"If you're a misanthrope you stay at home. There are certain writers who really don't like other people. I'm not like that, I don't think."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Paul Theroux on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Paul Theroux on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Paul Theroux on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Paul Theroux on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Paul Theroux on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."
"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."