"Africa has no future."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."V. S. Naipaul on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."V. S. Naipaul on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."V. S. Naipaul on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."V. S. Naipaul on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."V. S. Naipaul on William Shakespeare
"The writer is all alone."
"If you write a novel alone you sit and you weave a little narrative. And it's O.K., but it's of no account."
"What was past was past. I suppose that was the general attitude."
"The reason is that they define how I have gone about my business. I have trusted to intuition. I did it at the beginning. I do it even now. I have no idea how things might turn out, where in my writing I might go next."
"I went to India and met some people who had been involved in this guerrilla business, middle-class people who were rather vain and foolish. There was no revolutionary grandeur to it. Nothing."