Infinite jest

Infinite Jest Quotes

  • Act in haste, repent at leisure would seem to have been almost custom-designed for the case of tattoos.

  • A harried commuter is mistaken for Christ by a child he knocks over.

  • Almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it. Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trenchcoated out of an alley with some sort of 'psst' that you usually can't even hear because you're in such a rush to or from something important you've tried to engineer.

  • American experience seems to suggest that people are virtually unlimited in their need to give themselves away, on various levels. Some just prefer to do it in secret.

  • Attachments are of great seriousness. Choose your attachments carefully. Choose your temple of fanaticism with great care.

  • Be on guard. The road widens, and many of the detours are seductive.

  • Defining yourself in opposition to something is still being anaclitic on that thing, isn't it?

  • Depression sounds like you just get like really sad, you get quiet and melancholy and just like sit quietly by the window sighing or just lying around. A state of not caring about anything. A kind of blue kind of peaceful state.

  • Drug addicts driven to crime to finance their drug addiction are not often inclined toward violent crime. Violence requires all different kinds of energy, and most drug addicts like to expend their energy not on their professional crime but on what their professional crime lets them afford. Drug addicts are often burglars, therefore.

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

  • Fame is not the exit from any cage.

  • Good old traditional audio-only phone conversations allowed you to presume that the person on the other end was paying complete attention to you while also permitting you not to have to pay anything even close to complete attention to her. And yet - and this was the retrospectively marvelous part - even as you were dividing your attention between the phone call and all sorts of other idle little fuguelike activities, you were somehow never haunted by the suspicion that the person on the other end's attention might be similarly divided.

  • How promising you are as a Student of the Game is a function of what you can pay attention to without running away. Nets and fences can be mirrors. And between the nets and fences, opponents are also mirrors. This is why the whole thing is scary. This why all opponents are scary and weaker opponents are especially scary. See yourself in your opponents. They will bring you to understand the Game. To accept the fact that the Game is about managed fear. That its object is to send from yourself what you hope will not return.

  • I am coming to see that the sensation of the worst nightmares, a sensation that can be felt asleep or awake, is identical to those worst dreams' form itself: the sudden intra-dream realization that the nightmares' very essence and center has been with you all along, even awake: it's just been ... overlooked; and then that horrific interval between realizing what you've overlooked and turning your head to look back at what's been right there all along, the whole time...

  • I felt more solidly composed, now that I was horizontal. I was impossible to knock down.

  • I'm just afraid of having a tombstone that says "Here lies a promising old man."

  • It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase.

  • It's no accident that in a bureaucracy getting fired is called 'termination,' as in ontological erasure.

  • It's so nice to be able to end a sentence with a preposition when it's easier.

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