Richard Powers Quotes


The job of taste was to thin the insane torrent of human creativity down to manageable levels. But the job of appetite was never to be happy with taste.

I don't mind arguing with myself. It's when I lose that it bothers me.

I write the way you might arrange flowers. Not every try works but each one launches another. Every constraint even dullness frees up a new design.

Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind.

Reading is the last act of secular prayer.

If you're going to immerse yourself in a project for three years why not stake out a chunk of the world that is completely alien to you and go traveling?

All the different ways we know the world all come from the brain and they all depend on each other to make sense.

For me university was just awful because it was closing one door after the other of all these candy shops of professional possibilities.

In 25 years of writing novels I've never had anything that felt like writer's block.

The loneliness of writing is that you baffle your friends and change the lives of strangers.

I really like science because it seems to be that place where you get the big picture everything connects.

I would say the flip side to my fascination with systems is a fascination with components. So many of my books are dialogues between little and big.

Maybe happiness is like a virus. Maybe it's one of those bugs that sits for a long time so we don't even know that we are infected.

My goal for technology has always been to reach a point where the technological mediation becomes invisible.

We will live with racism for ever. But senses of self senses of belonging senses of us and of others? Those are up for grabs.

My dream has always been to suspend myself in space when I write and lying horizontal in bed is the closest to doing that.

The desire to live in our imagination is driven by this suspicion that we're disembodied sensibilities cobbled into our bodies. That idea has infused most of human thought since the very beginning.

Type a few lines of code you create an organism.

Out of grad school I worked as a tech writer for a while before going into computer coding for a living.

The oldest principle of composition: repeat everything.

I like to travel and connect.

We don't consider the roles that we're taking in making the world the way it is.

The thing that makes reading and writing suspect in the eyes of the market economy is that it's not corrupted.

Creation is much in need of ordering.

All we can ever do is lay a word in the hands of those who have put one in ours.

The web: yet another total disorientation that becomes status quo without anyone realizing it.

I used to work for 12 or 14 hours at a time but the digital age has made such happy immersions almost impossible.

Evil is the refusal to see one's self in others.

Everything interests me.

Until I was 42 I could fit everything that I owned into two suitcases.

I'd like each time out as a writer to reinvent who I am and what I'm doing. That's one of the great pleasures and rewards of the occupation.

What I really like to learn how to do is to build sentences that are equal to mental states.

When you're sure of what you're looking at look harder.

Only keep still wait and hear and the world will open.

The 'information novel' shouldn't be a curiosity. It should be absolutely mainstream.

Only white men have the luxury of ignoring race.

The use of music is to remind us how short a time we have a body.

I keep a quotes journal - of every sentence that I've wanted to remember from my reading of the past 30 years.

He will love this music to death. In a few more years he'll snort at its sentiment and mock its stirring progressions. Once you've loved like that the only safe haven is resentment.

The Midwest is such a tabula rasa.