Saul Bellow Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old saul bellow quotes, saul bellow sayings, and saul bellow proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.     

Saul Bellow

Anxiety destroys scale, and suffering makes us lose perspective.     

Saul Bellow

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.     

Saul Bellow

Boredom is the conviction that you can't change'the shriek of unused capacities.      

Saul Bellow

In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves.     

Saul Bellow

A man should be able to hear, and to bear, the worst that could be said of him.     

Saul Bellow

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.     

Saul Bellow

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.     

Saul Bellow

A man should be able to hear, and to bear, the worst that could be said of him.     

Saul Bellow

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.     

Saul Bellow

Boredom is the conviction that you can't change. The shriek of unused capacities.     

Saul Bellow

I think New York is not the cultural center of America, but the business and administrative center of American culture.     

Saul Bellow

I seem to have the blind self-acceptance of the eccentric who can't conceive that his eccentricities are not clearly understood.     

Saul Bellow

Art has to do with the arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.     

Saul Bellow

The secret motive of the absent-minded is to be innocent while guilty. Absent-mindedness is spurious innocence.     

Saul Bellow

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language     

Saul Bellow

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.     

Saul Bellow

A plan relieves you of the torment of choice.     

Saul Bellow

Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the Analysts already know what's in it. They should, because they put it all in beforehand. It's like an Easter Egg hunt.     

Saul Bellow

Humankind struggles with collective powers for its freedom, the individual struggles with dehumanization for the possession of his soul.     

Saul Bellow

A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life.      

Saul Bellow

Unless you made your life a turning point, there was no reason for existing.     

Saul Bellow