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Martin Amis Quotes: "Religious belief is without reason and without dignity, and its record is near-universally dreadful."

Religious belief is without reason and without dignity, and its record is near-universally dreadful.




Martin Amis Quotes: "Probably human cruelty is fixed and eternal. Only styles change."

Probably human cruelty is fixed and eternal. Only styles change.




Martin Amis Quotes: "My life looked good on paper - where, in fact, almost all of it was being lived."

My life looked good on paper - where, in fact, almost all of it was being lived.



Martin Amis Quotes: "When the past is forgotten, the present is unforgettable"

When the past is forgotten, the present is unforgettable




Martin Amis Quotes: "Closure is a greasy little word which, moreover, describes a nonexistent condition. The truth, Venus, is that nobody gets over anything."

Closure is a greasy little word which, moreover, describes a nonexistent condition. The truth, Venus, is that nobody gets over anything.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Perhaps there are other bits of my life that would take on content, take on shadow, if only I read more and thought less about money."

Perhaps there are other bits of my life that would take on content, take on shadow, if only I read more and thought less about money.



Martin Amis Quotes: "When you’ve lost all your play, guess what love becomes. Work. Work that gets harder every hour."

When you’ve lost all your play, guess what love becomes. Work. Work that gets harder every hour.




Martin Amis Quotes: "Love is blind; but it makes you see the blind man; teetering on the roadside . . ."

Love is blind; but it makes you see the blind man; teetering on the roadside . . .



Martin Amis Quotes: "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."

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.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Addictions do come in handy sometimes: at least you have to get out of bed for them."

Addictions do come in handy sometimes: at least you have to get out of bed for them.



Martin Amis Quotes: "These are the Seven Deadly Sins: Avarice, Envy, Pride, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Sloth. These are the seven deadly sins: venality, paranoia, insecurity, excess, carnality, contempt, boredom."

These are the Seven Deadly Sins: Avarice, Envy, Pride, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Sloth. These are the seven deadly sins: venality, paranoia, insecurity, excess, carnality, contempt, boredom.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Kingsley Amis was a lenient father. His paternal style, in the early years, can best be described as amiably minimalist - in other words, my mother did it all."

Kingsley Amis was a lenient father. His paternal style, in the early years, can best be described as amiably minimalist - in other words, my mother did it all.




Martin Amis Quotes: "Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun."

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



Martin Amis Quotes: "You can kill time in a number of ways but it always depends on the kind of time you're fighting: some time is unkillable, immortal"

You can kill time in a number of ways but it always depends on the kind of time you're fighting: some time is unkillable, immortal



Martin Amis Quotes: "I always do my draft in long hand because even the ink is part of the flow."

I always do my draft in long hand because even the ink is part of the flow.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Time, the human dimension, which makes us everything we are."

Time, the human dimension, which makes us everything we are.



Martin Amis Quotes: "The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when alone."

The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when alone.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Style isn't something added on; it's intrinsic to the perceptions and the way you see life."

Style isn't something added on; it's intrinsic to the perceptions and the way you see life.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Tremendous interest in the superficial is very characteristic of cultures in decline."

Tremendous interest in the superficial is very characteristic of cultures in decline.



Martin Amis Quotes: "People are always talking on their phones, or looking at their phones, because they don't want to be alone with their thoughts."

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 Quotes: "Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black."

Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Envy never comes to the ball dressed as envy; it comes dressed as high moral standards or distaste for materialism."

Envy never comes to the ball dressed as envy; it comes dressed as high moral standards or distaste for materialism.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Someone watches over us when we write. Mother. Teacher. Shakespeare. God."

Someone watches over us when we write. Mother. Teacher. Shakespeare. God.



Martin Amis Quotes: "When it comes to flying, I am a nervous passenger but a confident drinker and Valium-swallower."

When it comes to flying, I am a nervous passenger but a confident drinker and Valium-swallower.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough."

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



Martin Amis Quotes: "Belief is otiose; reality is sufficiently awesome as it stands."

