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1. “Perversity and obstinacy are integral tae the Scottish character.”

Tags : Scottish
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Skagboys

2. “You can't lie to your soul.”

Tags : Honesty Introspection
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Porno

3. “What interests me, personally, is work which in some way, speaks the truth to power…I don’t think we speak the truth to power for power’s ear, but for the ear and the imagination of future generations, who would seek to live in a world free from the malign and self-serving influence of those who wield it.”

Tags : Ethics Political Commentary Politics Posterity Power Resistance Social Commentary
Author : Irvine Welsh

4. “You were what you were and you are what you are. Fuck that regrets bullshit.”

Tags : Regrets Self Acceptance
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Porno

5. “N it's fuckin well beyond violence, it's beyond even sexual; it's a kind ay love, a fuckin bizarre, vain-glorious self-adoration, way past the fuckin ego even. Ah'm findin somethin...ah'm...but it's what bein a hard man is aboot; it's a journey, a fuckin self-destructive quest tae find yir limits, cause they fuckin limits eywis come in the form ay a harder man. A big, stong, stiff-hard man whae can dae it for ye, whae can teach ye, show ye whaire ye stand, where yir fuckin parameters ur.”

Tags : Self Destruction
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Porno

6. “There's that horrible-beautiful moment, that bitter-sweet impasse where you know that somebody is bullshitting you but they're doing it with such panache and conviction...no, it's because they say exactly what you want to hear, at that point in time.”

Tags : Believe Bittersweet Lie Self Deception
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Porno

7. “I reach into my bag and I pull out my claw hammer.”

Tags : Filth Irvine Welsh
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

8. “Okay baby, let's take this rocket to Uranus. This hoor is perfect, and she can act as well.”

Tags : Filth Rocket Sex
Author : Irvine Welsh

9. “We wait and think and doubt and hate. How does it make you feel? The overwhelming feeling is rage. We hate ourself for being unable to be other than what we are. Unable to be better. We feel rage. The feelings must be followed. It doesn't matter whether you're an ideologue or a sensualist, you follow the stimuli thinking that they're your signposts to the promised land. But they are nothing of the kind. What they are is rocks to navigate the past, each on your brush against, ripping you a little more open and they are always more on the horizon. But you can't face up to the that, so you force yourself to believe the bullshit of those you instinctively know are liars and you repeat those lies to yourself and to others, hoping that by repeating them often and fervently enough you'll attain the godlike status we accord those who tell the lies most frequently and most passionately. But you never do, and even if you could, you wouldn't value it, you'd realise that nobody believes in heroes any more. We know that they only want to sell us something we don't really want and keep from us what we really do need. Maybe that's a good thing. Maybe we're getting in touch with our condition at last. It's horrible how we always die alone, but no worse than living alone.”

Tags : Lie Lies Life Schizophrenia Truth
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

10. “When I get home I take some sleeping pills and within what seemed like half an hour of unconsciousness it was Monday morning again.”

Tags : Monday Sleep
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

11. “take your best orgasm, multiply the feeling by twenty, and you're still fuckin miles off the pace”

Tags : Drugs Feeling Fucking Irvine Welsh Orgasm Renton Trainspotting
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Trainspotting

12. “Ah'm thinking about shoutin 'stop' but ah could never turn away at this point. If smack is as addictive as they say, then ah'm already aw the junky ah'm ever gaunny be.”

Tags : Addiction Chasing The Dragon Heroine Skagboys Smack
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Skagboys

13. “Sitting in the brightly lit library, surrounded by books, in total silence, that was ma personal zenith.”

Tags : Book Bookish Books Heroine Introversion Introvert Irvine Welsh Library Literature Read Reader Reading Reading Books Skagboys Solitude Zenith
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Skagboys

14. “Gillman smiles, in the cold manner of an assassin. It's like looking in the mirror.”

Tags : Assasin Coldness Mirror Reflection
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

15. “Can you taste it Bruce? Can you taste the filth, the dirt, the oily blackness of that fossil fuel in our mouth as you choke and gag and spit it out? Do you still hear his voice in your head urging you to eat? Eat, eat eat. Your mother's cries. Do you hear them? You should be Bruce. Because I know that it's never left you alone. Now you can eat what you want to eat. For me, for you, for all the others. Now you can consume to your heart's content or your soul's destruction, whichever comes first. So eat.”

Tags : Coal Eat Eating Food Parents Tapeworm
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

16. “Aye Oedipus, yir a complex fucker right enough”

Tags : Puns
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : The Acid House

17. “Ah remember walkin along Princes Street wi Spud, we both hate walkin along that hideous street, deadened by tourists and shoppers, the twin curse ay modern capitalism.”

Tags : Capitalism Shopping Tourism
Author : Irvine Welsh

18. “The town is mobbed out with Saturday shoppers looking for Christmas bargains. You can almost breathe in the raw greed which hangs in the air like vapour. As the late afternoon darkness falls, the lights look tacky and sinister.”

