Ian Mcewan Quotes (displaying: 1 - 30 of 254 quotes)
And now she was back in the world, not one she could make, but the one that had made her, and she felt herself shrinking under the early evening sky. She was weary of being outdoors, but she was not ready to go in. Was that really all there was in life, indoors or out? Wasn't there somewhere else for people to go?
The Western world may have been undergoing a steady transformation, the young may have thought they had discovered a new way of talking to each other, the old barriers were said to be crumbling from the base. But the famous 'hand on the shoulder' was still applied, perhaps less frequently, perhaps with less pressure.
But this first clumsy attempt showed her that the imagination itself was a source of secrets: once she had begun a story, no one could be told. Pretending in words was too tentative, too vulnerable, too embarrassing to let anyone know. Even writing out the she saids, the and thens, made her wince, and she felt foolish, appearing to know about the emotions of an imaginary being. Self-exposure was inevitable the moment she described a character's weakness; the reader was bound to speculate that she was describing herself. What other authority could she have?
Hol knyelmes nosztalgit bresztett benne az letrajz egy zldell, l vontatta, gyengd Anglia utn, hol nyomasztotta kiss, hogy nhny szz oldalba belefrhet egy egsz let- vegbe zrva, mint a hzi beftt. Milyen knnyen s maradktalanul eltnhet az egyni lt, a becsvgy, a csaldi s barti kapcsolatrendszer, minden, amit ddelget s biztosan magnak hisz az ember.
At best he read popular science magazines like the Scientific American he had now, to keep himself up-to-date, in layman's terms, with physics generally. But even then his concentration was marred, for a lifetime's habit made him inconveniently watchful for his own name. He saw it as if in bold. It could leap out at him from an unread double page of small print, and sometimes he could sense it coming before the page turn.
Watching him during the first several minutes of his delivery, Cecilia felt a pleasant sinking sensation in her stomach as she contemplated how deliciously self-destructive it would be, almost erotic, to be married to a man so nearly handsome, so hugely rich, so unfathomably stupid. He would fill her with his big-faced children, all of them loud, boneheaded boys with a passion for guns and football and aeroplanes.
He saw it for the first time: on the day he died he would be wearing unmatching socks, there would be unanswered e-mails, and in the hovel he called home there would still be shirts missing cuff buttons, a malfunctioning light in the hall, and unpaid bills, uncleared attics, dead flies, friends waiting for a reply and lovers he had not owned up to.
A szli lt s a modern genetika nagy kzhelye, hogy a szlknek alig van befolysuk gyermekeik jellemre, vagy nincs is. Sosem tudhatja az ember, kiv lesznek. Lehetsgek, egszsg, jvbeni kiltsok, beszdmodor, illemtuds- ezek alaktsra lehet mdjuk a szlknek. De hogy mifle ember l majd velk egy fedl alatt, az azon mlik, melyik spermium tall r melyik petesejtre, kt pakli krtybl mely krtykra esik a vlaszts, hogyan lesznek megkeverve, megemelve s sszeprostva az j kombinci pillanatban. J kedly vagy neorotikus, nagylelk vagy moh, kvncsi vagy unalmas, kzlkeny vagy flnk, vagy brmi egyb a kett kztt;
At moments like this, his misanthropy sensitized him to the people packed tight around him, no longer fellow travelers but adversaries, competitors in a slow race. And he could not help himself: he was on the lookout for one of those cheats who edge up on the periphery of vision, moving while pretending not to, cutting in with a sly shuffle, a subtle turn of the shoulder. Burdening others by stealing time.
Most houses were crammed with immovable objects in their proper places, and each object told you what to do - here you ate, here you slept, here you sat. I tried to imagine carpets, wardrobes, pictures, chairs, a sewing machine, in these gaping, smashed-up rooms. I was pleased by how irrelevant, how puny such objects now appeared.