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Top 180 V.S. Naipaul Quotes (2023 Update)

V.S. Naipaul Quote: “The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “I will say I am the sum of my books.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “The melancholy thing about the world is that it is full of stupid people; and the world is run for the benefit of the stupid and common.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “In England I am not English, in India I am not Indian. I am chained to the 1,000 square miles that is Trinidad; but I will evade that fate yet.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “The writer is all alone.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Small things start us in new ways of thinking.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Life doesn’t have a neat beginning and a tidy end; life is always going on. You should begin in the middle and end in the middle, and it should be all there.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Africa has no future.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “It isn’t that there’s no right and wrong here. There’s no right.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Men need history; it helps them to have an idea of who they are. But history, like sanctity, can reside in the heart; it is enough that there is something there.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “It is wrong to have an ideal view of the world. That’s where the mischief starts. That’s where everything starts unravelling...”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “The past has to be seen to be dead; or the past will kill.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Life is a helluva thing. You can see trouble coming and you can’t do a damn thing to prevent it coming. You just got to sit and watch and wait.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “I came to London. It had become the center of my world and I had worked hard to come to it. And I was lost.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “An autobiography can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies: it reveals the writer totally.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Where jargon turns living issues into abstractions, and where jargon ends by competing with jargon, people don’t have causes. They only have enemies.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Trinidad may seem complex, but to anyone who knows it, it is a simple, colonial, philistine society.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Nothing was made in Trinidad.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Africa is not a fun place, you know. A fun place is somewhere that lifts the spirits, that cossets the senses. I don’t think that can be said of the Africa I traveled in.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “How terrible it would have been, at this time, to be without it; to have died among the Tulsis, amid the squalour of that large, disintegrating and indifferent family; to have left Shama and the children among them, in one room; or worse, to have lived without even attempting to lay claim to one’s portion of the earth; to have lived and died as one had been born, unnecessary and unaccommodated.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Ignorant people in preppy clothes are more dangerous to America than oil embargoes.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “You need someone to see what you’ve done, to read it and to understand it and to appreciate what’s gone into it.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “The world is always in movement.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “If ever you wish to meet intellectual frauds in quantity, go to Paris.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Africans need to be kicked, that’s the only thing they understand.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “It is important not to trust people too much.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “The biography of a writer – or even the autobiography – will always have this incompleteness.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “I thought: How dare you lecture me about history and loyalty, you slave? We have paid bitterly for people like you. Who have you ever been loyal to, apart from yourself and your family and your caste?”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “A civilization which has taken over the world cannot be said to be dying.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “The chaos lies all within.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “I don’t know why they still building houses,” Mr Biswas said. “Nobody don’t want a house these days. They just want a coal barrel. One coal barrel for one person. Whenever a baby born just get another coal barrel. You wouldn’t see any houses anywhere then. Just a yard with five or six coal barrels standing up in two or three rows.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Everybody is interesting for an hour, but few people can last more than two.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “If you decide to move to another country and to live within its laws you don’t express your disregard for the essence of the culture. It’s a form of aggression.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “It was a good place for getting lost in, a city no one ever knew, a city explored from the neutral heart outward, until after many years, it defined itself into a jumble of clearings separated by stretches of the unknown, through which the narrowest of paths had been cut.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “My life is short. I can’t listen to banality.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Home is, I suppose just a child’s idea. A house at night, and a lamp in the house. A place to feel safe.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Women make up half the world; and I thought I had reached the stage where there was nothing in a woman’s nakedness to surprise me. But I felt now as if I was experiencing anew, and seeing a woman for the first time.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “His ignorance seemed to widen with everything he read.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “The Europeans wanted gold and slaves, like everybody else; but at the same time they wanted statues put up to themselves as people who had done good things for the slaves.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Well, India is a country of nonsense. M. K. Gandhi.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “I became very interested in the Islamic question, and thought I would try to understand it from the roots, ask very simple questions and somehow make a narrative of that discovery.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “It isn’t easy to turn your back on the past. It isn’t something you can decide to do just like that. It is something you have to arm yourself for, or grief will ambush and destroy you.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Argentine political life is like the life of an ant community or an African forest tribe: full of events, full of crisis and deaths, but life is always cyclical, and the year ends as it begins.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “The family feuds or the village feuds often had to do with an idea of honor. Perhaps it was a peasant idea; perhaps this idea of honor is especially important to a society without recourse to law or without confidence in law.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “Some lesser husbands built a latrine on the hillside.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “We cannot understand all the traits we have inherited. Sometimes we can be strangers to ourselves.”
V.S. Naipaul Quote: “And it was strange, I thought, that sorrow lasts and can make a man look forward to death, but the mood of victory fills a moment and then is over.”
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