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Saul Bellow Quotes


A Canadian-born American writer.
(1915 - 2005)

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A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out.
 

A good novel is worth more then the best scientific study.
 

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
 

A man is only as good as what he loves.
[Love]
 

A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life.
[Balanced]
 

All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
[Writers And Writing]
 

Alternatives, and particularly desirable alternatives, grow only on imaginary trees.
[Decisions]
 

Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.
 

California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me on that.
 

Conquered people tend to be witty.
 

Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.
 

Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
 

Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
 

Hapiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions.
 

I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America, but the business and administrative centre of American culture.
 

I'm glad I haven't lived in vain.
 

I've never turned over a fig leaf yet that didn't have a price tag on the other side.
 

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.
 

In expressing love we belong among the undeveloped countries.
 

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.
 


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