” Possibly he knew, as he wrote this, that he was mad – because inside every madman sits a little sane man saying ‘You’re mad, you’re mad. “


” I had a fear of becoming anything, a fear of becoming a specialist. I might have become a doctor, but if you become a doctor, that’s your specialty in life and you are defined by it. One of the attractions of being a writer is that you’re never a specialist. Your field is entirely open, your field is the entire human condition. “


” One of the things that probably drew me to writing was that it was something you could get on with by yourself. Publishing means going public. But the actual activity could scarcely be more invisible. And private. “


” The idea of stopping is not unmeaningful to me. I think there might be a time when, in theory at least, you’d say, ‘Well I’ve mostly done what I want to do.’ But how could you ever prevent a few years down the line some germ of an idea getting at you and you’ve got to do it again? “


” I do my thinking while I walk. It just loosens up the mind in the way that you don’t get when you are sitting at a desk. “


” There is a certain inescapable attachment. If you are born somewhere and circumstances don’t take you away from it, then you grow up and remain within it. “



All 6 Graham Swift Quotes about You in picture


Possibly he knew, as he wrote this, that he was mad - because inside every madman sits a little sane man saying
I had a fear of becoming anything, a fear of becoming a specialist. I might have become a doctor, but if you become a doctor, that


One of the things that probably drew me to writing was that it was something you could get on with by yourself. Publishing means going public. But the actual activity could scarcely be more invisible. And private.
The idea of stopping is not unmeaningful to me. I think there might be a time when, in theory at least, you
I do my thinking while I walk. It just loosens up the mind in the way that you don
There is a certain inescapable attachment. If you are born somewhere and circumstances don
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