"I like to travel and connect."
"It is better to travel well than to arrive."Richard Powers on Buddha
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."Richard Powers on Maya Angelou
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more."Richard Powers on Thomas Jefferson
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."Richard Powers on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."Richard Powers on Saint Augustine
"I write the way you might arrange flowers. Not every try works, but each one launches another. Every constraint, even dullness, frees up a new design."
"The desire to live in our imagination is driven by this suspicion that we're disembodied sensibilities cobbled into our bodies. That idea has infused most of human thought since the very beginning."
"This idea that a book can either be about character and feeling, or about politics and idea, is just a false binary. Ideas are an expression of the feelings and the intense emotions we hold about the world."
"Science is not about control. It is about cultivating a perpetual condition of wonder in the face of something that forever grows one step richer and subtler than our latest theory about it. It is about reverence, not mastery."
"I think that if the novel's task is to describe where we find ourselves and how we live now, the novelist must take a good, hard look at the most central facts of contemporary life - technology and science."