William Boyd Quotes

Top 65 wise famous quotes and sayings by William Boyd

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William Boyd quotes: I have teken refuge in the doctrine that advises one not to seek tranquility in certainty but in permanently suspended judgement. I have teken refuge in the doctrine that advises one not to seek tranquility in certainty but in permanently suspended judgement.
William Boyd quotes: I feel very sorry for myself - that is what grief is. I feel very sorry for myself - that is what grief is.
William Boyd quotes: Feelings of depression; feelings of frustration; feelings of emptiness in the face of all this randomness - done down by the haphazard, yet again. Feelings of depression; feelings of frustration; feelings of emptiness in the face of all this randomness - done down by the haphazard, yet again.
William Boyd quotes: Because it seems to me that to be human you have to be able to compromise. Because it seems to me that to be human you have to be able to compromise.
William Boyd quotes: She bought a pint of whiskey and woke to discover that she had managed to construct a presentable hangover for herself on the morning of 1 January. She bought a pint of whiskey and woke to discover that she had managed to construct a presentable hangover for herself on the morning of 1 January.
William Boyd quotes: We keep a journal to entrap that collection of selves that forms us, the individual human being. We keep a journal to entrap that collection of selves that forms us, the individual human being.
William Boyd quotes: I have to start my real life soon, before I die of boredom and frustration. I have to start my real life soon, before I die of boredom and frustration.
William Boyd quotes: In some ways, you could argue, television is doing far more interesting work than the movies. It's more fulfilling. In some ways, you could argue, television is doing far more interesting work than the movies. It's more fulfilling.
William Boyd quotes: No human being is entirely innocent No human being is entirely innocent
William Boyd quotes: My novels are often about people who are in love or attracted to each other. My novels are often about people who are in love or attracted to each other.
William Boyd quotes: I tend to admire dead people more than the living. All too often, human reality diminishes the glowing reputation. I tend to admire dead people more than the living. All too often, human reality diminishes the glowing reputation.
William Boyd quotes: The last thing we learn about ourselves is our effect. The last thing we learn about ourselves is our effect.
William Boyd quotes: All the itch and clutter of the world, its bother and fuss, its nagging pettiness, can wear you down so easily. And this is why I like the beach ... All the itch and clutter of the world, its bother and fuss, its nagging pettiness, can wear you down so easily. And this is why I like the beach ...
William Boyd quotes: Curious how these early linguistic abilities are so fragile, how unthinkingly and easily the brain lets them go. Curious how these early linguistic abilities are so fragile, how unthinkingly and easily the brain lets them go.
William Boyd quotes: She's half mad and three parts drunk. She's half mad and three parts drunk.
William Boyd quotes: I felt truly happy for the first time in years. Such moments should be logged and noted. I felt truly happy for the first time in years. Such moments should be logged and noted.
William Boyd quotes: Describe your state of mine. Insecure. Uncertain. Feverish Describe your state of mine. Insecure. Uncertain. Feverish
William Boyd quotes: Real life is never, never as simple as a movie. Real life is never, never as simple as a movie.
William Boyd quotes: Hot crumpets with butter and jam - what could be more ambrosial? Hot crumpets with butter and jam - what could be more ambrosial?
William Boyd quotes: what is it about me and basements? Why do I like the semi-subterranean life? what is it about me and basements? Why do I like the semi-subterranean life?
William Boyd quotes: Human beings are interested in the human condition. Human beings are interested in the human condition.
William Boyd quotes: Humankind can tolerate only so much rejection. Humankind can tolerate only so much rejection.
William Boyd quotes: and thin, with the slight stoop and thin, with the slight stoop
William Boyd quotes: In the broad spectrum of the arts, two worlds rarely overlap - the literary world and the world of rock music. In the broad spectrum of the arts, two worlds rarely overlap - the literary world and the world of rock music.
William Boyd quotes: What can I know? Nothing for sure. What ought I to do? Try not to hurt anyone. What may I hope for? For the best (but it won't make any What can I know? Nothing for sure. What ought I to do? Try not to hurt anyone. What may I hope for? For the best (but it won't make any difference).
William Boyd quotes: True learning only occurs when you love the subject you are studying and then the acquiring of knowledge is effortless because it is also a pleasure. True learning only occurs when you love the subject you are studying and then the acquiring of knowledge is effortless because it is also a pleasure.
