"I apologize for being obvious, but every time I watch the curtain come down on even a halfway decent production of a Shakespeare play I feel a little sorrowful that I'll never know the man, or any man of such warm intelligence."
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."Ian Mcewan on Albert Einstein
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."Ian Mcewan on Albert Einstein
"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."Ian Mcewan on Albert Einstein
"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them."Ian Mcewan on Albert Einstein
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."Ian Mcewan on Albert Einstein
"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."