Best Quotes by Philip Roth (Top 10)

  1. Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.
  2. 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.
  3. He had learned the worst lesson that life can teach - that it makes no sense.
  4. Stop worrying about growing old. And think about growing up.
  5. Literature takes a habit of mind that has disappeared. It requires silence, some form of isolation, and sustained concentration in the presence of an enigmatic thing.
  6. You tasted it. Isn't that enough? Of what do you ever get more than a taste? That's all we're given in life, that's all we're given of life. A taste. There is no more.
  7. The pleasure isn't in owning the person. The pleasure is this. Having another contender in the room with you.
  8. 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.
  9. Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive.
  10. All that we don't know is astonishing. Even more astonishing is what passes for knowing.

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