"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."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."Ian Mcewan on Nelson Mandela
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."Ian Mcewan on Albert Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."Ian Mcewan on Aristotle
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."Ian Mcewan on Maya Angelou
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."Ian Mcewan on Oscar Wilde
"What reader wants to be told what attitude to strike?"
"One has to have the courage of one's pessimism."
"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."
"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."