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All Quotes by author - Cyril Connolly
" A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent. "
" A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it. A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment, but soon he will watch them filing out. "
" A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends. "
" All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others. "
" Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you. "
" As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers. "
" Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. "
" Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether. "
" Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature. "
" For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act? "
" Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear. "
" Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise. "
" Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present. "
" Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out. "
" In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female. "
" It is a mistake to expect good work from expatriates for it is not what they do that matters but what they are not doing. "
" It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book. "
" Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose. "
" Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once. "
" No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning. "
" No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, - something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book. "
" No taste is so acquired as that for someone else's quality of mind. "
" Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control. "
" Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness. "
" Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium. "
" The artist is a member of the leisured classes who cannot pay for his leisure. "
" The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above. "
" The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven. "
" The dread of lonliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married. "
" The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence. "
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