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Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Are you still there, Axl?""Still here, princess. Are you still there, Axl?"
"Still here, princess.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: She might be a great person, but life's so much bigger than just loving someone. She might be a great person, but life's so much bigger than just loving someone.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Who knows what will come when quick-tongued men make ancient grievances rhyme with fresh desire for land and conquest? Who knows what will come when quick-tongued men make ancient grievances rhyme with fresh desire for land and conquest?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: It would be the saddest thing to me, princess. To walk separately from you, when the ground will let us go as we always did. Beatrice It would be the saddest thing to me, princess. To walk separately from you, when the ground will let us go as we always did. Beatrice
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Now naturally, like many of us, I have a reluctance to change too much of the old ways. Now naturally, like many of us, I have a reluctance to change too much of the old ways.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: How can old wounds heal while maggots linger so richly? How can old wounds heal while maggots linger so richly?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Plenty of couples, they start off loving each other, then get tired of each other, end up hating each other. Sometimes though it goes the other way. Plenty of couples, they start off loving each other, then get tired of each other, end up hating each other. Sometimes though it goes the other way.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: There is certainly a satisfaction and dignity to be gained in coming to terms with the mistakes one has made in the course of one's life There is certainly a satisfaction and dignity to be gained in coming to terms with the mistakes one has made in the course of one's life
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: What kind of god is it, sir, wishes wrong to go forgotten and unpunished? What kind of god is it, sir, wishes wrong to go forgotten and unpunished?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: One is not struck by the truth until prompted quite accidentally by some external event. One is not struck by the truth until prompted quite accidentally by some external event.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: But God will know the slow tread of an old couple's love for each other, and understand how black shadows make part of its whole. But God will know the slow tread of an old couple's love for each other, and understand how black shadows make part of its whole.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Oji just happened to suggest he had one or two Oji just happened to suggest he had one or two
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Dignity' has to do crucially with a butler's ability not to abandon the professional being he inhabits. Dignity' has to do crucially with a butler's ability not to abandon the professional being he inhabits.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I've always had a great fondness for English detective fiction such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers. I've always had a great fondness for English detective fiction such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Like you were sad, maybe. And a bit scared. Like you were sad, maybe. And a bit scared.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I think it's quite difficult to understand what kind of life a writer leads. They might be millionaires, or they might be starving people. I think it's quite difficult to understand what kind of life a writer leads. They might be millionaires, or they might be starving people.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Perhaps God's so deeply ashamed of us, of something we did, that he's wishing himself to forget. Perhaps God's so deeply ashamed of us, of something we did, that he's wishing himself to forget.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Indeed - why should I not admit it? - in that moment, my heart was breaking. Indeed - why should I not admit it? - in that moment, my heart was breaking.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one. There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Today's world is too foul a place for fine and noble instincts. Today's world is too foul a place for fine and noble instincts.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: When a man induces his wife to turn suspicious thoughts against her own father, then that is surely cause enough for resentment. When a man induces his wife to turn suspicious thoughts against her own father, then that is surely cause enough for resentment.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: If disappointments do come, you will carry on still. You will say, just as he does, I am so lucky. If disappointments do come, you will carry on still. You will say, just as he does, I am so lucky.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: To see the best before I have properly begun would be somewhat premature. To see the best before I have properly begun would be somewhat premature.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all. We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Can it be, husband, you still fear the mist's fading, never mind the promise I made you? Can it be, husband, you still fear the mist's fading, never mind the promise I made you?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I cannot start a story or chapter without knowing how it ends ... Of course, it rarely ends that way. I cannot start a story or chapter without knowing how it ends ... Of course, it rarely ends that way.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Your life must now run the course that's been set for it. Your life must now run the course that's been set for it.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Love isn't about when you first meet. It's about the many, many years you spend together, when you're trying to keep that flame burning. Love isn't about when you first meet. It's about the many, many years you spend together, when you're trying to keep that flame burning.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Silence is just as likely to indicate the most profound ideas forming, the deepest energies being summoned. Silence is just as likely to indicate the most profound ideas forming, the deepest energies being summoned.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: The evening's the best part of the day. You've done your day's work. Now you can put your feet up and enjoy it. The evening's the best part of the day. You've done your day's work. Now you can put your feet up and enjoy it.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished? After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I think genre rules should be porous, if not nonexistent. I think genre rules should be porous, if not nonexistent.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Memory, I realize, can be an unreliable thing; often it is heavily coloured by the circumstances in which one remembers. Memory, I realize, can be an unreliable thing; often it is heavily coloured by the circumstances in which one remembers.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: You'll figure it out! You get on your plane and I'll get on mine. And we'll see which one crashes! You'll figure it out! You get on your plane and I'll get on mine. And we'll see which one crashes!
