Friday, May 24, 2013

Some Quotes

Some of you readers know that I really, really love Philip Roth.  I think he's a genius, and it occurred to me when I was reading another blog that there's no reason why I can't quote him here on days when I'm looking for content.  Right?

So without further ado:

"Nobody beloved gets out alive." -- Sabbath's Theater

"Old age isn't a battle, it's a massacre." -- Everyman

"Dan Quayle was there, lucid as a button." -- I Married A Communist.

"How easy life is when it's easy, and how hard when it's hard." -- The Professor of Desire

"Nor had I understood till then how the shameless vanity of utter fools can so strongly determine the fate of others." -- The Plot Against America

"Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive." -- American Pastoral

"People are unjust to anger--it can e enlivening and a lot of fun." The Counterlife

"The legend engraved on the face of the Jewish nickle--on the face of every Jewish child!--not IN GOT WE TRUST, but SOMEDAY YOU'LL BE A PARENT AND YOU'LL KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE." -- Portnoy's Complaint

Who on earth would have ever thought to describe Dan Quayle as "lucid as a button?"  But it's so perfectly cutting and accurate.  "Nobody beloved gets out alive" is one of my favorite turns of phrase.  The main character is wandering through a cemetery and he sees that everyone there is beloved by someone else.  And the line just creates itself.  Brilliant.

Okay, that's all I have.  Carry on with your day.

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