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All Quotes by author - V. S. Naipaul
" A cat only has itself. "
" A civilization which has taken over the world cannot be said to be dying. "
" Africa has no future. "
" Africa is not a fun place, you know. A fun place is somewhere that lifts the spirits, that cossets the senses. I don't think that can be said of the Africa I traveled in. "
" Africans need to be kicked, that's the only thing they understand. "
" All the details of the life and the quirks and the friendships can be laid out for us, but the mystery of the writing will remain. No amount of documentation, however fascinating, can take us there. "
" All the things that were read to me by my father were stories about things becoming all right. "
" An autobiography can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies: it reveals the writer totally. "
" Argentine political life is like the life of an ant community or an African forest tribe: full of events, full of crisis and deaths, but life is always cyclical, and the year ends as it begins. "
" As a child I knew almost nothing, nothing beyond what I had picked up in my grandmother's house. All children, I suppose, come into the world like that, not knowing who they are. "
" At school I had only admirers; I had no friends. "
" But everything of value about me is in my books. "
" Each book, intuitively sensed and, in the case of fiction, intuitively worked out, stands on what has gone before, and grows out of it. I feel that at any stage of my literary career it could have been said that the last book contained all the others. "
" Great writing can be done in biography, history, art. "
" Home is, I suppose just a child's idea. A house at night, and a lamp in the house. A place to feel safe. "
" How can you be an atheist and have an ideology to go with it? To be an atheist is to be free of some areas of belief. I don't see how that can become an ideology. "
" I always knew who I was and where I had come from. I was not looking for a home in other people's lands. "
" I am the kind of writer that people think other people are reading. "
" I became very interested in the Islamic question, and thought I would try to understand it from the roots, ask very simple questions and somehow make a narrative of that discovery. "
" I came to London. It had become the center of my world and I had worked hard to come to it. And I was lost. "
" I could meet dreadful people and end up seeing the world through their eyes, seeing their frailties, their needs. "
" I don't feel I can speak with authority for many other people. "
" If a man begins writing at thirty, by the time he is fifty or sixty, the bulk of his work has been done. By the time he is eighty, he's got nothing more, you know? "
" If a writer doesn't generate hostility, he is dead. "
" If ever you wish to meet intellectual frauds in quantity, go to Paris. "
" If writers just sit and talk about oppression, they are not going to do much writing. "
" If you decide to move to another country and to live within its laws you don't express your disregard for the essence of the culture. It's a form of aggression. "
" If you want to write serious books, you must be ready to break the forms, break the forms. "
" If you write a novel alone you sit and you weave a little narrative. And it's O.K., but it's of no account. "
" I grew up in a small place and left it when I was quite young and entered the bigger world. "
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