator. -- David Foster Wallace
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When something large and oncoming passed, the windshield's big rectangle was for a moment incandesced and opaque with water, which the wipers heaved mightily to displace. -- David Foster Wallace
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For me, art that's alive and urgent is about what it is to be a human being. -- David Foster Wallace
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If an art form is marginalized it's because it's not speaking to people. -- David Foster Wallace
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God, what a ghastly enterprise to be in, though
and what an odd way to achieve success. I'm an exhibitionist who wants to hide, but is unsuccessful at hiding; therefore, somehow I succeed. -- David Foster Wallace
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She had gone to the state fair in Columbus once with her sister Clarice and they had gotten lost in the House of Mirrors and Clarice's purse had been stolen by a man who had pretended to be a reflection until the very last moment. -- David Foster Wallace
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It may, after all, be alright to do something scary without thinking, but not when the scariness is the not thinking itself. -- David Foster Wallace
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The mother at thirty with face commencing to display the faint seams of the plan for the second face life had in store for her and which she feared would be her own mother's -- David Foster Wallace
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The way I think about things and experience things is not particularly linear, and it's not orderly, and it's not pyramidical, and there are a lot of loops. -- David Foster Wallace
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Anti-narrative sequences of a man (Watt) sitting in a dark bedroom drinking bourbon while his wife (Heath) and an Amway representative (Johnson) have acrobatic coitus in the background's lit hallway. -- David Foster Wallace
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For 360 minutes per diem, we receive unconscious reinforcement of the deep thesis that the most significant feature of truly alive persons is watchableness, and that genuine human worth is not just identical with but rooted in the phenomenon of watching. -- David Foster Wallace
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I am in here. Three -- David Foster Wallace
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Untitled. Unfinished. UNRELEASED -- David Foster Wallace
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You have a great deal of yourself on the line, writing - your vanity is at stake. You discover a tricky thing about fiction writing; a certain amount of vanity is necessary to be able to do it all, but any vanity above that certain amount is lethal. -- David Foster Wallace
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The drunk and the maimed both are dragged forward out of the arena like a boneless Christ, one man under each arm, feet dragging, eyes on the aether. -- David Foster Wallace
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The difference between homicide and suicide is mostly a matter of where you perceive the door top to the cage to be. -- David Foster Wallace
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Masturbating but did not. He didn't reject the idea so much -- David Foster Wallace
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If you're poor old Mario Incandenza you take your competitive strokes where you can find them. -- David Foster Wallace
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Charles Tavis knows what James Incandenza could not have cared about less: the key to the successful administration of a top-level junior tennis academy lies in cultivating a kind of reverse-Buddhism, a state of Total Worry. -- David Foster Wallace
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Here is how to handle being a feral prodigy. -- David Foster Wallace
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Mr. Incandenza, this is the Enfield Raw Sewage Commission, and quite frankly we've had enough shit out of you. -- David Foster Wallace
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a quick intelligence he squanders on an insatiable need to advance some impression of himself - that -- David Foster Wallace
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There's been time this whole time. You can't kill time with your heart. Everything takes time. -- David Foster Wallace
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She was the kind of fatally pretty and nubile wraithlike figure who glides through the sweaty junior-high corridors of every nocturnal emitter's dreamscape. -- David Foster Wallace
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There's a weird kind of paradox that the more expensive the vacation is, the more potentially anxiety-producing it is. -- David Foster Wallace
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If some people read my fiction and see it as fundamentally about philosophical ideas, what it probably means is that these are pieces where the characters are not as alive and interesting as I meant them to be. -- David Foster Wallace
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There are secrets within secrets, though
always. -- David Foster Wallace
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As most adults know, the distinctions between one's essential character and value and people's perceptions of that character/value are fuzzy and hard to delineate, especially in adolescence. -- David Foster Wallace
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In the broadest possible sense, writing well means to communicate clearly and interestingly and in a way that feels alive to the reader. Where there's some kind of relationship between the writer and the reader - even though it's mediated by a kind of text - there's an electricity about it. -- David Foster Wallace
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Callers who even more unconsciously blemish-scanned or nostril-explored looked up to find horrified expressions on the video-faces at the other end. All of which resulted in videophonic stress. -- David Foster Wallace
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To make a long story short, Cantorian set theory helps unify and clarify math in the sense that all mathematical entities can now be understood as fundamentally the same kind of thing-a set. -- David Foster Wallace
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I will be conveyed to an Emergency Room of some kind, where I will be detained as long as I do not respond to questions, and then, when I do respond to questions, I will be sedated; so it will be an inversion of standard travel, the ambulance and ER: I'll make the journey first, then depart. -- David Foster Wallace
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You have wondered perhaps, why all real accountants wear hats? They are today's cowboys -- David Foster Wallace
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No, what they want is to experience a passion so huge, overwhelming, powerful and irresistible that it obliterates any guilt or tension or culpability they might feel about betraying their perceived responsibilities. -- David Foster Wallace
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I acknowledge that I could never convey just what was so dreadful about this tableau of a bright, utterly silent room full of men immersed in work. It was the type of nightmare whose terror is less about what you see than about the feeling you have in your chest and stomach about what you're seeing. -- David Foster Wallace
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This wise old whiskery fish swims up to three young fish and goes, 'Morning, boys, how's the water?' and swims away; and the three young fish watch him swim away and look at each other and go, 'What the fuck is water?' and swim away. -- David Foster Wallace
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The wraith responds vehemently that...No! No! Any conversation or interchange is better than none at all, to trust him on this, that the worst kind of gut-wrenching intergenerational interface is better than withdrawal or hiddenness on either side -- David Foster Wallace
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the literary equivalent of tearing the petals off and grinding them up and running the goo through a spectrometer to explain why a rose smells so pretty. -- David Foster Wallace
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daily visual reminder of the depths drink sunk him to, so Mrs. O. had gone around with her nose bent over flat against her left cheek - Bud O.'d tagged her with a left cross - until U.H.I.D. referred her to Al-Anon, which -- David Foster Wallace
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One of the really American things about Hal, probably, is the way he despises what it is he's really lonely for -- David Foster Wallace
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Like most North Americans of his generation, Hal tends to know way less about why he feels certain ways about the objects and pursuits he's devoted to than he does about the objects and pursuits themselves. It's hard to say for sure whether this is even exceptionally bad, this tendency. -- David Foster Wallace
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I am wonderful fun to talk to. I'm a consummate professional. People leave my parlor in states. You are here. It's conversation-time. Shall we discuss Byzantine erotica? -- David Foster Wallace
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Gately can't even imagine what it would be like to be a sober and drug-free biker. It's like what would be the point. He imagines these people polishing the hell out of their leather and like playing a lot of really precise pool. -- David Foster Wallace
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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? -- David Foster Wallace
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He was around where the tree-line bulged herniatically out toward the end of the West Courts' fencing. -- David Foster Wallace
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Today's person spends way more time in front of screens, in florescent lit rooms, in cubicles being on one end of the other of an electronic data transfer ... What is it to be human and alive and exercise your humanity in that kind of exchange? -- David Foster Wallace
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... Being the worst confirmation of the worst kind of generation gap stereotype and parental disgust for their decadent, wastoid kids -- David Foster Wallace
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I have heard upscale adult U.S. citizens ask the ship's Guest Relations Desk whether snorkeling necessitates getting wet ... I now know the precise mixocological difference between a Slippery Nipple and a fuzzy navel. -- David Foster Wallace
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Look man, we'd probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is? -- David Foster Wallace
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I am about art here, not simple reproduction. -- David Foster Wallace
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He knew what the Beats know and what the great tennis player knows, son: learn to do nothing, with your whole head and body, and everything will be done by what's around you. -- David Foster Wallace
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What fire dies when you feed it? -- David Foster Wallace
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With still, underneath, the old respectable-girl-versus-slut thing. It's OK to fuck around if you're a feminist but it's also not OK to fuck around because most guys aren't feminists and won't respect you and won't call you again if you fuck around. -- David Foster Wallace
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diphthongs. Avril -- David Foster Wallace
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Perhaps what most of us perceive as the centers of ourselves are simply no longer needed. And we both know that the absence of function, in nature, means death. There is nothing superfluous in nature. -- David Foster Wallace
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(Ibid. on using the verb to be in this culturally envenomed way, too, as in 'I'll Be There For You,' which has become the sort of empty spun-sugar shibboleth that communicates nothing except a certain unreflective sappiness in the speaker. -- David Foster Wallace
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You can be at certain parties and not really be there. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's not what you lift, it's where you carry it. -- David Foster Wallace
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Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S. blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride. -- David Foster Wallace
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Really good fiction could have as dark a worldview as it wished, but it'd find a way both to depict this world and to illuminate the possibilities for being alive and human in it.
