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V. S. Naipaul, fully Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

(1932 - 1996)


Trinidadian-British Nobel Prize-Winning Writer

A businessman is someone who buys at ten and is happy to get out at twelve. The other kind of man buys at ten, sees it rise to eighteen and does nothing. He is waiting for it to get to twenty. The beauty of numbers. When it drops to ten again he waits for it to get back to eighteen. When it drops to two he waits for it to get back to ten. Well, it gets back there. But he has wasted a quarter of his life. And all he's got out of his money is a little mathematical excitement.
A cat only has itself.
A celestial camera recorded my every movement, impartially, without judgement or pity. I was marked; I was of interest; I would survive.
A civilization which has taken over the world cannot be said to be dying.
A complying memory has obliterated many of them and edited my childhood down to a brief cinematic blur.
A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say Sum! because he could see no more. But we who lived there saw our street as a world, where everybody was quite different from everybody else. Mam-man was mad; George was stupid; Big Foot was a bully; hat was an adventurer; Popo was a philosopher; and Morgan was our comedian.
Africa has no future.
Africa is not a fun place, you know. A fun place is somewhere that lifts the spirits, that cossets the senses. I don't think that can be said of the Africa I traveled in.
Africans need to be kicked, that's the only thing they understand.
After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities.