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Irvine Welsh

Datum narození: 27. září 1958

Irvine Welsh je britský spisovatel píšící skotským pouličním dialektem. Nyní žije v Londýně. Napsal také několik divadelních her a režíroval několik krátkých filmů.


„"Dělnická třída ve Skotsku a respekt k policii jdou k sobě asi jako Matka Tereza a Dívka měsíce v Playboyi."“ Špína

„Proč si myslíš, že Skotové vynalezli předčasnou ejakulaci? Abysme mohli trávit víc času v hospodě. Zdar Kaledonii!“


„Je lepší udělat si z tohoto života tak úplný a příjemný zážitek, jak je jen možné, pro případ, že smrt stojí za hovno, což, obávám se, tak nějak bude.“ Trainspotting

„Pití je pro mladé, které ještě netrápí myšlenky na smrt.“ Skagboys

„You can't lie to your soul.“ Porno

„Choose a life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers... Choose DSY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit crushing game shows, stucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away in the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself, choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that?“ Trainspotting

„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.“ Trainspotting

„By definition, you have to live until you die. Better to make that life as complete and enjoyable an experience as possible, in case death is shite, which I suspect it will be.“ Trainspotting


„I'm not running away, I'm moving on.“

„Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?“ Trainspotting

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

„I was anti-everything and everyone. I didn't want people around me. This aversion was not some big crippling anxiety; merely a mature recognition of my own psychological vulnerability and my lack of suitability as a companion. Thoughts jostled for space in my crowded brain as i struggled to give them some order which might serve to motivate my listless life.“ The Acid House


„Love does not exist, it's like religion, the state wants you to believe in that kind of crap so they can control you, and f**k your head up.“ Trainspotting

„You were what you were and you are what you are. Fuck that regrets bullshit.“ Porno

„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.“ Porno

„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.“ Filth

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