Saul Bellow Quotes

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

Saul Bellow

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.

Saul Bellow

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

Saul Bellow

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

Saul Bellow

I never yet touched a fig leaf that didn't turn into a price tag.

Saul Bellow

What is imposed on us by birth and environment is what we are called upon to overcome.

Saul Bellow

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

Saul Bellow

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

Saul Bellow

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

Saul Bellow

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

A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. It tells us that for every human being there is a diversity of existences, that the single existence is itself an illusion in part, that these many existences signify something, tend to something, fulfill something; it promises us meaning, harmony, and even justice.

Saul Bellow

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

Saul Bellow

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

Saul Bellow

Ones language is a spiritual location. It houses your soul. If you were born in America all essential communication, your deepest conversations with yourself, will be in English. ... Your English is the principal instrument of your humanity.

Saul Bellow

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

Saul Bellow

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

Saul Bellow
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