Party Guest: Oh,but really biting satire is always better than physical force.
Isaac Davis: No,physical force is always better with Nazis.

[reading aloud from Issac's wife's memoir] "He was given to fits of rage, Jewish liberal paranoia, male chauvinism, self-righteous misanthropy, and nihilistic moods of despair. He had complaints about life but never any solutions. He longed to be an artist but balked at the necessary sacrifices. In his most private moments, he spoke of his fear of death, which he elevated to tragic heights when in fact it was mere narcissism."

Mary Wilke

Don't stare at me with those big eyes. Geez, you look like one of those barefoot kids from Boliva who needs foster parents.

Isaac Davis

Isaac Davis: The steel cube was brilliant?
Mary Wilke: Yes. To me it was very textual, you know what I mean? It was perfectly integrated, and it had a marvelous kind of negative capability. The rest of the stuff downstairs was bullshit.

When it comes to relationships with women, I'm the winner of the August Strindberg Award.

Isaac Davis

Years ago I wrote this short story about my Mother called "The Castrating Zionist"

Isaac Davis

I can't express anger. That's one of the problems I have. I grow a tumor instead.

Isaac Davis

My analyst warned me, but you were so beautiful I got another analyst.

Isaac Davis

Plus I'll probably have to give my parents less money. It'll kill my father. He's not gonna be able to get as good a seat in the synagogue. He'll be in the back, away from God, far from the action.

Isaac Davis

It's just gossip, you know. Gossip is the new pornography.

Yale

They probably sit around on the floor with wine and cheese, and mispronounce allegorical and didacticism.

Isaac Davis

What are you telling me, that you're, you're, you're gonna leave Emily, is this true? And, and run away with the, the, the winner of the Zelda Fitzgerald emotional maturity award?

Isaac Davis

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I feel like we're in a Noel Coward play. Someone should be making martinis.

Isaac Davis

Corn beef should not be blue

Isaac Davis