Monday, September 28, 2009

Bon mot for the week

"Anxiety destroys scale, and suffering makes us lose perspective."

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)



JES said...

A cheery note!

I've read exactly one book by Saul Bellow so have no idea if this is characteristic of him. Is it?

(And do you have a Rolodex or collection of these bon mots? Do you post ones you've just come across in your real reading? Or -- rather than depend on the principles of randomness and chaos -- do you actually try to hunt down ones which will capture where your soul is at the moment?)

Froog said...

I haven't been reading Bellow recently. It's just something I came across on the Internet.

Some of the quotations I use on here I have encountered in current reading. Rather more I remember from years ago, and have to hunt down again. Quite a few I look up specifically for a particular mood or occasion (there's one particularly good online anthology I use a lot, arranged by topic - but I don't want to give away my 'secrets').