All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh
For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.
I do not think that marriage is one of my talents. I've been much happier unmarried than married.
In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
It seems to me like this: it's not a terrible thing--I mean, it may be terrible, but it's not damaging, it's not poisoning--to do without something one really wants ... What's really terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do, or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.
It's lovely to have money to give away - that's the bonus of winning the Nobel.
Nonsense, it was all nonsense: this whole damned outfit, with its committees, its conferences, its eternal talk, talk, talk, was a great con trick; it was a mechanism to earn a few hundred men and women incredible sums of money.
September 11 was terrible but, if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn't that terrible.
Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.