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 was allowed to ring the bell for five minutes until everyone was in assembly. It was the beginning of power.
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.
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.
But the thing I felt most strongly about, and put at the end of one of the prison diaries, was education.
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.
The popularity of an individual in life often only manifests itself in death.
Who Saddam Hussein kills, dies.
I'm vulgar, I'm a populist. But isn't that what the mayor should be?
When I was deputy chairman I could travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh without leaving Tory land. In a two-week period I covered every constituency in which we had an MP. There were 14. Now we have only one. We appear to have given up.
But I certainly made mistakes, for which I regret, I think most human beings in their lifetime make mistakes, mine ended up in two years prison - two very remarkable years from which I learnt a lot.
Exclusive will not be published in book format.
It is often spur-of-the-moment decisions, sometimes made by others, that can change our whole lives.
At the end of my trial, I was rather hoping the judge would send me to Australia for the rest of my life.
I'm not taking any interest in politics. I'm not involved in politics in any way. My life is in writing now.
I am currently doing about 30 charity auctions a year.
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