Portnoy's Complaint Quotes.

1. "You can no more make someone tell the truth than you can force someone to love you."
- Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint

2. "I am marked like a road map from head to toe with my repressions. You can travel the length and breadth of my body over superhighways of shame and inhibition and fear."
- Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint

3. "American society [...] not only sanctions gross and unfair relations among men, but it encourages them. Now, can that be denied? No. Rivalry, competition, envy, jealousy, all that is malignant in human character is nourished by the system. Possession, money, property--on such corrupt standards as these do you people measure happiness and success."
- Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint

4. "Doctor doctor, what do you say, lets put the id back in yid"
- Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint

5. "Dreams? If only they had been! But I don't need dreams, Doctor, that's why I hardly have them—because I have this life instead. With me it all happens in broad daylight!"
- Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint

6. "So. Now you know the worst thing I have ever done. I fucked my own family's dinner."
- Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint

7. "Oh, to be a center fielder, a center fielder- and nothing more"
- Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint

8. "It’s a family joke that when I was a tiny child I turned from the window out of which I was watching a snowstorm, and hopefully asked, "Momma, do we believe in winter?"
- Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint

9. "I am the Raskolnikov of jerking off – the sticky evidence is everywhere!"
- Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint

10. "A Jewish man with his parents alive is half the time a helpless infant!"
- Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint

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