saul bellow Quotes

What is art but a way of seeing?
— Saul Bellow
I am a phoenix who runs after arsonists.
— Saul Bellow
With one long breath, caught and held in his chest, he fought his sadness over his solitary life. Don't cry, you idiot! Live or die, but don't poison everything...
tags: live sadness die
— Saul Bellow
We mustn't forget how quickly the visions of genius become the canned goods of intellectuals.
tags: genius vision
— Saul Bellow
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
tags: night write
— Saul Bellow
Readiness to answer all questions is the infallible sign of stupidity.
tags: stupidity questions
— Saul Bellow
I'm glad I haven't lived in vain.
— 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 clichés the first prize.
tags: school
— Saul Bellow
In an age of madness, to expect to be untouched by madness is a form of madness. But the pursuit of sanity can be a form of madness, too
tags: age madness
— Saul Bellow
If I had a child of school age, I would send him to one of the Waldorf Schools.
tags: children age child school
— Saul Bellow
A plan relieves you of the torment of choice.
tags: choice
— Saul Bellow
All human accomplishment has this 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!
tags: nature people human imagination
— Saul Bellow
Losing a parent is something like driving through a plate-glass window. You didn't know it was there until it shattered, and then for years to come you're picking up the pieces - down to the last glassy splinter.
tags: parent year
— Saul Bellow
In an age of enormities, the emotions are naturally weakened. We are continually called upon to have feelings - about genocide, for instance, or about famine or the blowing up of passenger planes - and we are all aware that we are incapable of reacting appropriately. A guilty consciousness of emotional inadequacy or impotence makes people doubt their own human weight.
tags: people human emotion age doubt emotional
— Saul Bellow
Strict seriousness was far more dangerous than any joke.
tags: dangerous
— Saul Bellow
Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.
tags: goal
— Saul Bellow
Towards the end of your life you have something like a pain schedule to fill out-a long schedule like a federal document, only it's your pain schedule. Endless categories. First, physical causes-like arthritis, gallstones, menstrual cramps. New category, injured vanity, betrayal, swindle, injustice. But the hardest items of all have to do with love. The question then is: So why does everybody persist? If love cuts them up so much....
tags: betrayal pain questions
— Saul Bellow
When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
tags: advice
— Saul Bellow
Human character is smaller now, people don't have durable passions; they've replaced passions with excitement.
tags: character people human passion
— Saul Bellow
You can spend the entire second half of your life recovering from the mistakes of the first half.
tags: mistakes
— Saul Bellow
A man is only as good as what he loves.
tags: men
— Saul Bellow
Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
tags: memory
— Saul Bellow
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
— Saul Bellow
(Socrates) said there were only two possibilities. Either the soul is immortal or, after death, things would be again as blank as they were before we were born.
tags: death soul immortal possibility
— Saul Bellow
The life of every citizen is becoming a business. This, it seems to me, is one of the worst interpretations of the meaning of human life history has ever seen. Man's life is not a business.
tags: meaning human business
— Saul Bellow
There is much to be said for exotic marriages. If your husband is a bore, it takes years longer to discover.
tags: marriage year
— Saul Bellow
A man must have limits and cannot give in to the wild desires to be everything and everyone and everything to everyone.
tags: desires men wild
— Saul Bellow
Erotic practices have become diversified. Sex used to be a single-crop farming, like cotton or wheat; now people raise all kinds of things.
tags: people sex erotic
— Saul Bellow
Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
tags: men goodness company
— Saul Bellow
A writer is in the broadest sense a spokesman of his community. Through him that community comes to know its heart. Without such knowledge, how long can it survive?
tags: heart community
— Saul Bellow
We are funny creatures. We don't see the stars as they are, so why do we love them? They are not small gold objects, but endless fire.
tags: funny star fire
— Saul Bellow
Art has to do with the arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.
tags: attention
— 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.
tags: soul confusion education business
— Saul Bellow
The late philosopher Morris R. Cohen of CCNY was asked by a student in the metaphysics course, Professor Cohen, how do I know that I exist? The keen old prof replied, And who is asking?
tags: philosopher
— Saul Bellow
A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out.
tags: men wise fools
— Saul Bellow
We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next.
tags: book read
— Saul Bellow
Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty; but learn to be happy alone.
tags: people live alone learn read
— Saul Bellow
The stillness in art characterizes prayer, and the eye of the storm.
tags: eyes prayer
— Saul Bellow
People don't realize how much they are in the grip of ideas. We live among ideas much more than we live in nature.
tags: nature people live ideas
— Saul Bellow
I blame myself for not often enough seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Somewhere in his journals, Dostoyevky remarks that a writer can begin anywhere, at the most commonplace thing, scratch around in it long enough, pry and dig away long enough, and lo!, soon he will hit upon the marvelous.
tags: seeing
— Saul Bellow
saul bellow
Birth    : June 10, 1915
Death  : April 5, 2005
Occupation  : Writer