Quotes by Philip Roth

Philip Roth

Philip Roth

American Novelist

Alive from: 1933-

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    We live in an age in which the imagination of the novelist is helpless against what he knows he is going to read in tomorrow's newspaper.
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    When I have a first draft, I have a floor under my feet that I can walk on. Then, especially with the help of the computer, rewriting is so easy to do with the computer, much easier than it used to be with the typewriter. So the books go through numerous drafts.
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    When I was a child... I was watching a snowstorm, and hopefully asked, 'Momma, do we believe in winter?'
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    When the whole world doesn't believe in God, it'll be a great place.
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    When you publish a book, it's the world's book. The world edits it.
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    You can no more make someone tell the truth than you can force someone to love you.
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    You can't write good satirical fiction in America because reality will quickly outdo anything you might invent.
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    You cannot observe people through an ideology. Your ideology observes for you.
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    You have a conscience, and a conscience is a valuable attribute, but not if it begins to make you think you were to blame for what is far beyond the scope of your responsibility.
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    You tasted it. Isn't that enough? Of what do you ever get more than a taste? That's all we're given in life, that's all we're given of life. A taste. There is no more.
    Source: The Dying Animal 2001
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