"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."
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Paul Theroux on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Paul Theroux on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Paul Theroux on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Paul Theroux on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Paul Theroux on Benjamin Franklin
"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."
"Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It's also about mutual help, not about exploitation."