Philip Roth: Wit and Misery in Quotes – The Telegraph

 In celebration of Mr. Roth’s win of the Man Booker International Prize!

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.”
The Dying Animal

 

All that we don’t know is astonishing. Even more astonishing is what passes for knowing.
The Human Stain

 

Nor had I understood til then how the shameless vanity of utter fools can so strongly determine the fate of others.
The Plot Against America

 

Good Christ, a Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy till they die.”
Portnoy’s Complaint

 

Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive.
American Pastoral

 

As for himself, however hateful life was, it was hateful in a home and not in the gutter. Many Americans hated their homes. The number of homeless in America couldn’t touch the number of Americans who had homes and families and hated the whole thing.
Sabbath’s Theater

 

People are unjust to anger — it can be enlivening and a lot of fun.
The Counterlife

 

The legend engraved on the face of the Jewish nickel– on the body of every Jewish child!– not IN GOD WE TRUST, but SOMEDAY YOU’LL BE A PARENT AND YOU’LL KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE.
Portnoy’s Complaint

 

Nothing keeps its promise.
Sabbath’s Theater

 

You don’t have to work in a mental hospital to know about husbands and wives.
Sabbath’s Theater

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