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  • But you cannot expect every writer to dwell on human suffering. I think my books do deal with grave issues. People who say they are too positive probably havent read them.

    Book   Thinking   Issues  
  • When we love others, we naturally want to talk about them, we want to show them off, like emotional trophies. We invest them with a power to do to others what they do to us; a vain hope, as the lovers of others are rarely of much interest to us. But we listen in patience, as friends must, and as Isabel now did, refraining from comment, other than to encourage the release of the story and the attendant confession of human frailty and hope.

    "Friends, Lovers, Chocolate". Book by Alexander McCall Smith, 2005.
  • Most people want nothing to happen. That is the problem with governments these days. They want to do things all the time; they are always very busy thinking of what things they can do next. That is not what people want. People want to be left alone to look after their cattle.

    Alexander McCall Smith (2008). “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency”, p.25, Hachette UK
  • At night we are all strangers, even to ourselves.

    Night   Stranger  
    Alexander McCall Smith (1998). “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency”
  • As a writer, I have readers who will have a range of political views. I don't think they look to me for political guidance.

  • We need to believe I think in justice. We need to run our lives as if justice existed... If we abandon a belief that justice will eventually be done, we make this world much more difficult for ourselves.

  • Whatever Scotland was, it was not a matriarchy; whereas the United States was a profoundly matriarchal society - and much more feminine than would be suggested by all that male bravado. That was a front, and a misleading one at that; underneath the male swagger lay a passive acceptance of female dominance - a fact not always appreciated by outsiders.

    Alexander McCall Smith (2007). “Espresso Tales”, p.31, Anchor
  • I am easily persuaded to continue to have fun.

    Fun   Having Fun  
    Alexander McCall Smith (2007). “Espresso Tales”, p.14, Anchor
  • It is the search for beauty...That is what it is. We find ourselves on this earth--gods and men--and we know that it is beautiful. That is one of the few things we understand--beauty; because it is there, in the world, and we can see it all about us. We want beauty. It requires our love. It just does.

    Beautiful   Men   Doe  
  • Who can't like pigs? They're wonderful creatures! I've always liked pigs.

  • I'm interested in character and dialogue and exchange of ideas.

  • And how we become like our parents! How their scorned advice - based, we felt in our superiority, on prejudices and muddled folk wisdom - how their opinions are subsequently borne out by our own discoveries and sense of the world, one after one. And as this happens, we realise with increasing horror that proposition which we would never have entertained before: our mothers were right!

    Alexander McCall Smith (2008). “Love Over Scotland”, p.279, Hachette UK
  • Lou knew that joy unshared was a halved emotion, just as sadness and loss, when borne alone, were often doubled.

    Sadness   Loss   Joy  
    Alexander McCall Smith (2007). “Espresso Tales”, p.329, Anchor
  • I am often thanked by people for inventing the term traditionally built. The people who give me thanks for this are often traditionally built themselves.

    People   Giving   Thanks  
  • Any extreme political creed brought only darkness in the long run; it lit up nothing. The best politics were those of caution, tolerance and moderation, Angus maintained, but such politics were, alas, also very dull, and certainly moved nobody to poetry.

    Alexander McCall Smith (2010). “The Unbearable Lightness of Scones”, p.129, Anchor
  • I've also long since realized that the way to really engage children is to give out prizes; it's amazing how it concentrates their minds.

    Children   Long   Giving  
  • It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for going on. Pumpkin.

    FaceBook post by Alexander McCall Smith from Oct 19, 2011
  • Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I left my coat behind after a party, that is where I met my love; I cried there once, I was heartsore; but felt better round the corner..., things of that sort, our personal memories, that make the private tapestry of our lives.

    Memories   Party   Cities  
    Alexander McCall Smith (2007). “Love Over Scotland”, p.356, Anchor
  • I write four or five a books a year. That means that I usually have one on the go. I am fortunate in being able to write quickly - 1000 words an hour.

    Book   Writing   Mean  
    "National Book Festival: 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' Novelist Alexander McCall Smith". Live Q&A, September 19, 2008.
  • It's through the small things that we develop our moral imagination, so that we can understand the sufferings of others.

  • Everything has been something before.

  • Ritual is a terribly important, binding cement in a society. If we abandon formality and rituals, we're actually weakening the relationships that exist between people that bind.

  • I enjoy women's conversation, and I think that helps me to describe them in fiction.

  • Antonia was very conscious of the corrosive power of envy and felt that it was this emotion, more than any other, which lay behind human unhappiness. People did not realize how widespread envy was.

    People   Envy   Unhappy  
    Alexander McCall Smith (2008). “Love Over Scotland”, p.307, Hachette UK
  • A life without stories would be no life at all. And stories bound us, did they not, one to another, the living to the dead, people to animals, people to the land?

    Life   Animal   Land  
  • It's a different sort of love taht puts up with illness. Old love.

  • There was a distinction between lying and telling half-truths, but it was a very narrow one.

    Alexander McCall Smith (2008). “The Sunday Philosophy Club”, p.121, Hachette UK
  • Some of my characters are a mixture of various aspects of people I have met. others are pure invention.

  • If you want to write, do two things - read lots of books and also, in your own writing, practise. Just write and write and then write again. persist. And never be put off or discouraged. You can do it!

    Book   Writing   Two  
    "National Book Festival: 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' Novelist Alexander McCall Smith". Live Q&A, September 19, 2008.
  • My wife Elizabeth and I started The Really Terrible Orchestra for people like us who are pretty hopeless musicians who would like to play in an orchestra. It has been a great success. We give performances; weve become the most famous bad orchestra in the world.

    Play   People   Giving  
    "Alexander McCall Smith: My family values". Interview with Michelle Hodgson, April 22, 2011.
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