Ten Quotes for Twenty-Something By David Foster Wallace.


"There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?" [An excerpt from This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life]


The crowd cheers as David Foster Wallace delivers commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005, which later becomes one of the best commencement speeches ever given. One of his renowned work Infinite Jest [1997] with over 1,097 pages was cited by TIME magazine as one of the top 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. He called himself the 'accessible writer' and proved the same through his humorous yet honest essays.


While his words have traveled through time and comforted many souls, there are a few quotes that have always been ahead of its time. Quotes that were these tiny little gems left behind by a writer who was capable of translating thoughts of a tormented mind. Here are 10 quotes for Twenty-something by David Foster Wallace.


“How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.”

“You are what you love. No? You are, completely and only, what you would die for without, as you say, the thinking twice.”

“Acceptance is usually more a matter of fatigue than anything else.”

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.


“You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. Try to learn from everybody, especially those who fail. This is hard. ... How promising you are as a Student of the Game is a function of what you can pay attention to without running away.”


“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”

“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.”
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