"A twenty-one-year-old writer is likely to be inhibited by a lack of usable experience. Childhood and adolescence were something I knew."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Ian Mcewan on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Ian Mcewan on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Ian Mcewan on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Ian Mcewan on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Ian Mcewan on Mark Twain
"What reader wants to be told what attitude to strike?"
"One has to have the courage of one's pessimism."
"My parents were keen for me to have the education they themselves never had. They weren't able to guide me towards particular books, but they encouraged me to read, which I did, randomly and compulsively."
"In my experience an appreciative letter from a fellow writer means a lot."
"By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage."