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Martin Amis quotes

If God existed, and if He cared for humankind, He would never have given us religion.

My literary career kicked off in 1956 when, as a resident of Swansea, South Wales, I published my first novel, 'Lucky Jim.'

Novelists are stamina merchants, grinders, nine-to-fivers, and their career curves follow the usual arc of human endeavour.

When we read, we are doing more than delectating words on a page stories, characters, images, notions. We are communing with the mind of the author.

Everything seems fine until you're about 40. Then something is definitely beginning to go wrong. And you look in the mirror with your old habit of thinking, 'While I accept that everyone grows old and dies, it's a funny thing, but I'm an exception to that rule.'

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without the thorn.

It's an ancient idea that the leader of a democracy should not be the cleverest but the most average. That's an arguable point, but the world has decided otherwise - except in America, where it still divides the country right down the middle.

Language leads a double life - and so does the novelist. You chat with family and friends, you attend to your correspondence, you consult menus and shopping lists, you observe road signs, and so on. Then you enter your study, where language exists in quite another form - as the stuff of patterned artifice.

Watching an adaptation of your novel can be a violent experience: seeing your old jokes suddenly thrust at you can be alarming. But I started to enjoy 'Money' very quickly, and then I relaxed.

Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.

Very broadly, literature concerns itself with the internal, cinema with the external.

Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.

When I go back to the core of my childhood, my cousin Lucy seems always to be in the peripheral vision of my memories. She is off to one side, always off to one side, with a book, with a scheme or a project or an enterprise.

Tennis: the most perfect combination of athleticism, artistry, power, style, and wit. A beautiful game, but one so remorselessly travestied by the passage of time.

All novelists write in a different way, but I always write in longhand and then do two versions of typescript on a computer.

All writers of fiction will at some point find themselves abandoning a piece of work - or find themselves putting it aside, as we gently say.

Every 10 years you're a different person, and the really great books evolve with you as you get older. They're full of new rewards.

Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal.

I would never write about someone that forced me to write at a lower register than what I can write.