Philip Roth Quotes

Best 19 Quotes by Philip Roth

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

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

“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.”

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

“There are no uncontaminated angels.”

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

American Pastoral Quotes

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

American Pastoral

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

American Pastoral

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

American Pastoral

Everyman Quotes

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


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.”


Portnoy's Complaint Quotes

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

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 f*cked. It's sex that disorders our normally ordered lives.”

The Dying Animal

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

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.”

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.”

The Dying Animal

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The Ghost Writer Quotes

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

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.”

The Human Stain

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

The Human Stain