Quotes by Richard Powers

"What I really like to learn how to do is to build sentences that are equal to mental states."

"Humans carry around legacy behaviors and biases, jerry-rigged holdovers from earlier stages of evolution that follow their own obsolete rules. What seem like erratic, irrational choices are, in fact, strategies created long ago for solving other kinds of problems. We’re all trapped in the bodies of sly, social-climbing opportunists shaped to survive the savanna by policing each other."

"Science is not about control. It is about cultivating a perpetual condition of wonder in the face of something that forever grows one step richer and subtler than our latest theory about it. It is about reverence, not mastery."

"The job of taste was to thin the insane torrent of human creativity down to manageable levels. But the job of appetite was never to be happy with taste."

"Trees have long been trying to reach us. But they speak on frequencies too low for people to hear."

Books by Richard Powers

  • The Overstory
  • 96,094 ratings
  • April 2nd 2019 by W.W. Norton & Company

    (first published April 3rd 2018)

  • White Noise
  • 90,438 ratings
  • December 29th 2009 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1985)

  • The Echo Maker
  • 9,306 ratings
  • October 17th 2006 by Farrar Straus Giroux

    (first published January 1st 2006)

  • Orfeo
  • 5,047 ratings
  • September 2nd 2014 by W. W. Norton Company

    (first published January 20th 2014)

  • Galatea 2.2
  • 2,583 ratings
  • January 1st 2004 by Picador

    (first published 1995)

Richard Powers
  • Richard Powers

  • Date of birth: June 18, 1957
  • Born: in Evanston, Illinois, The United States.

  • Description: Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Overstory. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Award, and he has been a Pulitzer Prize and four-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Librarian note: There is more than one author with this name in the Goodreads database.