"The best thing that ever happened to me is that nothing happened in writing. I ended up working for engineering companies, and that's where I found my material, in the everyday struggle between capitalism and grace. Being broke and tired, you don't come home your best self."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."George Saunders on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."George Saunders on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."George Saunders on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."George Saunders on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."George Saunders on Robert Frost
"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)."