"It's funny with fiction - once you cut something, it hasn't happened anymore."
"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man."George Saunders on Lana Turner
"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."George Saunders on Ron White
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."George Saunders on Bill Cosby
"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes."George Saunders on Jim Carrey
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."George Saunders on Elbert Hubbard
"We try, we fail, we posture, we aspire, we pontificate - and then we age, shrink, die, and vanish."
"My habit would have been to veer towards the dark - to prove I was something edgy, or maybe to prove that I was cognisant of the dark side. Now, with age and confidence, I can say, yeah, that's true, but I am cognisant of the fact that people can do things well. And can be more loving than you expect."
"I still believe that capitalism is too harsh and I believe that, even within that, there is a lot of satisfaction and beauty if you happen to be one of the lucky ones, although that doesn't eradicate the reality of the suffering. It's all true at once, kind of humming and sublime."
"I tend to foster drama via bleakness. If I want the reader to feel sympathy for a character, I cleave the character in half, on his birthday. And then it starts raining. And he's made of sugar."
"I'm finding, as I get older, that I'm not much of a believer in redemption. I mean, I believe in redemption in real life - redemption does happen, and it's cool when it does - but I find myself getting leery of my desire for it in stories (especially my own)."