[Q&A with Larry McCaffery, Review of Contemporary Fiction, Summer 1993, Vol. 13.2] -- David Foster Wallace
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Do you think it's a coincidence that college is when many Americans do their most serious fucking and falling-down drinking and generally ecstatic DIonysian-type reveling? It's not. -- David Foster Wallace
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The noise of the herd is tornadic, locomotival. The expression on the hamsters' whiskered faces is businesslike and implacable-it's that implacable-herd expression. -- David Foster Wallace
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I am not what you see and hear. -- David Foster Wallace
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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
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To be, in a word, unborable ... It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish -- David Foster Wallace
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Time wasn't passing so much as kneeling beside him in a torn tee-shirt disclosing the rodent-nosed tits of a man who disdains the care of his once-comely bod. -- David Foster Wallace
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-the soul's certainty that the day will have to be not traversed but sort of climbed, vertically, and then that going to sleep again at the end of it will be like falling, again, off something tall and sheer. -- David Foster Wallace
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Phoneless Cord in his stocking, ostentatiously packaged, -- David Foster Wallace
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really do do this, -- David Foster Wallace
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great big huge titties -- David Foster Wallace
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Act in Haste, Repent at Leisure would seem to have been almost custom-designed for the case of tattoos. -- David Foster Wallace
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Or like just another manipulative pseudopomo Bullshit artist who's trying to salvage a fiasco by dropping back to a metadimention and commenting on the fiasco itself. (p. 158) -- David Foster Wallace
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God seems to have a kind of laid-back management style I'm not crazy about. -- David Foster Wallace
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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. -- David Foster Wallace
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Life is like tennis. Those who serve best usually win. -- David Foster Wallace
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Hal finds he rather envies a man who feels he has something to explain his being fucked up, parents to blame it on. -- David Foster Wallace
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Nothing brings you together like a common enemy. -- David Foster Wallace
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The thing about people who are truly and malignantly crazy: their real genius is for making the people around them think they themselves are crazy. In military science this is called Psy-Ops, for your info. -- David Foster Wallace
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The other half is to dramatize that we still 'are' human beings, now. Or can be. -- David Foster Wallace
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Most Substance-addicted people are also addicted to thinking, meaning they have a compulsive and unhealthy relationship with their own thinking. -- David Foster Wallace
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When I was drunk I wanted to get sober and when I was sober I wanted to get drunk,' John L. says; 'I lived that way for years, and I submit to you that's not livin that's a fuckin death-in-life. -- David Foster Wallace
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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. -- David Foster Wallace
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people who feel that fiction should be easy to read, that it's a popular medium -- David Foster Wallace
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Advertising that makes fun of itself is so powerful because it
implicitly congratulates both itself and the viewer (for making the joke and
getting the joke, respectively). -- David Foster Wallace
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Their handshake looked, for the first split-second he looked, like C.T. was jacking off and the little girl was going Sieg Heil. -- David Foster Wallace
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Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you. -- David Foster Wallace
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Capital T-truth is about life before death. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's no accident that in a bureaucracy getting fired is called 'termination,' as in ontological erasure. -- David Foster Wallace
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For some reason I was reluctant to ask anybody what had happened. I hate being the person who always doesn't know what's going on and has to ask somebody; it always seems like everybody else knows what's going on. This is a clear low-status marker, and I resisted it. -- David Foster Wallace
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God and Satan play poker with Tarot cards for the soul of an alcoholic sandwich-bag salesman obsessed with Bernini's 'The Ecstasy of St. Teresa. -- David Foster Wallace
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Abstruse dullness is actually a much more effective shield than is secrecy. -- David Foster Wallace
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It is extremely difficult to stay alert & attentive instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monolog inside your head. -- David Foster Wallace
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That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness. -- David Foster Wallace
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Acceptance is usually more a matter of fatigue than anything else. -- David Foster Wallace
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When a solipsist dies ... everything goes with him. -- David Foster Wallace
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But from special it's not very far to Alone. -- David Foster Wallace
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I wonder if anyone feels as though they're the same person they seem to remember. It would make them have a nervous breakdown. It probably wouldn't even make sense. I don't know if this is enough. I don't know what anybody else has told you. -- David Foster Wallace
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if you think the corporations are evil and it's the government's job to make them moral, you're deflecting your own responsibility to civics. You're making the government your big brother and the corporation the evil bully your big brother's supposed to keep off you at recess. -- David Foster Wallace
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...giving me the exact kind of smile of someone who, on Christmas morning, has just unwrapped an expensive present he already owns. -- David Foster Wallace
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Worship your body, beauty, and sexual allure and you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. -- David Foster Wallace
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I read," I say, "I study and read. I bet I've read everything you've read. Don't think I haven't. I consume libraries. I wear out spines and ROM-drives. I do things like get in a taxi ad say, 'The library, and step on it. -- David Foster Wallace
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I mean, Tarantino is such a SHMUCK 90 percent of the time. But ten percent of the time, I've seen genius shining off the guy. -- David Foster Wallace
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the man was so cross-eyed he could stand in the middle of the week and see both Sundays. -- David Foster Wallace
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Because Tavis had been the one to take the lion's share of the heat when it turned out that Blue Jays' spectators in the stands, -- David Foster Wallace
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Try to let what is unfair teach you ... what is unfair can be a stern but invaluable teacher ... you can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. Try to learn from everybody, especially those who fail. This is hard. -- David Foster Wallace
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Hell hath no fury like a coolly received postmodernist. -- David Foster Wallace
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It is tragic and sad and chaotic and lovely. All life is the same, as citizens of the human State: the animating limits are within, to be killed and mourned, over and over again. -- David Foster Wallace
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A city that pretends to be nothing but what it is, an enormous machine of exchange - of spectacle for money, of sensation for money, of money for more money, of pleasure for whatever be tomorrow's abstract cost. -- David Foster Wallace
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Or I can choose to force myself to consider the likelihood that everyone else in the supermarket's checkout line is just as bored and frustrated as I am, and that some of these people probably have much harder, more tedious or painful lives than I do, overall. -- David Foster Wallace
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The modern woman's a mess of contradictions that they lay on themselves that drives them nuts. -- David Foster Wallace
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Can you "choose" something when you are forcefully and enthusiastically immersed in it at an age when the resources and information necessary for choosing are not yet yours? -- David Foster Wallace
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What you do is you hide your deep need to hide, and you do this out of the need to appear to other people as if you have the strength not to care how you appear to others. -- David Foster Wallace
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For reasons that are not well understood, war's codes are safer for most of us than love's. -- David Foster Wallace
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I wish you way more than luck. -- David Foster Wallace
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I can remember watching large, tentative, individual flakes of snow falling and blowing around aimlessly in the wind generated by the train through the window of the CTA commuter line from Lincoln Park back up to Libertyville, and thinking, 'This is my crude approximation of a human life. -- David Foster Wallace
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Some answer or trick of the will: the ability not to think about it. What if everyone knew this trick but Claude Sylvanshine? -- David Foster Wallace
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There is about world-class athletes carving out exemptions from physical laws a transcendent beauty that makes manifest God in man. -- David Foster Wallace
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The whole quantum setup ends up being embarrassing in the special way something pretentious is embarrassing when it's also wrong. -- David Foster Wallace
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The truth is that there's no difference between a life and a story? But a life pretends to be something more? But it really isn't more? LENORE: -- David Foster Wallace
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And her eyes. I cannot say what color Lenore Beadsman's eyes are; I cannot look at them; they are the sun to me. -- David Foster Wallace
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I had four hundred thousand pages of continental philosophy and lit theory in my head. And by God, I was going to use it to prove to him that I was smarter than he was. -- David Foster Wallace
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desire is the sugar in human food. -- David Foster Wallace
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In life, the microphone passes your lips but once ... you had better be ready to sing. -- David Foster Wallace
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The greatest sin is appearing naive or old-fashioned so that somebody can give you a sort of a very cool arch smile and devastate you with one extraordinarily crafted line that puts kind of a hole in your pretentious balloon. -- David Foster Wallace
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How to keep the seductive ghost of bliss long absconded from baiting you and hooking you and pulling you back out and eating your heart raw and (if you're lucky) eliminating your map for good. -- David Foster Wallace
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When he settles in with the tray and cartridge, the TP's viewer's digital display reads 1927h. -- David Foster Wallace
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I think the main function of contemporary irony is to protect the
speaker from being interpreted as naive or sentimental. -- David Foster Wallace
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And when he came to, he was flat on his back on the beach in the freezing sand, and it was raining out of a low sky, and the tide was way out. -- David Foster Wallace
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There's more to life than sitting there interfacing, it might be
a newsflash to you. -- David Foster Wallace
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they can all stand quiescent in airless venues for extended periods, their eyes' expressions that unique NYC combination of Zen meditation and clinical depression, clearly unhappy but never complaining. -- David Foster Wallace
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I know I never work in whatever gets called an office, e.g., a school office I use only for meeting students and storing books I know I'm not going to read anytime soon. -- David Foster Wallace
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live in an era of terrible preoccupation with presentation and interpretation, one in which the relations between who someone is and what he believes and how he "expresses himself" 70 have been thrown into big-time flux. -- David Foster Wallace
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Irony and hip ennui are extremely authoritarian. -- David Foster Wallace
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This is what happens: you imagine the things I will say and then say them for me and then become angry with them. Without my mouth; it never opens. You speak to yourself, inventing sides. This itself is the habit of children: lazy, lonely, self. -- David Foster Wallace
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One paradox of professional writing is that books written solely for money and/or acclaim will almost never be good enough to garner either. -- David Foster Wallace
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She took a sort of abject pride in her mecilessness toward herself. -- David Foster Wallace
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She smelled of talcum powder and Big Red. -- David Foster Wallace
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Here is how to sit through small openings of your father's first art films, surrounded by surly foreign cigarette smoke and conversations so pretentious you literally cannot believe them, you're sure you have misheard them. -- David Foster Wallace
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As everything becomes bad in you, all the good goes out of the world like air out of a big broken balloon. -- David Foster Wallace
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We're all on each other's food chain. All of us. It's an individual sport. Welcome to the meaning of individual. We're each deeply alone here. It's what we all have in common, this aloneness. -- David Foster Wallace
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For me, boviscopophobia (=the morbid fear of being seen as bovine) is an even stronger motive than semi-agoraphobia for staying on the ship when we're in port. -- David Foster Wallace
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I will probably write an hour a day and spend eight hours a day biting my knuckle and worrying about not writing. -- David Foster Wallace
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Alls - how it's possible even the worst things that can happen to you can end up being positive factors in who you are. -- David Foster Wallace
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Francophones are never impressed that anyone else can speak French. -- David Foster Wallace
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The really desolate areas can get pretty crowded, of course, sometimes, so it's good to get there early, get as much wandering as you can in before noon. -- David Foster Wallace
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Its emotional character ... is probably mostly indescribable except as a sort of double bind in which any/all of the alternatives we associate with human agency - sitting or standing, doing or resting, speaking or keeping silent, living or dying - are not just unpleasant but literally horrible. -- David Foster Wallace
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These worst mornings with cold floors and hot windows and merciless light - the soul's certainty that the day will have to be not traversed but sort of climbed, vertically, and then that going to sleep again at the end of it will be like falling, again, off something tall and sheet. -- David Foster Wallace
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Whatever you get paid attention for is never what you think is most important about yourself. -- David Foster Wallace
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Few artists dare to try to talk about ways of working toward redeeming what's wrong, because they'll look sentimental and naive to all the weary ironists. -- David Foster Wallace
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Mario, what do you get when you cross an insomniac, an unwilling agnostic and a dyslexic?"
"I give."
"You get someone who stays up all night torturing himself mentally over the question of whether or not there's a dog. -- David Foster Wallace
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Certain sincerely devout and spiritually advanced people believe that the God of their understanding helps them find parking places and gives them advice on Mass. Lottery numbers. -- David Foster Wallace
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No, you simply sit there with your arms crossed nodding with that timeless patience that communicates condescension and judgment without exposing you to responsibility for insinuating anything aloud. -- David Foster Wallace
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Kid, sobriety's like a hard-on; the minute you get it, you want to fuck with it. -- David Foster Wallace
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It is not the least bit coincidental that adults who commit suicide with firearms nearly always shoot themselves in ... the head. And the truth is that most of these suicides are actually dead long before they pull the trigger. -- David Foster Wallace
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Well it totally freaks them out, what do you think? And I just about die of the embarrassment. I don't ever know what to say. What do you say if you just shouted "Victory for the Forces of Democratic Freedom!" right when you came? -- David Foster Wallace
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They covet a vision of themselves as witnesses. -- David Foster Wallace
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The horrific struggle to establish a human self results in a self whose humanity is inseparable from that horrific struggle: That our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home.
