A work of art is worth what someone will pay for it.
Are parents always more ambitious for their children than they are for themselves?
Birth is life's first lottery ticket.
I think my attitude to human beings has changed since leaving prison.
I feel I have had a very interesting life, but I am rather hoping there is still more to come. I still haven't captained the England cricket team, or sung at Carnegie Hall!
No time like the present
Well I certainly have learned and I hope I'm moving on and certainly two years of prison was a terrible punishment.
I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.
Sixty per cent of people entering prison today are illiterate.
Energy plus talent and you are a king, energy and no talent and you are still a prince, talent and no energy and you are a pauper
I do greatly admire Australian artists.
I am currently doing about 30 charity auctions a year.
I'm not taking any interest in politics. I'm not involved in politics in any way. My life is in writing now.
When a book comes out I wonder if one person will buy it. It's agony. Of course it's stupid, but it's agony.
Exclusive will not be published in book format.
I was allowed to ring the bell for five minutes until everyone was in assembly. It was the beginning of power.
The discipline required for athletics carried through to writing. You call it obsession. I call it discipline. By the way, I see nothing wrong with that.
The popularity of an individual in life often only manifests itself in death.
It is often spur-of-the-moment decisions, sometimes made by others, that can change our whole lives.
I'm passionate again about writing. This is important to me; it's got to be the comeback book.
But the thing I felt most strongly about, and put at the end of one of the prison diaries, was education.
And I did wonder - because it's now three years ago since I left prison - whether there would come a time when I would forget it, or it would be in the past as anything else might be - no, it's there every day of my life.
Well I think after leaving prison, and having written three diaries about life in prison, it became a sort of a new challenge to write another novel, to write a new novel.
I learnt a lot about myself, I learnt a lot about other people and the problems they have. If I was lucky enough to live to a hundred, how I will feel about two per cent of my life being that way, I don't know.
At the end of my trial, I was rather hoping the judge would send me to Australia for the rest of my life.
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