Tom Paulin Quotes


I am not very moved by historical apologies.

Look you're either a Zionist or an anti-Zionist: there's no middle way. Everyone who supports the state of Israel is a Zionist.

You are either a Zionist or an anti-Zionist.

One of the strongest features of Puritanism is its autobiographical tendency its passionate self-regard.

I think attacks on civilians in fact boost morale.

Unfortunately in the north and the south of Ireland intolerant habits are part of the fabric of emotion part of the identity crisis which afflicts the population of the country.

Hitler bombed London into submission but in fact it created a sense of national solidarity.

Is the biographer an artist who can and should exist on equal terms with the dramatist fiction writer and poet? The short and robust answer is 'Certainly not.'

I don't think the British carry a historical consciousness either.

I think ideas should be flying about and banging into each other. It is a kind of energy. If you occupy static positions then things sort of ossify.

I'm kind of domestic untidily so.

I think protest and actions have to be organised against the Israelis and their backers. There needs to be a concerted high profile campaign to raise awareness of the people in this country.

I never believed that Israel had the right to exist at all.

A truly vibrant and creative culture depends on a system of education which is not divided along class and sectarian lines.

I went to a grim Victorian school with classes of 40 or 50 children. It was a very rigid and unimaginative education but it did teach us the three Rs.

Everyone who supports Israel is a Zionist.

Didn't I seize the fire of ideas and make them leap tear fly sing

I always feel freelance writers are leading a heroic life. I think that is the real writer's life. On the other hand it's good to have another job. It gives you something to do.

All I do is read books really. I worry about that sometimes. I don't seem to have a hobby or anything.

I wish I could write lyrical poems but I just write the way they come.