- David Foster Wallace, "Some Remarks on Kafka's Funniness" (2005) -- David Foster Wallace
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Booboo, we've been over this. I can't be asleep if we're talking. -- David Foster Wallace
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It is also lonely on a level that cannot be conveyed ... If a person in physical pain has a hard time attending to anything except that pain, a clinically depressed person cannot even perceive any other person or thing as independent of the universal pain that is digesting her cell by cell. -- David Foster Wallace
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Genius is not replicable. Inspiration, though, is contagious, and multiform- and even just to see, close up, power and aggression made vulnerable to beauty is to feel inspired and (in a fleeting, mortal way) reconciled. -- David Foster Wallace
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Also essential to math is the sense in which abstracting something can mean reducing it to its absolute skeletal essence, as in the abstract of an article or book. As such, it can mean thinking hard about things that for the most part people can't think hard about-because it drives them crazy. -- David Foster Wallace
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Irony tyrannizes us. All US irony is based on an implicit 'I don't really mean what I'm saying. -- David Foster Wallace
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Fiction's about what it is to be a human being. -- David Foster Wallace
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If you really look at something, you can almost always tell what type of wage structure the person who made it was on. -- David Foster Wallace
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This was why mothers were so obsessively, consumingly, drivenly, and yet somehow narcissistically loving of you, their kid: the mothers are trying frantically to make amends for a murder neither of you quite remember. -- David Foster Wallace
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I balked at trying antidepressants, I just couldn't see myself taking pills to try to be less of a fraud. -- David Foster Wallace
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I felt the sort of soaring, ceilingless tedium that transcends tedium and becomes worry. -- David Foster Wallace
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Authors are monkeys who mean -- David Foster Wallace
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In a nation whose great informing myth is that it has no great informing myth, familiarity equaled timelessness -- David Foster Wallace
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I fully grant that mysterious invisible room-cleaning is in a way great, every true slob's fantasy, somebody materializing and deslobbing your room and then dematerializing - like having a mom without the guilt. -- David Foster Wallace
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I have filled 3 Mead notebooks trying to figure out whether it was Them or Just Me. -- David Foster Wallace
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Saying this is bad is like saying traffic is bad, or health-care surtaxes, or the hazards of annular fusion: nobody but Ludditic granola-crunching freaks would call bad what no one can imagine being without. -- David Foster Wallace
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A "game" that will give everyone the consoling impression of making contact, together, with the ultimate transcendent referent. -- David Foster Wallace
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The top seed this weekend is Richard Krajicek,12 a 6'5" Dutchman who wears a tiny white billed hat in the sun and rushes the net like it owes him money and in general plays like a rabid crane. -- David Foster Wallace
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I never, even for a moment, doubted what they'd told me. This is why it is that adults and even parents can, unwittingly, be cruel: they cannot imagine doubt's complete absence. They have forgotten. -- David Foster Wallace
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This was depressing, much the way discovering that somebody is easy to manipulate is always a little depressing. -- David Foster Wallace
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If you are an adolescent, here is the trick to being neither quite a nerd nor quite a jock: be no one.
It is easier than you think. -- David Foster Wallace
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For those who've never experienced a sunrise in the rural midwest, it's roughly as soft and romantic as someone's abruptly hitting the lights in a dark room. -- David Foster Wallace
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Not that that mystical stuff's necessarily true: The only thing that's capital-T true is that you get to decide how you're going to try to see it. -- David Foster Wallace
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This is not a matter of virtue-it's a matter of my choosing to do the work of somehow altering or getting free of my natural, hard-wired default-setting, which is to be deeply and literally self-centered, and to see and interpret everything through this lens of self. -- David Foster Wallace
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All on a real superficial-type level, since Watson's basically got like a little liquid-filled nubbin at the top of his spine where his brain ought to be. -- David Foster Wallace
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Like so many other nerdy, disaffected young people of that time, I dreamed of becoming an 'artist', i.e., somebody whose adult job was original and creative instead of tedious and dronelike. -- David Foster Wallace
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You must have been traumatized beyond fucking belief -- David Foster Wallace
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It is a fact of life that certain people are corrosive to others' self esteem simply as a function of who and what they are. -- David Foster Wallace
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There is something deeply surreal about standing behind a female performer in hotpink peau de soie, a woman whose clitoris and perineum you have priorly seen, and watching her try to get a microwaved egg roll onto her plate with a cocktail fork.
- David Foster Wallace, "Big Red Son" (1998) -- David Foster Wallace
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Junior athletics is but one facet of the real gem: life's endless war against the self you cannot live without. -- David Foster Wallace
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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. -- David Foster Wallace
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Americans seemed no longer united so much by common beliefs as by common images: what binds us became what we stand witness to. Nobody sees this as a good change. -- David Foster Wallace
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Interesting. Stonecipheco Baby Foods. Not a bad line of products, really. A bit soft and runny for my taste, of course ... "
"Well, it's infant food, really, Norman. -- David Foster Wallace
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And it never even occurs to them their certainty that they are different is what makes them the same. -- David Foster Wallace
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You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. Try to learn from everybody, especially those who fail. This is hard ... How promising you are as a Student of the Game is a function of what you can pay attention to without running away. -- David Foster Wallace
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What renders a truth meaningful, worthwhile, & c. is its relevance, which in turn requires extraordinary discernment and sensitivity to context, questions of value, and overall point - otherwise we might as well all just be computers downloading raw data to one another.) -- David Foster Wallace
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Just the thought of getting up made me glad I was lying on the floor. -- David Foster Wallace
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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. -- David Foster Wallace
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- That - to cut to a chase which the interviewers' hands-on-hip attitudes and replacement of the lamp's bulb with a much higher wattage signified they'd very much like to see cut to - as -- David Foster Wallace
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We're not keen on the idea of the story sharing its valence with the reader. But the reader's own life 'outside' the story changes the story. -- David Foster Wallace
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Mean-Value Theorem for Integrals, 123 but for Hal's synoptic purposes here it's enough to say that megatonnage is distributed among Combatants according to an integrally regressed ratio of (a) -- David Foster Wallace
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I'm not afraid of new things. I'm just afraid of feeling alone even when there's somebody else there. I'm afraid of feeling bad. Maybe that's selfish, but it's the way I feel. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's painful to believe that the would-be 'public servants' you're forced to choose between are all phonies whose only real concern is their own care and feeding and who will lie so outrageously and with such a straight face that you know they've just got to believe you're an idiot. -- David Foster Wallace
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Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. -- David Foster Wallace
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Again, if any of that seems vague or ablated, it's because I am giving you a very stripped down, mission-specific version of just who and where I was, life-situation-wise, -- David Foster Wallace
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There is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshiping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. -- David Foster Wallace
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She would- never mind. She was his servant. Slave mentality. This was not the girl I asked to marry me. She was his slave and believed she knew only joy...where was my wife? What was this creature she stroked and sucked at... -- David Foster Wallace
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Sometimes what's important is dull. Sometimes it's work. Sometimes the important things aren't works of art for your entertainment, X. -- David Foster Wallace
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To be envied, admired, is not a feeling. Nor is fame it feeling. There are feelings associated with fame, but few of them are any more enjoyable than the feelings associated with envy of fame. -- David Foster Wallace
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By week's end, when we'd had all manner of weather, I finally saw what it was about heavy seas and marvelous rest: in heavy seas you feel rocked to sleep, with the windows' spume a gentle shushing, the engines' throb a mother's pulse. -- David Foster Wallace
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I called a cab, still in my towel. I jumped in the cab before it had even stopped at the gate. I actually said, The nearest library with a cutting-edge professional grief- and trauma-therapy section, and step on it. -- David Foster Wallace
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This is so American, man: either make something your god and cosmos and then worship it, or else kill it. -- David Foster Wallace
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[T]he worst kind of nihilist - the kind who isn't even aware he's a nihilist. -- David Foster Wallace
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Quentin Tarantino is interested in watching somebody's ear getting cut off; David Lynch is interested in the ear. -- David Foster Wallace
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It was impossible. It was like something out of The Matrix. I don't know what-all sounds were involved, but my spouse says she hurried in and there was popcorn all over the couch and I was down on one knee and my eyeballs looked like novelty-shop eyeballs. -- David Foster Wallace
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Pleasure becomes a value, a teleological end in itself. It's probably more Western than U.S. per se. -- David Foster Wallace
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He didn't reject the idea so much as not react to it and watch as it floated away. He thought very broadly of desires and ideas being watched but not acted upon, he thought of impulses being starved of expression and dying out and floating dryly away. -- David Foster Wallace
