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Saul Bellow

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty; but learn to be happy alone.”

“Strict seriousness was far more dangerous than any joke.”

“A human soul devoid of longing was a soul deformed, deprived of its highest good, sick unto death.”

“He didn't ask "Where will you spend eternity?" as religious the-end-is-near picketers did but rather, "With what, in this modern democracy, will you meet the demands of your soul?”

“Ravelstein mentioned that Keynes had married a Russian ballerina. He also explained to me that Uranus had fathered Aphrodite but that she had had no mother. She was conceived by the sea foam. He would say such things not because he thought I was ignorant of them but because he judged that I needed at a given moment to have my thoughts directed toward them.”

“It's no small matter to become rich and famous by saying exactly what you think — to say it in your own words, without compromise.”

“Odd that mankind’s benefactors should be amusing people. In America at least this is often the case. Anyone who wants to govern the country has to entertain”

“It means that writers are supposed to make you laugh and cry. That’s what mankind is looking for.”

“yourself.” “Yes,” I agreed. “It has a specific kind of satisfaction, the bad of it guarantees it as real experience. This is what we go through, and it’s what existence is like. The brain is a mirror and reflects the world.”

“what people called culture was nothing but a fancier term for their ignorance.”

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