"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."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."V. S. Naipaul on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."V. S. Naipaul on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."V. S. Naipaul on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."V. S. Naipaul on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."V. S. Naipaul on Marilyn Monroe
"The writer is all alone."
"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."
"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."