"I don't believe there's any inherent darkness at the center of religion at all. I think religion actually is a morally neutral force."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Ian Mcewan on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Ian Mcewan on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Ian Mcewan on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Ian Mcewan on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Ian Mcewan on Albert Camus
"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."