You can put anything into words, except your own life.
There is no art without Eros.
Nothing is harder than to accept oneself.
I have no words for my reality.
I don't believe in providence and fate, as a technologist I am used to reckoning with the formulae of probability.
My greatest fear repetition.
When I started off with Trainspotting, it was the way the characters came to me. That's how they sounded to me. It seemed pretentious to sound any other way. I wasn't making any kind of political statement.
What worries me is the professionalism of everything.
The first job of a writer is to be honest.
I'd always liked to read, but when I picked up books I wasn't getting the same kind of excitement from them that I was from going out clubbing. I wanted to get the same kind of feel.
I feel like I've exhausted guys and male friendships.
I enjoy the freedom of the blank page.
I didn't have any concept of Trainspotting being published. It was a selfish act. I did it for myself.
Football now, to be honest, it bores me. You can publish the salaries of the teams and then you look at the standings and they are almost the same.
We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive
If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once.
When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over.
To have what we want is riches but to be able to do without is power.
To be trusted is a greater complement than to be loved.
Love is the opener as well as closer of eyes.
It matters little where a man may be at this moment the point is whether he is growing.
Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.
The whole wood seemed running now, running hard, hunting, chasing, closing in round something or - somebody In panic, he began to run too, aimlessly, he knew not whither.
Badger hates Society, and invitations, and dinner, and all that sort of thing.