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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.
tags: writing read fiction
— Irvine Welsh
Everything in the street today seems soft focus.
tags: focus
— Irvine Welsh
His eyes are wild, psychotic slits that bat-dance in your soul looking for good things to crush or bad elements to identify with.
tags: soul eyes wild bad
— Irvine Welsh
I enjoy the freedom of the blank page.
tags: freedom
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: right strong hope dance
— Irvine Welsh
Sometimes ah think that people become junkies just because they subconsciously crave a wee bit ay silence.
tags: people silence
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: men
— Irvine Welsh
The first job of a writer is to be honest.
tags: job
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: humanity time people extreme
— Irvine Welsh
You can't lie to your soul.
tags: lies soul
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: pain listening music thinking reading book
— 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.
tags: people thoughts companion brain space
— Irvine Welsh
I'm not running away, I'm moving on.
tags: running
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: time moment
— Irvine Welsh
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'.
tags: kids smoke
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: believe battle sex war
— Irvine Welsh
don't let jesus in. AA is just one obsession replaced with another
tags: jesus
— Irvine Welsh
Some people are easier to love when you don't have to be around them.
tags: people
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: young learn writing business research
— 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.
tags: death live experience die definition
— Irvine Welsh
Bad luck is usually transmitted by close proximity to habitual sufferers.
tags: luck bad
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: people violence violent
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: fear body
— Irvine Welsh
Ah wonder if anybody this side of the Atlantic has ever bought a baseball bat with playing baseball in mind.
tags: wonder mind baseball
— Irvine Welsh
How many shots does it take before the concept ay choice becomes obsolete?
tags: choice
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: people reading book literature read
— 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.
tags: people literature write
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: character political
— 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.
tags: people culture
— Irvine Welsh
It wis like auld times, but in a sense that only served tae remind us ay how much things hud changed.
tags: time
— Irvine Welsh
Rents once sais, thirs nothin like a darker skin tone tae increase the vigilance ay the police n the magistrates: too right.
tags: right
— Irvine Welsh
Now there is apparently a causal link between heroin addiction and vegetarianism.
tags: addiction
— Irvine Welsh
You can only live in the world you ken. The rest is just wishful thinking or paranoia.
tags: live world thinking
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: right drugs america
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: believe control
— Irvine Welsh
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.
tags: control problem lifestyle summer lying drugs
— Irvine Welsh
irvine welsh
Birth    : September 27, 1958
Occupation  : Novelist