"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."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Tom Perrotta on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Tom Perrotta on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Tom Perrotta on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Tom Perrotta on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Tom Perrotta on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"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."
"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."