Saul Bellow Quotes

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

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

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

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

A good American makes propaganda for whatever existence has forced him to become.

Saul Bellow

Human beings can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.

Saul Bellow

Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the Analysts already know whats in it. They should, because they put it all in beforehand. It's like an Easter Egg hunt.

Saul Bellow

There are evils, as someone has pointed out, that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever money, for instance, or war.

Saul Bellow

For the first time in history, the human species as a whole has gone into politics. Everyone is in the act, and there is no telling what may come of it.

Saul Bellow

No realistic, sane person goes around Chicago without protection.

Saul Bellow

Once you had read the Psychopathology of Everyday Life, you knew that everyday life was psychopathology.

Saul Bellow

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

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

We mustn't forget how quickly the visions of genius become the canned goods of intellectuals.

Saul Bellow
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