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


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  • 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")

  • You are off on a winding and difficult road, which you conceive to be wide and straight, an Autobahn you can travel at your ease. Is it any use for me to tell you that all you believe real is illusion? I don't know whether you'll listen, or ignore it. You only want to know about your path, your Autobahn.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • Oh, this beer here is cold, cold and hop-bitter, no point coming up for air, gulp, till it's all--hahhhh.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • You may never get to touch the Master, but you can tickle his creatures.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • A screaming comes across the sky.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • Pointsman is finding it much easier to of late to slip into a l'etat c'est moi frame of mind--who else is doing anything?
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • All the animals, the plants, the minerals, even other kinds of men, are being broken and reassembled every day, to preserve an elite few, who are the loudest to theorize on freedom, but the least free of all.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • Shit, money, and the World, the three American truths, powering the American mobility, claimed the Slothrops, clasped them for good to the country's fate. But they did not prosper... about all they did was persist
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")

  • But it is a curve each of them feels, unmistakably. It is the parabola. They must have guessed, once or twice -- guessed and refused to believe -- that everything, always, collectively, had been moving toward that purified shape latent in the sky, that shape of no surprise, no second chance, no return. Yet they do move forever under it, reserved for its own black-and-white bad news certainly as if it were the rainbow, and they its children. . . .
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")


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