William Boyd quotes: It terrifies me, the fragility of these moments in our lives. It terrifies me, the fragility of these moments in our lives.
William Boyd quotes: I love to use these phrases - 'with the greatest respect', 'in all modest', 'I humbly submit' - which in fact always imply the complete opposite. I love to use these phrases - 'with the greatest respect', 'in all modest', 'I humbly submit' - which in fact always imply the complete opposite.
William Boyd quotes: I don't think they'll ever make a retro Bond. I don't think they'll ever make a retro Bond.
William Boyd quotes: All great artists are doubters. All great artists are doubters.
William Boyd quotes: I would catch them fast, eternally, thanks to the properties of my wonderful machine. In my hands I had the power to stop time,or so I fancied. I would catch them fast, eternally, thanks to the properties of my wonderful machine. In my hands I had the power to stop time,or so I fancied.
William Boyd quotes: In my mind Greece is reduced to one vast pile of shattered marble, shimmering in a heat aze. In my mind Greece is reduced to one vast pile of shattered marble, shimmering in a heat aze.
William Boyd quotes: Are our lives just the aggregate of the lies we've told? ('Lives' - the 'v' is silent.) Are our lives just the aggregate of the lies we've told? ('Lives' - the 'v' is silent.)
William Boyd quotes: Happenstance intersecting with received wisdom produces something entirely new and significant Happenstance intersecting with received wisdom produces something entirely new and significant
William Boyd quotes: Old Testament prophets. 'You savvy dis fetish thing? Old Testament prophets. 'You savvy dis fetish thing?
William Boyd quotes: he needed the security of other bodies. he needed the security of other bodies.
William Boyd quotes: When I think of my youth, he went in, what we took for granted, what we assumed was for ever certain, for ever permanent. When I think of my youth, he went in, what we took for granted, what we assumed was for ever certain, for ever permanent.
William Boyd quotes: but you're giving a very good impression of a lovelorn fool pining for his girl. but you're giving a very good impression of a lovelorn fool pining for his girl.
William Boyd quotes: We talked filth for a pleasant half hour. We talked filth for a pleasant half hour.
William Boyd quotes: I let people off the hook too easily. I let people off the hook too easily.
William Boyd quotes: We all possess, like it or not, the people we know, and are possessed by them in turn. We all possess, like it or not, the people we know, and are possessed by them in turn.
William Boyd quotes: I have always thought if you are going to make a film, it's much better to have an original script that will play to film's strengths. I have always thought if you are going to make a film, it's much better to have an original script that will play to film's strengths.
William Boyd quotes: Sometimes limbo is a tolerable place to be stuck. Sometimes limbo is a tolerable place to be stuck.
William Boyd quotes: People lead their real, most interesting lives under cover of secrecy People lead their real, most interesting lives under cover of secrecy
William Boyd quotes: The last thing you know about yourself is your effect. The last thing you know about yourself is your effect.
William Boyd quotes: I experienced a form of grief so intense and pure I thought it would kill me. I experienced a form of grief so intense and pure I thought it would kill me.
William Boyd quotes: There was something facile and shallow about male beauty, she thought. There was something facile and shallow about male beauty, she thought.
William Boyd quotes: Any fool can "obey" an order,' Hamo said, darkly. 'The clever thing is to interpret it. Any fool can "obey" an order,' Hamo said, darkly. 'The clever thing is to interpret it.
William Boyd quotes: We never love anyone. Not really. We only love our idea of another person. It is some conception of our own that we love. We love ourselves, in fact. We never love anyone. Not really. We only love our idea of another person. It is some conception of our own that we love. We love ourselves, in fact.
William Boyd quotes: The best often seem the worst The best often seem the worst
William Boyd quotes: But you can be too intelligent, I said. Sometimes it's not an asset it's a curse. But you can be too intelligent, I said. Sometimes it's not an asset it's a curse.
William Boyd quotes: You think it begins to diminish with time, the pain, then it comes back and hits you with a rawness and freshness you had forgotten. You think it begins to diminish with time, the pain, then it comes back and hits you with a rawness and freshness you had forgotten.
William Boyd quotes: I felt shocked and then saddened. life does this to you sometimes - leads you up a path and then drops you in the shit, to mix a metaphor. I felt shocked and then saddened. life does this to you sometimes - leads you up a path and then drops you in the shit, to mix a metaphor.
William Boyd quotes: There's a sense in all my novels that nothing is certain. There's a sense in all my novels that nothing is certain.