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    I think everything I write is from an atheist perspective. I mean, it's partly from an atheist perspective because I'm an atheist, and I'm just not really interested in religious-based questions.
    — Alex Garland
    I don't keep a travel diary. I did keep a travel diary once and it was a big mistake. All I remember of that trip is what I bothered to write down. Everything else slipped away, as though my mind felt jilted by my reliance on pen and paper. For exactly the same reason I don't travel with a camera. My holiday becomes the snapshots and anything I forget to record is lost.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: travel  mistakes  lost  mind  write 
     
    Dream life, I realized, was only confusing when you were awake. It was from the perspective of waking life that dream life seemed fractured and lacking consequence, lacking any certainty that one thing led to another. But from within dream life, the world was generally coherent. Not exactly an unconfusing world-just no more confusing than any other.
    — Alex Garland
    I do all this alone, everything I achieve, I achieve alone, because it's my head I'm locked into, and I share this space with nobody but myself.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: alone  space  achieve  shares 
     
    Every dream that anyone ever has is theirs alone and they never manage to share it. And they never manage to remember it either. Not truly or accurately. Not as it was. Our memories and our vocabularies aren't up to the job.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: memory  alone  job  dreams  shares 
     
    If you look at the whole life of the planet, we - you know, Man - has only been around for a few blinks of an eye. So if the infection wipes us all out, that is a return to normality.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: men  eyes 
     
    I wrote a whole novel before The Beach. Unpublishable. Junk. But, for some reason I stuck at novels and wrote a second. Still not sure why I didn't give up. Stubborn, maybe.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: novel 
     
    Well, if there's an infinite amount of chances for something to happen, then eventually it will happen - no matter how small the likelihood.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: chance 
     
    I knew my affection for the Philippines was equally as telling: a democracy on paper, apparently well ordered, regularly subverted by irrational chaos. A place where I'd felt instantly at home.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: chaos  democracy 
     
    As for me... I'm fine. I have bad dreams, but I never saw Mister Duck again. I play video games. I smoke a little dope. I got my thousand-yard stare. I carry a lot of scares. I like the way that sounds. I carry a lot of scares.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: bad  dreams  games  smoke 
     
    I did keep a travel diary once and it was a big mistake. All I remember of that trip is what I bothered to write down.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: travel  mistakes  write 
     
    Tourists went on holidays while travellers did something else. They travelled.
    — Alex Garland
    When you develop an infatuation for someone you always find a reason to believe that this is exactly the person for you. It doesn't need to be a good reason. Taking photographs of the night sky, for example. Now, in the long run, that's just the kind of dumb, irritating habit that would cause you to split up. But in the haze of infatuation, it's just what you've been searching for all these years.
    — Alex Garland
    I've written original material before, where I've come up with the idea and the characters myself, and that's definitely very different to working with someone else's characters and stories.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: character  stories  ideas 
     
    Waking was the most reliable part of a dream, as built into dreams as death is to life. You dream, you wake: you live, you die.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: death  live  die  dreams 
     
    Show people your stuff, listen carefully to their responses, but ultimately don't value anyone's opinion above your own. Be influenced by writers you dislike as well as writers you like. Read their stuff to figure out what's wrong. Find a balance between the confidence that allows you continue, and the self-critical facility that enables you to improve. Get the balance wrong on either side, and you're screwed.
    — Alex Garland
    There's this saying: in an all-blue world, colour doesn't exist... If something seems strange, you question it; but if the outside world is too distant to use as a comparison then nothing seems strange.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: world  questions 
     
    Though I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil, for I am the evilest motherfucker in the valley
    — Alex Garland
    tags: death  evil  fear 
     
    You fish, swim, eat, laze around, and everyone's so friendly. It's such simple stuff, but... If i could stop the world and restart life, put the clock back, i think I'd restart it like this. For everyone.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: world 
     
    If I'd learnt one thing from travelling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don't talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: book 
     
    Escape through travel works. Almost from the moment I boarded my flight, life in England became meaningless. Seat-belt signs lit up, problems switched off. Broken armrests took precedence over broken hearts. By the time the plane was airborne I'd forgotten England even existed.
    — Alex Garland
    The first I heard of the beach was in Bangkok, on the Ko Sanh Road.
    — Alex Garland
    Of course witnessing poverty was the first to be ticked off the list. Then I had to graduate to the more obscure stuff. Being in a riot was something I pursued with a truly obsessive zeal, along with being tear-gassed and hearing gunshots fired in anger.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: poverty  anger 
     
    It slightly depends on your perspective, sort of how you look at these things, but when I sit down to write a script, I'm not planning to write a script; I'm planning to make a film, and so I only see the script as being just a step there.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: film  write  perspective 
     
    Normally, small talk is enough for me to form an opinion of someone. I make quick judgments, often completely wrong, and then stick by them rigidly.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: wrong  opinion 
     
    The thing about tourism is just that it's incredibly powerful. It's like a gun and it's incredibly easy to be irresponsible with it. And the speed of the impact that tourism can have on a place can be quite breathtaking. It doesn't take years, it takes months. That's how quickly it works. And it can be quite a bleak thing to witness.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: work  powerful  year 
     
    Vietnam, me love you long time. All day, all night, me love you long time.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: time  night  vietnam 
     
    I've never been to Comic-Con, but I'm certainly aware from this side of the Atlantic that it's a very important part of film marketing now, even when the films are not directly linked to a comic.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: film  marketing 
     
    I carry a lot of scars. I like the way that sounds. I carry a LOT of scars.
    — Alex Garland
    I don't like dealing with money transactions in poor countries. I get confused between the feeling that I shouldn't haggle with poverty and getting ripped off
    — Alex Garland
    tags: poverty  poor  money 
     
    When I see 'Sunshine,' I see a film that part of me is kind of very proud of and another part of me is very sad about, so it's a really complicated film for me. And I've never been really able to resolve all that in myself.
    — Alex Garland
    tags: sad  film 
     
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