Saul Bellow Quotes

In the depths of a man’s being there was something that responded with a quack to such perfume. Quack! A sexual reflex that had nothing to do with age or subtlety, wisdom, experience, history, Wissenschaft, Bildung, Wahrheit. In sickness or health there came the old quack-quack at the fragrance of a perfumed, feminine skin.

As an American, I can decide on any given day whether or not I wish to think of (foreign) abominations. I need not consider them. I can simply refuse to open the morning paper. In Israel, one has no such choice. There the violent total is added up every day. And nothing can be omitted… […]

I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America, but the business and administrative centre of American culture.

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

A bitch in time breeds contempt.

A man is born to be orphaned, and to leave orphans after him.

She was what we used to call a suicide blonde – dyed by her own hand.

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

When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.