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V. S. Naipaul Quotes and Sayings

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As a child I knew almost nothing, nothing beyond what
I had picked up in my grandmother's house.
All children, I suppose, come into the world like that,
not knowing who they are.
- V. S. Naipaul

This is unusual for me.
I have given readings and not lectures.
I have told people who ask for lectures that I have no lecture to give.
And that is true.
- V. S. Naipaul

I am the kind of writer that people think other people are reading.
- V. S. Naipaul

I came to London.
It had become the center of my world and I had worked hard to come to it.
And I was lost.
- V. S. Naipaul

 

I will say I am the sum of my books.
- V. S. Naipaul

The world is always in movement.
- V. S. Naipaul

One always writes comedy at the moment of deepest hysteria.
- V. S. Naipaul

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That element of surprise is what I look for when I am writing.
It is my way of judging what I am doing -
which is never an easy thing to do.
- V. S. Naipaul

What was past was past.
I suppose that was the general attitude.
- V. S. Naipaul

The biography of a writer - or even the autobiography -
will always have this incompleteness.
- V. S. Naipaul

The world is what it is; men who are nothing,
who allow themselves to become nothing,
have no place in it.
- V. S. Naipaul

The world outside existed in a kind of darkness;
and we inquired about nothing.
- V. S. Naipaul

But everything of value about me is in my books.
- V. S. Naipaul

All the details of the life and the quirks and the
friendships can be laid out for us,
but the mystery of the writing will remain.
No amount of documentation, however fascinating,
can take us there.
- V. S. Naipaul

Each book, intuitively sensed and, in the case of fiction,
intuitively worked out, stands on what has gone before,
and grows out of it.
I feel that at any stage of my literary career it could
have been said that the last book contained all the others.
- V. S. Naipaul

I have trusted to my intuition to find the subjects,
and I have written intuitively.
I have an idea when I start, I have a shape;
but I will fully understand what I have written only after some years.
- V. S. Naipaul

Whatever extra there is in me at any given moment isn't fully formed.
I am hardly aware of it; it awaits the next book.
It will - with luck - come to me during the actual writing,
and it will take me by surprise.
- V. S. Naipaul

The reason is that they define how I have gone about my business.
I have trusted to intuition.
I did it at the beginning.
I do it even now.
I have no idea how things might turn out,
where in my writing I might go next.
- V. S. Naipaul

In Trinidad, where as new arrivals we were a disadvantaged community,
that excluding idea was a kind of protection;
it enabled us -
for the time being,
and only for the time being - to live in our own way
and according to our own rules,
to live in our own fading India.
- V. S. Naipaul

We made no inquiries about India or about the families people had left behind.
When our ways of thinking had changed,
and we wished to know, it was too late.
I know nothing of the people on my father's side;
I know only that some of them came from Nepal.
- V. S. Naipaul

It was a good place for getting lost in,
a city no one ever knew, a city explored from the neutral heart outward,
until after many years, it defined itself into a jumble
of clearings separated by stretches of the unknown,
through which the narrowest of paths had been cut.
- V. S. Naipaul

Argentine political life is like the life of an ant
community or an African forest tribe:
full of events,
full of crisis and deaths, but life is always cyclical,
and the year ends as it begins.
- V. S. Naipaul

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor PHOTO

Choose to be as a young child -
fully awake, eager for the next experience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

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 PHOTO

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

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

Adventure is the child of courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature.
By and by love becomes not a relationship,
it becomes a state of your being.
Not that you are in love - now you are love.
- Osho

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

Don't prepare the path for the child,
prepare the child for the path.
- Anonymous

I think, at a child's birth,
if a mother could ask a fairy godmother
to endow it with the most useful gift,
that gift should be curiosity.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Do not say, "It is morning,"
and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.
See it for the first time
as a newborn child that has no name.
- Rabindranath Tagore

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy,
the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it.
Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return.
Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
- Epictetus

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Consciously adopt the mindset of a young child,
to whom all of life is a grand adventure.
Life is your playground.
Fashion grand castles and sweeping boulevards,
defeat fire-breathing dragons,
leap tall buildings in a single bound.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A child miseducated is a child lost.
- John F. Kennedy

There was never a child so lovely
but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To a very young child, mommy and daddy are gods.
We spend our lives looking to regain
that sense of being cared for and protected.
Thus religion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child,
we should first examine it and see whether it is
not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
- Carl Jung

You can never really live anyone else's life,
not even your child's.
The influence you exert is through your own life,
and what you've become yourself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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 about you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
- Marianne Williamson

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child.
Things never get back to the way they were.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Zen says that if you drop knowledge -
and within knowledge everything is included;
your name, your identity, everything,
because this has been given to you by others -
if you drop all that has been given by others,
you will have a totally different quality to your being: innocence.
This will be a crucifixion of the persona, the personality,
and there will be a resurrection of your innocence.
You will become a child again, reborn.
- Osho

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers,
but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.
The curriculum is so much necessary raw material,
but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant
and for the soul of the child.
- Carl Jung

Children are curious and are risk takers.
They have lots of courage.
They venture out into a world
that is immense and dangerous.
A child initially trusts life
and the processes of life.
- John Bradshaw

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational
act that two people in love can commit.
- Bill Cosby

If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
...
If a child lives with fear,
he learns to be apprehensive.
...
If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.
...
If a child lives with acceptance,
he learns to love.
- Dorothy Law Nolte

All my life through, the new sights
of Nature made me rejoice like a child.
- Marie Curie

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest battle of all is simply... Life.
This is no child's game. This is the big one -
the Super Bowl - the Game of all games.
The rules of Life are unwritten and unknown.
Perhaps, one could say that there are no rules.
The Judge has ultimate power.
She can call the game at any time - for any reason.
The penalties in the Game are completely arbitrary -
in both timing and severity.
Penalty for what, we ask?
The Judge is silent.
How can I win the Game?
"You can never win," comes the answer,
"So just take pleasure in playing the Game."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have no hostility to nature, but a child's love to it.
I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jealousy is a child of selfishness and distrust.
- Mourning Dove

Love is staying up all night with a sick child -
or a healthy adult.
- David Frost

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less
of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.
- Thornton Wilder

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child.
Just how childlike golf players become is proven by
their frequent inability to count past five.
- John Updike

Child-rearing is my main interest now.
I'm a hands-on father.
- Sean Penn

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Touch a scientist and you touch a child.
- Ray Bradbury

Nothing separates the generations more than music.
By the time a child is eight or nine,
he has developed a passion for his own music that is
even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
- Bill Cosby

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
- Ambrose Bierce

The child is father of the man.
- William Wordsworth

Clear? Huh. Why a four-year-old child
could understand this report.
Run out and find me a four-year-old child,
I can't make head or tail of it.
- the Groucho Marx movie Duck Soup

There are only two things a child will share willingly;
communicable diseases and its mother's age.
- Benjamin Spock

If the money we donate helps one child or can ease the pain of one parent,
those funds are well spent.
- Carl Karcher

People always ask me, 'Were you funny as a child?' Well,
no, I was an accountant.
- Ellen DeGeneres


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