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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Writing is about culture and should be about everything.
That's what makes it what it is.
- 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 didn't have any concept of Trainspotting being published.
It was a selfish act.
I did it for myself.
- Irvine Welsh

What worries me is the professionalism of everything.
- 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

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

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

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'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

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'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead


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