James Kelman quotes

  • Ninety-nine per cent of traditional English literature concerns people who never have to worry about money at all. We always seem to be watching or reading about emotional crises among folk who live in a world of great fortune both in matters of luck and money; stories and fantasies about rock stars and film stars, sporting millionaires and models; jet-setting members of the aristocracy and international financiers.
    -- James Kelman

    #Stars #Reading #Emotional

  • My culture and my language have the right to exist, and no one has the authority to dismiss that.
    -- James Kelman

    #Culture #Language #Authority

  • Theoretical webs, dirty webs, fusty webs, old and shrivelling away into nothingness, a fine dust.Who needs that kind of stuff. Far far better getting out into the open air and doing it, actually doing it, something solid and concrete and unconceptualisable.
    -- James Kelman

    #Dirty #Air #Dust

  • Creativity is not passive, I don't see the creation of art as passive.
    -- James Kelman

    #Art #Creativity #Creation

  • The beauty of prose fiction that I see is simply that in order to create something you need only pay attention to personal exigency.
    -- James Kelman

    #Order #Needs #Attention

  • In prose fiction the freedom to work honestly exists, although you may have to fight for it. In those other areas of literature, I mean drama, there is only silence. That sort of aesthetic integrity does not exist in radio and television, and seldom on film.
    -- James Kelman

    #Integrity #Drama #Mean

  • Is it not careless to become too local when there are four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone.

  • You know what shows today are missing? Stars.

  • Words are freeborn, and not the vassals of the gruff tyrants of prose to do their bidding only. They have the same right to dance and sing as the dewdrops have to sparkle and the stars to shine.

  • We can never sneer at the stars, mock the dawn, or scoff at the totality of being.

  • City lights shine bright on my complexion, Self-reflection...red hairs flashing at the intersection. Life is a green light, one star, no script, Supporting actors...fresh peaches, no pit.

  • As a general rule, I abstain from reading reports of attacks upon myself, wishing not to be provoked by that to which I cannot properly offer an answer.

  • Well, guys are better at mechanical stuff and women are better at emotional stuff.

  • I don't have anything against my mom, but my family has no emotional connection to each other.

  • The demons of the Devil don't use your weak weaknesses against you, they use your strong ones. If you're rational and logical, they argue their case rationally and logically. If you're loyal and faithful, they turn those against you. If you're passionate and emotional, they make you passionate and emotional about your worse fears. Your weak weaknesses are no use to them.... They find the strongest weaknesses you didn't know were yours and use those against you.

  • The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful - my personal life suffers.