"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."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."Paul Theroux on Mark Twain
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."Paul Theroux on Albert Einstein
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."Paul Theroux on Colin Powell
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."Paul Theroux on Dale Carnegie
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."Paul Theroux on Abraham Lincoln
"It's only when you're alone that you realize where you are. You have nothing to fall back on except your own resources."
"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."