41 Remarkable Jonathan Safran Foer Quotes

41 Remarkable Jonathan Safran Foer Quotes

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Jonathan Safran Foer is a writer from Washington, D.C.. His literary works gain as much critcism as they do praise. Some of his most known books are Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything Is Illuminated.

“Accepting the compromise of the way we have been, the way we are, and the way we will likely be… may we live together in unwavering love and good health, amen.”

“Every factory-farmed animal is, as a practice, treated in ways that would be illegal if it were a dog or a cat.”

“Every parent who loses a child finds a way to laugh again. The timbre begins to fade. The edge dulls. The hurt lessens. Every love is carved from loss. Mine was. Yours is. Your great-great-
great-children’s will be. But we learn to live with that love.”

“Food is not just what we put in our mouths to fill up; it is culture and identity. Reason plays some role in our decisions about food, but it’s rarely driving the car.”

“Humans are the only animal that blushes, laughs, has religion, wages war, and kisses with lips. So in a way, the more you kiss with lips, the more human you are. And the more you wage war.”

“I always write out of a need to read something, rather than a need to write something.”

“I felt that night, on the stage, incredibly close to everything in the universe, but also extremely alone. I wondered, for the first time in my life, if life was worth all the work it took
to live. What exactly made it worth it? What’s so horrible about being dead forever, and not feeling anything, and not even dreaming? What’s so great about feeling and dreaming?”

“I hated myself for going, why couldn’t I be the kind of person who stays?”

“I hope you never love anything as much as I love you.”

“I like to see people reunited, maybe that’s a silly thing, but what can I say, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories
that the mouth can’t tell fast enough, the ears that aren’t big enough, the eyes that can’t take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.”

“I missed you even when I was with you. That’s been my problem. I miss what I already have, and I surround myself with things that are missing.”

“I spent my life learning to feel less.”

“I took the world into me, rearranged it, and sent it back out as a question: “Do you like me?”

“I used to think that humor was the only way to appreciate how wonderful and terrible the world is, to celebrate how big life is. But now I think the opposite. Humor is a way of shrinking
from that wonderful and terrible world.”

“I used to tuck her … but now she tucked my feelings into the woven arteries of my veins.”

“Instead of singing in the shower, I would write out the lyrics of my favourite songs, the ink would turn the water blue or red or green, and the music would run down my legs.”

“Is that growing old? Or is it something worse?”

“It would be refreshing to have a politician try to defend guns without any reference to the Second Amendment, but on the merits of guns.”

“It’s the tragedy of loving, you can’t love anything more than something you miss.”

“My life story is the story of everyone I’ve ever met.”

“My wife and I have chosen to bring up our children as vegetarians. In another time or place, we might have made a different decision. But the realities of our present moment compelled us to
make that choice.”

“Not responding is a response – we are equally responsible for what we don’t do.”

“One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.”

“People who care about animals tend to care about people. They don’t care about animals to the exclusion of people. Caring is not a finite resource and, even more than that, it’s like a
muscle: the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.”

“Since the world has changed so much, the same values don’t lead to the same choices anymore.”

“So many visitors came to rub and kiss different parts of him for the fulfillment of their various wishes that his entire body had to be rebronzed every month. He was a changing god,
destroyed and recreated by his believers, destroyed and recreated by their belief… Those who prayed came to believe less and less in the god of their creation and more and more in their

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”

“That secret was a hole in the middle of me that every happy thing fell into.”

“The end of suffering does not justify the suffering, and so there is no end to suffering.”

“The French, who love their dogs, sometimes eat their horses. The Spanish, who love their horses, sometimes eat their cows. The Indians, who love their cows, sometimes eat their dogs.”

“The more exposure people have to the realities of factory farming, the more we will see people rejecting it. It’s already happening.”

“The more you love someone, he came to think, the harder it is to tell them. It surprised him that strangers didn’t stop each other on the street to say I love you.”

“The secret was a hole in the middle of me that every happy thing fell into.”

“There is nothing wrong with compromising, even if you are compromising almost everything.”

“We had everything to say to each other, but no ways to say it.”

“Whether we change our lives or do nothing, we have responded. To do nothing is to do something.”

“Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.”

“Why do beautiful songs make you sad?’ ‘Because they aren’t true.’ ‘Never?’ ‘Nothing is beautiful and true.”

“Words are capable of making experience more vivid, and also of organizing it. They can scare us, and they can comfort us.”

“Words never mean what we want them to mean.”

“You can’t love anything more than something you miss.”