"When I learnt to write I became my own master, I became very strong, and that strength is with me to this very day."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."V. S. Naipaul on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."V. S. Naipaul on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."V. S. Naipaul on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."V. S. Naipaul on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."V. S. Naipaul on Ernest Hemingway
"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."