David Foster Wallace Quotes

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A huge percentage of the stuff that I tend to be automatically certain of is, it turns out, totally wrong and deluded.
— David Foster Wallace

truth

What TV is extremely good at—and realize that this is all it does—is discerning what large numbers of people think they want, and supplying it.

television

In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.

voting

Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The relation is roughly that of courage to war.

sports

Look man, we'd probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid it is? In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what's human and magical that still live and glow despite the times' darkness. Really good fiction could have as dark a worldview as it wished, but it'd find a way both to depict this dark world AND to illuminate the possibilities for being alive and human in it.
— David Foster Wallace

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