Philip Roth Quotes

Who is Philip Roth?

American author.

Born March 19, 1933
Died May 22, 2018

Books by Philip Roth


Best 19 Quotes by Philip Roth

“All that we don’t know is astonishing. Even more astonishing is what passes for knowing.”

Philip Roth

“Everyone becomes a part of history whether they like it or not and whether they know it or not.”

Philip Roth

“Literature takes a habit of mind that has disappeared. It requires silence, some form of isolation, and sustained concentration in the presence of an enigmatic thing.”

Philip Roth

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”

Philip Roth

“There are no uncontaminated angels.”

Philip Roth

“You cannot observe people through an ideology. Your ideology observes for you.”

Philip Roth

"American Pastoral" Quotes

“He had learned the worst lesson that life can teach - that it makes no sense.”

Philip Roth
American Pastoral

“Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive.”

Philip Roth
American Pastoral

“You put too much stock in human intelligence, it doesn't annihilate human nature.”

Philip Roth
American Pastoral

"Everyman" Quotes

“Old age isn't a battle: old age is a massacre.”

Philip Roth
Everyman

"Indignation" Quotes

“You be greater than your feelings. I don't demand this of you - life does. Otherwise you'll be washed away by feelings. You'll be washed out to sea and never seen again.”

Philip Roth
Indignation

"Portnoy's Complaint" Quotes

“You can no more make someone tell the truth than you can force someone to love you.”

Philip Roth
Portnoy's Complaint

"The Dying Animal" Quotes

“No matter how much you know, no matter how much you think, no matter how much you plot and you connive and you plan, you're not superior to sex. It's a very risky game. A man wouldn't have two-thirds of the problems he has if he didn't venture off to get fucked. It's sex that disorders our normally ordered lives.”

Philip Roth
The Dying Animal

“Stop worrying about growing old. And think about growing up.”

Philip Roth
The Dying Animal

“The only obsession everyone wants: 'love.' People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you're whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You're whole, and then you're cracked open.”

Philip Roth
The Dying Animal

“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.”

Philip Roth
The Dying Animal

"The Ghost Writer" Quotes

“In my childhood I led the life of a sage, when I grew up I started climbing trees.”

Philip Roth
The Ghost Writer

"The Human Stain" Quotes

“The danger with hatred is, once you start in on it, you get a hundred times more than you bargained for. Once you start, you can't stop.”

Philip Roth
The Human Stain

“The pleasure isn't in owning the person. The pleasure is this. Having another contender in the room with you.”

Philip Roth
The Human Stain