David Foster Wallace Quotes

David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an award-winning American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Some of his popular works include Infinite Jest, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and The Pale King. Here i have compiled down some of the best David Foster Wallace quotes. Just hope you will like the quote compilation and learn something inspirational from his quotes.

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The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.
David Foster Wallace

You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.
David Foster Wallace

The parts of me that used to think I was different or smarter or whatever, almost made me die.
David Foster Wallace

Acceptance is usally more a matter of fatigue than anything else.
David Foster Wallace

We all suffer alone in the real world. True empathy's impossible. But if a piece of fiction can alow us imaginatively to identify with a character's pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with their own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside. It might just be that simple.
David Foster Wallace

What goes on inside is just too fast and huge and all interconnected for words to do more than barely sketch the outlines of at most one tiny little part of it at any given instant.
David Foster Wallace

Logical validity is not a guarantee of truth.
David Foster Wallace

It's weird to feel like you miss someone you're not even sure you know.
David Foster Wallace

Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.
David Foster Wallace

The interesting thing is why we're so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness.
David Foster Wallace

To be, in a word, unborable.... It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish
David Foster Wallace

Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.
David Foster Wallace

Whatever you get paid attention for is never what you think is most important about yourself.
David Foster Wallace

Good fiction’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
David Foster Wallace

Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.
David Foster Wallace

True heroism is minutes, hours, weeks, year upon year of the quiet, precise, judicious exercise of probity and care—with no one there to see or cheer. This is the world.
David Foster Wallace

Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.
David Foster Wallace

The integrity of my sleep has been forever compromised, sir.
David Foster Wallace

Every love story is a ghost story.
David Foster Wallace

That no single, individual moment is in and of itself unendurable.
David Foster Wallace

sarcasm and jokes were often the bottle in which clinical depressives sent out their most plangent screams for someone to care and help them.
David Foster Wallace

If you can think of times in your life that you’ve treated people with extraordinary decency and love, and pure uninterested concern, just because they were valuable as human beings. The ability to do that with ourselves. To treat ourselves the way we would treat a really good, precious friend. Or a tiny child of ours that we absolutely loved more than life itself. And I think it’s probably possible to achieve that. I think part of the job we’re here for is to learn how to do it
David Foster Wallace

Mediocrity is contextual.
David Foster Wallace

Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.
David Foster Wallace

We're all lonely for something we don't know we're lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we've never even met?
David Foster Wallace

I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it.
David Foster Wallace

I never, even for a moment, doubted what they’d told me. This is why it is that adults and even parents can, unwittingly, be cruel: they cannot imagine doubt’s complete absence. They have forgotten.
David Foster Wallace

You have decided being scared is caused mostly by thinking.
David Foster Wallace

Why not? Why not?Why not not, then, if the best reasoning you can contrive is why not?
David Foster Wallace

Learning how to think" really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot or will not exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.
David Foster Wallace

This is so American, man: either make something your god and cosmos and then worship it, or else kill it.
David Foster Wallace

I don't think writers are any smarter than other people. I think they may be more compelling in their stupidity, or in their confusion.
David Foster Wallace