I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal illness' until I saw Heathrow for myself.
We should always look back on our own past with a sort of contempt, as long as the tenderness is there - but please let some of the contempt be there.
The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouths they've been in.
Religion has always been the wound, not the bandage.
I think childhood is to everyone a lost land.
Therapy, as opposed to analysis, is a whole construct of myth, beautiful and creative.
Everything we do has consequences.
The nowness of everything is absolutely wondrous. [...] If you see the present tense, boy do you see it! And boy can you celebrate it.
You have to assert something about yourself in order to be yourself.
Politics is still crucially important. Our choices are vital, and we've got to make them and not just say, 'Oh they're all the same.' They are all the same in certain ways, alas - a political animal is such an animal.
A writer helps to show you things you knew but didn't know you knew.
I was given talent, and if you are given it, it is your obligation to use it.
Just letting it out is one of the definitions of bad art.
The more my work improves or broadens or widens, the more surely I tame myself.
That vision of a common culture is now simply a remote wistfulness.
Metaphor is embodied in language.
I also believe in cigarettes, cholesterol, alcohol, carbon monoxide, masturbation, the Arts Council, nuclear weapons, the Daily Telegraph, and not properly labeling fatal poisons, but above all else, most of all, I believe in the one thing that can come out of people's mouths: vomit.
To love it too much is to obscure and not see what is there.
You just don't know writers. They'll use anything, anybody. They'll eat their young.
The loss of Eden is personally experienced by every one of us as we leave the wonder and magic and also the pains and terrors of childhood.
I believe everybody is responsible for what they do themselves.
I haven't had a single moment of terror since they told me [I was dying]. My only regret is to die four pages too soon. If I can finish, then I'm quite happy to go.
Children are very cruel, yes. Of course. Children are extraordinarily cruel little creatures.
Some of the words and symbols and images from childhood will continually be part and parcel of my personality.
The knowledge that we have about what it is to be human that we have as a child is something we necessarily must lose.
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