Padgett Powell Quotes.

1. "Writing is a failure. Writing is not only useless, it's spoiled paper."
- Quote by Padgett Powell

2. "life is a time when you get pleasure until somebody get your ass. and one of the ways to prolong pleasure is to not chop up time with syllables."
- Quote by Padgett Powell

3. "the zombies, after all, were pretty slow to appreciate someone other than themselves, and they had been schooled not to denigrate the different. --Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men"
- Quote by Padgett Powell

4. "MRS. HOLLINGSWORTH LIKES TO traipse. Her primary worry is thinning pubic hair, though this has not happened yet. She is bothered that a thought of this sort could occur to her at all, let alone with some frequency. She enjoys a solidarity with fruit. She is wistful for the era in which hatboxes proliferated, though a hatbox is not something even her grandmother may have owned."
- Padgett Powell, Hologram: A Novel

5. "the levity of the doomed has no equal."
- Padgett Powell, Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men

6. "Now she understood a few things: that the American academy, which one might have thought the place to defend freedom of speech, had been the seat and soul of abrogating freedom of speech, if the first assault on its freedom can be said to be restricting, or handcuffing speech. The day she heard redneck on NPR, she turned NPR off, not because broadcasters were still using the term, but because she knew one day they would not be. In fact, she had a vision of the quiet moment backstage at a Boston studio when a good, surprised correspondent was let go for saying redneck the last time it would be said."
- Padgett Powell, Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men

7. "She thought it funny how the poor environment had been raped just fine until there was a sufficient excess of the people who had effected the raping to produce sufficient numbers of themselves who were sufficiently idle that they might begin to protest the raping of the environment, which was irretrievably lost to the raping by that point. And this would be the great soothing cathedral music, the stopping of the chainsaws amid the patter of acid rain, that all good citizens would listen to for the quarter-century it took them all to wire up to cyberspace and forget about the lost hopeless run-over gang-ridden land, reproducing madly still all the while, inside their bunkers listening to NPR."
- Padgett Powell, Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men

8. "The main thing is: Don't take any shit. That's the main thing. The unmain thing is: You are not going to figure anything out except how to get other people to take shit, so forget about everything except not taking any yourself."
- Padgett Powell, Typical: Stories

9. "You can't disturb a nobody with evidence he's a nobody. A nobody is not disturbed by anything significant."
- Padgett Powell, Typical: Stories

10. "in the event that armed men of any sort enter the building, watch their feet closely."
- Padgett Powell, The Imperative Mood

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