Henry Roth quotes

  • Life is nothing but an occassional burst of laughter rising above the interminable wail of grief.
    -- Henry Roth

    #Laughter #Grief #Rising

  • Detach the writer from the milieu where he has experienced his greatest sense of belonging, and you have created a discontinuity within his personality, a short circuit in his identity. The result is his originality, his creativity comes to an end. He becomes the one-book novelist or the one-trilogy writer.
    -- Henry Roth

    #Book #Creativity #Personality

  • I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.

  • Christianity is the worst of the regressions that mankind can ever have undergone, and it's the Jew who, thanks to this diabolic invention, has thrown him back fifteen centuries. The only thing that would be still worse would be victory for the Jew through Bolshevism. If Bolshevism triumphed, mankind would lose the gift of laughter and joy. It would become merely a shapeless mass, doomed to grayness and despair.

  • Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.

  • Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.

  • Neither happiness nor grief are everlasting in this life-but one of the two is everlasting in the next. Which one do you want?

  • There is a graveyard in my poor heart - dark, heaped-up graves, from which no flowers spring.

  • Do no cheat thy Heart and tell her, 'Grief will pass away.'

  • A brave action is often followed by grief. Do not let my resistance to grief stop the brave action.

  • The talkers are rising above the thinkers.

  • While rising delinquencies and foreclosures will continue to weigh heavily on the housing market this year, it will not cripple the U.S.