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Saul Bellow
By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

Can we find nothing good to say about TV? Well, yes, it brings scattered solitaries into a sort of communion. TV allows your isolated American to think that he participates in the life of the entire country. It does not actually place him in a community, but his heart is warmed with the suggestion (on the whole false) that there is a community somewhere in the vicinity and that his atomized consciousness will be drawn back toward the whole.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

The writer cannot make the seas of distraction stand still, but he [or she] can at times come between the madly distracted and the distractions.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

Our society, like decadent Rome, has turned into an amusement society, with writers chief among the court jesters

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

There is simply too much to think about.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

And everything soon must change. Men would set their watches by other suns than this. Or time would vanish. We would need no personal names of the old sort in the sidereal future, nothing being fixed. We would be designated by other nouns. Days and nights would belong to the museums. The earth a memorial park, a merry-go-round cemetery. The seas powdering our bones like quartz, making sand, grinding our peace for us by the aeon. Well, that would be good - a melancholy good.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

Art is order, made out of the chaos of life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

I have, perhaps, a slave-like constitution which is too easily restrained by bonds; it then becomes rebellious and bursts out in a comic revolution.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

I am deeply moved when I write. I get turned on by it. I've never used any drugs for stimulation. I don't use words loosely. When I'm working and the right word comes, there is an answering resonance within me. There is also a hardness of intention that goes with it. There is no idleness in it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

I'm glad I haven't lived in vain.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Saul Bellow

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

Take our politicians: they're a bunch of yo-yos. The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of cliches.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Saul Bellow

Shall I run back into the desert ... and stay there until the devil has passed out of me and I am fit to meet human kind again without driving it to despair at the first look? I haven't had enough desert yet.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

The physical body is an agent of the spirit and its mirror. It is an engine and a reflection of the spirit. It is the spirit's ingenious memorandum to itself and the spirit sees itself in my body, just as I see my own face in a looking glass. My nerves reflect this. The earth is literally a mirror of thoughts. Objects themselves are embodied thoughts. Death is the dark backing that a mirror needs if we are to see anything.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Saul Bellow

I should have written you a letter, it was too late to make the deaths of my brothers an excuse. Since they died, I wrote a book; why not a letter? A mysterious but truthful answer is that while I can gear myself up to do a novel, letters, real-life communications, are too much for me. I used to rattle them off easily enough; why is the challenge of writing to friends and acquaintances too much for me now? Because I have become such a solitary, and not in the Aristotelian sense: not a beast, not a god. Rather, a loner troubled by longings, incapable of finding a suitable language and despairing at the impossibility of composing messages in a playable key--as if I no longer understood the codes used by the estimable people who wanted to hear from me and would have so much to reply if only the impediments were taken away.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

But a man's character is his fate... and in the end there isn't any way to disguise the nature of the knocks by acoustical work on the door or gloving the knuckles.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Saul Bellow

One of the bonds between Lily and me is that we both suffer with our teeth. She is twenty years my junior but we wear bridges, each of us. Mine are at the sides, hers are in front. She has lost the four upper incisors. It happened while she was still in high school, out playing golf with her father, whom she adored. The poor old guy was a lush and far too drunk to be out on a golf course that day. Without looking or given warning, he drove from the first tee and on the backswing struck his daughter. It always kills me to think of that cursed hot July golf course, and this drunk from the plumbing supply business, and the girl of fifteen bleeding. Damn these weak drunks! Damn these unsteady men! I can't stand these clowns who go out in public as soon as they get swacked to show how broken-hearted they are. But Lily would never hear a single word against him and wept for him sooner than for herself. She carries his photo in her wallet.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

The soul has to find and hold its ground against hostile forces, sometimes embodied in ideas which frequently deny its very existence, and which indeed often seem to be trying to annul it altogether.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

The only real distinction at this dangerous moment in human history and cosmic development has nothing to do with medals and ribbons. Not to fall asleep is distinguished. Everything else is mere popcorn.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

