"It's only when you're alone that you realize where you are. You have nothing to fall back on except your own resources."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Paul Theroux on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Paul Theroux on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Paul Theroux on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Paul Theroux on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Paul Theroux on Marilyn Monroe
"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."
"Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It's also about mutual help, not about exploitation."