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Irvine Welsh Quotes and Sayings

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I feel like I've exhausted guys and male friendships.
- 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 didn't have any concept of Trainspotting being published.
It was a selfish act.
I did it for myself.
- Irvine Welsh

I enjoy the freedom of the blank page.
- 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

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

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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

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

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

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

There is a kind of mysticism to writing.
- 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'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 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

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 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 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

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

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 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'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

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

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou PHOTO

I am a Passionate Observer of Life.
I See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino PHOTO

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy PHOTO

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.
- Ashley Smith

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger
we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.
- The Buddha

I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Keep courage. Whatever you do,
do not feel sorry for yourself.
You will win in a great age of opportunity.
- Richard L. Evans

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

When you feel the need to hurry,
remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want to feel rich,
just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
- Anonymous

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing,
while others judge us by what we have already done.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Love is saying "I feel differently,"
instead of "You're wrong."
- Anonymous

Whosoever is spared personal pain
must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of
the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach,
but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect,
we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
- Anthony Robbins

Do what you feel in your heart to be right.
You'll be criticized anyway.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Feel the fear and do it anyway.
- Susan Jeffers

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If you ask a stupid question, you may feel stupid;
if you don't ask a stupid question, you remain stupid.
- Tony Rothman

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.
- Mother Teresa

The more you know the less you feel.
- Bono

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.
- Benjamin Spock

Know the power of perspective.
Be a passionate observer of life.
See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To love what you do and feel that it matters,
how on earth could anything be more fun.
- Katherine Graham

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

Smell the smells, feel the fear,
and smile at the incoherent way
life runs us in circles
while inscribing the real lessons
in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

If we don't feel appreciated, we don't feel loved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Only good comes from being honest and true.
Only harm and suffering cone from falsehood.
It doesn't always feel as if good comes from truth and honesty,
but, in the long run, it does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be an Observer of Life.
See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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