Don DeLillo

A Quote by Don DeLillo on friendship, honesty, thinking, and time

Because friends have to be brutally honest with each other. I'd feel terrible if I didn't tell you what I was thinking, especially at a time like this

Don DeLillo

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A Quote by Don DeLillo on anxiety, chaos, control, death, design, dignity, effort, failure, funerals, government, laws, life, nations, order, perfection, and world

We start our lives in chaos, in babble. As we surge up into the world, we try to devise a shape, a plan. There is dignity in this. Your whole life is a plot, a scheme, a diagram. It is a failed scheme but that's not the point. To plot is to affirm life, to seek shape and control. Even after death, most particularly after death, the search continues. Burial rites are an attempt to complete the scheme, in ritual. Picture a state funeral. It is all precision, detail, order, design. The nation holds its breath. The efforts of a huge and powerful government are brought to bear on a ceremony that will shed the last trace of chaos. If all geos well, if they bring it off, some natural law of perfection is obeyed. The nation is delivered from anxiety, the deceased's life is redeemed, life itself is strengthened, reaffirmed

Don DeLillo

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A Quote by Don DeLillo on age, audiences, awareness, commitment, contempt, conviction, death, information, life, meaning, mystery, newspapers, prose, and satisfaction

There's an element of contempt for meanings. You want to write outside the usual framework. You want to dare readers to make a commitment you know they can't make. That's part of [crazed prose]. There's also the sense of drowning in information and in the mass awareness of things. Everybody seems to know everything. Subjects surface and are totally exhausted in a matter of days. ... The writer is driven by his conviction that some truths aren't arrived at so easily, that life is still full of mystery, that it might be better for you, dear reader, if you went back to the living section of your newspaper because this is the dying section and you don't really want to be here. This writer is working against the age and so he feels some satisfaction at not being widely read. He is diminished by an audience

Don DeLillo

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A Quote by Don DeLillo on belief, justice, and senses

Just because it's on the radio doesn't mean we have to suspend belief in the evidence of our senses.

Don DeLillo

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