Tags : Christmas Greed Shopping Tacky
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

19. “His friends will decline in their numbers as his needs increase. The inverse, or perverse, mathematics ay life.”

Tags : Aids Alienation Stigma
Author : Irvine Welsh

20. “We start off with high hopes, then we bottle it. We realise that we’re all going to die, without really finding out the big answers. We develop all those long-winded ideas which just interpret the reality of our lives in different ways, without really extending our body of worthwhile knowledge, about the big things, the real things. Basically, we live a short disappointing life; and then we die. We fill up our lives with shite, things like careers and relationships to delude ourselves that it isn’t all totally pointless.”

Tags : Trainspotting
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Trainspotting

21. “Some people are easier to love when you don't have to be around them.”

Tags : Irvine Welsh Love Trainspotting
Author : Irvine Welsh

22. “It wis like auld times, but in a sense that only served tae remind us ay how much things hud changed.”

Tags : Irvine Welsh Trainspotting
Author : Irvine Welsh

23. “Me contó un montón de cosas que yo no quería oír, cosas que mi madre y mi padre nunca supieron, y que odiarían saber. Lo cabrón que era Billy con ella. Cómo en ocasiones la golpeaba, la humillaba, y la trataba en general como un trozo de mierda excepcionalmente corrompida."¿Por qué te quedaste con él?""Era mi chico. Siempre piensas que será diferente, que puedes hacerle cambiar, que tú puedes suponer la diferencia."Eso lo entendía, Pero es un error. Los únicos hijoputas que supusieron alguna vez una diferencia para Billy fueron los Provisionales, y ellos también eran unos cabrones. No tengo ninguna ilusión sobre ellos como luchadores de la libertad. Los muy hijoputas convirtieron a mi hermano en un montón de comida para gatos. Pero ellos sólo tiraron de la palanca. Su muerte fue concebida por esos cabrones anaranjaos que venían por aquí todos los meses de julio con sus fajines y sus flautas, llenando la estúpida cabeza de Billy con insensateces acerca de la corona y la nación y toda esa mierda. Ellos irán a casa felices por el día de hoy. Pueden contarles a todos sus colegas cómo murió asesinado por el IRA uno de la familia mientras defendía el Ulster. Eso alimentará su ira sin objeto, hará que les inviten a copas en los pubs, y consolidará su credibilidad memo-bastarda entre otros tontolabas sectarios.”

Tags : Guerra Irvine Welsh Trainspotting Violencia Machista
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Trainspotting

24. “Si por mi fuera, pillaria todos los libros que hay, haria una pila enorme con ellos y los quemaría todos. Los libros sólo sirven para que los listos farden acerca de toda la mierda que han leído. Todo lo que necesitas saber lo puedes sacar de la prensa y de la tele. Capullos pretenciosos. Ya les daré yo jodidos libros.”

Tags : Books Ignorance Irvine Welsh Trainspotting Violence
Author : Irvine Welsh

25. “Still, failure, success, what is it? Whae gies a fuck. We aw live, then we die, in quite a short space ay time n аw. That's it; end ay fuckin story.”

Tags : Failure Life Success Trainspotting
Author : Irvine Welsh

26. “Leave it man. Squirrel’s botherin nae cunt likesay! Ah hate it the wey Mark’s intae hurtin animals… it’s wrong man. Ye cannae love yirsel if ye want tae hurt things like that… ah mean… what hope is thir? The squirrel’s likes fuckin lovely. He’s daein his ain thing. He’s free. That’s mibble what Rents cannae stand. The squirrel’s free man.”

Tags : Animals Trainspotting
Author : Irvine Welsh

27. “Rents bir keresinde, polisin ve yargıçların görev duygusunu tetiklemek için esmer bi tenden daha iyisi yoktur, demişti; çok doğru.”

Tags : Racism Trainspotting
Author : Irvine Welsh

28. “Whin yir oan junk, aw ye worry aboot is scorin. Oaf the gear, ye worry aboot loads ay things. Nae money, cannae git pished. Goat money, drinkin too much. Cannae git a burd, nae chance ay a ride. Git a burd, too much hassle, cannae breathe withoot her gittin oan yir case. Either that. or ye blow it, and feel aw guilty. Ye worry aboot bills, food, bailiffs, these Jambo Nazi scum beatin us, aw the things that ye couldnae gie a fuck aboot whin yuv goat a real junk habit. Yuv just goat one thing tae worry aboot. The simplicity ay it aw. Ken whit ah mean?”

Tags : Irvine Welsh Trainspotting
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Trainspotting

29. “Are you asking me or telling me?”

Tags : Asking Telling
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

30. “Even as I'm shoveling up my hooter, I realize the sad truth. Coke bores me, It bores us all. We're jaded cunts, in a scene we hate, a city we hate, pretending that we're at the center of the universe, trashing ourselves with crap drugs to stave off the feeling that real life is happening somewhere else, aware that all we're doing is feeding that paranoia and disenchantment, yet somehow we're too apathetic to stop. Cause, sadly, there's nothing else of interest to stop for.”

