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I am a true adorer of life, and if I can't reach as high as the face of it, I plant my kiss
somewhere lower down. Those who understand will require no further explanation.
Saul Bellow

In expressing love we belong among the undeveloped countries.
Saul Bellow

Boredom is the shriek of unused capacities.
Saul Bellow

Boredom is an instrument of social control. Power is the power to impose boredom, to
command stasis, to combine this stasis with anguish. The real tedium, deep tedium, is
seasoned with terror and with death.
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

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

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.
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A good novel is worth more then the best scientific study.
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. It's like an Easter Egg hunt.
Saul Bellow

We mustn't forget how quickly the visions of genius become the canned goods of
intellectuals.
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You can spend the entire second half of your life recovering from the mistakes of the first
half.
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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.
Saul Bellow

Anxiety destroys scale, and suffering makes us lose perspective.
Saul Bellow

I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A
stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has
something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.
Saul Bellow

All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
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What is art but a way of seeing?
Saul Bellow

A millennial belief in a Holy God may have the effect of deepening the soul, but it is also
obviously archaic, and modern influences would presently bring me up to date and reveal how
antiquated my origins were. To turn away from those origins, however, has always seemed to
me an utter impossibility. It would be a treason to my first consciousness to un-Jew myself.
Saul Bellow

I love solitude but I prize it most when company is available.
Saul Bellow

As for types like my own, obscurely motivated by the conviction that our existence was
worthless if we didn't make a turning point of it, we were assigned to the humanities, to
poetry, philosophy, painting - the nursery games of humankind, which had to be left behind
when the age of science began.
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I am a phoenix who runs after arsonists.
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People don't realize how much they are in the grip of ideas. We live among ideas much more
than we live in nature.
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Conquered people tend to be witty.
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In the history of the world many souls have been, are, and will be, and with a little reflection
this is marvelous and not depressing. Many jerks are made gloomy about it, for they think
quantity buries them alive. That's just crazy. Numbers are very dangerous, but the main thing
about them is that they humble your pride. And that's good.
Saul Bellow

Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is.
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Americans must be the most sententious people in history. Far too busy to be religious, they
have always felt that they sorely needed guidance.
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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."
Saul Bellow

There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on forever... money, for
instance, or war.
Saul Bellow

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