Fidelity is for phonographs

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

But fathers are soft on daughters. Look how Dad favors Angela. He gave her ten times more. Because she reminded him of Mae West. He was always smiling at her boobs. He wasn't aware of it. Mother and I saw it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

A plan relieves you of the torment of choice.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Saul Bellow

Moses loved his relatives quite openly and even helplessly . . . It was childish of him; he knew that. He could only sigh at himself, that he should be so undeveloped on that significant side of his nature.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Saul Bellow

Some big insect flew in and began walking on the table. I don’t know what insect it was, but it was brown, shining, and rich in structures. In the city the big universal chain of insects gets thin, but where there’s a leaf or two it’ll be represented.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

Ninety per cent of life is a nightmare, do you think I am going to get it rounded up to hundred per cent?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

O Lord! he concluded, forgive all these trespasses. Lead me not into Penn Station.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

You have one of two choices. Either you can panic and start making frantic attempts to reform under the glare of these awful critical eyes, or you can just say, "The hell with you! I know what I'm doing. If you don't yet, it's because you haven't given me an attentive reading.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

When the striving ceases, there is life waiting as a gift.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

The more realistic you are the more you threaten the grounds of your own art.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Saul Bellow

Just then his state of being was so curious that he was compelled , himself, to see it -- eager, grieving, fantastic, dangerous, crazed and, to the point of death, "comical." It was enough to make a man pray to God to remove this great, bone-breaking burden of selfhood and self-development, give himself, a failure, back to the species for a primitive cure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

I mean you have been disappointed in love, but don't you know how many things there are to be disappointed in besides love? You are lucky to be still disappointed in love. Later it may be even more terrible.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

It's usually the selfish people who are loved the most. They do what you deny yourself, and you love them for it. You give them your heart.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Saul Bellow

I think you ought to write, in bed, and make use of your unhappiness. I do it. Many do. One should cook and eat one's misery. Chain it like a dog. Harness like Niagara Falls to generate light and supply voltage for electric chairs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

She's very pretty but she's honey from the icebox, if you know what I mean. Cold sweets won't spread.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Saul Bellow

. . . Nietzche himself had a Christian view of history, seeing the present moment always as some crisis, some fall from classical greatness, some corruption or evil to be saved from.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

Language is a spiritual mansion in which you live and nobody has the right to evict you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

Nobody asks you to love the whole world, only to be honest, ehrlich. Don't have a loud mouth. The more you love people the more they'll mix you up. A child loves, a person respects. Respect is better than love.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Saul Bellow

Oh, God,” Wilhelm prayed, “Let me out of my trouble. Let me out of my thoughts, and let me do something better with myself. For all the time I have wasted I am very sorry. Let me out of this clutch and into a different life. For I am all balled up. Have mercy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

Death is the dark backing a mirror needs if we are to see anything

By Anonym 13 Sep

Saul Bellow

Great pressure is brought to bear to make us undervalue ourselves. On the other hand, civilization teaches that each of us is an inestimable prize. There are, then, these two preparations: one for life and the other for death. Therefore we value and are ashamed to value ourselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

Although she never went to the synagogue...Grandma [Lausch], all the same, burned a candle on the anniversary of Mr. Lausch's death, threw a lump of dough on the coals when she was baking, a kind of offering, had incantations over baby teeth and stunts against the evil eye. It was kitchen religion and had nothing to do with the G-d of the Creation who turned back the waters and exploded Gomorrah, but it was on the side of religion at that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

You're all alone when you're a writer. Sometimes you just feel you need a humanity bath. Even a ride on the subway will do that. But it's much more interesting to talk about books. After all, that's what life used to be for writers: they talk books, politics, history, America. Nothing has replaced that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

As the wicked flee when none pursueth, so does the middle-class wrestle when none contendeth. They cried out for freedom, it came down on them in a flood. Nothing remains but a few floating timbers of psychotherapy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

I've 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.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Saul Bellow

One must bear in mind the odd angle or slant that the rays of love have to take in order to reach a heart like mine.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Saul Bellow

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