Philip Roth

United States
Born on 19 Mar 1933


Next >>

Play the moment, play whatever plays for you in that moment, and then go to the next moment. It doesn't matter where you're going. Don't worry about that. Just take it moment, moment, moment, moment.

The Humbling
For discipline is imposed not just on oneself but on those in one's orbit.

Exit Ghost
Can anyone be utterly without thoughtfulness? The answer is yes.

American Pastoral
Nothing is more uplifting in all of life than righteous anger.

American Pastoral
Look, I've got more personalities than I can use already. All you are is one too many.

Operation Shylock: A Confession
There were two types of strong men: those like Uncle Monty and Abe Steinheim, remorseless about their making money, and those like my father, ruthlessly obedient to their idea of fair play.

The Plot Against America
Writting turns you into somebody who's always wrong. The illusion that you may get ir right someday is the perversity that draws you on. What else could? As pathological phenomena go, it doesn't completely wreck your life.

American Pastoral
You know what I've come to realize about you kindly rich liberals who own the world? Nothing is further from your understanding than the nature of reality.

American Pastoral
The tragedy of the man not set up for tragedy - that is every man's tragedy.

American Pastoral
I did not want to voice a word that would lift the cover and reveal that hideous emotion I always felt for her, the underside of love.

Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories
Next >>


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."