"Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."Paul Theroux on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."Paul Theroux on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."Paul Theroux on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."Paul Theroux on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."Paul Theroux on Helen Keller
"It's only when you're alone that you realize where you are. You have nothing to fall back on except your own resources."
"The people of Hong Kong are criticized for only being interested in business, but it's the only thing they've been allowed to do."
"When I started writing, I did have some idealised notion of my dad as a writer. But I have less and less of a literary rivalry with him as I've gone on. I certainly don't feel I need his approval, although maybe that's because I'm confident that I've got it."
"You define a good flight by negatives: you didn't get hijacked, you didn't crash, you didn't throw up, you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food. So you are grateful."
"Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It's also about mutual help, not about exploitation."