Martin Amis

British novelist

Lived from: 1949-

Quotes: Martin Amis

Quotes 1 till 15 of 15.

1
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    America has had much more respect for its writers because they had to define what America was. America wasn't sure what it was.
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal.
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    I'm afraid the negative things are always the great subjects. Failure is much more interesting than success.
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    More will mean worse.
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.
    Source: Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million (2014) 42
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    People are always talking on their phones, or looking at their phones, because they don't want to be alone with their thoughts.
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    Probably human cruelty is fixed and eternal. Only styles change.
    Source: Time's arrow, or, The nature of the offence (1991)
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    Someone watches over us when we write. Mother. Teacher. Shakespeare. God.
    Source: London Fields (1989)
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    The true manipulator never has a reputation for manipulating.
    Source: London Fields (1989)
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough.
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    When success happens to an English writer, he acquires a new typewriter. When success happens to an American writer, he acquires a new life.
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    - +
     0
    When the past is forgotten, the present is unforgettable.
1