English Novelist, Short-Story Writer, Essayist, Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
"If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."
"It is pleasant to be transferred from an office where one is afraid of a sergeant-major into an office where one can intimidate generals, and perhaps this is why History is so attractive to the more timid among us. We can recover self-confidence by snubbing the dead."
"Our life on earth is, and ought to be, material and carnal. But we have not yet learned to manage our materialism and carnality properly; they are still entangled with the desire for ownership."
"The hungry and the homeless don't care about liberty any more than they care about cultural heritage. To pretend that they do care is cant."
"What is so wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote, and brings to birth in us also the creative impulse."