There are defining moments in one's life when you learn about yourself, and you deposit that knowledge in the experience account, so you can draw on it at some later date.
I've loved art for more than 30 years.
No time like the present
I think when you've lost an election by 179, there's going to be a period of time after eighteen years in government when you can't do anything right, and people just kick you for the sake of it, will never admit they voted Conservative.
Sixty per cent of people entering prison today are illiterate.
Birth is life's first lottery ticket.
A work of art is worth what someone will pay for it.
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!
I think my attitude to human beings has changed since leaving prison.
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'm passionate again about writing. This is important to me; it's got to be the comeback book.
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.
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.
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.
I'm not taking any interest in politics. I'm not involved in politics in any way. My life is in writing now.
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.
At the end of my trial, I was rather hoping the judge would send me to Australia for the rest of my life.
I do greatly admire Australian artists.
Exclusive will not be published in book format.
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.
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.
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