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" Being very famous is not the fun it sounds. It merely means you're being chased by a lot of people and you lose your privacy. "
" The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain. "
" If you asked me what is the basis of all my work, it's the feeling there's something basically wrong with human beings. "
" A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors. "
" If I'd stayed on in London and carried on going to literary parties, it would have wrecked me as a writer. "
" The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it. "
" What I wanted to do was to try to create a philosophy upon a completely new foundation. "
" Whereas in the past optimism had been regarded as rather shallow - because 'oh well, it's just your temperament, you happen to be just a cheerful sort of person' - what I wanted to do was to establish that in fact it is the pessimists who are allowing all kinds of errors to creep into their work. "
" Criminals interest me, because they're driven by the same desires as we are, but they take these disastrous shortcuts and end up in a real mess. "
" I'm basically a writer of ideas, and the English aren't interested in ideas. The English, I'm afraid, are totally brainless. "
" I've always been a pretty hard worker. That's how I've written over a hundred books. "
" When I was a teenager I was a total romantic escapist. My world was books. "