A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life.
More Quotes from Saul Bellow:With a novelist, like a surgeon, you have to get a feeling that you've fallen into good hands - someone from whom you can accept the anesthetic with confidence.
I'm glad I haven't lived in vain.
There is something terribly nervous-making about a modern existence. For one thing, it's all the thinking we have to do and all the judgments we have to make. It's the price of freedom make the judgments, make the mental calls,
All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
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My writing, like everything I do, comes profoundly from my heart. I believe that if you follow your heart you will be successful in one way or another. Old-fashioned as that might sound, the philosophy is true.
Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines.
A fox is a wolf who sends flowers.