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Saul Bellow Quotes


42 Saul Bellow 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 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."
"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
"A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out"
"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 freedomwhich is bordered on all sides by isolationis that we think so well of ourselves. I now see that I have helped myself to the best cuts at lifes banquet."
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"The fact that there are so many weak, poor and boring stories and novels written and published in America has been ascribed by our rebels to the horrible squareness of our institutions, the idiocy of power, the debasement of sexual instincts, and the failure of writers to be alienated enough. The poems and novels of these same rebellious spirits, and their theoretical statements, are grimy and gritty and very boring too, besides being nonsensical, and it is evident by now that polymorphous sexuality and vehement declarations of alienation are not going to produce great works of art either."
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: Poet Quotes
"A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out."
"She was what we used to call a suicide blonde - dyed by her own hand."
"Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately."
"A good novel is worth more then the best scientific study."
"Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the Analysts already know what's in it - they should, because they put it all in beforehand."
"Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door."
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Memories 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."
"Conquered people tend to be witty."
"No realistic, sane person goes around Chicago without protection."
"Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps."
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"As for types like my own, obscurely motivated by the conviction that our existence was worthless if we didn't make a turning point of it, we were assigned to the humanities, to poetry, philosophy, painting / the nursery games of humankind, which had to be left behind when the age of science began. The humanities would be called upon to choose a wallpaper for the crypt, as the end drew near."
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: Conviction Quotes
"When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice."
Author: Bellow Quotes Category: Advice 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



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