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97 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Martin Amis That Sum Up The Beauty Of Life

Famous As: Novelist, Science fiction writer, Short story writer, University teacher, Memoirist, Writer, Screenwriter
Born On: August 25, 1949
Born In: Cardiff
Age: 73 Years

Martin Louis Amis is a famous British memoirist, screenwriter, essayist, and novelist. He is distinguished for his novels ‘London Fields’ and ‘Money.’ He was listed two times for the ‘Booker Prize’ for his novels ‘Yellow Dog’ and ‘Time’s Arrow.’ His memoir, ‘Experience,’ got him the ‘James Tait Black Memorial Prize.’ He is also one of the most outspoken and controversial novelists to have influenced various 20th and early 21st centuries’ British novelists, including ‘Zadie Smith’ and ‘Will Self.’ Scroll through the list of some of Martin Amis’s most sought-after and interesting quotes which have been curated from his bold viewpoints, influential interviews, books, novels, memoirs, plays, and essays. Go though quotes by Martin Amis on father, talent, experience, novel, career, family, power, Islam, democracy, will, past, unforgettable, cruelty, culture, belief, dream, and more.

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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.

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
Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.

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.

And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.

Martin Amis
When the past is forgotten, the present is unforgettable

When the past is forgotten, the present is unforgettable

Martin Amis
Closure is a greasy little word which, moreover, describes a nonexistent condition. The truth, Venus, is that nobody gets over anything.

Closure is a greasy little word which, moreover, describes a nonexistent condition. The truth, Venus, is that nobody gets over anything.

Martin Amis
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.

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
He awoke at six, as usual. He needed no alarm clock. He was already comprehensively alarmed.

He awoke at six, as usual. He needed no alarm clock. He was already comprehensively alarmed.

Martin Amis
Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.

Martin Amis
We all have names we don't know about.

We all have names we don't know about.

Martin Amis
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

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
The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when alone.

The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when alone.

Martin Amis
He was in a terrible state- that of consciousness.

He was in a terrible state- that of consciousness.

Martin Amis
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.

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
My life looked good on paper - where, in fact, almost all of it was being lived.

My life looked good on paper - where, in fact, almost all of it was being lived.

Martin Amis
Love is blind; but it makes you see the blind man; teetering on the roadside . . .

Love is blind; but it makes you see the blind man; teetering on the roadside . . .

Martin Amis
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.

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
When you’ve lost all your play, guess what love becomes. Work. Work that gets harder every hour.

When you’ve lost all your play, guess what love becomes. Work. Work that gets harder every hour.

Martin Amis
Probably human cruelty is fixed and eternal. Only styles change.

Probably human cruelty is fixed and eternal. Only styles change.

Martin Amis
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.

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
He didn't want to please his readers. He wanted to stretch them until they twanged.

He didn't want to please his readers. He wanted to stretch them until they twanged.

Martin Amis
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.

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
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.

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
It is straightforward—and never mind, for now, about plagues and famines: if God existed, and if he cared for humankind, he would never have given us religion.

It is straightforward—and never mind, for now, about plagues and famines: if God existed, and if he cared for humankind, he would never have given us religion.

Martin Amis
They're always looking forward to going places they're just coming back from, or regretting doing things they haven't yet done. They say hello when they mean goodbye.

They're always looking forward to going places they're just coming back from, or regretting doing things they haven't yet done. They say hello when they mean goodbye.

Martin Amis
It was the tiredness of time lived, with its days and days. It was the tiredness of gravity- gravity, which wants you down in the center of the earth.

It was the tiredness of time lived, with its days and days. It was the tiredness of gravity- gravity, which wants you down in the center of the earth.

Martin Amis
Fiction is the only way to redeem the formlessness of life

Fiction is the only way to redeem the formlessness of life

Martin Amis
The deal with multiculturalism is that the only culture you're allowed to disapprove of is your own.

The deal with multiculturalism is that the only culture you're allowed to disapprove of is your own.

Martin Amis
Your purpose when driving is not to arrive at your destination safely or quickly. Your purpose when driving is...to impress your personality on the road.

Your purpose when driving is not to arrive at your destination safely or quickly. Your purpose when driving is...to impress your personality on the road.

Martin Amis
Religious belief is without reason and without dignity, and its record is near-universally dreadful.

Religious belief is without reason and without dignity, and its record is near-universally dreadful.

Martin Amis
So I am lonely, but not alone, like everybody else.

So I am lonely, but not alone, like everybody else.

Martin Amis
So if you ever felt something behind you, when you weren't even one, like welcome heat, like a bulb, like a sun, trying to shine right across the universe - it was me. Always me. It was me. It was me.

So if you ever felt something behind you, when you weren't even one, like welcome heat, like a bulb, like a sun, trying to shine right across the universe - it was me. Always me. It was me. It was me.

