Saul Bellow Quotes

42 Saul Bellow quotes:

"I have begun in old age to understand just how oddly we are all put together. We are so proud of our autonomy that we seldom if ever realize how generous we are to ourselves, and just how stingy with others. One of the booby traps of freedom—which is bordered on all sides by isolation—is that we think so well of ourselves. I now see that I have helped myself to the best cuts at life’s banquet."
"Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps."
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice."
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: Advice Quotes
"Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining."
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Accuracy Quotes
"I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America, but the business and administrative centre of American culture"
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: America Quotes
"In Los Angeles all the loose objects in the country were collected, as if America had been tilted and everything that wasn't tightly screwed down had slid into Southern California"
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: America Quotes
"There is something terribly nervous-making about a modern existence. For one thing, it's all the thinking we have to do and all the judgments we have to make. It's the price of freedom: make the judgments, make the mental calls,"
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: Existence Quotes
"California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me on that."
"You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write."
"I've never turned over a fig leaf yet that didn't have a price tag on the other side."
"What is art but a way of seeing?"
"People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned."
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Libraries Quotes
"We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next."
"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."
"There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for."
"Conquered people tend to be witty."
"No realistic, sane person goes around Chicago without protection."
"A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life."
"All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac."
"Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love."

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