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I don't have a deep link with England like, say, Jonathan Coe or Hanif Kureishi might demonstrate. For me, it is like a mythical place. I don't have a deep link with England like, say, Jonathan Coe or Hanif Kureishi might demonstrate. For me, it is like a mythical place.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: When it was too late for rescue, it was still early enough for revenge. When it was too late for rescue, it was still early enough for revenge.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I for one will never doubt that a desire to see 'justice in this world' lay at the heart of all his actions. I for one will never doubt that a desire to see 'justice in this world' lay at the heart of all his actions.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: And if these incidents now seem full of significance and all of a piece, it's probably because I'm looking at them in the light of what came later ... And if these incidents now seem full of significance and all of a piece, it's probably because I'm looking at them in the light of what came later ...
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: And I'm a Hailsham student - which is enough by itself sometimes to get people's backs up. And I'm a Hailsham student - which is enough by itself sometimes to get people's backs up.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Many of our deepest motives come, not from an adult logic of how things work in the world, but out of something that is frozen from childhood. Many of our deepest motives come, not from an adult logic of how things work in the world, but out of something that is frozen from childhood.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: As with a wound on one's own body, it is possible to develop an intimacy with the most disturbing of things As with a wound on one's own body, it is possible to develop an intimacy with the most disturbing of things
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: for if we're mortal let us at least shine handsomely in God's eyes while we walk this earth! Like for if we're mortal let us at least shine handsomely in God's eyes while we walk this earth! Like
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of. If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I can't even say I made my own mistakes. Really - one has to ask oneself - what dignity is there in that? I can't even say I made my own mistakes. Really - one has to ask oneself - what dignity is there in that?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: For their kind do not know what it is to risk everything in the endeavor to rise above the mediocre. For their kind do not know what it is to risk everything in the endeavor to rise above the mediocre.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I don't know why, but it didn't seem an option for more than one of us to storm off, and I wanted to make sure that one was me. I don't know why, but it didn't seem an option for more than one of us to storm off, and I wanted to make sure that one was me.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: The rest of my life stretches out as an emptiness before me. The rest of my life stretches out as an emptiness before me.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: An artist's concern is to capture beauty wherever he finds it. An artist's concern is to capture beauty wherever he finds it.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma. All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: What interests me is the surprising enormous extent to which most people accept the fate that's been given to them, and find some dignity. What interests me is the surprising enormous extent to which most people accept the fate that's been given to them, and find some dignity.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I wouldn't want to try to adapt something of my own. It would be like going back to school and doing all my exams again. I wouldn't want to try to adapt something of my own. It would be like going back to school and doing all my exams again.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: You could sense just from the huge sky, that you were walking towards the sea. You could sense just from the huge sky, that you were walking towards the sea.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: It was like there was some parallel universe we all vanished off to where we had all this sex. It was like there was some parallel universe we all vanished off to where we had all this sex.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: The danger isn't the river's speed, friend, but its slowness. The danger isn't the river's speed, friend, but its slowness.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it's a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust. Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it's a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: People were incredibly kind to our family and went out of their way to help. People were incredibly kind to our family and went out of their way to help.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: In fact, the harder he tried, the more laughable his efforts turned out. In fact, the harder he tried, the more laughable his efforts turned out.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Their points sharpened like giant pencils, completely Their points sharpened like giant pencils, completely
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: What's going on here, Tommy? Has Keffers recruited you for his porn patrol? What's going on here, Tommy? Has Keffers recruited you for his porn patrol?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: She always wanted to believe in things. She always wanted to believe in things.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: And when someone's asking you to do something in such a pleading way, everything goes against saying no. I And when someone's asking you to do something in such a pleading way, everything goes against saying no. I
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Democracy is a fine thing. But that doesn't mean citizens have a right to run riot whenever they disagree with something.#Page: 120 Democracy is a fine thing. But that doesn't mean citizens have a right to run riot whenever they disagree with something.
