Don DeLillo's Quotes
Biography of Don DeLillo
I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries. Virtually nothing else.Tags: Else, Movies, Watch
I've always liked being relatively obscure. I feel that's where I belong, that's where my work belongs.Tags: Belong, Liked, Work
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.Tags: Integrity, Language, Truth
People will always make comparisons.Tags: Hostage
Silence, exile, cunning and so on... it's my nature to keep quiet about most things. Even the ideas in my work.Tags: Nature, Silence, Work
The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence.Tags: Influence, Society, Writer
There's a connection between the advances that are made in technology and the sense of primitive fear people develop in response to it.Tags: Fear, Sense, Technology
When you try to unravel something you've written, you belittle it in a way. It was created as a mystery.Tags: Mystery, Try, Written
Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail.Tags: Dangerous, Jail, Why
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.Tags: Death, Life, Pain
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.Tags: Understand, Wanted, Wedding
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?Tags: After, Happen, Working
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.Tags: Culture, Picture, Whole
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.Tags: Deep, True, Used
People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power.Tags: Largely, Power, Secret
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?Tags: End, Life, Value
Never underestimate the power of the State to act out its own massive fantasies.Tags: Act, Power, State
There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.Tags: Fear, Nature, Time
I slept for four years. I didn't study much of anything. I majored in something called communication arts.Tags: Arts, Four, Study
I've always seen myself in sentences. I begin to recognize myself, word by word, as I work through a sentence.Tags: Seen, Word, Work
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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.Tags: Mean, Sentences, Sound
I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore.Tags: Job, Work, Write
I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.Tags: America, Book, Europe
It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain.Tags: Attain, Eating
There's a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right. It speaks the writer's will to live.Tags: Force, Moral, Writer
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.Tags: Company, Men, Secrets
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.Tags: Enjoy, Lovely, Work
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.Tags: Act, May, Society
American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous.Tags: American, Dangerous, Stand
Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.Tags: Alone, Concept, Doom
Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there.Tags: End, Truth, Waiting
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.Tags: Beauty, Influence, Language
I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.Tags: Jazz, Movies, Writers