• No sense of the irony of human experience, that we are the highest form of life on earth, and yet ineffably sad because we know what no other animal knows, that we must die

    Don DeLillo
  • I've got death inside me. It's just a question of whether or not I can outlive it

    Don DeLillo
  • California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom

    Don DeLillo
  • The power of the dead is that we think they see us all the time. The dead have a presence. Is there a level of energy composed solely of the dead? They are also in the ground, of course, asleep and crumbling. Perhaps we are what they dream

    Don DeLillo
  • When I read obituaries I always note the age of the deceased. Automatically I relate this figure to my own age. Four years to go, I think. Nine more years. Two years and I'm dead. The power of numbers is never more evident than when we use them to speculate on the time of our dying

    Don DeLillo
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