"Graham Greene was right. He said that if you're going to be a novelist, working as a subeditor is the perfect job. You write during the day, go to work at night, the best of your energy is during the day. An old editor of mine said subeditors were people who change other people's words and go home in the dark."
John Banville interviewed in The Guardian by Stuart Jeffries, ending thus:
Banville stands to go: "You have enough. You have the jokes, the arrogance and the sermon." I wanted more, I tell him. Over his shoulder he gives me a parting joke: "It's no good – I can't do humility."