Irvine Welsh quotes

  • 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

    #Definitions #Cases #Enjoyable

  • 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

    #Graduation #Art #Writing

  • We start off with high hopes, then we bottle it. We realise that we’re all going to die, without really finding out the big answers. We develop all those long-winded ideas which just interpret the reality of our lives in different ways, without really extending our body of worthwhile knowledge, about the big things, the real things. Basically, we live a short disappointing life; and then we die. We fill up our lives with shite, things like careers and relationships to delude ourselves that it isn’t all totally pointless.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Real #Careers #Ideas

  • 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 ***** because as a kid growing up everybody told me, 'don't smoke marijuana, it will kill you'.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Growing Up #Kids #Marijuana

  • I enjoy the freedom of the blank page.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Pages #Blank Pages #Blank

  • Sometimes ah think that people become junkies just because they subconsciously crave a wee bit ay silence.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Thinking #People #Silence

  • I didn't have any concept of Trainspotting being published. It was a selfish act. I did it for myself.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Selfish #Trainspotting #Selfishness

  • Good luck to progressive candidates in U.S. Senate elections against the usual rich, white, racist, women-hating ***** they run against.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Running #Hate #Good Luck

  • It's hard to maintain both smack and crack habbits and remember to keep up mobile-phone payments.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Phones #Cracks #Remember

  • I grew up in a place where everybody was a storyteller, but nobody wrote. It was that kind of Celtic, storytelling tradition: everybody would have a story at the pub or at parties, even at the clubs and raves.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Party #Literature #Clubs

  • 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

    #Pain #Reading #Book

  • 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

    #America #Psychics #Drug

  • Even as I'm shoveling up my hooter, I realize the sad truth. Coke bores me, It bores us all. We're jaded cunts, in a scene we hate, a city we hate, pretending that we're at the center of the universe, trashing ourselves with crap drugs to stave off the feeling that real life is happening somewhere else, aware that all we're doing is feeding that paranoia and disenchantment, yet somehow we're too apathetic to stop. Cause, sadly, there's nothing else of interest to stop for.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Hate #Real #Cities

  • You can only live in the world you ken. The rest is just wishful thinking or paranoia.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Thinking #World #Wishful Thinking

  • 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

    #Believe #Doe #Want

  • 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

    #Needs #Reason #Heroin

  • 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

    #Book #Reading #Scotland

  • 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

    #Strong #Track #Trying

  • 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

    #People #Humanity #Sometimes

  • 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.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Book #Going Out #Excitement

  • When people start writing there is this idea that you have to get everything right first time, every sentence has to be perfect, every paragraph has to be perfect, every chapter has to be perfect, but what youre doing is not any kind of public show, until youre ready for it.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Writing #Ideas #People

  • When I first started to get into writing, it was via music. I'd generate ideas for songs that would turn into stories, then they'd turn into novels. I was biased toward music.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Song #Writing #Ideas

  • Rents once sais, thirs nothin like a darker skin tone tae increase the vigilance ay the police n the magistrates: too right.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Police #Skins #Tone

  • I grew up in what was not so much a familyas a genetic disaster.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Disaster #Grew Up #Grew

  • Now there is apparently a causal link between ***** addiction and vegetarianism.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Vegetarianism #Addiction #Links

  • Now, for the first time, he's seeing that there really is a way out of this, and it's all so simple. You don't have to run away. You just meet somebody special and step sideways into a parallel universe.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Running #Simple #Special

  • You can't lie to your soul.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Honesty #Lying #Soul

  • Some people are easier to love when you don't have to be around them.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #People #Easier

  • 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

    #Sex #War #Believe

  • I'm not running away, I'm moving on.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Running #Moving #Running Away

  • 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

    #Crush #Eye #Soul

  • don't let jesus in. AA is just one obsession replaced with another
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Jesus #Obsession #Replaced

  • It's only now that I realize that behaviour always has a context and precedents, it's what you do rather than what you are, although we often never recognise that context or understand what these precedents are.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Behaviour #Realizing #Precedent

  • 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

    #Summer #Lying #Drug

  • 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

    #Order #Space #People

  • 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

    #Men #Too Much #Perfectionist

  • It wis like auld times, but in a sense that only served tae remind us ay how much things hud changed.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Changed

  • Bruce, you’re an ugly and silly old man. You’re very possibly an alcoholic and God knows what else. You’re the type of sad case who preys on vulnerable, weak and stupid women in order to boost his own shattered ego. You’re a mess. You’ve gone wrong somewhere pal.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Stupid #Silly #Men

