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Saul Bellow

Data urodzenia: 10. Czerwiec 1915
Data zgonu: 5. Kwiecień 2005
Natępne imiona:სოლ ბელოუ,سال بلو

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Saul Bellow – pisarz amerykański, laureat Nagrody Nobla w dziedzinie literatury w 1976.

Cytaty Saul Bellow

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„Historia bierze każdego na darmową przejażdżkę.“

— Saul Bellow
Źródło: Leksykon złotych myśli, wyboru dokonał Krzysztof Nowak, Warszawa 1998.

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

— Saul Bellow
As quoted in The #1 New York Times Bestseller (1992) by John Bear, p. 93

„Human beings can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.“

— Saul Bellow
"Him with His Foot in His Mouth," from Him with His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories (1984) [Penguin Classics, 1998, ], p. 11

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„The principles of Western liberalism seem no longer to lend themselves to effective action. Deprived of the expressive power, we are awed by it, have a hunger for it, and are afraid of it.“

— Saul Bellow
Context: The principles of Western liberalism seem no longer to lend themselves to effective action. Deprived of the expressive power, we are awed by it, have a hunger for it, and are afraid of it. Thus we praise the gray dignity of our soft-spoken leaders, but in our hearts we are suckers for passionate outbursts, even when those passionate outbursts are hypocritical and falsely motivated. "Literary Notes on Khrushchev" (1961), p. 36

„This is what makes packaged opinion so attractive.“

— Saul Bellow
Context: There is simply too much to think about. It is hopeless — too many kinds of special preparation are required. In electronics, in economics, in social analysis, in history, in psychology, in international politics, most of us are, given the oceanic proliferating complexity of things, paralyzed by the very suggestion that we assume responsibility for so much. This is what makes packaged opinion so attractive. "There Is Simply Too Much to Think About" (1992), pp. 173-174

„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
Context: A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. It tells us that for every human being there is a diversity of existences, that the single existence is itself an illusion in part, that these many existences signify something, tend to something, fulfill something; it promises us meaning, harmony, and even justice. Nobel Prize lecture (12 December 1976)

„The soul has to find and hold its ground against hostile forces, sometimes embodied in ideas which frequently deny its very existence, and which indeed often seem to be trying to annul it altogether.“

— Saul Bellow
Context: 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—to that part of us which is conscious. … The independence of this consciousness, which has the strength to be immune to the noise of history and the distractions of our immediate surroundings, is what the life struggle is all about. The soul has to find and hold its ground against hostile forces, sometimes embodied in ideas which frequently deny its very existence, and which indeed often seem to be trying to annul it altogether. pp. 16-17

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„In an age of enormities, the emotions are naturally weakened.“

— Saul Bellow
Context: In an age of enormities, the emotions are naturally weakened. We are continually called upon to have feelings — about genocide, for instance, or about famine or the blowing up of passenger planes — and we are all aware that we are incapable of reacting appropriately. A guilty consciousness of emotional inadequacy or impotence makes people doubt their own human weight. "The Distracted Public" (1990), p. 156

„The sounds of junk culture are heard over a ground bass of extremism. Our entertainments swarm with specters of world crisis. Nothing moderate can have any claim to our attention.“

— Saul Bellow
Context: Much of junk culture has a core of crisis — shoot-outs, conflagrations, bodies weltering in blood, naked embracers or rapist-stranglers. The sounds of junk culture are heard over a ground bass of extremism. Our entertainments swarm with specters of world crisis. Nothing moderate can have any claim to our attention. "A Second Half Life" (1991), p. 326

„We do not make up history and culture. We simply appear, not by our own choice.“

— Saul Bellow
Context: We are all such accidents. We do not make up history and culture. We simply appear, not by our own choice. We make what we can of our condition with the means available. We must accept the mixture as we find it — the impurity of it, the tragedy of it, the hope of it. Great Jewish Short Stories, introduction to the Dell paperback edition (1963)

„Imagination is a force of nature.“

— Saul Bellow
Context: All human accomplishment has the same origin, identically. Imagination is a force of nature. Is this not enough to make a person full of ecstasy? Imagination, imagination, imagination. It converts to actual. It sustains, it alters, it redeems! Henderson the Rain King (1959) [Viking/Penguin, 1984, ], ch. XVIII, p. 271

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