V.S. Naipaul Quotes

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V.S. Naipaul Quotes

I knew there was something that separated me from Ferdinand and the life of the bush about me. And it was because I had no means in my day-to-day life of asserting this difference, of exhibiting my true self, that I fell into the stupidity of exhibiting my things.
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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.

— V.S. Naipaul

A cat only has itself.

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Whenever I have had to write fiction, I've always had to invent a character who roughly has my background.

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Writing has to support itself.

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Each book, intuitively sensed and, in the case of fiction, intuitively worked out, stands on what has gone before, and grows out of it. I feel that at any stage of my literary career it could have been said that the last book contained all the others.

— V.S. Naipaul

My publisher, who was so good as a taster and editor, when she became a writer, lo and behold, it was all this feminine tosh.

— V.S. Naipaul

[In]the too solid three-dimensional city, I could never feel myself as anything but spectral, disintegrating, pointless, fluid.

— V.S. Naipaul

When things went wrong they had the consolations of religion. This wasn't just a readiness to accept Fate; this was a quiet and profound conviction about the vanity of all human endeavour.

— V.S. Naipaul

Well, India is a country of nonsense. M. K. Gandhi

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The family feuds or the village feuds often had to do with an idea of honor. Perhaps it was a peasant idea; perhaps this idea of honor is especially important to a society without recourse to law or without confidence in law.

— V.S. Naipaul

Ignorant people in preppy clothes are more dangerous to America than oil embargoes.

— V.S. Naipaul

You can't deny what you've learned; you can't deny your travels; you can't deny the nature of your life.

— V.S. Naipaul

Everybody is interesting for an hour, but few people can last more than two.

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