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    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...
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: live  sadness  die 
     
    We mustn't forget how quickly the visions of genius become the canned goods of intellectuals.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: genius  vision 
     
    You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: night  write 
     
    Readiness to answer all questions is the infallible sign of stupidity.
    — 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.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: school 
     
    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
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: age  madness 
     
    If I had a child of school age, I would send him to one of the Waldorf Schools.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: children  age  child  school 
     
    A plan relieves you of the torment of choice.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: choice 
     
    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!
    — 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.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: parent  year 
     
    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.
    — Saul Bellow
    Strict seriousness was far more dangerous than any joke.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: dangerous 
     
    Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: goal 
     
    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....
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: betrayal  pain  questions 
     
    When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: advice 
     
    Human character is smaller now, people don't have durable passions; they've replaced passions with excitement.
    — Saul Bellow
    You can spend the entire second half of your life recovering from the mistakes of the first half.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: mistakes 
     
    A man is only as good as what he loves.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: men 
     
    Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: memory 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: meaning  human  business 
     
    There is much to be said for exotic marriages. If your husband is a bore, it takes years longer to discover.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: marriage  year 
     
    A man must have limits and cannot give in to the wild desires to be everything and everyone and everything to everyone.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: desires  men  wild 
     
    Erotic practices have become diversified. Sex used to be a single-crop farming, like cotton or wheat; now people raise all kinds of things.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: people  sex  erotic 
     
    Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: men  goodness  company 
     
    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?
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: heart  community 
     
    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.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: funny  star  fire 
     
    Art has to do with the arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: attention 
     
    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
    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?
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: philosopher 
     
    A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: men  wise  fools 
     
    We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: book  read 
     
    Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty; but learn to be happy alone.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: people  live  alone  learn  read 
     
    The stillness in art characterizes prayer, and the eye of the storm.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: eyes  prayer 
     
    People don't realize how much they are in the grip of ideas. We live among ideas much more than we live in nature.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: nature  people  live  ideas 
     
    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.
    — Saul Bellow
    tags: seeing 
     
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    saul bellow
    Birth    : June 10, 1915
    Death  : April 5, 2005
    Occupation  : Writer