"One important theme is the extent to which one can ever correct an error, especially outside any frame of religious forgiveness. All of us have done something we regret - how we manage to remove that from our conscience, or whether that's even possible, interested me."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that."Ian Mcewan on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."Ian Mcewan on Mahatma Gandhi
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."Ian Mcewan on John F. Kennedy
"Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them."Ian Mcewan on Bruce Lee
"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."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."
"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."