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Following are the famous David Foster Wallace quotes with images for those who admire his work.

David Foster Wallace was a famous novelist and short story writer. He was a professor of English. Wallace is the author of Infinite Jest, a renowned American novel. It is considered as one to the best English Language fiction books.


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

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

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”
David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life


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

Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.”
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

“Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“Fiction’s about what it is to be a fucking human being.”
David Foster Wallace


“What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human […] is probably to be unavoidably sentimental and naïve and goo-prone and generally pathetic.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“It’s weird to feel like you miss someone you’re not even sure you know.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.”
David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

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


“Am I a good person? Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people (including myself) will approve of me? Is there a difference? How do I ever actually know whether I’m bullshitting myself, morally speaking?”
David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

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

“Acceptance is usually more a matter of fatigue than anything else.”
David Foster Wallace

“It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relivable by purchase.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest


“What the really great artists do is they’re entirely themselves. They’re entirely themselves, they’ve got their own vision, they have their own way of fracturing reality, and if it’s authentic and true, you will feel it in your nerve endings.”
David Foster Wallace

“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”
David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

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, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

“I had kind of a midlife crisis at twenty which probably doesn’t augur well for my longevity.”
David Foster Wallace Quotes

“There’s good self-consciousness, and then there’s toxic, paralyzing, raped-by-psychic-Bedouins self-consciousness.”
David Foster Wallace Quotes

“That sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, hurt. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness. That it is possible to fall asleep during an anxiety attack. That concentrating on anything is very hard work.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.”
David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

“…logical validity is not a guarantee of truth.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest


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

“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, Oblivion

And Lo, for the Earth was empty of Form, and void. And Darkness was all over the Face of the Deep. And We said: ‘Look at that fucker Dance.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“Good fiction’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
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, The Pale King


I’d like to be the sort of person who can enjoy things at the time, instead of having to go back in my head and enjoy them.”
David Foster Wallace

“It’s a very American illness, the idea of giving yourself away entirely to the idea of working in order to achieve some sort of brass ring that usually involves people feeling some way about you – I mean, people wonder why we walk around feeling alienated and lonely and stressed out.”
David Foster Wallace Quotes

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, The Pale King

“I’ll say God seems to have a kind of laid-back management style I’m not crazy about. I’m pretty much anti-death. God looks by all accounts to be pro-death. I’m not seeing how we can get together on this issue, he and I…”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest


“I have filled 3 Mead notebooks trying to figure out whether it was Them or Just Me.”
David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

“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, Infinite Jest

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

“The interesting thing is why we’re so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness.”
David Foster Wallace Quotes

“Every love story is a ghost story.”
David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

David Foster Wallace Quotes“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 Quotes

“I’d tell you all you want and more, if the sounds I made could be what you hear.”
David Foster Wallace

“Mediocrity is contextual.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace Quotes
“Quentin Tarantino is interested in watching somebody’s ear getting cut off; David Lynch is interested in the ear.”
David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

“It now lately sometimes seemed a black miracle to me that people could actually care deeply about a subject or pursuit, and could go on caring this way for years on end. Could dedicate their entire lives to it. It seemed admirable and at the same time pathetic. We are all dying to give our lives away to something, maybe.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

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

“God seems to have a kind of laid-back management style I’m not crazy about.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace Quotes
“Psychotics, say what you want about them, tend to make the first move.”
David Foster Wallace

“Truly decent, innocent people can be taxing to be around.”
David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

“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 Quotes

David Foster Wallace Quotes
“…most Substance-addicted people are also addicted to thinking, meaning they have a compulsive and unhealthy relationship with their own thinking.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“…morning is the soul’s night.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

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

“The assumption that you everyone else is like you. That you are the world. The disease of consumer capitalism. The complacent solipsism.”
David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

“Almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace Quotes
“I like the fans’ sound at night. Do you? It’s like somebody big far away goes like: it’sOKit’sOKit’sOKit’sOK, over and over. From very far away.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“Real leaders are people who “help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better, harder things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.”
David Foster Wallace Quotes
David Foster Wallace Quotes
“But if I decide to decide there’s a different, less selfish, less lonely point to my life, won’t the reason for this decision be my desire to be less lonely, meaning to suffer less overall pain? Can the decision to be less selfish ever be anything other than a selfish decision?”
David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

“… it takes great personal courage to let yourself appear weak.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

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.”
David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

Quotes by David Foster Wallace
“To make someone an icon is to make him an abstraction, and abstractions are incapable of vital communication with living people.”
David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

“I miss everyone. I can remember being young and feeling a thing and identifying it as homesickness, and then thinking well now that’s odd, isn’t it, because I was home, all the time. What on earth are we to make of that?”
David Foster Wallace Quotes, The Broom of the System

Quotes by David Foster Wallace
“My bones are ringing the way sometimes people say their ears are ringing, I’m so tired.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“What if sometimes there is no choice about what to love? What if the temple comes to Mohammed? What if you just love? without deciding? You just do: you see her and in that instant are lost to sober account-keeping and cannot choose but to love?”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
Quotes by David Foster Wallace
“I read,’ I say. ‘I study and read. I bet I’ve read everything you’ve read. Don’t think I haven’t. I consume libraries. I wear out spines and ROM drives. I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.”
David Foster Wallace Quotes, Infinite Jest

“…the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about.”
David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life


“The psychological need to believe that others take you as seriously as you take yourself. There is nothing particularly wrong with it, as psychological needs go, but yet of course we should always remember that a deep need for anything from other people makes us easy pickings.”
David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

“The sun like a sneaky keyhole view of hell.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Quotes by David Foster Wallace
“Routine, repetition, tedium, monotony, ephemeracy, in-consequence, abstraction, disorder, boredom, angst, ennui — these are the true hero’s enemies, and make no mistake, they are fearsome indeed. For they are real.”
David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

“Mary had a little lamb, its fleece electrostatic / And everywhere Mary went, the lights became erratic.”
David Foster Wallace Quotes, Infinite Jest

Quotes by David Foster Wallace

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