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“Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black.”
Martin Amis, The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11
“Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.”
Martin Amis
“And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.”
Martin Amis, London Fields
“Life is made of fear. Some people eat fear soup three times a day. Some people eat fear soup all the meals there are. I eat it sometimes. When they bring me fear soup to eat, I try not to eat it, I try to send it back. But sometimes I'm too afraid to and have to eat it anyway.”
Martin Amis, Other People
“When the past is forgotten, the present is unforgettable”
Martin Amis, Other People
“Closure is a greasy little word which, moreover, describes a nonexistent condition. The truth, Venus, is that nobody gets over anything.”
Martin Amis, House of Meetings
“Oh Christ, the exhaustion of not knowing anything. It's so tiring and hard on the nerves. It really takes it out of you, not knowing anything. You're given comedy and miss all the jokes. Every hour you get weaker. Sometimes, as I sit alone in my flat in London and stare at the window, I think how dismal it is, how heavy, to watch the rain and not know why it falls.”
Martin Amis, Money
“The universe is a million billion light-years wide, and every inch of it would kill you if you went there. This is the position of the universe with regards to human life.”
Martin Amis
“Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black. We can't tell if it will survive us. But we can be sure that it's the last thing to go.”
Martin Amis, The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11
tags: love
“He awoke at six, as usual. He needed no alarm clock. He was already comprehensively alarmed.”
Martin Amis, The Information
“What did Nabokov and Joyce have in common, apart from the poor teeth and the great prose? Exile, and decades of near pauperism. A compulsive tendency to overtip. An uxoriousness that their wives deservedly inspired. More than that, they both lived their lives 'beautifully'--not in any Jamesian sense (where, besides, ferocious solvency would have been a prerequisite), but in the droll fortitude of their perseverance. They got the work done, with style.”
Martin Amis, Experience: A Memoir
“We all have names we don't know about.”
Martin Amis
“He was in a terrible state- that of consciousness.”
Martin Amis
“Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.”
Martin Amis
“It seems to me that you need a lot of courage, or a lot of something, to enter into others, into other people. We all think that everyone else lives in fortresses, in fastnesses: behind moats, behind sheer walls studded with spikes and broken glass. But in fact we inhabit much punier structures. We are, as it turns out, all jerry-built. Or not even. You can just stick your head under the flap of the tent and crawl right in. If you get the okay. ”
Martin Amis, Time's Arrow
“You can kill time in a number of ways but it always depends on the kind of time you're fighting: some time is unkillable, immortal”
Martin Amis, Money
“Love might have expanded her. But we are not all of us going to get loved. We are not all of us going to get expanded.”
Martin Amis
“Cities at night, I feel, contain men who cry in their sleep and then say Nothing. It's nothing. Just sad dreams. Or something like that...Swing low in your weep ship, with your tear scans and sob probes, and you would mark them. Women--and they can be wives, lovers, gaunt muses, fat nurses, obsessions, devourers, exes, nemeses--will wake and turn to these men and ask, with female need-to-know, "What is it?" And the men will say, "Nothing. No it isn't anything really. Just sad dreams.”
Martin Amis, The Information
“I gestured at my litre of fizzy red wine. “Want a drop of this?” I asked him.
No thanks. I try not to drink at lunchtime.”
So do I. But I never quite make it.”
I feel like shit all day if I drink at lunchtime.”
Me too. But I feel like shit all lunchtime if I don’t.”
Yes, well it all comes down to choices, doesn’t it?” he said. “It’s the same in the evenings. Do you want to feel good at night or do you want to feel good in the morning? It’s the same with life. Do you want to feel good young or do you want to feel good old? One or the other, not both.”
Isn’t it a tragedy?”
Martin Amis, Money
“My life looked good on paper - where, in fact, almost all of it was being lived.”
Martin Amis, Experience: A Memoir
“Love is blind; but it makes you see the blind man; teetering on the roadside . . .”
Martin Amis, London Fields
“When a man conclusively exalts one woman, and one woman only, “above all others,” you can be pretty sure you are dealing with a misogynist. It frees him up for thinking the rest are shit.”
Martin Amis, House of Meetings
“When you’ve lost all your play, guess what love becomes. Work. Work that gets harder every hour.”
Martin Amis, House of Meetings
“He didn't want to please his readers. He wanted to stretch them until they twanged.”
Martin Amis
“The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when alone.”
Martin Amis
“I am easily moved to tears and rarely survive a visit to the cinema without shedding them, racked, as I am, by the most perfunctory, meretricious or even callously sentimental attempts at poignancy (something about the exterior of the human face, so vast and palpable, with the eyes and the lips: it is all writ too large for me, too immediate for me.)”
Martin Amis, Experience: A Memoir
“Don't I ever do anything else but take soulful walks down the Bayswater Road, I thought, as I walked soulfully down the Baywater Road.”
Martin Amis, The Rachel Papers
“You know how it is when two souls meet in a burst of ecstatic volubility, with hearts tickling to hear and to tell, to know everything, to reveal everything, the shared reverence for the other's otherness, a feeling of solitude radiantly snapped by full *contact* - all that?”
Martin Amis, London Fields
tags: love
“Perhaps there are other bits of my life that would take on content, take on shadow, if only I read more and thought less about money.”
Martin Amis, Money
“Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.”
Martin Amis, Money

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