"The moment that changed me for ever was the moment my first child was born. I was happy, filled with hope, and thought, 'Now I understand the whole point of work, of life, of love.'"
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Paul Theroux on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Paul Theroux on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Paul Theroux on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Paul Theroux on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Paul Theroux on Dalai Lama
"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."