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    I didn't have any concept of Trainspotting being published. It was a selfish act. I did it for myself.
    — Irvine Welsh
    I tend to read more nonfiction, really, because when I'm writing I don't like to read other fiction.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: writing  read  fiction 
     
    Everything in the street today seems soft focus.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: focus 
     
    His eyes are wild, psychotic slits that bat-dance in your soul looking for good things to crush or bad elements to identify with.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: soul  eyes  wild  bad 
     
    I enjoy the freedom of the blank page.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: freedom 
     
    I'm working on a screenplay right now for the BBC, but I hope to have the decks cleared soon so I can get into the studio with my pals and put down some more tracks, try to get a strong dance single together.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: right  strong  hope  dance 
     
    Sometimes ah think that people become junkies just because they subconsciously crave a wee bit ay silence.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: people  silence 
     
    I grew up in what was not so much a familyas a genetic disaster.
    — Irvine Welsh
    Ah suppose man, ah'm too much ay a perfectionist, ken? It's likesay, if things go a bit dodgy, ah jist cannae be bothered, y'know.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: men 
     
    The first job of a writer is to be honest.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: job 
     
    I'm always watching people over a short time frame, putting them in an extreme position. Sometimes you don't see the humanity in a person because the time frame is so short and the circumstance so extreme.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: humanity  time  people  extreme 
     
    You can't lie to your soul.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: lies  soul 
     
    It was the books I started reading. It was the music I started listening to. It was the television I started watching. I found myself thinking again. I tried to stop because it was only causing pain. I couldn't. Wen all this is in your head it has to come out into your life. If it doesn't, you get crushed. I'm not going to get crushed.
    — Irvine Welsh
    Once you've been with each other in a primal, shagging state, it's hard to talk about the weather.
    — Irvine Welsh
    I was anti-everything and everyone. I didn't want people around me. This aversion was not some big crippling anxiety; merely a mature recognition of my own psychological vulnerability and my lack of suitability as a companion. Thoughts jostled for space in my crowded brain as i struggled to give them some order which might serve to motivate my listless life.
    — Irvine Welsh
    I'm not running away, I'm moving on.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: running 
     
    There's that horrible-beautiful moment, that bitter-sweet impasse where you know that somebody is bullshitting you but they're doing it with such panache and conviction...no, it's because they say exactly what you want to hear, at that point in time.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: time  moment 
     
    I'd always done a lot of sniffing glue as a kid. I was very interested in glue, and then I went to lager and speed, and I drifted into heroin because as a kid growing up everybody told me, 'don't smoke marijuana, it will kill you'.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: kids  smoke 
     
    I'm more of a warrior than you'll ever be. I believe in the class war. I believe in the battle of the sexes. I believe in my tribe. I believe in the righteous, intelligent clued-up section of the working classes against the brain-dead moronic masses as well as the mediocre, soulless bourgeoisie.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: believe  battle  sex  war 
     
    don't let jesus in. AA is just one obsession replaced with another
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: jesus 
     
    Some people are easier to love when you don't have to be around them.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: people 
     
    I think young writers should get other degrees first, social sciences, arts degrees or even business degrees. What you learn is research skills, a necessity because a lot of writing is about trying to find information.
    — Irvine Welsh
    By definition, you have to live until you die. Better to make that life as complete and enjoyable an experience as possible, in case death is shite, which I suspect it will be.
    — Irvine Welsh
    Bad luck is usually transmitted by close proximity to habitual sufferers.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: luck  bad 
     
    There's nothing worse than a violent beating from an unremarkable person. Physical violence with someone is too much like shagging them. Too much id involved.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: people  violence  violent 
     
    It's all okay, it's all beautiful; but ah fear that this internal sea is gaunnae subside soon, leaving this poisonous shite washed up, stranded up in ma body.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: fear  body 
     
    Ah wonder if anybody this side of the Atlantic has ever bought a baseball bat with playing baseball in mind.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: wonder  mind  baseball 
     
    How many shots does it take before the concept ay choice becomes obsolete?
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: choice 
     
    It's different in Scotland. People who come to readings are more interested in literature as such, but the readership in general is really quite diverse. It's a cliche, but it's said that people who read my books don't read any other books, and you do get that element.
    — Irvine Welsh
    The establishment, the newspapers, they try to create something called Scottish literature, but when people are actually going to write, they are not going to necessarily prescribe to that, they'll write what they feel.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: people  literature  write 
     
    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.
    — Irvine Welsh
    Choose life " I chose not to choose life. I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?
    — Irvine Welsh
    Sometimes there's a snobbery among literary types that these people don't really get it, but in a lot of ways they get it more than the literati. There's a culture in the background that they understand and know. They get that deeper level.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: people  culture 
     
    It wis like auld times, but in a sense that only served tae remind us ay how much things hud changed.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: time 
     
    Rents once sais, thirs nothin like a darker skin tone tae increase the vigilance ay the police n the magistrates: too right.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: right 
     
    Now there is apparently a causal link between heroin addiction and vegetarianism.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: addiction 
     
    You can only live in the world you ken. The rest is just wishful thinking or paranoia.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: live  world  thinking 
     
    Iggy Pop looks right at me as he sings the line: 'America takes drugs in psychic defence'; only he changes 'America' to 'Scatlin', and defines us mair accurately in a single sentence than all the others have ever done.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: right  drugs  america 
     
    Love does not exist, it's like religion, the state wants you to believe in that kind of crap so they can control you, and f**k your head up.
    — Irvine Welsh
    tags: believe  control 
     
    It was around the summer of 1982 when the drug problem really impacted. It became a lifestyle rather than a recreation. When you start lying and stealing, you cannot con yourself you're in control any more.
    — Irvine Welsh
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    irvine welsh
    Birth    : September 27, 1958
    Occupation  : Novelist