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Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he simply asked,'then what are we fighting for? When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he simply asked,'then what are we fighting for?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Don't you wonder sometimes, what might have happened if you tried? Don't you wonder sometimes, what might have happened if you tried?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I don't think it's any fun, even if you are one of the most respected authors in the world like Margaret Atwood, to keep being nominated and not win. I don't think it's any fun, even if you are one of the most respected authors in the world like Margaret Atwood, to keep being nominated and not win.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: When the hour's too late for rescue, it's still early enough for revenge. When the hour's too late for rescue, it's still early enough for revenge.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: When I was younger, I didn't read that much. I was more interested in film and music. Now I'm curious. I want to know what it's all about. When I was younger, I didn't read that much. I was more interested in film and music. Now I'm curious. I want to know what it's all about.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: How is it possible to hate so deeply for deeds not yet done? How is it possible to hate so deeply for deeds not yet done?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory ... Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory ...
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Be merciful and leave this place. Leave this country to rest in forgetfulness. Be merciful and leave this place. Leave this country to rest in forgetfulness.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: It had never occurred to me that our lives, which had been so closely interwoven, could unravel with such speed. It had never occurred to me that our lives, which had been so closely interwoven, could unravel with such speed.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: For some reason, we called it "umbrella sex"; if you fancied someone your own sex, you were "an umbrella. For some reason, we called it "umbrella sex"; if you fancied someone your own sex, you were "an umbrella.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: There comes a point when you can more or less count the number of books you're going to write before you die. There comes a point when you can more or less count the number of books you're going to write before you die.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: A lot of the time, how you were regarded at Hailsham, how much you were liked and respected, had to do with how good you were at "creating." Ruth A lot of the time, how you were regarded at Hailsham, how much you were liked and respected, had to do with how good you were at "creating." Ruth
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I think jogging is bad for your health. All that pressure on the knees and back cannot be good for you. I think jogging is bad for your health. All that pressure on the knees and back cannot be good for you.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: If you look at my last songs and first short stories, there is a real connection between them. If you look at my last songs and first short stories, there is a real connection between them.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Why, Mr Stevens, why, why, why do you always have to pretend? Why, Mr Stevens, why, why, why do you always have to pretend?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I started as a songwriter and wanted to be like Leonard Cohen. I've always seen my stories as enlarged songs. I started as a songwriter and wanted to be like Leonard Cohen. I've always seen my stories as enlarged songs.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Our life together's like a tale with a happy end, no matter what turns it took in the way. Our life together's like a tale with a happy end, no matter what turns it took in the way.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I like novelists who can create other interesting worlds. I like novelists who can create other interesting worlds.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: Foolishness, sir. How can old wounds heal while maggots linger so richly? Or a peace hold for ever built on slaughter and a magician's trickery? Foolishness, sir. How can old wounds heal while maggots linger so richly? Or a peace hold for ever built on slaughter and a magician's trickery?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: You say you're sure? Sure that you're in love? How can you know it? You think love is so simple? You say you're sure? Sure that you're in love? How can you know it? You think love is so simple?
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: When I see films made from books, I make a huge effort not to remember the book. It's important to see the film as a film. When I see films made from books, I make a huge effort not to remember the book. It's important to see the film as a film.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: I spent ages figuring out things like viewpoint, how you tell the story, and so on. I spent ages figuring out things like viewpoint, how you tell the story, and so on.
Kazuo Ishiguro quotes: What is pertinent is the calmness of that beauty, its sense of restraint. What is pertinent is the calmness of that beauty, its sense of restraint.