  • But even Es and cocaine, over the years they blow holes in your brain, rob you of your memories, your past. Which is fair enough, convenient even.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Memories #Blow #Past

  • 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

    #Beautiful #Sweet #Want

  • Ah walk doon Hammersmith Broadway, London seeming strange and alien, after only a three-month absence, as familiar places do when you’ve been away. It’s as if everything is a copy of what you knew before, similar, yet somehow lacking in its usual qualities, a bit like the wey things are in a dream. They say you have to live in a place to know it, but you have to come fresh tae really see it.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Dream #Quality #Broadway

  • Thir must be less tae life than this
    -- Irvine Welsh

  • When two people were in love you had to leave them to it. Especially when you weren't in love and wished that you were. That could embarrass. That could hurt.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Hurt #Love You #Two

  • He emphasised basic truths: you are not dying yet, you have to live your life until you are. Underpinning them was the belief that the grim reality of impending death can be talked away by trying to invest in the present reality of life. I didn’t believe that at the time, but now I do. 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

    #Believe #Reality #Live Your Life

  • Everything in the street today seems soft focus.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Focus #Today #Streets

  • It’s all okay, it’s all beautiful; but ah fear that this internal sea is gaunnae subside soon, leaving this poisonous ***** washed up, stranded up in ma body.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Beautiful #Sea #Leaving

  • 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

    #Writing #People #Trying

  • 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

    #People #Culture #Levels

  • I tend to read more nonfiction, really, because when I'm writing I don't like to read other fiction.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Writing #Fiction #Nonfiction

  • 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

    #Too Much #Violence #Violent

  • How many shots does it take before the concept ay choice becomes obsolete?
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Choices #Doe #Obsolete

  • Bad luck is usually transmitted by close proximity to habitual sufferers.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Luck #Bad Luck #Proximity

  • 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

    #Character #Political #Trainspotting

  • How did it make you feel?
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Reflection #Feels

  • There is a kind of mysticism to writing.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Writing #Kind #Mysticism

  • The first job of a writer is to be honest.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Jobs #Firsts #Honest

  • 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

    #Order #Space #Giving

  • Ah wonder if anybody this side of the Atlantic has ever bought a baseball bat with playing baseball in mind.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Baseball #Mind #Bats

  • Basically, particularly in Britain, it's a hegemonic thing that people who write tend to come from the leisure classes. They can afford the time and the books.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Book #Writing #Class

  • That's all very well as an abstract moral principle, Avril, a coffee-table theoretical construct, but there's no denying the sheer gratuitous pleasure to be derived from seeing members of the ruling class in pain and torment.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Pain #Coffee #Class

  • Once you've been with each other in a primal, shagging state, it's hard to talk about the weather.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Weather #States #Shagging

  • What worries me is the professionalism of everything.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Worry #Professionalism

  • You can't just have stuff that is free and escapist, you have to have stuff that is confrontational as well. You need stuff that is mystical but you need the realism too.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Needs #Stuff #Realism

  • I feel like I've exhausted guys and male friendships.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Guy #Males #Exhausted

  • There's all this stuff that is happening in Edinburgh now, it's a sad attempt to create an Edinburgh society, similar to a London society, a highbrow literature celebrity society.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Edinburgh #Literature #London

  • I spend so much time on the screen when I am writing, the last thing you want to do is spend more time on the Internet looking at a screen. That's what I hate about all this technology.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Hate #Writing #Technology

  • I wanted to capture the excitement of house music, almost like a four-four beat, and the best way to do that was to use a language that was rhythmic and performative.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Music #House #Four

  • When I'm not writing, I read loads of fiction, but I've been writing quite constantly lately so I've been reading a lot of nonfiction - philosophy, religion, science, history, social or cultural studies.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Philosophy #Reading #Writing

  • I love doubt in a woman. It's nearly as sexy as determination.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Sexy #Determination #Doubt

  • Are you asking me or telling me?
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Asking

  • The dead man is on the trolley and the woman collapses across his chest. That's what the ghouls want a shufti at, like at that Princess Diana's funeral, they want to scrutinise those who really knew her, to drink the misery out of their faces.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Princess #Men #Ghouls

  • Writing is about culture and should be about everything. That's what makes it what it is.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Writing #Culture #Should

  • Every kind of book I've written has been written in a different way. There has not been any set time for writing, any set way, I haven't re-invented the process every time but I almost have.
    -- Irvine Welsh

    #Book #Writing #Different