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Of course, the fact that Dostoevsky can tell a juicy story isn't enough to make him great. If it were, Judith Krantz and John Grisham would be great fiction writers, and by any but the most commercial standards they're not even very good. -- David Foster Wallace
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The weird thing is that I cared about him at the same time I found him gross. He grossed me out ... And that I was so deep in my problem that I couldn't accept real, genuine, nonsexual or nonromantic or non-prettiness-type interest in me even if it was offered to me. -- David Foster Wallace
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The problem is that once the rules of art are debunked, and once the unpleasant realities the irony diagnoses are revealed and diagnosed, "then" what do we do? -- David Foster Wallace
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MY BABY HAS SIX EYES AND BASICALLY NO SKULL -- David Foster Wallace
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(on Updike) Has the son of a bitch ever had one unpublished thought? -- David Foster Wallace
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True decency was very different from pathological generosity, because pathological generosity did not take into account the feelings of the people who were the object of the generosity? -- David Foster Wallace
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Gentlemen, here is a truth: Enduring tedium over real time in a confined space is what real courage is ... 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. -- David Foster Wallace
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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. -- David Foster Wallace
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The best way to describe the sonic environment at the '98 CES is:
Imagine that the apocalypse took the form of a cocktail party. -- David Foster Wallace
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Cleverness as opposed to wisdom. Wanting and having instead of thinking and making. -- David Foster Wallace
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Good old traditional audio-only phone conversations allowed you to presume that the person on the other end was paying complete attention to you while also permitting you not to have to pay anything even close to complete attention to her. -- David Foster Wallace
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Like most religious mathematicians from Pythagoras to Godel, Bolzano believes that math is the Language of God and that profound metaphysical truths can be derived and proved mathematically. -- David Foster Wallace
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The only way you can communicate at a high level is to be conscious of everything you write - every comma, every pronoun, every word, and all their implications. -- David Foster Wallace
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I'll gladly identify myself if you'll first simply explain what it is I'm identifying myself as. This is my position. You're requiring me to attest to facts I do not possess. The term for this is "duress." -- David Foster Wallace
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Kafka's evocations are, rather, unconscious and almost sub-archetypal, the little-kid stuff from which myths derive; this is why we tend to call even his weirdest stories nightmarish rather than surreal. -- David Foster Wallace
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For Metafiction, in its ascendant and most important phases, was really nothing more than a single-order expansion of its own great theoretical nemisis, Realism: if realism called it like it saw it, Metafiction simply called it as it saw itself seeing itself see. -- David Foster Wallace
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Dostoevski informs everybody; or he ought to. -- David Foster Wallace
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This is why they started us here so young: to give ourselves away before the age when the questions 'why' and 'to what' grow real beaks and claws. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's plausibly a case of any kind of system that's been under enormous silent pressure for some time, that when the system finally blows the accreted pressure's such that it's almost always a full-scale eruption. -- David Foster Wallace
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Ortho Stice played with a kind of rigid, liquid grace, like a panther in a back-brace. -- David Foster Wallace
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Word inflation ... Bigger and better. Good greater greatest totally great. Hyperbolic and hyperbolicker. Like grade-inflation. -- David Foster Wallace
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Surely we all dealt with and reconciled ourselves to a life many of whose features were out of our control. It was part of living in a world full of other people with other interests. -- David Foster Wallace
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The air-conditioning was more like a vague gesture toward the abstract idea of air-conditioning. -- David Foster Wallace
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Expectant. My chest bumps like a dryer with shoes in it. I compose what I project will be seen as a -- David Foster Wallace
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Our leaders, our government is us, all of us, so if they're venal and weak it's because we are. -- David Foster Wallace
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I knew my limitations and the limitations of the courts I played on, and adjusted thusly. I was at my best in bad conditions. -- David Foster Wallace
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The next year had seen them drop into the crazy-obsessive love spiral in which they'd break up and then not be able to stay away from each other, until one time she was able to stay away, and that was all she wrote. -- David Foster Wallace
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I'm awful sorry to bother. I can come back. I was wondering if maybe there was any special Program prayer for when you want to hang yourself. -- David Foster Wallace
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Perhaps this is what it means to go mad: to be emptied and to be aware of the emptiness. -- David Foster Wallace
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A like N.B. that Ewell ends up inserting under the heading Biker is that every professional tattooist everybody who can remember getting their tattoos remembers getting them from was, from the sound of everybody's general description, a Biker. -- David Foster Wallace
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There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes "What the hell is water? -- David Foster Wallace
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Talent is its own expectation, Jim: you either live up to it or it waves a hankie, receding forever. -- David Foster Wallace
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The point of books is to combat loneliness. -- David Foster Wallace
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I love the way you love, but I hate the way I'm supposed to love you back. -- David Foster Wallace
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A question, doctor," he said. "Why doesn't the coyote take the money he spends on bird costumes and catapults and radioactive road runner food pellets and explosive missiles and simply go eat Chinese?" He smiled coolly. "Why doesn't the coyote simply go eat Chinese food? -- David Foster Wallace
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The sun like a sneaky keyhole view of hell. -- David Foster Wallace
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Fervent Christians are always remembering themselves as - and thus, by extension, judging everyone else outside their sect to be - lost and hopeless and just barely clinging to any kind of interior sense of value or reason or even to go on living, before they were 'saved. -- David Foster Wallace
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Wolf-Spiders Ruleth the Land -- David Foster Wallace
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You know those mass-market cartridges, for the masses? The ones that are so bad they're somehow perversely good? This was worse than that. -- David Foster Wallace
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Who teaches your U.S.A. children how to choose their temple? What to love enough not to think two times? -- David Foster Wallace
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Sometimes words that seem to express really invoke. -- David Foster Wallace
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This is so stupid it practically drools. -- David Foster Wallace
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Actually just has a born tech-science wienie's congenital impatience with the referential murkiness and inelegance of verbal systems. -- David Foster Wallace
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It takes great personal courage to let yourself appear weak. -- David Foster Wallace
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People, unless they're paying attention, tend to confuse fanciness with intelligence or authority. -- David Foster Wallace
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I believe I want adult sanity, which seems to me the only unalloyed form of heroism available today. -- David Foster Wallace
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I think it's easy to stop smoking; it's just hard not to commit a felony after you stop. -- David Foster Wallace
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What if, when Tracy Austin writes that after her 1989 car crash, 'I quickly accepted that there was nothing I could do about it,' the statement is not only true but exhaustively descriptive of the entire acceptance process she went through? -- David Foster Wallace
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Gately's snapped to the fact that people of a certain age and level of like life-experience believe they're immortal: college students and alcoholics/addicts are the worst: they deep-down believe they're exempt from the laws of physics and statistics that ironly govern everybody else. -- David Foster Wallace
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His eyes were holes in the world. -- David Foster Wallace
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so full of himself he could have shit limbs. -- David Foster Wallace
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It never once occurs to him, though, that the reason he's so unhappy is that he's an asshole. -- David Foster Wallace
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I have always tried to avoid talking to pretty girls, because pretty girls have a vicious effect on me in which every part of my brain is shut down except for the part that says unbelievably stupid things and the part that is aware that I am saying unbelievably stupid things. -- David Foster Wallace
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Worship power-you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever ore power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart-you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. -- David Foster Wallace
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It never occurred to him to ask her what sort of demeanor she preferred. He didn't have to strategize or even scheme. Later he knew what the dread had been dread of. He hadn't had to promise her anything, it turned out. It was all for free. -- David Foster Wallace
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At root, vulgar just means popular on a mass scale. It is the semantic opposite of pretentious or snobby. It is humility with a comb-over. It is Nielsen ratings and Barnum's axiom and the real bottom line. It is big, big business. -- David Foster Wallace
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So listen
one way to lower the flag to half-mast is just to lower the flag. There's another way though. You can also just raise the pole. You can raise the pole to like twice it's original height. -- David Foster Wallace
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The father of Ruth van Cleve's child, she reports, is under the protection and care of the Norfolk County Correctional Authority, awaiting sentencing for what Ruth van Cleve describes several times as operating a pharmaceutical company without a license. -- David Foster Wallace
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Words and a book and a belief that the world is words ... -- David Foster Wallace
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He cranks the condo's AC way down at night and still most mornings wakes up soaked, fetally curled, entombed in that kind of psychic darkness where you're dreading whatever you think of. -- David Foster Wallace
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I want to tell you,' the voice on the phone said. 'My head is filled with things to say.'
