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Quotes by saul bellow - (27 quotes)

Saul Bellow - From the Accidents category:

- Great Jewish Short Stories, 1963
We are all such accidents. We do not make up history and culture. We simply appear, not by our own choice. We make what we can of our condition with the means available. We must accept the mixture as we find it - the impurity of it, the tragedy of it, the hope of it. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Aging category:

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

Saul Bellow - From the Anxiety category:

- The Sealed Treasure, 1960...
Anxiety destroys scale, and suffering makes us lose perspective. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Art category:

-Nobel Prize Lecture, 1976...
The intelligent public is wonderfully patient with them, continues to read them, and endures disappointment after disappointment, waiting to hear from art what it does not hear from theology, philosophy, social theory, and what it cannot hear from pure science. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Books category:

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Chaos category:

Art is the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Chaos category:

-foreword to The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom, 1987...
In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Distraction category:

Art has to do with the arrest of attention in the midst of distraction. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Editing category:

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Eroticism category:

All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Freedom category:

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. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Genius category:

- Herzog, 1964...
We mustn't forget how quickly the visions of genius become the canned goods of intellectuals. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Goodness category:

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

Saul Bellow - From the Grace category:

-foreword to The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom, 1987...
Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Happiness category:

Happiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Humanity category:

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)

Saul Bellow - From the Illusion category:

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

Saul Bellow - From the Imagination category:

-Henderson the Rain King, 1959
All human accomplishment has the same origin, identically. Imagination is a force of nature. Is this not enough to make a person full of ecstasy? Imagination, imagination, imagination. It converts to actual. It sustains, it alters, it redeems! (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Love category:

A man is only as good as what he loves. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Memory category:

Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Money category:

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

Saul Bellow - From the Prayer category:

The stillness in art characterizes prayer, and the eye of the storm. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Rejection category:

-New York Times, 1985...
I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, 'To hell with you.' (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Searching category:

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

Saul Bellow - From the Thinking category:

There is simply too much to think about. (Saul Bellow)

Saul Bellow - From the Tyranny category:

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

Saul Bellow - From the Writing category:

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)