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Saul Bellow
American journalist and short story writer
(1842 - c. 1914)



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If I am out of my mind, it's all right with me, thought Moses Herzog.
-- Herzog (1961), opening words

It is sometimes necessary to repeat what we all know. All mapmakers should place the Mississippi in the same location, and avoid originality.
-- Mr Sammler's Planet (1969)

I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos.A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm...an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.
-- Interview in The Paris Review, no. 37, 1965, winter issue; reprinted in: George Plimpton, Writers at Work (1967), 3rd series

No wonder the really powerful men in our society, whether politicians or scientists, hold writers in contempt. They do it because they get no evidence from modern literature that anybody is thinking about any significant question.
-- Interview in The Paris Review, no. 37, 1965, winter issue; reprinted in: George Plimpton, Writers at Work (1967), 3rd series

The only real distinction at this dangerous moment in human history and cosmic development has nothing to do with medals and ribbons. Not to fall asleep is distinguished. Everything is mere popcorn.
-- Humboldt's Gift (1975)

Tears may be intellectual, but they can never be political. They save no man from being shot, no chiilid from being thrown alive into the furnace.
-- The Dean's December (1982)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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