- The central Kafka joke... is that our endless and impossible journey toward our home... is our home.
-- as related by David Foster Wallace
- The family is the cradle of the world's misinformation. ...
The family is strongest where objective reality is the most likely to misinterpreted.
-- Don DeLillo
- We fill pre-existing forms
and when we fill them
we change them
and are changed.
- You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- It's excellence, not happiness, that we admire most.
- Where there's muck, there's brass
- We must acknowledge that nobody is ever fully knowable -- maybe especially not those closest to us. What animates and motivates others is very often a stew of secrets they will take to their graves.
- At twenty-nine one exchanges a great vague possibility for a small hard reality
- Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly.
Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear.
Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out.
[This] is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.
-- David Foster Wallace