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63 Inspiring Quotes By Irvine Welsh For Creative Writers

Famous As: Scottish Novelist and Playwright Best Known for His 1993 Novel 'Trainspotting'
Born On: September 27, 1958
Born In: Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
Age: 64 Years
Irvine Welsh is an eminent playwright, short story writer and novelist renowned for his novel ‘Trainspotting’. It was later adapted for a film of the same name. He has penned downed a number of screenplays and plays. He has also directed a number of short films. Welsh's thoughts and works are characterised by brutal depiction of Edinburgh life and raw Scots dialect. Some of his renowned books, novels, screenplays, thoughts and short story collections include, ‘The Acid House’, ‘Filth’, ‘Crime’, ‘The Sex Lives Of Siamese Twins’, ‘Reheated Cabbage’, ‘You’ll Have Had Your Hole’, ‘If You Liked School You’ll Love Work’ etc. We have rounded some popular and profound quotes and sayings which have been excerpted from his writings, thoughts, work, plays, stories, novels, books, interviews and public utterances. Let us browse through some simple, inspiring and enlightening quotable quotes and thoughts by Irvine Welsh.
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You can't lie to your soul.

You can't lie to your soul.

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.

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
I'm not running away, I'm moving on.

I'm not running away, I'm moving on.

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

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

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.

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
You were what you were and you are what you are. Fuck that regrets bullshit.

You were what you were and you are what you are. Fuck that regrets bullshit.

Irvine Welsh
Mates are a waste of fucking time. They are always ready to drag you down tae their level of social, sexual and intellectual mediocrity.

Mates are a waste of fucking time. They are always ready to drag you down tae their level of social, sexual and intellectual mediocrity.

Irvine Welsh
This is what being alive's all about, all those fucked up feelings. You've got to have them; when you stop, watch out.

This is what being alive's all about, all those fucked up feelings. You've got to have them; when you stop, watch out.

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.

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
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.

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
Now there is apparently a causal link between heroin addiction and vegetarianism.

Now there is apparently a causal link between heroin addiction and vegetarianism.

Irvine Welsh
Everything in the street today seems soft focus.

Everything in the street today seems soft focus.

Irvine Welsh
Aye Oedipus, yir a complex fucker right enough

Aye Oedipus, yir a complex fucker right enough

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

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

Irvine Welsh
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.

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
Same rules apply.

Same rules apply.

Irvine Welsh
Thir must be less tae life than this

Thir must be less tae life than this

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

Don't let jesus in. AA is just one obsession replaced with another

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

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

Irvine Welsh
The fact that you use the term

The fact that you use the term "cunt" in the same breath as "sexist", shows that you display the same muddled, fucked-up thinking oan this issue as you do oan everything else.

Irvine Welsh
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.

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
I love doubt in a woman. It's nearly as sexy as determination.

I love doubt in a woman. It's nearly as sexy as determination.

Irvine Welsh
Take your best orgasm, multiply the feeling by twenty, and you're still fuckin miles off the pace

Take your best orgasm, multiply the feeling by twenty, and you're still fuckin miles off the pace

Irvine Welsh
It's easy tae be philosophical when some other cunt's got shite fir blood.

It's easy tae be philosophical when some other cunt's got shite fir blood.

Irvine Welsh
How did it make you feel?

How did it make you feel?

Irvine Welsh
With the gift of faith, we move on.

With the gift of faith, we move on.

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

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

Irvine Welsh
When I get home I take some sleeping pills and within what seemed like half an hour of unconsciousness it was Monday morning again.

When I get home I take some sleeping pills and within what seemed like half an hour of unconsciousness it was Monday morning again.

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.

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.

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.

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
... Basically, we live a short, disappointing life; and then we die. We fill up oor lives wi shite, things like careers and relationships tae delude oorsels that it isnae aw totally pointless.

... Basically, we live a short, disappointing life; and then we die. We fill up oor lives wi shite, things like careers and relationships tae delude oorsels that it isnae aw totally pointless.

Irvine Welsh
Are you asking me or telling me?

Are you asking me or telling me?

Irvine Welsh
The best way ah knew tae strike a chord without compromising too much tae the sickening hypocrisy, perversely peddled as decency, which fills the room, is tae stick tae the clichs.

The best way ah knew tae strike a chord without compromising too much tae the sickening hypocrisy, perversely peddled as decency, which fills the room, is tae stick tae the clichs.

Irvine Welsh
But ah cannae even endorse these sentiments as they are at best peripheral tae the moment.

But ah cannae even endorse these sentiments as they are at best peripheral tae the moment.

Irvine Welsh
Gillman smiles, in the cold manner of an assassin. It's like looking in the mirror.

Gillman smiles, in the cold manner of an assassin. It's like looking in the mirror.

Irvine Welsh
I was used to heat but this place was so dry the trees were bribing the dogs.

I was used to heat but this place was so dry the trees were bribing the dogs.

Irvine Welsh
-Fiona, this is my mate, Frank Begbie. Or Franco. Or Beggars. Or the Beggar Boy. Or the Generalissmo. Or Psychotic Bullying Prick.

-Fiona, this is my mate, Frank Begbie. Or Franco. Or Beggars. Or the Beggar Boy. Or the Generalissmo. Or Psychotic Bullying Prick.

