Quotes by Philip Roth

"Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise."
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"The only obsession everyone wants: 'love.' People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you're whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You're whole, and then you're cracked open."
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"You fight your superficiality, your shallowness, so as to try to come at people without unreal expectations, without an overload of bias or hope or arrogance, as untanklike as you can be, sans cannon and machine guns and steel plating half a foot thick; you come at them unmenacingly on your own ten toes instead of tearing up the turf with your caterpillar treads, take them on with an open mind, as equals, man to man, as we used to say, and yet you never fail to get them wrong. You might as well have the brain of a tank. You get them wrong before you meet them, while you're anticipating meeting them; you get them wrong while you're with them; and then you go home to tell somebody else about the meeting and you get them all wrong again. Since the same generally goes for them with you, the whole thing is really a dazzling illusion. ... The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway. It's getting them wrong that is living, getting them wrong and wrong and wrong and then, on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again. That's how we know we're alive: we're wrong. Maybe the best thing would be to forget being right or wrong about people and just go along for the ride. But if you can do that -- well, lucky you."
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"He had learned the worst lesson that life can teach - that it makes no sense."
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"You put too much stock in human intelligence, it doesn't annihilate human nature."
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Books by Philip Roth

  • The Joke
  • 28,436 ratings
  • 1985 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1967)

  • Laughable Loves
  • 24,866 ratings
  • August 30th 1975 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1970)

  • Herzog
  • 19,312 ratings
  • February 25th 2003 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1964)

Philip Roth
  • Philip Roth

  • Date of birth: March 19, 1933
  • Died: May 22, 2018
  • Born: in Newark, New Jersey, The United States.

  • Description: Philip Milton Roth was an American novelist. He gained early literary fame with the 1959 collection Goodbye, Columbus (winner of 1960's National Book Award), cemented it with his 1969 bestseller Portnoy's Complaint, and has continued to write critically-acclaimed works, many of which feature his fictional alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman. The Zuckerman novels began with The Ghost Writer in 1979, and include American Pastoral (1997) (winner of the Pulitzer Prize). In May 2011, he won the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement in fiction.

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