Martin Amis
Because we are all poets or babies in the middle of the night, struggling with being.

Because we are all poets or babies in the middle of the night, struggling with being.

Martin Amis
The air itself was ebony, like the denial, the refutation, of the idea of light.

The air itself was ebony, like the denial, the refutation, of the idea of light.

Martin Amis
While clearly an impregnable masterpiece, Don Quixote suffers from one fairly serious flaw—that of outright unreadability.

While clearly an impregnable masterpiece, Don Quixote suffers from one fairly serious flaw—that of outright unreadability.

Martin Amis
Richard's bookshelves weren't alphabetized. He never had time to alphabetize them. He was always too busy- looking for books he couldn't find.

Richard's bookshelves weren't alphabetized. He never had time to alphabetize them. He was always too busy- looking for books he couldn't find.

Martin Amis
They did more than take our youth away. They also took away the men we were going to be.

They did more than take our youth away. They also took away the men we were going to be.

Martin Amis
Belief is otiose; reality is sufficiently awesome as it stands.

Belief is otiose; reality is sufficiently awesome as it stands.

Martin Amis
Screw-top wine has improved the quality of life by about ten percent, wouldn't you say?

Screw-top wine has improved the quality of life by about ten percent, wouldn't you say?

Martin Amis
Everyone is right up there at the very brink of their pain limit.

Everyone is right up there at the very brink of their pain limit.

Martin Amis
These are the Seven Deadly Sins: Avarice, Envy, Pride, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Sloth.

These are the seven deadly sins: venality, paranoia, insecurity, excess, carnality, contempt, boredom.

These are the Seven Deadly Sins: Avarice, Envy, Pride, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Sloth. These are the seven deadly sins: venality, paranoia, insecurity, excess, carnality, contempt, boredom.

Martin Amis
Maybe love will be like driving. When people move—when they travel—they look where they’ve come from, not where they’re going.

Maybe love will be like driving. When people move—when they travel—they look where they’ve come from, not where they’re going.

Martin Amis
Time, the human dimension, which makes us everything we are.

Time, the human dimension, which makes us everything we are.

Martin Amis
Probably all writers are at some point briefly under the impression that they are in the forefront of disintegration and chaos, that they are among the first to live and work after things fall apart.

Probably all writers are at some point briefly under the impression that they are in the forefront of disintegration and chaos, that they are among the first to live and work after things fall apart.

Martin Amis
The English feel schadenfreude even about themselves.

The English feel schadenfreude even about themselves.

Martin Amis
Life does rhyme: it rhymes all the time.

Life does rhyme: it rhymes all the time.

Martin Amis
[On STDs] This be Nature’s way of recommending monogamy.

[On STDs] This be Nature’s way of recommending monogamy.

Martin Amis
In my world, reserved Italians, heterosexual hairdressers, clouds without silver linings, ignoble savages, hard-hearted whores, advantageous ill-winds, sober Irishmen, and so on, are not permitted to exist.

In my world, reserved Italians, heterosexual hairdressers, clouds without silver linings, ignoble savages, hard-hearted whores, advantageous ill-winds, sober Irishmen, and so on, are not permitted to exist.

Martin Amis
To remember a day would take a day. To remember a year would take a year.

To remember a day would take a day. To remember a year would take a year.

Martin Amis
Einstein's Monsters,

Einstein's Monsters," by the way, refers to nuclear weapons, but also to ourselves. We are Einstein's monsters, not fully human, not for now.

Martin Amis
I've got to get this stuff out of my system. No, more than that, much more. I've got to get my system out of my system. That's what I've got to do.

I've got to get this stuff out of my system. No, more than that, much more. I've got to get my system out of my system. That's what I've got to do.

Martin Amis
Rust is the failure of the work of man. The project, the venture, the experiment: failed, given up on, and not cleaned up after.

Rust is the failure of the work of man. The project, the venture, the experiment: failed, given up on, and not cleaned up after.

Martin Amis
Yeah,' I said and started smoking another cigarette. Unless I inform you otherwise, I'm always smoking another cigarette.

Yeah,' I said and started smoking another cigarette. Unless I inform you otherwise, I'm always smoking another cigarette.

Martin Amis
Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal.

Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal.

Martin Amis
This had seemed a safe choice, since to be against the Beatles (late-middle period) is to be against life.

This had seemed a safe choice, since to be against the Beatles (late-middle period) is to be against life.

Martin Amis
When I opened the door to her I felt like a child who believes itself lost on a swarming street and suddenly sees that all-solving outline, that indispensable displacement of air.

When I opened the door to her I felt like a child who believes itself lost on a swarming street and suddenly sees that all-solving outline, that indispensable displacement of air.

