"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."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Ian Mcewan on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Ian Mcewan on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Ian Mcewan on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Ian Mcewan on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Ian Mcewan on William Shakespeare
"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."