Martin Amis
Quotations


Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough.

Money doesnít mind if we say itís evil, it goes from strength to strength. Itís a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.

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

Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.

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

Being inoffensive, and being offended, are now the twin addictions of the culture.

It's been said that happiness writes white. It doesn't show up on the page. When you're on holiday and writing a letter home to a friend, no one wants a letter that says the food is good and the weather is charming and the accommodations comfortable. You want to hear about lost passports and rat-filled shacks.

America has had much more respect for its writers because they had to define what America was. America wasn't sure what it was.

One of the many things I do not understand about Americans is this: what is it like to be a citizen of a superpower, to maintain democratically the means of planetary extinction. I wonder how this contributes to the dreamlife of America, a dreamlife that is so deep and troubled.

The true manipulator never has a reputation for manipulating.

When success happens to an English writer, he acquires a new typewriter. When success happens to an American writer, he acquires a new life.

It used to be said that by a certain age a man had the face that he deserved. Nowadays, he has the face he can afford.

Laughter always forgives.



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