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40 phrases by Philip Roth about life and literature

40 phrases by Philip Roth about life and literature

Philip Milton Roth (1933 - 2018) was a famous American novelist known for his provocative explorations of Jewish and American identity. Many of his works reflect the problems of assimilation and identity among the Jews of the United States.

Much of Roth's work, set in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, is known for his intensely autobiographical character, for philosophically and formally blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, for his "flexible and ingenious style" and for his provocative explorations of American identity, thus exploring the nature of sexual desire and personal self-understanding in an intimate and provocative way.

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Famous quotes by Philip Roth

You cannot make someone tell the truth more than you can force someone to love you.

How easy life is when it is easy, and how difficult when it is difficult.

The road to hell is paved with works in progress.

Everyone becomes part of the story, whether they like it or not, and whether they know it or not.

Everything we don't know is amazing. Even more surprising is what happens to know.

He had learned the worst of life's lessons: the one that makes no sense.

The danger of hate is that, once you start doing it, you get a hundred times more than you expected. Once you start, you can't stop.

The illusion that one day you can succeed is the perversity that makes you move on.

Everyone is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to get rid of all that noise.

The tragedy of the man who is not made for tragedy ..., that is the tragedy of every man.

The secret to living in the rush of the world with a minimum of pain is to make as many people as possible follow their delusions.

Is it possible that a person completely lacks reasoning? The answer is yes.

Stop worrying about getting old and think about growing up.

Even a monster has to come from somewhere, even a monster needs parents. But parents don't need monsters.

You cannot observe people through an ideology. Your ideology observes for you.

Life is only a short period of time in which you are alive.

There are no reasons. She is bound to be as she is. We all are. The reasons are found in the books.

The pleasure is not to possess the person. The pleasure is this: Have another contestant in the room with you.

Old age is not a battle; Old age is a massacre.

There is no new reality ... Just take it as it comes. Keep your position and take it as it comes. There is no other way.

You give too much importance to intelligence. The truth is that it does not annihilate human nature.

Becoming a celebrity is becoming a brand.

We not only forget things because they lack importance but also because they matter too much.

It's amazing what people can stand behind the mask of their real faces.

Who is made for tragedy and the incomprehensible of suffering? No one.

It is best to give while your hand is still hot.

Maybe it would be best to forget about getting right or wrong with people and just go for a walk. But if you can do that, well, good luck.

Life is a short period of time during which we are alive.

I can't live in the world of discretion, not as a writer. I would prefer, I assure you, it would make life easier. But discretion is not, unfortunately, for novelists.

There is something every woman wants, and that is a man to blame.

People believe that history is something that happens in the long run, but the truth is that it is something very sudden.

When he publishes a book, it is the book of the world. The world edits it.

The authority of beauty is very irrational.

I write fiction and I have been told that it is the autobiography, I write the autobiography and I have been told that it is fiction, just as I am so dim and so intelligent, we will decide what is or is not.

Nothing bad can happen to a writer. Everything is material.

A life of writing books is a difficult adventure in which you cannot discover where you are unless you lose your way.

This is what you know of someone you have to hate: they accuse you of their crime and they punish you.

There are no uncontaminated angels.

In my childhood, I was a leader in the life of a sage, when I grew up I started climbing trees.

Do not judge. Just write it down. Do not judge. It is not your job to judge it.