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.

V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Whatever they say about going back to the beginning, they’ll be interested in the car.

Life is helluva thing. You can see trouble coming and you can't do a damn thing to prevent it coming. You just got to sit and watch and wait.

In England I am not English, in India I am not Indian. I am chained to the 1,000 square miles that is Trinidad; but I will evade that fate yet.

I will say I am the sum of my books.

Judgment is contained in the act of trying to understand.

I wondered that clothes, even the apparently revealing tropical clothes I had seen on Yvette, should have concealed so much, should have broken the body up, as it were, into separate parts and not really hinted at the splendour of the whole.

The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.

Out of every kind of nervousness I didn't move.

Certain emotions bridge the years and link unlikely places.

I knew the door I wanted. I knocked.

The ancillary aspect of every British city now is the council estate.

Like many isolated people, they were wrapped up in themselves and not too interested in the world outside.

He was, after all, like other high officials. I wondered why I thought he would be different. These men, who depended on the President's favour for everything, were bundles of nerves. The great power they excercised went with a constant fear of being destroyed.

I forgot my fear. In this way fear, the feeling that everything could at any moment go, became background, a condition of life, something you had to accept.