Thinking of Wallace


The truth will set you free.  But not until it is finished with you.

– David Foster Wallace

As I sat with my cup of coffee this morning, this quote popped into my mind and hasn’t left since.  I suppose there is a reason for it, (my muse is behind it most likely), but for the moment I’m just going to enjoy the wisdom of Wallace’s words.

And then I’m going to laugh . . .

I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.”

– David Foster Wallace

Perhaps Wallace is lingering in my mind because of a prompt in my writer’s group this week.  If you could meet someone who was dead, who it would be and why?  I immediately thought of Wallace, as I always wish he was still around dispensing his humor and wisdom.  I’d love to shake his hand and ask him about the ending of The Pale King. 

Who would you want to meet?

– – –

c.b. 2012


37 thoughts on “Thinking of Wallace

  1. Helen Emrys

    I have a quote for you from the scotish play. Life is but a walking shadow a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage. (Macbeth Act 5, Scene 3).


  2. This is a great quote.. Who would I like to meet? Interesting question. I think I’d kind of like to meet Prince William. He seems like so down to earth. Tomorrow my answer might be something different but for today I’ll stick with Prince William… 🙂


  3. The more I thought about this the longer my list got and then when we went around the group it grew some more. Wyatt Earp, Charles Dickens, Elvis, Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana, John Lennon . . .
    No quotes from any of them.


  4. Oh, I think Wallace would be one cool cat to chat with for a spell…I think I’d need to have a couple of glasses of courage first, so, will add Hemingway for good measure ~ (dig the second quote, lol!)


    • Some courage is a must and I think I’d study the dictionary, too. That man’s vocabulary was incredible!

      Hemingway would definitely be an interesting conversationalist. 😉

      That second quote has always been a favorite of mine. The humor is so subtle it almost gets missed and then you can’t help but laugh out loud.


  5. I love quotes that start with scripture and go on from there. For example, a friend of mine has this personal slogan: “Love your enemies – it’ll drive the bastards crazy!”

    Whom would I like to meet? Too many to mention, alive or dead. Socrates, Jesus, Gerrard Winstanley, George Fox, Keats, Buenaventura Durruti, Malcolm X, Harper Lee, Alan Garner… the list goes on.



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