"Literature isn't a moral beauty contest. Its power arises from the authority and audacity with which the impersonation is pulled off the belief it inspires is what counts."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Philip Roth on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Philip Roth on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Philip Roth on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Philip Roth on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Philip Roth on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"People are unjust to anger - it can be enlivening and a lot of fun."
"Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts."