Top 33 Richard Powers Quotes of 2020

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“A book is still atemporal. It is you, in silence, hearing voices in your head, unfolding at a time that has nothing to do with the timescale of reading. And for the hours that we retreat into this moratorium, with the last form of private and silent human activity that isn’t considered pathological, we are outside of time.”

― Richard Powers

“Science is not about control. It is about cultivating a perpetual condition of wonder in the face of something that forever grows one step richer and subtler than our latest theory about it. It is about reverence, not mastery.”

― Richard Powers

“I really like science because it seems to be that place where you get the big picture, everything connects.”

― Richard Powers

“I don’t mind arguing with myself. It’s when I lose that it bothers me.”

― Richard Powers

“Only white men have the luxury of ignoring race.”

― Richard Powers

“For me, university was just awful because it was closing one door after the other of all these candy shops of professional possibilities.”

― Richard Powers

“We will live with racism for ever. But senses of self, senses of belonging, senses of us and of others? Those are up for grabs.”

― Richard Powers

“I used to work for 12 or 14 hours at a time but the digital age has made such happy immersions almost impossible.”

― Richard Powers

“I keep a quotes journal – of every sentence that I’ve wanted to remember from my reading of the past 30 years.”

― Richard Powers

“Out of grad school, I worked as a tech writer for a while before going into computer coding for a living.”

― Richard Powers

“I think that if the novel’s task is to describe where we find ourselves and how we live now, the novelist must take a good, hard look at the most central facts of contemporary life – technology and science.”

― Richard Powers

“The ‘information novel’ shouldn’t be a curiosity. It should be absolutely mainstream.”

― Richard Powers

“The desire to live in our imagination is driven by this suspicion that we’re disembodied sensibilities cobbled into our bodies. That idea has infused most of human thought since the very beginning.”

― Richard Powers

“I’d like, each time out as a writer, to reinvent who I am and what I’m doing. That’s one of the great pleasures and rewards of the occupation.”

― Richard Powers

“We don’t consider the roles that we’re taking in making the world the way it is.”

― Richard Powers

“I would say the flip side to my fascination with systems is a fascination with components. So many of my books are dialogues between little and big.”

― Richard Powers

“The Midwest is such a tabula rasa.”

― Richard Powers

“If you’re going to immerse yourself in a project for three years, why not stake out a chunk of the world that is completely alien to you and go traveling?”

― Richard Powers

“The thing that makes reading and writing suspect in the eyes of the market economy is that it’s not corrupted.”

― Richard Powers

“Reading is the last act of secular prayer.”

― Richard Powers

“My dream has always been to suspend myself in space when I write, and lying horizontal in bed is the closest to doing that.”

― Richard Powers

“Everything interests me.”

― Richard Powers

“I like to travel and connect.”

― Richard Powers

“What we can do should never by itself determine what we choose to do, yet this is the way technology tends to work.”

― Richard Powers

“All the different ways we know the world all come from the brain, and they all depend on each other to make sense.”

― Richard Powers

“This idea that a book can either be about character and feeling, or about politics and idea, is just a false binary. Ideas are an expression of the feelings and the intense emotions we hold about the world.”

― Richard Powers

“We build our technologies as a way of addressing all our anxieties and desires. They are our passions congealed into these prosthetic extensions of ourselves. And they do it in a way that reflects what we dream ourselves capable of doing.”

― Richard Powers

“Novel-writing is the only place where someone who would have liked to do anything can still do that vicariously.”

― Richard Powers

“In 25 years of writing novels, I’ve never had anything that felt like writer’s block.”

― Richard Powers

“I write the way you might arrange flowers. Not every try works, but each one launches another. Every constraint, even dullness, frees up a new design.”

― Richard Powers

“Type a few lines of code, you create an organism.”

― Richard Powers

“Until I was 42, I could fit everything that I owned into two suitcases.”

― Richard Powers

“My goal for technology has always been to reach a point where the technological mediation becomes invisible.”

― Richard Powers
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