Saul Bellow Quotes

  1. All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he’s a writer. It’s an aphrodisiac.
  2. A good novel is worth more than the best scientific study.
  3. Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.
  4. Happiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions.
  5. You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
  6. She was what we used to call a suicide blonde – dyed by her own hand.
  7. If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.
  8. Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.
  9. I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America, but the business and administrative centre of American culture.
  10. 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.
  11. I’ve never turned over a fig leaf yet that didn’t have a price tag on the other side.
  12. There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever… money, for instance, or war.
  13. 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.
  14. With a novelist, like a surgeon, you have to get a feeling that you’ve fallen into good hands – someone from whom you can accept the anesthetic with confidence.
  15. Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
  16. Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.
  17. Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
  18. 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.
  19. No realistic, sane person goes around Chicago without protection.
  20. A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
  21. We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next.
  22. People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
  23. When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
  24. Conquered people tend to be witty.
  25. A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life.
  26. A man is only as good as what he loves.
  27. I’m glad I haven’t lived in vain.
  28. A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out.
  29. In expressing love we belong among the undeveloped countries.
  30. What is art but a way of seeing?
  31. California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn’t really need. You can quote me on that.

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