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Portnoy’s Complaint

Philip Roth

Top 10 Best Quotes

“You can no more make someone tell the truth than you can force someone to love you.”

“I am marked like a road map from head to toe with my repressions. You can travel the length and breadth of my body over superhighways of shame and inhibition and fear.”

“American society [...] not only sanctions gross and unfair relations among men, but it encourages them. Now, can that be denied? No. Rivalry, competition, envy, jealousy, all that is malignant in human character is nourished by the system. Possession, money, property--on such corrupt standards as these do you people measure happiness and success.”

“Doctor doctor, what do you say, lets put the id back in yid”

“I am the Raskolnikov of jerking off – the sticky evidence is everywhere!”

“It’s a family joke that when I was a tiny child I turned from the window out of which I was watching a snowstorm, and hopefully asked, "Momma, do we believe in winter?”

“So. Now you know the worst thing I have ever done. I fucked my own family's dinner.”

“Oh, to be a center fielder, a center fielder- and nothing more”

“A Jewish man with his parents alive is half the time a helpless infant!”

“Religion is the opiate of the people!”

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Book Keywords:

manhood, jewish, baseball, humour, insecurity, infant, anxiety, self-doubt

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