"I don't really distinguish between sympathy and honesty when I'm writing. The two go together - I'm interested in inhabiting my characters, seeing the world through their eyes."
"That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind."Tom Perrotta on William Wordsworth
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength."Tom Perrotta on Corrie Ten Boom
"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."Tom Perrotta on Saint Augustine
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."Tom Perrotta on Khalil Gibran
"When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions."Tom Perrotta on William Shakespeare
"I read 'The Great Gatsby' in high school and was hypnotized by the beauty of the sentences and moved by the story about the irrevocability of lost love."
"I have actual dreams of Bruce Springsteen calling me up on stage to wear a bandanna and play rhythm guitar next to Little Steven."
"I've been a little bit obsessed with religion, without being a religious person, for about a decade."
"I think I'm fascinated by the power of religion in our culture. Like a lot of secular, liberal people, I ignored it for a long time. Lately, of course, just from a political perspective, it's impossible to ignore."
"When I was writing 'The Abstinence Teacher,' I really tried to immerse myself in contemporary American evangelical culture."