Best Quotes by Jesse Ball

By | April 25, 2017

To a liar, the most dangerous individual is the person who catches lies but doesn’t say anything about it. Then the liar isn’t sure which lies are compromised.

Jesse Ball

There’s a misunderstanding about what nonsensical things are – the idea that they’re just funny, and that’s the beginning and the end of it. Nonsense is not ‘not sense’ – it operates at the edge of sense. It teems with sense – at the same time, it resists any kind of universal understanding.

Jesse Ball

I just think we’re on this rock orbiting a sun that’s going to go out, and I don’t know that human society is necessarily a wonderful thing for the planet. I think people can be kind to one another and share things, but I don’t know that this particular iteration of civilization is to be preferred to any other.

Jesse Ball

I had a lot of trouble in school to begin with. I got left back in kindergarten, and I was in special education. My teachers didn’t have very much faith in me.

Jesse Ball

I think a book is often an account, or a series of accounts, that create a world that is sort of half of the world. There are references to a world, and then the reader supplies the other fifty percent.

Jesse Ball

I probably like being isolated more than many people do, but I’m lucky to have the friendship of many fine people, and they keep me from becoming very isolated. The world of my mind is certainly a populated and warm place, too. It’s difficult for me to become too isolated with such resources.

Jesse Ball

Malicious lying is usually a matter of need, but often the cruelest things we say are the truth.

Jesse Ball

I think the lies I make the most are in regards to my hopes and intentions for myself. As for lies I tell other people – I will certainly tell lies. When somebody is very ill and looks awful, and you tell them they look nice. Or if you just ate the last cookie, if someone asked me if I ate the last cookie, I would definitely lie about that.

Jesse Ball

As a writer of fiction, lying is the central thing to all books.

Jesse Ball

Books should have a purpose. Books should be practical in some sense.

Jesse Ball

New York feels like sometimes it’s not part of the United States. So does L.A. Chicago feels like it’s a big city that’s part of America.

Jesse Ball

Lying is our stock-in-trade as social creatures.

Jesse Ball

When I was a child, my father would read out loud to my brother, my mother, and me. Several times in the course of my childhood, he would read ‘Alice and Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ over a few weeks. They were a great favorite with all of us.

Jesse Ball

The crucial thing in any work of any kind is that it must be a gift – the reader must possess it even more than the person who wrote it. It must be given completely.

Jesse Ball

In life, people talk at right angles. One asks a question, and the other replies in part, then uses that part to move the conversation to something else. Everyone has an agenda, has something they’re trying to say – or not say.

Jesse Ball

When I was in high school, I had a notebook that I filled up with rules about lying. It must have been a hundred pages long – one hundred pages of rules about lying!

Jesse Ball

As far as I can see, the best writers in the last two hundred years have been Whitman, Rilke, Proust, Kafka. Their best works: ‘Leaves of Grass – 1855;’ ‘Duino Elegies;’ ‘The Captive & The Fugitive;’ ‘The Castle.’

Jesse Ball

The move to hide aging is sort of sad. But it’s a wonderful thing to celebrate our aging.

Jesse Ball

I think it’s a dangerous thing for anyone to have power over other people.

Jesse Ball

As humans, we’re so easily persuaded. We join this cause or that cause, and suddenly the other thing is wrong.

Jesse Ball

My bookshelves have no order. I prune them regularly and sell the books to Myopic Books, a Chicago bookstore. They give me store credit, and then I spend all the store credit, and, presumably, return to sell them back more of the books I bought from them.

Jesse Ball

I love to reread, even more than I like to read, so keeping a hold of books that I adore is very important, although they flee from me – they are always fleeing.

Jesse Ball

If society is a ship, it appears to many to be firmly at anchor in moral waters. Perhaps this isn’t so.

Jesse Ball

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