"I have actual dreams of Bruce Springsteen calling me up on stage to wear a bandanna and play rhythm guitar next to Little Steven."
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."Tom Perrotta on Eleanor Roosevelt
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."Tom Perrotta on Walt Disney
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."Tom Perrotta on T. E. Lawrence
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."Tom Perrotta on Harriet Tubman
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."Tom Perrotta on James Dean
"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'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."
"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."
"When I was writing 'The Abstinence Teacher,' I really tried to immerse myself in contemporary American evangelical culture."