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A collection of quotations by Bernard Malamud on writing, stories, parables, mind, sanity, writing, fear, heart, life, pain, inspiration, philosophy and nature.

35 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Bernard Malamud, The Writer Of Exquisite Parables

Quick Facts

Famous As: American novelist

Born On: April 26, 1914

Died On: March 18, 1986

Born In: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Died At Age: 71

The American novelist and short story writer Bernard Malamud is famous as a ‘writer of exquisite parables’. His parables were mostly inspired by the life of Jewish immigrants and successfully portrayed the miseries faced by them. He started his career as an English teacher and was very passionate about writing. After researching for few years on writing techniques he came up with his first novel ‘The Natural’. It was well received and encouraged him to write further. He started writing on Jews and came up with his next novel ‘The Assistant’ and a collection of short stories ‘The Magic Barrel’ which got him a lot of fame. He further wrote ‘A New Life’ which gave him the confidence to become a creative writing professor at Bennington College. After a short break he came up with his most notable work ‘The Fixer’ which was honored with the Pulitzer Prize. He went on to write various novels including ‘The Tenants’ and ‘In Dubin’s Lives’ which helped him justify his reputation as a writer. This great parody writer’s last finished novel ‘God’s Grace’ aimed at describing the oppressions faced by Jews during Holocaust. Through his books, parables, short stories and other writings he has said and shared some really important thoughts which have over time become popular quotes. Presenting a collection of quotations by Bernard Malamud on writing, stories, parables, mind, sanity, writing, fear, heart, life, pain, inspiration, philosophy and nature. Go through these quotes by Bernard Malamud.

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There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go--if there are no doors or windows--he walks through a wall.

Bernard Malamud

Where to look if you've lost your mind?

Bernard Malamud

We have two lives... the life we learn with and the life we live after that. Suffering is what brings us towards happiness.

Bernard Malamud

Without heroes we're all plain people and don't know how far we can go.

Bernard Malamud

What suffering has taught me is the uselessness of suffering.

Bernard Malamud

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself." (Interview, New York Post Magazine, September 14, 1958)

Bernard Malamud

Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.

Bernard Malamud

Of course it would cost something, but he was an expert in cutting corners; and when there were no more corners left he would make circles rounder.

Bernard Malamud

There are no wrong books. What's wrong is the fear of them.

Bernard Malamud

You could not pity anything if you weren't a man; pity was a surprise to God. It was not his invention.

Bernard Malamud

If the stories come, you get them written, you're on the right track. Eventually everyone learns his or her own best way. The real mystery to crack is you.

Bernard Malamud

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.

Bernard Malamud

A man is an island in the only sense that matters, not an easy way to be. We live in mystery, a cosmos of separate lonely bodies, men, insects, stars. It is all loneliness and men know it best.

Bernard Malamud

We have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live after that.

Bernard Malamud

I fix what's broken - except in the heart.

Bernard Malamud

The wild begins where you least expect it, one step off your normal course

Bernard Malamud

When I don't feel hurt, I hope they bury me.

Bernard Malamud

Would you say you have a "philosophy" Of your own? If so what is it?' 'If I have it's all skin and bones...If I have any philosophy...it's that life could be better than it is.

Bernard Malamud

We're persecuted in the most civilized languages.

Bernard Malamud

A writer is a spectator, looking at everything with a highly critical eye.

Bernard Malamud

Where a boy runs he never forgets.

Bernard Malamud

In my dreams I ate and I ate my dreams.

Bernard Malamud

She is not for you. She is a wild one--wild, without shame. This is not a bride for a rabbi".

Bernard Malamud

His worst fault is he thinks his brains entitle him to certain privileges.

Bernard Malamud

Without heroes we are all plain people and don't know how far it is we can go.

Bernard Malamud

Nobody lived in Eden anymore.

Bernard Malamud

His blood changed to falling snow.

Bernard Malamud

Who invented my life?

Bernard Malamud

Charity you can give even when you haven't got.

Bernard Malamud

Life, despite their frantic yoohooings, had passed them by.

Bernard Malamud

They say God appeared in history and used it for his purposes, but if that was so he had no pity for men.

Bernard Malamud

Overnight business could go down enough to hurt; yet as a rule it slowly recovered--sometimes it seemed to take forever--went up, not high enough to be really up, only not down.

Bernard Malamud

It was a strange thing about people- they could look the same but be different.

Bernard Malamud

There comes a time in a (wo)man's life when to get where (s)he has to -- if there are no doors or windows -- he walks through a wall.

Bernard Malamud

I’m an American, I’m a Jew, and I write for all men.

Bernard Malamud