"In so much of politics you're not allowed to disagree with what's been agreed."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Iain Banks on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Iain Banks on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Iain Banks on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Iain Banks on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Iain Banks on Joseph Stalin
"Torture is such a slippery slope as soon as you allow a society or any legal system to do that, almost instantly you get a situation where people are being tortured for very trivial reasons."
"Science fiction is trying to find alternative ways of looking at realities."
"My point has always been that, ever since the Industrial Revolution, science fiction has been the most important genre there is."
"A lot of what the 'Culture' is about is a reaction to all the science fiction I was reading in my very early teens."
"I think a lot of people are frightened of technology and frightened of change, and the way to deal with something you're frightened of is to make fun of it. That's why science fiction fans are dismissed as geeks and nerds."