"Trinidad may seem complex, but to anyone who knows it, it is a simple, colonial, philistine society."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."V. S. Naipaul on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."V. S. Naipaul on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."V. S. Naipaul on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."V. S. Naipaul on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."V. S. Naipaul on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."