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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Richard Powers on fiction, science, creativity, happiness, music, freedom, time, world, chance, death, dissonance, familiarity and life.

47 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Richard Powers, The Celebrated American Novelist

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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Science fiction writer

Born On: June 18, 1957

Born In: Evanston

American novelist Richard Powers is famous for his works that revolve around modern science and technology. Modern science and technology have endless opportunities for fiction writers and draws a number of literary enthusiasts. Richard Powers has been able to maintain a sense of eagerness and excitement among his readers. ‘The Echo Maker’, was one such novel that won him the National Book Award for fiction in 2006. He has received numerous felicitations and awards for his work. His writings and books contain his thoughts on several issues. Some of his recent works like ‘Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living’, ‘Florida Pineywoods Pioneers’, and ‘Orfeo’ have gained appreciation from readers. From an era that believed the earth was flat, until today where people plan to migrate to another planet, science and fiction have been omnipresent among us. Richard Powers is among the many intellectual minds who keep our fascination for both science and fiction alive through their work, books, writings, thoughts, sayings and quotations. We bring to you a collection of his sayings, quotes and thoughts on science, creativity, world, time and information.
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Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind.

Richard Powers

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

Richard Powers

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

Richard Powers

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.

Richard Powers

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

Richard Powers

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.

Richard Powers

The morning was glorious, one of those crystalline, dry, blue, fall days when the temperature hovers right at anticipation.

Richard Powers

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

Richard Powers

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

Richard Powers

For a moment, looking felt like something that happened to you rather than something you did. Not 'Are you who I think you are?' Am I who you think I am?

Richard Powers

Information may travel at light speed, but meaning spreads at the speed of dark.

Richard Powers

The thing about music was that you never knew the shape of anyone’s desire.

Richard Powers

It had to be U. U. was the only town I could still bear, the one spot in the atlas I'd already absorbed head-on. When you take too many of your critical hits in one place, that place can no longer hurt you.

Richard Powers

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.

Richard Powers

Synapses in motion tend to stay in motion. Synapses at rest tend to stay at rest.

Richard Powers

Zag when they think you'll zig.

Richard Powers

Listen deep down: most life happens on scales a million times smaller than ours.

Richard Powers

Music wasn't about learning how to love. It was about learning what to disown and when to disown it. Even the most magnificent piece would end up as collateral damage in the endless war over taste.

Richard Powers

Still, history is the long process of outsourcing human ability in order to leverage more of it.

Richard Powers

The oldest principle of composition: repeat everything.

Richard Powers

Music is a system of proportions in the service of a spiritual impulse.

Richard Powers

And you, fallen Wendy, eviscerated by the eternal recurrence of it all, hear Peter snarl at you for growing guilty and big and old...

Richard Powers

Chance was just an order that you hadn't yet perceived.

Richard Powers

Was tonality out there – God-given? Or were those magic ratios, like everything human, makeshift rules to be broken on the way to a more merciless freedom?

Richard Powers

Be grateful for anything that still cuts. Dissonance is a beauty that familiarity hasn't destroyed yet.

Richard Powers

Maybe the key to acclaim is simply to live long enough. But then, maybe acclaim is the foyer to death.

Richard Powers

Art is not a mobocracy. It’s a republic.

Richard Powers

Life is nothing but mutual infection.

Richard Powers

It seemed to me that half of life’s problems would be solved if one of us had a vagina.

Richard Powers

Reckless archaism. Arpeggiating under the influence. Presto in an andante zone.

Richard Powers

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

Richard Powers

What was acrophobia anyway, if not the half-acknowledged desire to jump?

Richard Powers

Insecurity will always be a growth industry. The economy now depends on fear.

Richard Powers

It was like so, but wasn't.

Richard Powers

There's joy in a minor key, a deep pleasure to be had from hearing the darkest tune and discovering you're equal to it.

Richard Powers

I don't know any sad songs. Except for the funny ones.

Richard Powers

Do you run away or toward?

Richard Powers

Sooner or later, all men will do and know all things.

Richard Powers

Way too late in life, Els learned that the time to concentrate yourself was right before sunrise.

Richard Powers

Creation is much in need of ordering.

Richard Powers

How much they knew, these new children. How concentrated their knowledge of every mechanism, except for life.

Richard Powers

There was nothing more pressing to do all day, every day, except think about the question that his whole life had failed to answer: How did music trick the body into thinking it had a soul?

Richard Powers

There is no safety. There is only forgetfulness.

Richard Powers

Love was long over, but what was lost to him he still loved so harshly that it prevented him from listening even to its trace.

Richard Powers

Something in those jittery black-and-golden scraps recalled her sight’s desire. So it always went, with life and its paler imitations.

Richard Powers

Time didn't age you; memory did.

Richard Powers

Je ne fais aucun mal en restant ici. I do no harm by remaining here.

Richard Powers