Philip Roth Quotes

Philip Roth Quotes: Suicide is the role you write for yourself. You inhabit it and you enact it. All carefully staged -- where they will find you and how they will find you. But one performance only.
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Philip Roth Quote: Nothing has a more sinister effect on art than the artist's desire to prove that he's good. The terrible temptation of idealism! You must achieve mastery over your idealism, over your virtue as well as over your vice, aesthetic mastery over everything that drives you to write in the first place - your outrage, your politics, your grief, your love!
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Quotes about Philip Roth: Fear presides over these memories, a perpetual fear.Of course no childhood is without its terrors, yet I wonder if I would have been a less frightened boy if Lindbergh hadn't been president or if I hadn't been the offspring of Jews.
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Quote about Philip Roth: It's amazing what lies people can sustain behind the mask of their real faces.
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Philip Roth Sayings: I don't wish to be a slave any longer to the stringent exigencies of literature.
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Philip Roth Saying: Everybody has a hard job. All real work is hard. My work happened also to be undoable. Morning after morning for 50 years, I faced the next page defenseless and unprepared. Writing for me was a feat of self-preservation. If I did not do it, I would die. So I did it. Obstinacy, not talent, saved my life.
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Sayings about Philip Roth: How Far back must we go to discover the beginning of trouble?
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Saying about Philip Roth: Doctor, I had never had anybody like her in my life, she was the fulfillment of my most lascivious adolescent dreams
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Philip Roth Quotes: He is not simply looking into the mirror because he is transfixed by what he sees. Rather, the artist's success depends as much as anything on his powers of detachment, on de-narcissizing himself... Freud... studied his own dreams not because he was a
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Philip Roth Quote: I think you're a wonder. You're beautiful. You're mature. You are, I admit, vastly more experienced than I am. That's what threw me. I was thrown. Forgive me.
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Quotes about Philip Roth: Only in America do these peasants, our mothers, get their hair dyed platinum at the age of sixty, and walk up and down Collins Avenue in Florida in pedal pushers and mink stoles - and with opinions on every subject under the sun. It isn't their fault they were given a gift like speech - look, if cows could talk, they would say things just as idiotic.
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Quote about Philip Roth: Nothing has a more sinister effect on art than the artist's desire to prove that he's good. The terrible temptation of idealism!
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Philip Roth Sayings: Many of the Kiwis appearing in powerful business circles around the world come from accounting backgrounds. Yet often people have preset ideas of how an accountant walks, talks, smells - although not in the business community. For me it is a career that offers a lot of variety and challenges and I love it.
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