Martin Amis
Oppression lays down blood-lust. It lays it down like a wine.

Oppression lays down blood-lust. It lays it down like a wine.

Martin Amis
But before we face experience, that miserable enemy, let us have some more innocence, just for a while.

But before we face experience, that miserable enemy, let us have some more innocence, just for a while.

Martin Amis
You don't have problems, only a capacity for feeling anxious about them, which shifts and jostles but doesn't change.

You don't have problems, only a capacity for feeling anxious about them, which shifts and jostles but doesn't change.

Martin Amis
And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit. You got that? And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look, and feel, like shit.

And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit. You got that? And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look, and feel, like shit.

Martin Amis
The easier a thing is to write then the more the writer gets paid for writing it. (And vice versa: ask the poets at the bus stop.)

The easier a thing is to write then the more the writer gets paid for writing it. (And vice versa: ask the poets at the bus stop.)

Martin Amis
...with the flat smile of the deeply inconvenienced.

...with the flat smile of the deeply inconvenienced.

Martin Amis
Are snoopers snooping on their own pain? Probably.

Are snoopers snooping on their own pain? Probably.

Martin Amis
Who let the dogs in? ...This, we fear, is going to be the question. Who let the dogs in? Who let the dogs in? Who? Who?

Who let the dogs in? ...This, we fear, is going to be the question. Who let the dogs in? Who let the dogs in? Who? Who?

Martin Amis
Gluttony and sloth, as worldly goals, were quietly usurped by avarice and lust, which, together with poetry (yes, poetry), consumed all my free time.

Gluttony and sloth, as worldly goals, were quietly usurped by avarice and lust, which, together with poetry (yes, poetry), consumed all my free time.

Martin Amis
By 12.30, Giles had consumed five gin-rickies, four gin-and-tonics, three gin-and-its, two gin-and-bitters, and one gin.

By 12.30, Giles had consumed five gin-rickies, four gin-and-tonics, three gin-and-its, two gin-and-bitters, and one gin.

Martin Amis
Since Henry Miller's Tropic books, of course, it has become difficult to talk sensibly about girls' c*nts.

Since Henry Miller's Tropic books, of course, it has become difficult to talk sensibly about girls' c*nts.

Martin Amis
Although he liked nearly everything else about himself, Keith hated his redeeming features. In his view they constituted his only major shortcoming -his one tragic flaw.

Although he liked nearly everything else about himself, Keith hated his redeeming features. In his view they constituted his only major shortcoming -his one tragic flaw.

Martin Amis
As for me, I'm a gurgling wizard of calorific excess.

As for me, I'm a gurgling wizard of calorific excess.

Martin Amis
I've got two backs, me - and I'm glad! Tits can be . . . mwa, I know, but they're always in the bloody road. Even in bed.

I've got two backs, me - and I'm glad! Tits can be . . . mwa, I know, but they're always in the bloody road. Even in bed.

Martin Amis
After a while, marriage is a sibling relationship--marked by occasional, and rather regrettable, episodes of incest.

After a while, marriage is a sibling relationship--marked by occasional, and rather regrettable, episodes of incest.

Martin Amis
There in the night their bed had the towelly smell of marriage.

There in the night their bed had the towelly smell of marriage.

Martin Amis
In the Gulag, it was not the case that people died like flies. Rather, flies died like people.

In the Gulag, it was not the case that people died like flies. Rather, flies died like people.

Martin Amis
She didn't use the misery of others to cultivate her own smugness, true, but at least I didn't go about eating all their food.

She didn't use the misery of others to cultivate her own smugness, true, but at least I didn't go about eating all their food.

Martin Amis
If you want a couple of weeks in bed (as I did, bi-annually), and if you have indolent and credulous parents, it’s amazing what a few packs of French cigarettes will do.

If you want a couple of weeks in bed (as I did, bi-annually), and if you have indolent and credulous parents, it’s amazing what a few packs of French cigarettes will do.

Martin Amis
Sex was like Disneyland to her: an allotment of organized wonders and legal mischief.

Sex was like Disneyland to her: an allotment of organized wonders and legal mischief.

Martin Amis
You couldn't catch a yawn from someone you didn't like.

You couldn't catch a yawn from someone you didn't like.

Martin Amis
Evidentemente  questa la caratteristica della citt contemporanea. Puoi aver voglia di lavorarci. Ma nessuno si aspetta seriamente che tu ci viva.

Evidentemente questa la caratteristica della citt contemporanea. Puoi aver voglia di lavorarci. Ma nessuno si aspetta seriamente che tu ci viva.

Martin Amis
Richard didn't mind Gwyn being rich...Having always been poor was good preparation for being rich. Better than having always been rich...The well and all its sweet water would surely one day run dry.

