A quote by Ian McEwan in an article in the New York Times today: "Not to write seems to me to be a gross rebuke of the gift of consciousness."
The article was about McEwan's latest novel Atonement. I have a small pile of his books by my bed and have been meaning to dive in. I'm at an all-time high in terms of number of books I've started and am only partway through. There's barely any floorspace next to my bed now.