Monica Ali quotes

  • The thing about getting older is that you don't need everything to be possible any more, you just need things to be certain.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Getting Older #Needs #Certain

  • If the culture is so all pervasive that you can’t think outside of it, how are you making genuine choices?
    -- Monica Ali

    #Thinking #Choices #Culture

  • People always want to identify a writer with their protagonist.
    -- Monica Ali

    #People #Want #Protagonists

  • I get really excited if I think I'm going to introduce somebody to a writer they haven't found before and I think they'll love. My favorite books to get as gifts are any that the giver is messianic about.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Book #Thinking #Excited

  • I guess there's a sort of cycle with writing books. There's all the researching and then the imagining and writing - which is the real job - and then there's always a period when the book comes out and you have to lift your head and venture out.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Jobs #Real #Book

  • I like Beryl Bainbridge a great deal, and she is a writer who absolutely demands to be read a second, third, and fourth time. I admire her great courage in leaving so much unsaid and asking the reader to really engage her brain.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Leaving #Brain #Asking

  • Sometimes I look back and I am shocked. Everyday of my life I have prepared for success, worked for it, waited for it, and you don't notice how the days pass until nearly a lifetime is finished. Then it hits you--the thing you have been waiting for has already gone by. And it was going in the other direction. It's like I've been waiting on the wrong side of the road for a bus that was already full." p. 265
    -- Monica Ali

    #Waiting #Everyday #Gone

  • I started writing 'Brick Lane' when my children were two years and five months old. We were on holiday in the north of England when I was overtaken by a compulsion to start writing.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Children #Writing #Holiday

  • Kids are naturally inventive and curious and creative, but most adults have had that beaten out of them. Writing is a form of play; you have to get rid of all those internal censors that we adults have, the things that say, 'Don't go there, that's not allowed.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Kids #Writing #Play

  • Some writers are more natural public performers than others; personally I find it quite strange giving interviews. But everyone has parts of their job that they like more than others. You can't complain if you get to do what you love doing most of the time, can you?
    -- Monica Ali

    #Jobs #Giving #Interviews

  • I'm very eclectic in my music tastes - anything from Nina Simone to Beethoven to Talvin Singh.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Taste #Nina #Singh

  • I wish I got a lie-in on Saturday mornings but I never do.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Morning #Lying #Wish

  • I rarely get a moment to myself, but I love the way that my agenda is dictated by the children, not my work.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Children #Way #Agendas

  • I don't want to get hung up on what 'people,' that nebulous mass, think about me. That's the way to unhappiness, I think.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Thinking #People #Want

  • I always try to create conflict and drama in my books; it's the engine of the novel.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Drama #Book #Trying

  • A new car is not going to change your life.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Car #Changing Your Life #New Car

  • Writing is a deeply immersive experience.  When the words are flying, the house could be burgled and I wouldn’t notice.  I have a low boredom threshold and I like intensity – writing is a way of escaping the quotidian.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Writing #Escaping #Boredom

  • I was always an outsider, always standing outside, observing and trying to figure things out. Which is exactly what you need to do as a writer, I suppose.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Trying #Outsiders #Needs

  • She touched his hand for the last time. "Oh, Karim, that we have already done. But always there was a problem between us. How can I explain? I wasn't me, and you weren't you. From the very beginning to the very end, we didn't see things. What we did--we made each other up." p. 382
    -- Monica Ali

    #Hands #Done #Lasts

  • You know how if you're born in a certain situation you always expect your life to run on a steady trajectory? I've never really had a sense of that. I assume that life is going to go up and down.
    -- Monica Ali

    #Running #Assuming #Life Is