On February 16th 1954 Iain Banks was born; the prolific author wrote both mainstream novels and also science fiction under the name Iain M Banks. His most well known work The Wasp Factory has made an appearance on many of our polls making him an obviously popular author for our followers and so we have honoured his birthday with our signature Birthday Quote Blog.
“It’s a library, only the stupid or the evil are afraid of those”
“I think the easiest people to fool are ourselves. Fooling ourselves may even be a necessary precondition for fooling others.”
“Fuck every cause that ends in murder and children crying.”
“Empathise with stupidity and you’re halfway to thinking like an idiot”
“As long as a film stays unmade, the book is entirely yours, it belongs to the writer. As soon as you make it into a film, suddenly more people see it than have ever read the book.”
“Political correctness is what right-wing bigots call what everybody else calls being polite”
“Perhaps we think up our own destinies, and so in a sense deserve whatever happens to us, for not having had the wit to imagine something better”.
I really cannot argue with any of the above sentiments. Such a shame that Iain was taken so young, I wonder what books he still had inside him when he died.