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" My novels are all ideas. "
" I find it an absolute pleasure to read travel guides, especially the Michelin guides, and their description of places I know I'll probably never visit. I spend a large part of my life reading descriptions of restaurants. "
" I think poetry is the only domain where a writer you like can truly be said to influence you, because you read and reread a poem so many times that it simply drills itself into your head. "
" The Americans are completely stupid. The intellectual level in any single European country is higher than in America. "
" Women are not stupid, but they were not clever enough to realise that feminism did not bring freedom, but the opposite. That's why I'm glad feminism is dead. "
" In my own writing, I think of myself as a realist who exaggerates a little. "
" I think that there is a sharp contrast for most people between life at university, where they meet lots of people, and the moment when they enter the workforce, when they basically no longer meet anyone. Life becomes dull. So as a result people get married to have a personal life. I could elaborate but I think everyone understands. "
" The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it. "
" I prefer reading to writing. Reading changes your world view. Writing changes absolutely nothing. Except, of course, when it makes you rich. "
" I think that if writers don't speak about real life, it's because they don't know it. "
" There is no point in asking me general questions because I am always changing my mind. "
" You know, you don't have to have permanent opinions. You can think, every morning, 'I love the world' and go to bed every night thinking, 'I hate the world.' "
" Those who think they know me are simply lacking in information. "
" The press may hate me, and I know my battles with them are not over, but that doesn't matter. "
" I tend to think that good and evil exist and that the quantity in each of us is unchangeable. The moral character of people is set, fixed until death. "
Good And Evil
" I think that if I am notorious, it is because other people have decided that this is how I should be. "
" Using a big word like 'plagiarism'... always causes some damage. It will always do lasting damage, like accusations of racism. "
" You can't be a crazy rebel in the face of death, it's not a fitting attitude. "
" Islam is a dangerous religion. "
" Active people don't change the world profoundly; ideas do. Napoleon is less important in world history than Jean-Jacques Rousseau. "
Change The World
" The most stupid religion is Islam. "
" When you read the Koran, you give up. At least the Bible is very beautiful because Jews have an extraordinary literary talent. "
" I admit that invective is one of my pleasures. This only brings me problems in life, but that's it. I attack, I insult. I have a gift for that, for insults, for provocation. So I am tempted to use it. "
" Why am I popular? I don't know. Is it a mistake? I should think it's a mistake somewhere. "
" When a country is strong... it accepts any dose of pessimism from its writers. "