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I didn't have any concept of Trainspotting being published.
by Irvine Welsh

I didn't have any concept of Trainspotting being published.
It was a selfish act.
I did it for myself.
- Irvine Welsh

I tend to read more nonfiction, really,
because when I'm writing I don't like to read other fiction.
- Irvine Welsh

I enjoy the freedom of the blank page.
- Irvine Welsh

I wanted to capture the excitement of house music,
almost like a four-four beat, and the best way to do
that was to use a language that was rhythmic and performative.
- Irvine Welsh

 

I feel like I've exhausted guys and male friendships.
- Irvine Welsh

There is a kind of mysticism to writing.
- Irvine Welsh

When I first started to get into writing,
it was via music.
I'd generate ideas for songs that would turn into stories,
then they'd turn into novels.
I was biased toward music.
- Irvine Welsh

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Writing is about culture and should be about everything.
That's what makes it what it is.
- Irvine Welsh

What worries me is the professionalism of everything.
- Irvine Welsh

The first job of a writer is to be honest.
- Irvine Welsh

There's all this stuff that is happening in Edinburgh now,
it's a sad attempt to create an Edinburgh society,
similar to a London society, a highbrow literature celebrity society.
- Irvine Welsh

Basically, particularly in Britain, it's a hegemonic
thing that people who write tend to come from the leisure classes.
They can afford the time and the books.
- Irvine Welsh

I'd always liked to read, but when I picked up books
I wasn't getting the same kind of excitement from them
that I was from going out clubbing.
I wanted to get the same kind of feel.
- Irvine Welsh

I'm working on a screenplay right now for the BBC,
but I hope to have the decks cleared soon so I can
get into the studio with my pals and put down some more tracks,
try to get a strong dance single together.
- Irvine Welsh

It was around the summer of 1982 when the drug problem really impacted.
It became a lifestyle rather than a recreation.
When you start lying and stealing, you cannot con yourself
you're in control any more.
- Irvine Welsh

I'm always watching people over a short time frame,
putting them in an extreme position.
Sometimes you don't see the humanity in a person because
the time frame is so short and the circumstance so extreme.
- Irvine Welsh

When I started off with Trainspotting,
it was the way the characters came to me.
That's how they sounded to me.
It seemed pretentious to sound any other way.
I wasn't making any kind of political statement.
- Irvine Welsh

When I'm not writing, I read loads of fiction,
but I've been writing quite constantly lately so I've
been reading a lot of nonfiction -
philosophy,
religion, science, history, social or cultural studies.
- Irvine Welsh

I think young writers should get other degrees first,
social sciences, arts degrees or even business degrees.
What you learn is research skills, a necessity because
a lot of writing is about trying to find information.
- Irvine Welsh

Every kind of book I've written has been written in a different way.
There has not been any set time for writing,
any set way, I haven't re-invented the process every time but I almost have.
- Irvine Welsh

I grew up in a place where everybody was a storyteller,
but nobody wrote.
It was that kind of Celtic, storytelling tradition:
everybody would have a story at the pub or at parties,
even at the clubs and raves.
- Irvine Welsh

When people start writing there is this idea that you
have to get everything right first time,
every sentence has to be perfect, every paragraph has to be perfect,
every chapter has to be perfect, but what you're doing
is not any kind of public show,
until you're ready for it.
- Irvine Welsh

The establishment, the newspapers, they try to create
something called Scottish literature,
but when people are actually going to write,
they are not going to necessarily prescribe to that,
they'll write what they feel.
- Irvine Welsh

Sometimes there's a snobbery among literary types that
these people don't really get it,
but in a lot of ways they get it more than the literati.
There's a culture in the background that they understand and know.
They get that deeper level.
- Irvine Welsh

I spend so much time on the screen when I am writing,
the last thing you want to do is spend more time on
the Internet looking at a screen.
That's what I hate about all this technology.
- Irvine Welsh

It's different in Scotland.
People who come to readings are more interested in literature as such,
but the readership in general is really quite diverse.
It's a cliche, but it's said that people who read my
books don't read any other books,
and you do get that element.
- Irvine Welsh

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
- Mother Teresa

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

I didn't want to marry anybody else in town.
I want my baby to look like you.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Choose love. Choose to release all resentments.
Forgive everyone. Choose to release all regrets.
Forgive yourself for all decisions that you have ever made
that didn't work out as you hoped.
Forgive yourself for any financial decisions
that didn't meet your expectations.
Release your regrets if you choose
the "wrong" spouse or the "wrong" career.
Today, choose love.
Choose to love yourself.
Choose to love your life.
Choose to love all the friends, family, co-workers,
acquaintances, and others who share your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't like you.
If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you.
But I did, I do, and I will.
- Anonymous

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me
than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn't
measure up to the standard he set.
- John Malkovich

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
- Aristotle Onassis

I kept my babies fed.
I could have dumped them, but I didn't.
I decided that whatever trip I was on,
they were going with me.
You're looking at a real daddy.
- Barry White

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people
couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
- Kin Hubbard

You define a good flight by negatives:
you didn't get hijacked,
you didn't crash, you didn't throw up,
you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food.
So you are grateful.
- Paul Theroux

Dad taught me everything I know.
Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.
- Al Unser

What if happiness were found in the serenity of simple pleasures.
What if we didn't need the newest gizmo... the highest high?
What if happiness is in the air we breathe...
slowly, deeply, and consciously?
What if happiness is one fresh grape, savored with gratitude?
What if happiness is in our oneness with all creation?
What if happiness is about enjoying life exactly as it comes to us -
without chasing after it?
What if happiness is something we CHOOSE...
regardless of our circumstances?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life's like Vegas. You're up, you're down,
but in the end the house always wins.
Doesn't mean you didn't have fun.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

Disneyland is a work of love.
We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
- Walt Disney

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
- Satchel Paige

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

The Vatican is against surrogate mothers.
Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born.
- Elayne Boosler

Bachelors know more about women than married men;
if they didn't they'd be married too.
- H. L. Mencken

For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants,
like most Lutheran boys.
I got a telescope.
My mother thought it would make the best gift.
- Wernher von Braun

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

I used to want to be a lawyer, but I didn't want to
have half my brain sucked out.
- Max Walker

My mom's a Catholic, and my dad's a Jew,
and they didn't want anything to do with anything.
- Isabelle Huppert

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why
the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
- Laurence J. Peter

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if
the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
- Cullen Hightower

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and
I told him of course he could,
so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.
- Eric Morecambe

I crashed my boyfriend's birthday when I was 12 years old.
He didn't invite me and so I showed up.
- Isla Fisher

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work,
and I didn't stop until she got home.
- George Stephen

I didn't have the same fitness or ability as the other girls,
so I had to beat them with my mind.
- Martina Hingis

We didn't actually overspend our budget.
The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.
- Frank Howard Clark

I was a brownie for a day.
My mom made me stop.
She didn't want me to conform.
- Sandra Bullock

The earth is like a spaceship
that didn't come with an operating manual.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

When I turned 60, it didn't bother me at all.
- Yoko Ono

I would think twice about designing stuff for which
there was no need and which didn't endure.
- Robin Day

I didn't make it all the way through third grade for nothing.
- the movie The Rescuers Down Under

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson


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