"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."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Paul Theroux on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Paul Theroux on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Paul Theroux on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Paul Theroux on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Paul Theroux on Friedrich Nietzsche
"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."
"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."