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Entries Tagged as 'Saul Bellow'

March 11th, 2021 · No Comments

“The ocean was waiting with grand and bitter provocations, as if it invited you to think how deep it was, how much colder than your blood or saltier, or to outguess it, to tell which were its feints or passes and which its real intentions, meaning business. It wasn’t any apostle-crossed or Aeneas-stirred Mediterranean, the […]

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March 10th, 2021 · No Comments

“You must take your chance on what you are. And you can’t sit still. I know this is a double poser, that if you make a move you may lose but if you sit still you will decay. But what will you lose? You will not invent better than God or nature or turn yourself […]

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March 9th, 2021 · No Comments

“In the world of nature you can trust, but in the world of artifacts you must beware. There you must know, and you can’t keep so many things on your mind and be happy. ‘Look on my works ye mighty and despair!’ Well, never mind about Ozymandias nor being just trunkless legs; in his day […]

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March 8th, 2021 · No Comments

“Everyone tries to create a world he can live in, and what he can’t use he often can’t see. But the real world is already created, and if your fabrication doesn’t correspond, then even if you feel noble and insist on there being something better than what people call reality, that better something needn’t try […]

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March 7th, 2021 · No Comments

“I know man’s labor must be one of those deals figured out by Providence that saves him by preserving him, or he would be hungry, he would freeze, or his brittle neck would be broke. But what curious and strange forms he ends up surviving in, becoming them in the process.” – Saul Bellow, The […]

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March 5th, 2021 · No Comments

“There is a darkness. It is for everyone. You don’t, as perhaps some imagine, try it, one foot into it like a barbershop ‘September Morn.’ Nor are lowered into it with visitor’s curiosity, as the old Eastern monarch was let down into the weeds inside a glass ball to observe the fishes. Nor are lifted […]

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March 4th, 2021 · No Comments

“Before vice and shortcoming, admitted in the weariness of maturity, common enough and boring to make an extended showing of, there are, or are supposed to be, silken, unconscious, nature-painted times, like the pastoral of Sicilian shepherd lovers, or lions you can chase away with stones and golden snakes who scatter from their knots into […]

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March 2nd, 2021 · No Comments

“The advantage of lesser gods is that you can take their names any way you like.” – Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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April 1st, 2020 · No Comments

“Consciousness when it doesn’t clearly understand what to live for, what to die for, can only abuse and ridicule itself.” – Saul Bellow, Herzog Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Or doesn’t

September 18th, 2018 · No Comments

“It’s an exceptionally smart man who isn’t marked forever by the sexual theories he hears from his father.” – Saul Bellow, “A Silver Dish” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Schooling the fish

March 16th, 2018 · No Comments

“Great pressure is brought to bear to make us undervalue ourselves. On the other hand, civilization teaches that each of us is an inestimable prize. There are, then, these two preparations: one for life and the other for death. Therefore we value and are ashamed to value ourselves, are hard-boiled. We are schooled in quietness […]

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Making the world go ’round

March 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“Supply is supply, and demand is demand. They will be satisfied, be it with combs, fifes, rubber, whisky, tainted meat, canned peas, sex, or tobacco. For every need there is an entrepreneur, by a marvelous providence. You can find a man to bury your dog, rub your back, teach you Swahili, read your horoscope, murder […]

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Same as it ever was

March 14th, 2018 · No Comments

“I started back, choosing unfamiliar streets. They turned out to be no different from the ones I knew.” – Saul Bellow, Dangling Man Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Pain is how we know we’re not dead yet

March 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“Trouble, like physical pain, makes us actively aware that we are living, and when there is little in the life we lead to hold and draw and stir us, we seek and cherish it.” – Saul Bellow, Dangling Man Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Is this all?

March 12th, 2018 · No Comments

“The worlds we sought were never those we saw; the worlds we bargained for were never the worlds we got.” – Saul Bellow, Dangling Man Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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