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V. S. Naipaul quotes

An autobiography can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies: it reveals the writer totally.

My life is short. I can't listen to banality.

That element of surprise is what I look for when I am writing. It is my way of judging what I am doing - which is never an easy thing to do.

It's very attractive to people to be a victim. Instead of having to think out the whole situation, about history and your group and what you are doing... if you begin from the point of view of being a victim, you've got it half-made. I mean intellectually.

I came to London. It had become the center of my world and I had worked hard to come to it. And I was lost.

One always writes comedy at the moment of deepest hysteria.

The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.

Home is, I suppose just a child's idea. A house at night, and a lamp in the house. A place to feel safe.

A cat only has itself.

I could meet dreadful people and end up seeing the world through their eyes, seeing their frailties, their needs.

I had no student friends to talk to about literature. My tutor was a really nice man, very charming - but he had no literary judgment.

I profoundly feel that people are letting you down all the time.

The world is always in movement.

Africa has no future.

I always knew who I was and where I had come from. I was not looking for a home in other people's lands.

I will say I am the sum of my books.

You need someone to see what you've done, to read it and to understand it and to appreciate what's gone into it.

Argentine political life is like the life of an ant community or an African forest tribe: full of events, full of crisis and deaths, but life is always cyclical, and the year ends as it begins.

A civilization which has taken over the world cannot be said to be dying.

Africans need to be kicked, that's the only thing they understand.