"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."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."V. S. Naipaul on Mark Twain
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."V. S. Naipaul on Albert Einstein
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."V. S. Naipaul 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."V. S. Naipaul on Dale Carnegie
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."V. S. Naipaul on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"Some writers can only deal with childhood experience, because it's complete. For another kind of writer, life goes on, and he's able to keep processing that as well."