...
'I don't mind,' Hal said softly. 'I could wait forever.'
'That's what you think,' the voice said. The connection was cut. -- David Foster Wallace
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Specifically, Aristotle claims that no spatial extension (e.g. the intercurb interval AB) is 'actually infinite,' but that all such extensions are 'potentially infinite' in the sense of being infinitely divisible. -- David Foster Wallace
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And here's a cliche' that's earned its status as a cliche': whether you're free or locked up depends, all and only, on what you want. What you have matters about as much as the color of your sky. Or your bars. -- David Foster Wallace
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Just thoroughgoingly nasty and sick. -- David Foster Wallace
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You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. -- David Foster Wallace
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Everything I've ever let go of has claw marks on it. -- David Foster Wallace
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Apeshit has rarely enjoyed so literal a denotation. -- David Foster Wallace
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Cornell University Press announced plans for a festschrift. -- David Foster Wallace
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I'd tell you all you want and more, if the sounds I made could be what you hear -- David Foster Wallace
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Every love story is a ghost story. -- David Foster Wallace
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Life is essentially one long search for an ashtray. -- David Foster Wallace
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The encaged and suicidal have a really hard time imagining anyone caring passionately about anything. -- David Foster Wallace
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And Lo, for the Earth was empty of Form, and void. And Darkness was all over the Face of the Deep. And We said: 'Look at that fucker Dance. -- David Foster Wallace
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Insects all business all the time. -- David Foster Wallace
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Don't worry about getting in touch with your feelings, they'll get in touch with you. -- David Foster Wallace
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PS: Allston rules! -- David Foster Wallace
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Bain's view was always that C.T. -- David Foster Wallace
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Tell them there are no holes for your fingers in the masks of men. Tell them how could you ever even hope to love what you can't grab onto. -- David Foster Wallace
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Why not? Why not? Why not not, then, if the best reasoning you can contrive is why not? -- David Foster Wallace
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Sometimes he finds out he believes something that he doesn't even know he believed until it exits his mouth -- David Foster Wallace
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All I'm saying is that it's shortsighted to blame TV. It's simply another symptom. TV didn't invent our aesthetic childishness here any more than the Manhattan Project invented aggression. -- David Foster Wallace
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Bilateral illusion of unilateral attention -- David Foster Wallace
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That no single, individual moment is in and of itself unendurable. -- David Foster Wallace
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To be willing to sort of die in order to move the reader, somehow. Even now I'm scared about how sappy this'll look in print, saying this. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's no coincidence it's the gurus on mountains who're wise. You get to the top: you're already theirs. -- David Foster Wallace
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Real rebels, as far as I can see, risk disapproval. -- David Foster Wallace
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Good literature makes your head throb heartlike -- David Foster Wallace
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I felt more solidly composed, now that I was horizontal. I was impossible to knock down. -- David Foster Wallace
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No more Network reluctance to make a program too entertaining for fear its commercials would pale in comparison. -- David Foster Wallace
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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
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The people to be most frightened of are the people who are the most frightened. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's the digitals. Leith has that word he uses for the shift from analogs to digitals. That word he uses about eleven times an hour. -- David Foster Wallace
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Everybody who really wants to knows what's true. Most people just don't want to. It means listening from deep inside. Most people just don't want to. But the special people listen. You can hear what's true, inside. Listen. -- David Foster Wallace
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You decide. You be the judge. It says You are welcome regardless of severity. Severity is in the eye of the sufferer, it says. Pain is pain. -- David Foster Wallace
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For these cultures, getting rid of the pain without addressing the deeper cause would be like shutting off a fire alarm while the fire's still going. -- David Foster Wallace
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He just sits there. I want to be like that. Able to just sit all quiet and pull life toward me, one forehead at a time. His name is supposedly Lyle. -- David Foster Wallace
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Fiction's about what it is to be a fucking human being. -- David Foster Wallace
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Aloft, intoned the damaged man. -- David Foster Wallace
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He was unsure what the thing inside him was and was unprepared to commit himself to the course of action that would be required to explore the question. -- David Foster Wallace
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I'm screaming for help and everybody's acting as if I'm singing Ethel Merman covers ... -- David Foster Wallace
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Lenz tells Green how once he was at a Halloween party where a hydrocephalic woman wore a necklace made of dead gulls. -- David Foster Wallace
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I simply must say, as crass as we are conditioned by a troubled society to regard the word, I am a firm believer in the comparative merits of the word 'fuck. -- David Foster Wallace
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The jet's movement and trail seem incisionish, as if white meat behind the blue were exposed and widening in the wake of the blade. -- David Foster Wallace
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Talk about solid turds all you want. The molecular integrity of shit is small potatoes. -- David Foster Wallace
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The first time I lay actual eyes on the real David Lynch on the set of his movie, he's peeing on a tree ... Mr. David Lynch, a prodigious coffee drinker, apparently pees hard and often. -- David Foster Wallace
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I don't know what you're thinking or what it's like inside you and you don't know what it's like inside me. In fiction ... we can leap over that wall itself in a certain way. -- David Foster Wallace
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There's good self-consciousness, and then there's toxic, paralyzing, raped-by-psychic-Bedouins self-consciousness. -- David Foster Wallace
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So my offense is what, misdemeanor gargling? -- David Foster Wallace
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Headers from the last few great daily papers, -- David Foster Wallace
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that traversing an infinite number of dimensionless mathematical points is not obviously paradoxical in the way that traversing an infinite number of physical-space points is. -- David Foster Wallace
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Dieting makes me want to murder everyone around me. -- David Foster Wallace
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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. -- David Foster Wallace
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every failure is also a victory. -- David Foster Wallace
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I find in myself a need to get very away. -- David Foster Wallace
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The interesting thing is why we're so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness. -- David Foster Wallace
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I guess a bit part of serious fiction's purpose is to give the reader, who like all of us is sort of marooned in her own skull, to give her imaginative access to other selves. -- David Foster Wallace
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She is silk in a bed of mail-order satin. Complete and seamless, an egg of sexual muscle. My motions atop her are dislocated, frantic, my lone interstice a trans-cultural spice of encouragement I smell with my spine. As, inside it, I go, I cry out to a god whose absence I have never felt to keenly. -- David Foster Wallace
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No horror on earth or elsewhere could equal watching your own offspring open his mouth and have nothing come out. -- David Foster Wallace
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Aren't there parts of ourselves that are just better left unfed? -- David Foster Wallace
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Still, though."
