"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."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."Richard Powers on Albert Einstein
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."Richard Powers on Dr. Seuss
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."Richard Powers on Albert Einstein
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty."Richard Powers on Albert Einstein
"Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?"Richard Powers on Sun Tzu
"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."
"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."
"I really like science because it seems to be that place where you get the big picture, everything connects."