"I actually find novels that are determined to be funny at every turn quite oppressive."
"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man."Ian Mcewan on Lana Turner
"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."Ian Mcewan on Ron White
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."Ian Mcewan on Bill Cosby
"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes."Ian Mcewan on Jim Carrey
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."Ian Mcewan on Elbert Hubbard
"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."