"Right. Exactly. -- David Foster Wallace
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Mediocrity is contextual. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's that he persists in the bizarre, adolescent belief that getting to have sex with whomever one wants whenever one wants to is a cure for human despair. -- David Foster Wallace
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Devils are actually angels. -- David Foster Wallace
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Like most clinically depressed patients, she appeared to function better in focused activity than in stasis. Their normal paralyzed stasis allowed these patients' own minds to chew them apart. But it was always a titanic struggle to get them to do anything to help them focus. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's not that words or human language stop having any meaning or relevance after you die, by the way. -- David Foster Wallace
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The library, and step on it! -- David Foster Wallace
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If you worship power, you will feel weak and afraid, needing ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay -- David Foster Wallace
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And he can feel his heart going out into the world ... -- David Foster Wallace
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If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. -- David Foster Wallace
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The being struck dumb. It's like some combination of invisibility and being buried alive, in terms of the feeling. It's like being strangled somewhere deeper inside you than your neck. -- David Foster Wallace
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The great myth is that the bad ones don't last long. -- David Foster Wallace
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David Cronenberg's mainstream Crash comes out of absolutely nowhere to win something called Best Alternative Adult Feature Film. -- David Foster Wallace
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The air over the table like the sparkling space just above a fresh-poured seltzer. -- David Foster Wallace
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It seems important to find ways of reminding ourselves that most 'familiarity' is meditated and delusive. -- David Foster Wallace
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Basically the sort of guy who looks entirely at home in sockless white loafers and a mint-green knit shirt from Lacoste. -- David Foster Wallace
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It seems significant that we don't want things to be quiet, ever, anymore. -- David Foster Wallace
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Hang me upside-down and fuck me in both ears. You pulled yourself out of a clinical depression by being a freaking hero. -- David Foster Wallace
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I think I was very often bored as a child, but boredom is not what I knew it as - what I knew was that I worried a lot -- David Foster Wallace
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...morning is the soul's night. -- David Foster Wallace
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A U.S. of modern A. where the State is not a team or a code, but a sort of sloppy intersection of desires and fears, where the only public consensus a boy must surrender to is the acknowledged primacy of straight-line pursuing this flat and short-sighted idea of personal happiness. -- David Foster Wallace
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If two people get married in West Virginia and then pull up stakes and move to Massachusetts and then if they decide they want to get a divorce, what's the biggest problem getting a divorce? -- David Foster Wallace
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In the eighth American-educational grade, Bruce Green fell dreadfully in love with a classmate who had the unlikely name of Mildred Bonk. The name was unlikely because if ever an eighth-grader looked like a Daphne Christianson or a Kimberly St.-Simone or something like that, it was Mildred Bonk. -- David Foster Wallace
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There is no hatred in my love for you. Only a sadness I feel all the more strongly for my inability to explain or describe it. -- David Foster Wallace
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Lenore, it's simply that I love you. You know that. Every fiber of your being is loved by every fiber of my being. The thought of things about you, concerning you, troubling you, that I don't know about, makes blood run from my eyes, on the inside. -- David Foster Wallace
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It would take an architect who could hate enough to feel enough to love enough to perpetrate the kind of special cruelty only real lovers can inflict. -- David Foster Wallace
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Say the whole point of love is to try to get your fingers through the holes in the lover's mask. To get some kind of hold on the mask, and who cares how you do it. -- David Foster Wallace
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There happen to be whole large parts of adult American life that nobody talks about in commencement speeches. One such part involves boredom, routine, and petty frustration. -- David Foster Wallace
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Real leaders are people who help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better, harder things than we can get ourselves to do on our own. -- David Foster Wallace
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The sound of wind had become, for me, silence. When it went away, I was left with the squeak of the blood in my head and the aural glitter of all those little eardrum hairs quivering like a drunk in withdrawal. -- David Foster Wallace
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He said she went around with her feelings out in front of her with an arm around the feelings' windpipe and a Glock 9mm. to the feelings' temple like a terrorist with a hostage, daring you to shoot. -- David Foster Wallace
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Is it showing off if you hate it? -- David Foster Wallace
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One possible way of couching it is to choose to say that we will take apart your skull very gently and reconstruct a skull for you that will have a highly developed bump of clarity and a slight concave dent where the fear-instinct used to be. -- David Foster Wallace
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Cantor's discovery that lines, planes, cubes, and polytopes were all equivalent as sets of points goes a long way toward explaining why set theory was such a revolutionary development for math-revolutionary in theory and practice both. -- David Foster Wallace
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Not real bright - she thought the figure he'd trace without thinking on her bare flank after sex was the numeral 8, to give you an idea. -- David Foster Wallace
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something is malignantly addictive if (1) it causes real problems for the addict, and (2) it offers itself as a relief from the very problems it causes. -- David Foster Wallace
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To presume that dictionary-making can somehow avoid or transcend ideology is simply to subscribe to a particular ideology, one that might aptly be called Unbelievably Naive Positivism. -- David Foster Wallace
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The really significant education in thinking that we're supposed to get at a [liberal arts college] isn't really about the capacity to think but, rather, the choice of what to think about -- David Foster Wallace
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The amount of organization and toiletry-lugging he has to do to get secretly high in front of a subterranean outtake vent in the pre-supper gap would make a lesser man quail. -- David Foster Wallace
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Everything in my own immediate experience supports my deep belief that I am the absolute center of the universe, the realest, most vivid and important person in existence. -- David Foster Wallace
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God - unless you're Charlton Heston, or unhinged, or both - speaks and acts entirely through the vehicle of human beings, if there is a God. -- David Foster Wallace
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It looks like you can write a minimalist piece without much bleeding. And you can. But not a good one. -- David Foster Wallace
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The only real significance she had attached to the memory was that it was funny what stuck with you. -- David Foster Wallace
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People turned out so identical in certain root domestic particulars it made Gately feel strange sometimes, like he was in possession of certain overlarge private facts to which no man should be entitled. -- David Foster Wallace
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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. -- David Foster Wallace
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Tornadoes were, in out part of Central Illinois, the dimensionless point at which parallel lines met and whirled and blew up. They made no sense. -- David Foster Wallace
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and the tumescence of O.N.A.N.ism. -- David Foster Wallace
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To become an abstraction: The Mother, Down On One Knee. This was life after he came - she orbits him, I chart her movements. That she could call him a blessing, the sun in her sky. She was no more the girl that I'd married. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's weird to feel like you miss someone you're not even sure you know. -- David Foster Wallace
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Entertainment provides relief. Art provokes engagement. -- David Foster Wallace
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Show me somebody who really knows what irony means and I'll show you a bullshit artist. -- David Foster Wallace
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The individual's right to pursue his own vision of the best ration of pleasure to pain: utterly sacrosanct. -- David Foster Wallace
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We're going to reinvent not just government but history. Torch the past. -- David Foster Wallace
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What I know about auto racing could be inscribed with a dry Magic Marker on the lip of a Coke bottle. -- David Foster Wallace
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The drowned panic of not being able to ask questions or have any input into what somebody's saying is so awful it sort of dwarfs the pain. -- David Foster Wallace
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Babies are famous to themselves. -- David Foster Wallace
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How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it's just words. -- David Foster Wallace
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The freedom to be lords of our own tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the centre of all creation. -- David Foster Wallace
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It's not desiring the fall; it's terror of the flames. -- David Foster Wallace
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If I'm hanging out with you, I can't even tell whether I like you or not because I'm too worried about whether you like me. -- David Foster Wallace
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The reasons that center on others are easy to manipulate. All hollow things are light. -- David Foster Wallace
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[Uncentering the Earth] itself is uncentering in the best possible way. Vollmann is one of the deepest, most fully ensouled writers alive. -- David Foster Wallace
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The assumption that you everyone else is like you. That you are the world. The disease of consumer capitalism. The complacent solipsism. -- David Foster Wallace
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I had kind of a midlife crisis at twenty which probably doesn't augur well for my longevity -- David Foster Wallace
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I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies. -- David Foster Wallace
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Hal loathes sky-and-cloud wallpaper because it makes him feel high-altitude and disoriented and sometimes plummeting. -- David Foster Wallace
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Atwater knew - as did everyone at Style, though by some strange unspoken consensus it was never said aloud - that this was the single great informing conflict of the American psyche. The management of insignificance. It was the great syncretic bond of US monoculture. -- David Foster Wallace
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It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase. -- David Foster Wallace
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Breasts are uniformly zeppelinesque and in various perilous stages of semiconfinement. -- David Foster Wallace
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Fiction becomes a weird way to countenance yourself and to tell the truth instead of being a way to escape yourself or present yourself in a way you figure you will be maximally likable. -- David Foster Wallace
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Try looking in the mirror and determining where you stand in the attractiveness-hierarchy with anything like the objective ease you can determine whether just about anyone else you know is good-looking or not - but -- David Foster Wallace
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( ... ) there was actually nothing, and /you/ were nothing, and it was all a delusion. And that you were better than everyone else because you saw that it was a delusion, and yet you were worse because you couldn't function. -- David Foster Wallace
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That no matter how smart you thought you were, you are actually way less smart than that. -- David Foster Wallace
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Two clocks, two ghosts, one square acre of hidden mirror. -- David Foster Wallace
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That evil people never believe they are evil, but rather that everyone else is evil. -- David Foster Wallace
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The most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. -- David Foster Wallace
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Union of the Hideously and Improbably Deformed, -- David Foster Wallace
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What fire dies when you feed it? It -- David Foster Wallace
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I didn't stand for anything. If I wanted to matter - even just to myself - I would have to be less free, by deciding to choose in some kind of definite way. -- David Foster Wallace
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Having a lot of money does not immunize people from suffering or fear. -- David Foster Wallace
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Statisticians report that television is watched over six hours a day in the average American household. I don't know any fiction writers who live in average American households. I suspect Louise Erdrich might. Actually I have never seen an average American household. Except on TV. -- David Foster Wallace
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The American nation today is infantile so much as adolescent - that is ambivalent in its twin desire for both authoritarian structure and the end of parental hegemony -- David Foster Wallace
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I am concentrating docilely on the question why U.S. restrooms always appear to us as infirmaries for public distress, the place to reagain control. -- David Foster Wallace
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But if I decide to decide there's a different, less selfish, less lonely point to my life, won't the reason for this decision be my desire to be less lonely, meaning to suffer less overall pain? Can the decision to be less selfish ever be anything other than a selfish decision? -- David Foster Wallace
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Do this: hate him for me after I die. I beg you. Dying request. -- David Foster Wallace
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This American penchant for absolution via irony is foreign to them. -- David Foster Wallace
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And just before 0145h. on 2 April Y.D.A.U., his wife arrived back home -- David Foster Wallace
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I am also concerned not to come off as shrill or preachy when what I really am is more like confused. -- David Foster Wallace
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Chandler Foss is flossing his teeth -- David Foster Wallace
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I had, by thirteen, developed a sort of Taoist hubris about my ability to control via non-control. -- David Foster Wallace
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Characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any apparent similarity to real persons is not intended by the author and is either a coincidence or -- David Foster Wallace
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This diagnosis can be done in about two lines. It doesn't engage anybody. -- David Foster Wallace
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Be on guard. The road widens, and many of the detours are seductive. -- David Foster Wallace
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The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you. -- David Foster Wallace
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the ideas of ravacious herds of feral domesticated housepets and oversized insects not only taking over the abandoned homes of relocated Americans but actually setting up house and keeping them in model repair and impressive equity, -- David Foster Wallace
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Someone has farted; no one knows just who, but this isn't like a normal adult place where everybody coolly pretends a fart didn't happen; here everybody has to make their little comment. -- David Foster Wallace
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Trying to be anti-cool is just one exponent off trying to be cool
it's the same beast. -- David Foster Wallace
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Almost anything that you pay close, direct attention to becomes interesting. -- David Foster Wallace
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The inactive viewer's screen is the color of way out over the Atlantic looking straight down on a cold day. -- David Foster Wallace
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That everybody's sneeze sounds different. -- David Foster Wallace
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Fictionally speaking, desire is the sugar in human food. -- David Foster Wallace
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My personal belief is that because technology and economic logic has gotten so sophisticated, cruelties can be perpetrated now that would have been unimaginable two or three hundred years ago. -- David Foster Wallace
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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. -- David Foster Wallace
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Not sexy so much as angelic, like all the world's light had gotten together and arranged itself into the shape of a face. -- David Foster Wallace
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Tends to put us before the television and its one-way window -- David Foster Wallace
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She had a brainy girls discomfort about her own beauty and its effects on folks. -- David Foster Wallace
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He suddenly felt nothing, or rather Nothing, a pre-tornadic stillness of zero sensation, as if he were the very space he occupied. -- David Foster Wallace
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Many people in America throw the term "fascism" around, particularly for Middle-Eastern terrorists, but in fact what fascism really is is a close alliance between a unitary executive and a state and large corporations and a state. -- David Foster Wallace
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I just think that fiction that isn't exploring what it means to be human today isn't art. -- David Foster Wallace
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That females are capable of being just as vulgar about sexual and eliminatory functions as males. -- David Foster Wallace
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But of course there are all kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talked about in the great outside world of winning and achieving and displaying. -- David Foster Wallace
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America, as everybody knows, is a country of many contradictions, and a big contradiction for a long time has been between a very aggressive form of capitalism and consumerism against what might be called a kind of moral or civic impulse. -- David Foster Wallace
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Don't ask why if you don't want to die. Do as you're told if you want to get old. -- David Foster Wallace
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It was when I was the age where you can, as they say, "hear voices" without worrying that something is wrong with you. I "heard voices" all the time as a small child. -- David Foster Wallace
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I miss everyone. I can remember being young and feeling a thing and identifying it as homesickness, and then thinking well now that's odd, isn't it, because I was home, all the time. What on earth are we to make of that? -- David Foster Wallace
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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. -- David Foster Wallace
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Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still. -- David Foster Wallace
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It was made to fail, born to be co-opted and subsumed into the junky ferrywake of media's coaching. -- David Foster Wallace
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Mary had a little lamb, its fleece electrostatic / And everywhere Mary went, the lights became erratic. -- David Foster Wallace
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Re which, again, please keep in mind that a language is both a map of the world and its own world, with its own shadowlands and crevasses-places where statements that seem to obey all the language's rules are nevertheless impossible to deal with. -- David Foster Wallace
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To experience commitment as the loss of options, a type of death, the death of childhood's limitless possibility, of the flattery of choice without duress-this will happen, mark me. Childhood's end. -- David Foster Wallace
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That it is statistically easier for low-IQ people to kick an addiction than it is for high-IQ people ... That boring activities become, perversely, much less boring if you concentrate intently on them. -- David Foster Wallace
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She regarded the things that were important to me as her enemy, not realizing that they were, in fact, the "me" she seemed so jealously to covet. -- David Foster Wallace
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The people who are rebelling meaningfully don't buy a lot of stuff. -- David Foster Wallace
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You are excused from doing the work of constructing the fantasy. The ads do it for you. The ads, therefore, don't flatter your adult agency, or even ignore it - they supplant it. -- David Foster Wallace
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My fingers are mated into a mirrored series of what manifests, to me, as the letter X. -- David Foster Wallace
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I think serious art is supposed to make us confront things that are difficult in ourselves and in the world. -- David Foster Wallace