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Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow” Quotes (32 Quotes)


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  • Fickt nicht mit dem Raketemensch!
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • There is no real direction here, neither lines of power nor cooperation. Decisions are never really made - at best they manage to emerge, from a chaos of peeves, whims, hallucinations and all around assholery.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • He gazes through sunlight's buttresses, back down the refectory at the others, wallowing in their plenitude of bananas, thick palatals of their hunger lost somewhere in the stretch of morning between them and himself. A hundred miles of it, so suddenly. Solitude, even among the meshes of this war, can when it wishes so take him by the blind gut and touch, as now, possessively. Pirate's again some other side of a window, watching strangers eat breakfast.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • There is nothing so loathsome as a sentimental surrealist.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • If there is something comforting - religious, if you want - about paranoia, there is still also anti-paranoia, where nothing is connected to anything, a condition not many of us can bear for long.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")


  • They plot, they plot, sleeping or afoot they never let up.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • In their brief time together Slothrop forms the impression that this octopus is not in good mental health, though where's his basis for comparing?
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • They're in love. Fuck the war.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • It's been a prevalent notion. Fallen sparks. Fragments of vessels broken at the Creation. And someday, somehow, before the end, a gathering back to home. A messenger from the Kingdom, arriving at the last moment. But I tell you there is no such message, no such home -- only the millions of last moments . . . nothing more. Our history is an aggregate of last moments.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • This spiritualist, this statistician, what are you anyway?
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • Let the peace of this day be here tomorrow when I wake up.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • Through the machineries of greed, pettiness, and the abuse of power, love occurs.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • Lovely morning, World War Two.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • What's this? What are the antagonists doing here - infiltrating their own audience? Well, they're not really. It's somebody else's audience at the moment, and these nightly spectacles are an appreciable part of the darkside hours of life of the rocket capital. The chances for any paradox here, really, are less than you think.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • No language meant no chance of co-opting them in to what their round and flaxen invaders were calling Salvation.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")


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