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Дэвид Фостер Уоллес

Дата рождения: 21. Февраль 1962
Дата смерти: 12. Сентябрь 2008

Дэ́вид Фо́стер Уо́ллес — американский писатель, мыслитель-эссеист.


„Призраки говорят с нами все время – но мы воспринимаем их голоса, как наши собственные мысли.“

„Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.“ Infinite Jest


„The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i. e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.“

„I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it.“ Infinite Jest

„The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.“ Infinite Jest

„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.“ This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

„You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.“ Infinite Jest

„Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties -- all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name's Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion -- these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.“


„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.“
Infinite Jest

„If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there isyou either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.“ Up, Simba!

„Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.“

„Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship—be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.“ This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life


„We're all lonely for something we don't know we're lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we've never even met?“

„Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.“ Infinite Jest

„What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human [... ] is probably to be unavoidably sentimental and naïve and goo-prone and generally pathetic.“ Infinite Jest

„Fiction’s about what it is to be a fucking human being.“

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