Martin Amis (Writer)

#57514 Martin Amis

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without the thorn. .

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#57515 Martin Amis

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn. .

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#57516 Martin Amis

Tennis: the most perfect combination of athleticism, artistry, power, style, and wit. A beautiful game, but one so remorselessly travestied by the passage of time. .

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#57517 Martin Amis

Jane was my wicked stepmother: she was generous, affectionate and resourceful; she salvaged my schooling and I owe her an unknowable debt for that. One flaw: sometimes, early on, she would tell me things designed to make me think less of my mother, and I would wave her away, saying, 'Jane, this just backfires and makes me think less of you.' .

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#57518 Martin Amis

Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions. .

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#57519 Martin Amis

Novelists are stamina merchants, grinders, nine-to-fivers, and their career curves follow the usual arc of human endeavour. .

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#57520 Martin Amis

Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun. .

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#57521 Martin Amis

If God existed, and if He cared for humankind, He would never have given us religion. .

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#57522 Martin Amis

When I go back to the core of my childhood, my cousin Lucy seems always to be in the peripheral vision of my memories. She is off to one side, always off to one side, with a book, with a scheme or a project or an enterprise. .

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#57523 Martin Amis

Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal. .

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#57524 Martin Amis

Several people, not just reviewers, took me to task for writing about what they called the working classes - something I've been doing for 40 years. I thought that was contemptible - what do they want to do, ghettoize the working class as a subject? Can you only write about your own class? I've written about royalty, am I not allowed to do that? .

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#57525 Martin Amis

The middle class is doing fine in fiction. But it's not what gets me going. I love the working class, and everyone from it I've met, and think they're incredibly witty, inventive - there's a lot of poetry there. .

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#57526 Martin Amis

The process of writing a novel begins with a pang, a moment of recognition, and a situation, a character, or something you read in a paper, that seems to go off, like a solar flare inside your head. .

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#57527 Martin Amis

Watching an adaptation of your novel can be a violent experience: seeing your old jokes suddenly thrust at you can be alarming. But I started to enjoy 'Money' very quickly, and then I relaxed. .

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#57528 Martin Amis

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. .

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#57529 Martin Amis

Very broadly, literature concerns itself with the internal, cinema with the external. .

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#57530 Martin Amis

In America, the policeman is a working-class hero. In England, the policeman is a working-class traitor. .

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#57531 Martin Amis

All novelists write in a different way, but I always write in longhand and then do two versions of typescript on a computer. .

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#57532 Martin Amis

All writers of fiction will at some point find themselves abandoning a piece of work - or find themselves putting it aside, as we gently say. .

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#57533 Martin Amis

Every 10 years you're a different person, and the really great books evolve with you as you get older. They're full of new rewards. .

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#57534 Martin Amis

Like fundamentalist Judaism and medieval Christianity, Islam is totalist. That is to say, it makes a total claim on the individual. .

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#57535 Martin Amis

My literary career kicked off in 1956 when, as a resident of Swansea, South Wales, I published my first novel, 'Lucky Jim.' .

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#57536 Martin Amis

No novel has ever changed anything, as far as I can see. .

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#57537 Martin Amis

Novelists don't age as quickly as philosophers, who often face professional senility in their late twenties. .

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#57538 Martin Amis

It's becoming clearer and clearer to me that the world is there to be celebrated by writers, and in fact this is what all the good ones do, and that the great fashion for gloom and grimness was in fact a false path that certain writers took, I think in response to the horrors of the first half of the twentieth century. .

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