Belief is otiose; reality is sufficiently awesome as it stands.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Your heart becomes gangrenous in your body when you go against your talent."

Your heart becomes gangrenous in your body when you go against your talent.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Don't dumb down; always write for your top five percent of readers."

Don't dumb down; always write for your top five percent of readers.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Fiction is the only way to redeem the formlessness of life"

Fiction is the only way to redeem the formlessness of life



Martin Amis Quotes: "It's without doubt my main subject. The way masculinity can go wrong. And I'm something of a gynocrat in a utopian kind of way."

It's without doubt my main subject. The way masculinity can go wrong. And I'm something of a gynocrat in a utopian kind of way.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Mere fact has no chance of being formally perfect. It will get in the way, it will be all elbows."

Mere fact has no chance of being formally perfect. It will get in the way, it will be all elbows.



Martin Amis Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The universe is a million billion light-years wide, and every inch of it would kill you if you went there. This is the position of the universe with regards to human life."

The universe is a million billion light-years wide, and every inch of it would kill you if you went there. This is the position of the universe with regards to human life.



Martin Amis Quotes: "He awoke at six, as usual. He needed no alarm clock. He was already comprehensively alarmed."

He awoke at six, as usual. He needed no alarm clock. He was already comprehensively alarmed.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Your purpose when driving is not to arrive at your destination safely or quickly. Your purpose when driving is...to impress your personality on the road."

Your purpose when driving is not to arrive at your destination safely or quickly. Your purpose when driving is...to impress your personality on the road.



Martin Amis Quotes: "This (writing) is the love of your life. It's what I want to do when I wake up. Nothing feels so absorbing, so fulfilling."

This (writing) is the love of your life. It's what I want to do when I wake up. Nothing feels so absorbing, so fulfilling.



Martin Amis Quotes: "The true manipulator never has a reputation for manipulating."

The true manipulator never has a reputation for manipulating.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions."

Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.



Martin Amis Quotes: "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."

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.



Martin Amis Quotes: "All my adult life I have been searching for the right adjective to describe my father's peculiarly aggressive comic style. I recently settled on 'defamatory."

All my adult life I have been searching for the right adjective to describe my father's peculiarly aggressive comic style. I recently settled on 'defamatory.



Martin Amis Quotes: "To idealize: all writing is a campaign against cliché. Not just clichés of the pen but clichés of the mind and clichés of the heart."

To idealize: all writing is a campaign against cliché. Not just clichés of the pen but clichés of the mind and clichés of the heart.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Never content just to be, America is also obliged to mean; America signifies, hence its constant and riveting vulnerability to illusion."

Never content just to be, America is also obliged to mean; America signifies, hence its constant and riveting vulnerability to illusion.



Martin Amis Quotes: "In America, the policeman is a working-class hero. In England, the policeman is a working-class traitor."

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



Martin Amis Quotes: "Let me assure you that the humourless as a bunch don't just not know what's funny, they don't know what's serious. They have no common sense, either, and shouldn't be trusted with anything."

Let me assure you that the humourless as a bunch don't just not know what's funny, they don't know what's serious. They have no common sense, either, and shouldn't be trusted with anything.



Martin Amis Quotes: "I think all writers have a bit of genius in them, and a bit of talent. Genius retreats but talent improves."

I think all writers have a bit of genius in them, and a bit of talent. Genius retreats but talent improves.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Love might have expanded her. But we are not all of us going to get loved. We are not all of us going to get expanded."

Love might have expanded her. But we are not all of us going to get loved. We are not all of us going to get expanded.



Martin Amis Quotes: "At its grandest, political correctness is an attempt to accelerate evolution."

At its grandest, political correctness is an attempt to accelerate evolution.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Novelists tend to go off at 70, and I'm in a funk about it, I've got myself into a real paranoid funk about it, how the talent dies before the body."

Novelists tend to go off at 70, and I'm in a funk about it, I've got myself into a real paranoid funk about it, how the talent dies before the body.



Martin Amis Quotes: "Being inoffensive, and being offended, are now the twin addictions of the culture."

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