"Oh I love gadgets and I pride myself on keeping at the cutting edge of technology."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."Alexander McCall Smith on Albert Einstein
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."Alexander McCall Smith on Oscar Wilde
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."Alexander McCall Smith on Arthur C. Clarke
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."Alexander McCall Smith on John F. Kennedy
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."Alexander McCall Smith on John F. Kennedy
"Writers obviously have to bear witness to the harsh face of the age."
"I've also long since realized that the way to really engage children is to give out prizes it's amazing how it concentrates their minds."
"My wife Elizabeth and I started The Really Terrible Orchestra for people like us who are pretty hopeless musicians who would like to play in an orchestra. It has been a great success. We give performances we've become the most famous bad orchestra in the world."
"It's through the small things that we develop our moral imagination, so that we can understand the sufferings of others."
"But you cannot expect every writer to dwell on human suffering. I think my books do deal with grave issues. People who say they are too positive probably haven't read them."