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

Leave a Reply