Infinite Jest Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Infinite Jest
  1. #1
    “You are what you love. No? You are, completely and only, what you would die for without, as you say, the thinking twice.”
  2. #2
    “I do things like get in a taxi and say, ‘The library, and step on it.‘”
  3. #3
    “There are what I might call your Kamikaze-style liars. These’ll tell you a surreal and fundamentally incredible lie, and then pretend a crisis of conscience and retract the original lie, and then offer you the like they really want you to buy instead, so the real lie’ll appear a some kind of concession, a settlement with truth.”
  4. #4
    “Talent is its own expectation, Jim: you either live up to it or it waves a hankie, receding forever.”
  5. #5
    “He said she went around with her feelings out in front of her with an arm around the feelings’ windpipe and a Glock 9mm. to the feelings’ temple like a terrorist with a hostage, daring you to shoot.”
  6. #6
    “If you do something nice for somebody in secret, anonymously, without letting the person you did it for know it was you or anybody else know what it was you did or in any way or form trying to get credit for it, it’s always its own form of intoxicating buzz.”
  1. #7
    “That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”
  2. #8
    “That other people can often see things about you that you yourself cannot see, even if those people are stupid.”
  3. #9
    “And I like how the guru of the towel dispenser doesn’t laugh at them, or even shake his head sagely on its big brown neck. He just smiles, hiding his tongue. He’s like a baby. Everything he sees hits him and sinks without bubbles. He just sits there. I want to be like that. Able to just sit all quiet and pull life towards me, one forehead at a time.”
  4. #10
    “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.”
  5. #11
    “Junior athletics is but one facet of the real gem: life’s endless war against the self you cannot live without.”
  6. #12
    “Sarcasm and jokes were often the bottle in which clinical depressives sent out their most plangent screams for someone to care and help them.”

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  1. #13
    “A U.S. of modern A. where the State is not a team or a code, but a sort of sloppy intersection of desires and fears, where the only public consensus a boy must surrender to is the acknowledged primacy of straight-line pursuing this flat and short-sighted idea of personal happiness.”
  2. #14
    “You seek to vanquish and transcend the limited self whose limits make the game possible in the first place. It is tragic and sad and chaotic and lovely. All life is the same, as citizens of the human State: the animating limits are within, to be killed and mourned, over and over again.”
  3. #15
    “Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.”
  4. #16
    “Like most North Americans of his generation, Hal tends to know way less about why he feels certain ways about the objects and pursuits he’s devoted to than he does about the objects and pursuits themselves. It’s hard to say for sure whether this is even exceptionally bad, this tendency.”
  5. #17
    “The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”
  6. #18
    “You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. Try to learn from everybody, especially those who fail. This is hard.”
  7. #19
    “Some people, from what I’ve seen, Boo, when they lie, they become very still and centered and their gaze very concentrated and intense.”
  8. #20
    “Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.”
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