Quotations by Saul Bellow

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Born: Wednesday, June 10, 1914
Died: Tuesday, April 5, 2005 (90 years old)
Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American


A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Men, Fool)

A good novel is worth more then the best scientific study.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Study, Worth)

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Intelligence, Deep, Ignorance, Illusion)

A man is only as good as what he loves.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Man)

A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Life)

All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Woman, Writer)

Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Artist, Grace, Reason)

California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me on that.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Country, Rest)

Conquered people tend to be witty.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: People, Witty)

Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Accuracy)

Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Memories, Needs)

Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Love, Men, Company, Goodness)

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

I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America, but the business and administrative centre of American culture.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Business, America, American, Culture)

I'm glad I haven't lived in vain.
- Saul Bellow

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

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Women, Work)

In expressing love we belong among the undeveloped countries.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Love, 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.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: America, Country)

No realistic, sane person goes around Chicago without protection.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Chicago, Protection)

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: People, Libraries)

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.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Psychoanalysis, Unconscious)

She was what we used to call a suicide blonde - dyed by her own hand.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Suicide)

There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: War, Money, Ability)

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.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Life, Longing)

We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next.
- Saul Bellow

What is art but a way of seeing?
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Art)

When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Advice)

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Goal)

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.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Confidence, Feeling)

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Change, Night)







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