Jonathan Franzen

United States
Born on 17 Aug 1959
Novelist/Essayist

People Come For Money or Freedom

"Itís all circling around the same problem of personal liberties", Walter said. "People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you donít have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you canít afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting shot down by maniacs with assault rifles. You may be poor, but the one thing nobody can take away from you is the freedom to fuck up your life whatever way you want to".

Jonathan Franzen, in 'Freedom'
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Jonathan Franzen

 

On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays