"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."
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."Ian Mcewan on Mother Teresa
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."Ian Mcewan on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."Ian Mcewan on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."Ian Mcewan on Martin Luther
"Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts."Ian Mcewan on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"A twenty-one-year-old writer is likely to be inhibited by a lack of usable experience. Childhood and adolescence were something I knew."