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People who are powerless make an open theater of violence. ...
by Don DeLillo

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.
- Don DeLillo

Related topics: Power

People who are in power make their arrangements in secret,
largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power.
- Don DeLillo

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

It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana.
This was a private declaration of independence,
a statement of my intention to use the whole picture,
the whole culture.
- Don DeLillo

 

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

In the face of technology, everything becomes a little atavistic.
- Don DeLillo

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

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I like the construction of sentences and the juxtaposition
of words-not just how they sound or what they mean,
but even what they look like.
- Don DeLillo

I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book,
America as the paperback version.
- Don DeLillo

There's a connection between the advances that are
made in technology and the sense of primitive fear
people develop in response to it.
- Don DeLillo

Rushdie is a hostage.
- Don DeLillo

There's a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right.
It speaks the writer's will to live.
- Don DeLillo

I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction,
but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration
and a model for the beauty of language.
- Don DeLillo

I think there is a sense of last things in my work
that probably comes from a Catholic childhood.
- Don DeLillo

If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead.
How liberating to work in the margins,
outside a central perception.
You are the ghoul of literature.
Lovely.
- Don DeLillo

The language of my books has shaped me as a man.
- Don DeLillo

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

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

The modern meaning of life's end-when does it end?
How does it end? How should it end? What is the value
of life? How do we measure it?
- Don DeLillo

When you try to unravel something you've written,
you belittle it in a way.
It was created as a mystery.
- Don DeLillo

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

For me, writing is a concentrated form of thinking.
- Don DeLillo

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

It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain.
- Don DeLillo

Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it
and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there.
- Don DeLillo

True terror is a language and a vision.
There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts,
and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways
that writers used to aspire to.
- Don DeLillo

I think a playwright realizes after he finishes working
on the script that this is only the beginning.
What will happen when it moves into three dimensions?
- Don DeLillo

I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries.
Virtually nothing else.
- Don DeLillo

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

Hardship makes the world obscure.
- Don DeLillo

A Catholic is raised with the idea that he will die
any minute now and if he doesn't live his life in a certain way,
this death is an introduction to an eternity of pain.
- Don DeLillo

Silence, exile, cunning and so on...
it's my nature to keep quiet about most things.
Even the ideas in my work.
- Don DeLillo

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

People will always make comparisons.
- Don DeLillo

The future belongs to crowds.
- Don DeLillo

One truth is the swing of the sentence,
the beat and poise, but down deeper it's the integrity
of the writer as he matches with the language.
- Don DeLillo

America was and is the immigrant's dream.
- Don DeLillo

May the days be aimless.
Do not advance action according to a plan.
- Don DeLillo

Men with secrets tend to be drawn to each other,
not because they want to share what they know but because
they need the company of the like-minded,
the fellow afflicted.
- Don DeLillo

I've always seen myself in sentences.
I begin to recognize myself, word by word,
as I work through a sentence.
- Don DeLillo

I quit my job just to quit.
I didn't quit my job to write fiction.
I just didn't want to work anymore.
- Don DeLillo

I saw a photograph of a wedding conducted by Reverend
Moon of the Unification Church.
I wanted to understand this event, and the only way
to understand it was to write about it.
- Don DeLillo

Never underestimate the power of the State to act out
its own massive fantasies.
- Don DeLillo

In a repressive society, a writer can be deeply influential,
but in a society that's filled with glut and repetition and endless consumption,
the act of terror may be the only meaningful act.
- Don DeLillo

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

The meeting of two personalities is
like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- Carl Jung

This is the answer to all questions about relationship.
When two people sing their lives in harmony,
their lives are grand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Love cures people - both the ones who give it
and the ones who receive it.
- Karl A. Menninger

The enlightened give thanks
for what most people take for granted.
- Michael Beckwith

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have the right to love many people at once
and to change my prince often.
- Anais Nin

If you have only one smile in you,
give it to the people you love.
Don't be surly at home,
then go out in the street
and start grinning good morning
at total strangers.
- Maya Angelou

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from
the prejudices of their social environment.
Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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