Quotes by Don Delillo
- Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.
- 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.
- 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.
- I slept for four years. I didn't study much of anything. I majored in something called communication arts.
- I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.
- I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries. Virtually nothing else.
- 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.
- In the face of technology, everything becomes a little atavistic.
- Never underestimate the power of the State to act out its own massive fantasies.
- People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power.
- People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.
- The future belongs to crowds.
- The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence.
- There's a connection between the advances that are made in technology and the sense of primitive fear people develop in response to it.
- There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.