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

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

Irvine Welsh
I reach into my bag and I pull out my claw hammer.

I reach into my bag and I pull out my claw hammer.

Irvine Welsh
Ah didnae really know much aboot women. Ah didnae really know much aboot anything.

Ah didnae really know much aboot women. Ah didnae really know much aboot anything.

Irvine Welsh
Living like this is a full-time business.

Living like this is a full-time business.

Irvine Welsh
His mind was like a cruel prison, giving his captive soul a sight of freedom, but no more

His mind was like a cruel prison, giving his captive soul a sight of freedom, but no more

Irvine Welsh
— Square go then smart cunt!

— Square go then smart cunt!

Irvine Welsh
We're all like the slaves in the fields now, putting on the front that says 'Everything's fine, boss' while we worry about how to make ends meet.

We're all like the slaves in the fields now, putting on the front that says 'Everything's fine, boss' while we worry about how to make ends meet.

Irvine Welsh
The politics of the last twenty years in Britain are liars' politics. The problem is we are ruled by the weak and the small-minded, who are too stupid to know that they are weak and small-minded.

The politics of the last twenty years in Britain are liars' politics. The problem is we are ruled by the weak and the small-minded, who are too stupid to know that they are weak and small-minded.

Irvine Welsh
We tend to be rather murky little ponds, containing many layers of suspended dirt and grime and our greatest depths are stirred by the strangest of currents.

We tend to be rather murky little ponds, containing many layers of suspended dirt and grime and our greatest depths are stirred by the strangest of currents.

Irvine Welsh
Drugs are always fun.

Drugs are always fun.

Irvine Welsh
Money gives you the luxury of not caring about it. You can affect to find it crass and vulgar, but see how crass and vulgar it is when there’s none of it in your pocket.

Money gives you the luxury of not caring about it. You can affect to find it crass and vulgar, but see how crass and vulgar it is when there’s none of it in your pocket.

Irvine Welsh
I wouldn't care about hurting myself or anybody else. Because I know now that doing things doesn't hurt you; you get hurt by avoiding them

I wouldn't care about hurting myself or anybody else. Because I know now that doing things doesn't hurt you; you get hurt by avoiding them

Irvine Welsh
His mind raced through past horrors experienced first hand and from the accounts of others. He mentally flipped through a grim database which contained everything from vegan flatmates to psychotic pimps.

His mind raced through past horrors experienced first hand and from the accounts of others. He mentally flipped through a grim database which contained everything from vegan flatmates to psychotic pimps.

Irvine Welsh
Ah took a pish oan the cunt, then ah felt bad aboot Albo's cel so ah sais tae him oan the wey oot, cunt's only went n pished hissel but, eh.

Ah took a pish oan the cunt, then ah felt bad aboot Albo's cel so ah sais tae him oan the wey oot, cunt's only went n pished hissel but, eh.

Irvine Welsh
It seemed that young people, despite their fundamental decency, now had to buy into a mind-set which made viciousness and treachery come easy.

It seemed that young people, despite their fundamental decency, now had to buy into a mind-set which made viciousness and treachery come easy.

Irvine Welsh
-The renegade robots are now long dead, the metal ones rusted, the human ones bled.

-The renegade robots are now long dead, the metal ones rusted, the human ones bled.

Irvine Welsh
Still, failure, success, what is it? Whae gies a fuck. We aw live, then we die, in quite a short space ay time n аw. That's it; end ay fuckin story.

Still, failure, success, what is it? Whae gies a fuck. We aw live, then we die, in quite a short space ay time n аw. That's it; end ay fuckin story.

Irvine Welsh
They mean well, and they mean well tae me, but there's nae way under the sun that they can 
appreciate what ah feel, what ah need. 
Protect me from those who wish tae help us.

They mean well, and they mean well tae me, but there's nae way under the sun that they can appreciate what ah feel, what ah need. Protect me from those who wish tae help us.

Irvine Welsh
Without this kickstart to my day, I'd be lost. A day without a morning run is a day you fumble through, rather than one you attack.

Without this kickstart to my day, I'd be lost. A day without a morning run is a day you fumble through, rather than one you attack.

Irvine Welsh
No ambition but to use up the big wages on more drink and more hopeless horses.

No ambition but to use up the big wages on more drink and more hopeless horses.

Irvine Welsh
Okay baby, let's take this rocket to Uranus. This hoor is perfect, and she can act as well.

Okay baby, let's take this rocket to Uranus. This hoor is perfect, and she can act as well.

Irvine Welsh
Why did I join the force? I repeat, - Oh I'd have to say that it was due to police oppression. I'd witnessed it within my own community and decided that it was something I wanted to be part of, I smile.

Why did I join the force? I repeat, - Oh I'd have to say that it was due to police oppression. I'd witnessed it within my own community and decided that it was something I wanted to be part of, I smile.

Irvine Welsh
His friends will decline in their numbers as his needs increase. The inverse, or perverse, mathematics ay life.

His friends will decline in their numbers as his needs increase. The inverse, or perverse, mathematics ay life.

Irvine Welsh
But ah'm hugging Janey and thinking about how much a life can change in the time it takes tae fix up.

But ah'm hugging Janey and thinking about how much a life can change in the time it takes tae fix up.

Irvine Welsh