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  • 1.
    There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926), U.S. author. James Axton, in The Names, ch. 12 (1982).

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  • 2.
    Hardship makes the world obscure.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926), U.S. author. James Axton, in The Names, ch. 12 (1982).

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  • 3.
    Don't you realize that as long as you have to sit down to pee, you'll never be a dominant force in the world? You'll never be a convincing technocrat or middle manager. Because people will know. She's in there sitting down.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926), U.S. author. James Axton to his wife Kathryn, in The Names, ch. 5 (1982).

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  • 4.
    There's never a dearth of reasons to shoot at the President.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926), U.S. author. Larry Parmenter, in Libra, pt. 1, "26 April," (1988).
  • 5.
    The figure of the gunman in the window was inextricable from the victim and his history. This sustained Oswald in his cell. It gave him what he needed to live. The more time he spent in a cell, the stronger he would get. Everybody knew who he was now.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926), U.S. author. "In Dallas," pt. 2, Libra (1988). Referring to Lee Harvey Oswald.

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  • 6.
    The force of a death should be enormous but how can you know what kind of man you've killed or who was the braver and stronger if you have to peer through layers of glass that deliver the image but obscure the meaning of the act? War has a conscience or it's ordinary murder.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926), U.S. author. Frank Vásquez, in Libra, pt. 2, "6 September," (1988).

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  • 7.
    If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926), U.S. author. Owen Brademas, in The Names, ch. 4 (1982).

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  • 8.
    Men with secrets tend to be drawn to each other, not because they want to share what they know but because they need the company of the like-minded, the fellow afflicted.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926), U.S. author. Walter Everett, Jr., in "17 April," pt. 1, Libra (1988).
  • 9.
    I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926), U.S. author. Owen Brademas, in The Names, ch. 1 (1982).

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