Jonathan franzen

Jonathan Franzen Quotes

  • An odd thing about beauty, however, is that it's absence tends not to arouse our sympathy as much as other forms of privation do.

  • Every good writer I know needs to go into some deep, quiet place to do work that is fully imagined.

  • How wrong to have been so negative, how wrong to have been so gloomy, how wrong to have run away from life, how wrong to have said no, again and again, instead of yes.

  • I can't stomach any kind of notion that serious fiction is good for us, because I don't believe that everything that's wrong with the world has a cure.

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  • If you choose to spend an hour every day tinkering with your Facebook profile, or if you don’t see any difference between reading Jane Austen on a Kindle and reading her on a printed page, or if you think Grand Theft Auto IV is the greatest Gesamtkunstwerk since Wagner, I’m very happy for you, as long as you keep it to yourself.

  • It's doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.

  • It seems to me self-evident that if you have a life, things happen in it, and certain things do change; certain things end. People you know die.

  • It’s great that a song now costs exactly the same as a pack of gum and lasts exactly the same amount of time before it loses its flavour and you have to spend another buck.

  • The first thing that reading teaches us is how to be alone.

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  • The fundamental fact about all of us is that we’re alive for a while but will die before long. This fact is the real root cause of all our anger and pain and despair. And you can either run from this fact or, by way of love, you can embrace it.

  • The ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world that’s indifferent to our wishes — a world of hurricanes and hardships and breakable hearts, a world of resistance — with a world so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self.

  • We may freak out globally, but we suffer locally.

  • You see more sitting still than chasing after.