"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."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Tom Perrotta on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Tom Perrotta on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Tom Perrotta on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Tom Perrotta on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Tom Perrotta on Albert Camus
"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 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."