Tags : Apathy Drugs
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Porno

31. “But even Es and cocaine, over the years they blow holes in your brain, rob you of your memories, your past. Which is fair enough, convenient even.”

Tags : Drugs Humor
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Porno

32. “Bit it's what bein a hard man is aw aboot; its a journey, a fucking self destructive quest tae find yir limits, cause they fuckin limits eywis come in the form ay a harder man. A big. strong, stiff hard man whae can dae it for ye, whae can teach ye, show ye whaire ye stand, where yir fuckin parameters ur.”

Tags : Men Self Destruction
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Porno

33. “I love doubt in a woman. It's nearly as sexy as determination.”

Tags : Determination Doubt Sex Women
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

34. “It's hard to maintain both smack and crack habbits and remember to keep up mobile-phone payments.”

Tags : Metaphoric Very True
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Porno

35. “How did it make you feel?”

Tags : Feelings Past Reflection
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

36. “Le regole son quelle.”

Tags : Rules
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

37. “We don’t really communicate […]. We talk all right, talk in that strange language we’ve evolved for the purposes of avoiding communication. That non-language we’ve created. Perhaps it’s a sign that civilisation is regressing. Something is anyway.”

Tags : Interactions Reflection
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Ecstasy

38. “This social worker lassie turns round n gies us a stroppy look. Ah jist smiles bit she looked away aw fuckin nippy likes. Disnae cost nowt tae be social. A social worker thit cannae be fuckin social; that's nae good tae nae cunt, thon. Like a lifeguard thit cannae fuckin swim. Shouldnae be daein that kinday joab.”

Tags : Funny Humanity Humor Jobs
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : The Acid House

39. “A standing prick hath no conscience. And if that standing prick is attached to Bruce Robertson then it hath less than no conscience. You can't afford a conscience in this life, that has become a luxury for the rich and a social ball and chain for the rest of us. Even if I wanted one, which I certainly do not, I wouldn't have the faintest idea as how to go about getting one.”

Tags : Conscience
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

40. “The dead man is on the trolley and the woman collapses across his chest. That's what the ghouls want a shufti at, like at that Princess Diana's funeral, they want to scrutinise those who really knew her, to drink the misery out of their faces.”

Tags : Death Misery
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Filth

41. “He's going on and on, and I can't be bothered. I just can't be fuckin well arsed saying something like: Solaris shites all over 2001, and then listening to him arguing vehemently against it. Or, alternatively, waiting for him to say it, and then being expected to argue engingly, as if to agree, even if we do, is a sign that we're effete proofs. I can't be bothered with it and I can't even be bothered to tell him that I can'be be bothered.”

Tags : Indifference
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Porno

42. “--Thing is though, Spud, whin yir intae skag, that's it. That's aw yuv goat tae worry aboot. Ken Billy, ma brar, likes? He's jist signed up tae go back intae the fuckin army. He's gaun tae fucking Belfast, the stupid cunt. Ah always knew that the fucker wis tapped. Fuckin imperialist lackey. Ken whit the daft cunt turned roond n sais tae us? He goes: Ah cannae fuckin stick civvy street. Bein in the army, it's like being a junky. The only difference is thit ye dinnae git shot at sae often bein a junky. Besides, it's usually you that does the shootin.--That, eh, likesay, seems a bit eh, fucked up like man. Ken?--Naw but, listen the now. You jist think aboot it. In the army they dae everything fir they daft cunts. Feed thum, gie the cunts cheap bevvy in scabby camp clubs tae keep thum fae gaun intae toon n lowerin the fuckin tone, upsetting the locals n that. Whin they git intae civvy street, thuv goat tae dae it aw fir thumsells.--Yeah, but likesay, it's different though, cause . . . Spud tries to cut in, but Renton is in full flight. A bottle in the face is the only thing that could shut him up at this point; even then only for a few seconds.--Uh, uh . . . wait a minute, mate. Hear us oot. Listen tae whit ah've goat tae say here . . . what the fuck wis ah sayin . . . aye! Right. Whin yir oan junk, aw ye worry aboot is scorin. Oaf the gear, ye worry aboot loads ay things. Nae money, cannae git pished. Goat money, drinkin too much. Cannae git a burd, nae chance ay a ride. Git a burd, too much hassle, cannae breathe withoot her gittin oan yir case. Either that, or ye blow it, and feel aw guilty. Ye worry aboot bills, food, bailiffs, these Jambo Nazi scum beatin us, aw the things that ye couldnae gie a fuck aboot whin yuv goat a real junk habit. Yuv just goat one thing tae worry aboot. The simplicity ay it aw. Ken whit ah mean?”

Tags : Addiction
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Trainspotting

43. “but ah'm hugging Janey and thinking about how much a life can change in the time it takes tae fix up.”

Tags : Irvine Welsh Sick Boy Skagboys
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : Skagboys

44. “I like the idea of a black sun; like a black hole in space, sucking everything into darkness, where we came from and where we're heading”

Tags : Nihilism
Author : Irvine Welsh
Source : The Blade Artist