Richard didn't mind Gwyn being rich...Having always been poor was good preparation for being rich. Better than having always been rich...The well and all its sweet water would surely one day run dry.

Martin Amis
Like writing, paintings seem to hint at a topsy-turvy world in which, so to speak, time’s arrow moves the other way.

Like writing, paintings seem to hint at a topsy-turvy world in which, so to speak, time’s arrow moves the other way.

Martin Amis
It’s possible to be flippant here, when Jihadists fly aircraft into buildings they shout God is Great, what do atheists shout when they do it?

It’s possible to be flippant here, when Jihadists fly aircraft into buildings they shout God is Great, what do atheists shout when they do it?

Martin Amis
On dope he sometimes thought that all the televisions on Calchalk Street were softly cackling about Richard Tull: news flashes about his most recent failures, panel discussions about his obscurity, his neglect.

On dope he sometimes thought that all the televisions on Calchalk Street were softly cackling about Richard Tull: news flashes about his most recent failures, panel discussions about his obscurity, his neglect.

Martin Amis
Mary wanted to get out of here and on to another plane of life; but these words weren't going to help her out. They had been put together with only one thing in mind: to lock her in.

Mary wanted to get out of here and on to another plane of life; but these words weren't going to help her out. They had been put together with only one thing in mind: to lock her in.

Martin Amis
Points of a journey do not matter when the journey has no destination, only an end.

Points of a journey do not matter when the journey has no destination, only an end.

Martin Amis
Pain is nature’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Patiently, pain goes on telling us this, long after we’ve got the message.

Pain is nature’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Patiently, pain goes on telling us this, long after we’ve got the message.

Martin Amis
Beauty, extreme yet ambiguously available; this very roughly, was what Nicola's entrance to the Black Cross had said to Keith. But he didn't know the nature -- he didn't know the brand -- of the availability.

Beauty, extreme yet ambiguously available; this very roughly, was what Nicola's entrance to the Black Cross had said to Keith. But he didn't know the nature -- he didn't know the brand -- of the availability.

Martin Amis
If you can fight, you don’t have to fight. And you don’t have to cower. And girls like that, whatever they say.

If you can fight, you don’t have to fight. And you don’t have to cower. And girls like that, whatever they say.

Martin Amis
[Describing the soap in the gulag] It smelt as if some sacred physical law had been demeaned in its creation.

[Describing the soap in the gulag] It smelt as if some sacred physical law had been demeaned in its creation.

Martin Amis
Once, as he inhaled with his customary vehemence, I had a thought that made my armpits come alive.

Once, as he inhaled with his customary vehemence, I had a thought that made my armpits come alive.

Martin Amis
Give the reader hell. Stretch the reader.

Give the reader hell. Stretch the reader.

Martin Amis
Making lots of money--it's not that hard, you know. It's overestimated. Making lots of money is a breeze. You watch. ch. 1, p. 23 in Penguin paperback

Making lots of money--it's not that hard, you know. It's overestimated. Making lots of money is a breeze. You watch. ch. 1, p. 23 in Penguin paperback

Martin Amis
Q: What’s the difference between a Communist car and a Communist proselytizer? A: You can close the door on a Communist proselytizer.

Q: What’s the difference between a Communist car and a Communist proselytizer? A: You can close the door on a Communist proselytizer.

Martin Amis
It’s a common slander of the Jews, but it’s no slander of a huge fraction of the Germans. They went like sheep to the slaughterhouse. And then they donned the rubber aprons and set to work.

It’s a common slander of the Jews, but it’s no slander of a huge fraction of the Germans. They went like sheep to the slaughterhouse. And then they donned the rubber aprons and set to work.

Martin Amis
Suffering doesn’t concern itself with the scale of other sufferings.

Suffering doesn’t concern itself with the scale of other sufferings.

Martin Amis
Today, in the West, there are no good excuses for religious belief - unless we think that ignorance, reaction, and sentimentality are good excuses.

Today, in the West, there are no good excuses for religious belief - unless we think that ignorance, reaction, and sentimentality are good excuses.

Martin Amis
Each life is a game of chess that went to hell on the seventh move(...)

Each life is a game of chess that went to hell on the seventh move(...)

Martin Amis
How many times have I asked myself: when is the world going to start making sense? Yet the answer is out there. It is rushing towards me over the uneven ground.

How many times have I asked myself: when is the world going to start making sense? Yet the answer is out there. It is rushing towards me over the uneven ground.

Martin Amis
Beneath the clock was an enormous arrow, on which was printed: Change Here For Eastern Trains. But time had no arrow, not here.

Beneath the clock was an enormous arrow, on which was printed: Change Here For Eastern Trains. But time had no arrow, not here.

Martin Amis