Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.
More quotes by William Gaddis
I recall a most ingenious piece in a Wisconsin quarterly some years ago in which The Recognitions debt to Ulysses was established in such minute detail I was doubtful of my own firm recollection of never having read Ulysses.
He walked out into the cold morning asking himself this heretical question: Can you start measuring a minute at any instant you wish?
Say a word, say a thousand to me on the telephone and I shall choose the wrong one to cling to as though you had said it after long deliberation when only I provoked it from you, I will cling to it from among a thousand, to be provoked and hurl it back with something I mean no more than you meant that, something for you to cling to and retreat clinging to.
More quotes about Life
No American ought to be compelled to strike for his rights. He ought to receive them naturally, easily, as a matter of course.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
You know I don’t wanna come on ungrateful, but that warren report, you know as well as me, just didn’t make it. You know, like they might as well have asked some banana salesman from des moines, who was up in toronto on the big day, if he saw anyone around looking suspicious…
If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.
Youth should not be slandered. Boy nature and girl nature are less repressed and therefore more wholesome today than before. If they at times seem unimpressed by their elders, it is probably because we make a matter of authority what should be a matter of conference. These young people are new people sent to this scene by Destiny to take our places. They come with new visions to fulfill, new powers to exploit.