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Philip Roth
American novelist
(1933- )

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The infantryman's heart ... like his feet, at first aches and swells, but finally grows horny enough for him to travel the wierdest paths without feeling a thing.
-- Goodbye, Columbus (1959), 'Defender of the Faith'

Long ago, someone had told Grossbart the sad law that only lies can get the truth.
-- Goodbye, Columbus (1959), 'Defender of the Faith'

Since I was a little girl I always wanted to be Very Decent to People. Other little girls wanted to be nurses or pianists. They were less dissembling.
-- Letting Go (1962), pt. 1, ch. 1

A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old until they die!
-- Portnoy's Complaint (1967)

Doctor, my doctor, what do you say, LET'S PUT THE ID BACK IN THE YID!
-- Portnoy's Complaint (1967)

The way to hell is pathed with works-in-progress.
-- New York Times Book Review, 15 July 1979

I write fiction and I'm told it's autobiography. I write autobiography and I'm told it's fiction, so since I'm so dim and they're so smart, let them what it is and what it isn't.
-- Speaking of critics, in: Deception (1990), 'Philip'

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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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