Inspirational Jonathan Franzen Quotes

Jonathan Franzen (born August 17, 1959) is an American novelist. Below is a collection of Inspirational Jonathan Franzen Quotes.

Jonathan Franzen Quotes

Jonathan Franzen Quotes
Jonathan Franzen Quotes

“Nice people don’t necessarily fall in love with nice people.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“Without privacy there was no point in being an individual.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“How wrong to have been so negative, how wrong to have been so gloomy, how wrong to have run away from life, how wrong to have said no, again and again, instead of yes.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“But the first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone.”
Jonathan Franzen

“There is, after all, a kind of happiness in unhappiness, if it’s the right unhappiness.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“Depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in general and the rottenness of your life in particular. But the realism is merely a mask for depression’s actual essence, which is an overwhelming estrangement from humanity.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“The more persuaded you are of your unique access to the rottenness, the more afraid you become of engaging with the world; and the less you engage with the world, the more perfidiously happy-faced the rest of humanity seems for continuing to engage with it.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“And meanwhile the sad truth was that not everyone could be extraordinary, not everyone could be extremely cool; because whom would this leave to be ordinary?”
― Jonathan Franzen

“I guess my life hasn’t always been happy, or easy, or exactly what I want. At a certain point, I just have to try not to think too much about certain things, or else they’ll break my heart.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“You may be poor, but the one thing nobody can take away from you is the freedom to fuck up your life whatever way you want to.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“I admire your capacity for admiring.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“This wasn’t the person he’d thought he was, or would have chosen to be if he’d been free to choose, but there was something comforting and liberating about being an actual definite someone, rather than a collection of contradictory potential someones.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“You’re either reading a book or you’re not.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“Love is about bottomless empathy, born out of the heart’s revelation that another person is every bit as real as you are. And this is why love, as I understand it, is always specific.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“Integrity’s a neutral value. Hyenas have integrity, too. They’re pure hyena.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“But she was seventeen now and not actually dumb. She knew that you could love somebody more than anything and still not love the person all that much, if you were busy with other things.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“There’s a hazardous sadness to the first sounds of someone else’s work in the morning; it’s as if stillness experiences pain in being broken.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“It took hours to turn the clock back 30 seconds.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“The personality susceptible to the dream of limitless freedom is a personality also prone, should the dream ever sour, to misanthropy and rage.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“Fiction is a solution, the best solution, to the problem of existential solitude.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“But nothing disturbs the feeling of specialness like the presence of other human beings feeling identically special.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“Imagine that human existence is defined by an Ache: the Ache of our not being, each of us, the center of the universe; of our desires forever outnumbering our means of satisfying them.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“He couldn’t figure out if she was immensely well adjusted or seriously messed up.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“Every good writer I know needs to go into some deep, quiet place to do work that is fully imagined. And what the Internet brings is lots of vulgar data. It is the antithesis of the imagination. It leaves nothing to the imagination.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“The world was ending then, it’s ending still, and I’m happy to belong to it again.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“Life, in her experience, had a kind of velvet luster. You looked at yourself from one perspective and all you saw was weirdness. Move your head a little bit, though, and everything looked reasonably normal.”
― Jonathan Franzen

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