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" A bad act done will fester and create in its own way. It's not only goodness that creates. Bad things create. They have their own yeast. "
" The knowledge that we have about what it is to be human that we have as a child is something we necessarily must lose. "
" It is a dangerous thing to have instant access to your emotions. "
" I believe everybody is responsible for what they do themselves. "
" Ideals jump across the hierarchies of the printed word. "
" Everything we do has consequences. "
" You have to assert something about yourself in order to be yourself. "
" The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouths they have been in. "
" I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal illness' until I saw Heathrow for myself. "
" Just letting it out is one of the definitions of bad art. "
" God, I'm such a lazy writer - I can't even think up new names. "
" Metaphor is embodied in language. "
" There's no end to the inventiveness of critics, I tell you. Because they can't write fiction, they put their impulse into their analysis of work. "
" The thing about imagination is that by the very act of putting it down, there must be some truth in one's own imagination. "
" I have been aware, from the age of 6, that I had talent. "
" Some of the words and symbols and images from childhood will continually be part and parcel of my personality. "
" I was given talent, and if you are given it, it is your obligation to use it. "
" I think childhood is to everyone a lost land. "
" Children are very cruel, yes. Of course. Children are extraordinarily cruel little creatures. "
" The more my work improves or broadens or widens, the more surely I tame myself. "
" Television's Mr. Filth: that's me. "
" The strangest thing that human speech and human writing can do is create a metaphor. That is an amazing leap, is it not? "
" People endure what they endure and they deal with it. It may corrupt them. It may lead them into all sorts of compensatory excesses. "
" 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. "
" As adults, we do know more, but we don't know enough. People can be very unthinkingly callous. "
" Religion, you can't a handle on it, you just have to know or not know-people either believe or they don't believe. "
" Children can write poetry and then, unless they're poets, they stop when reach puberty. "
" That vision of a common culture is now simply a remote wistfulness. "
" Therapy, as opposed to analysis, is a whole construct of myth, beautiful and creative. "
" To love it too much is to obscure and not see what is there. "