Saturday Quotes: Iain Banks

Every Saturday we’re publishing a collection of wonderful quotes we’ve read during the previous week. Enjoy this week’s quote pile!

Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory

My greatest enemies are Women and the Sea. These things I hate. Women because they are weak and stupid and live in the shadow of men and are nothing compared to them, and the Sea because it has always frustrated me, destroying what I have built, washing away what I have left, wiping clean the marks I have made.


Sometimes the thoughts and feelings I had didn’t really agree with each other, so I decided I must be lots of different people inside my brain.


All our lives are symbols. Everything we do is part of a pattern we have at least some say in. The strong make their own patterns and influence other people’s, the weak have their courses mapped out for them. The weak and the unlucky, and the stupid.


I killed little Esmerelda because I felt I owed it to myself and to the world in general.