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Philip Roth Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated May 2020
Philip Roth Topics
When I was first in Czechoslovakia, it occurred to me that I work in a society where as a writer everything goes and nothing matters, while for the Czech writers I met in Prague, nothing goes and everything matters
When you publish a book, it's the world's book. The world edits it.
Unless one is inordinately fond of subordination, one is always at war.
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
Should you protect profits? Yes. But run for the hills? No.
Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts.
Just like those who are incurably ill, the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when.
Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding?
History... is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
Fear tends to manifest itself much more quickly than greed, so volatile markets tend to be on the downside. In up markets, volatility tends to gradually decline.
A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy until they die!
A Jew without Jews, without Judaism, without Zionism, without Jewishness, without a temple or an army or even a pistol, a Jew clearly without a home, just the object itself, like a glass or an apple.
The Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy and will remain a fifteen-year-old until they die.
When I was first in Czechoslovakia, it occurred to me that I work in a society where as a writer everything goes and nothing matters, while for the Czech writers I met in Prague, nothing goes and everything matters.
Only in America do these peasants, our mothers, get their hair dyed platinum at the age of sixty, and walk up and down Collins Avenue in Florida in pedal pushers and mink stoles and with opinions on every subject under the sun. It isn't their fault they were given a gift like speech look, if cows could talk, they would say things just as idiotic.
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