"I think of novels in architectural terms. You have to enter at the gate, and this gate must be constructed in such a way that the reader has immediate confidence in the strength of the building."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Ian Mcewan on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Ian Mcewan on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Ian Mcewan on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Ian Mcewan on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Ian Mcewan on Ernest Hemingway
"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."