Cyril Connolly's Quotes
Biography of Cyril Connolly
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.Tags: Few, Number, Small
Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.Tags: Family, Nature, Romantic
Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present.Tags: Living, Name, Present
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.Tags: Art, Once, Writing
Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.Tags: Control, Disorder, Memories
The artist is a member of the leisured classes who cannot pay for his leisure.Tags: Artist, Cannot, Pay
The dread of lonliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.Tags: Fear, Greater, Married
The only way for writers to meet is to share a quick peek over a common lamp-post.Tags: Common, Meet, Share
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say.Tags: Dare, Fear, Themselves
Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.Tags: Artist, Science, Today
Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.Tags: Home, Lost, Today
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.Tags: Great, May, Moment
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.Tags: Books, Read, True
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When we have ceased to love the stench of the human animal, either in others or in ourselves, then are we condemned to misery, and clear thinking can begin.Tags: Human, Love, Thinking
A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.Tags: Friends, Lazy, Thoughts
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.Tags: Nice, Writing, Younger
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.Tags: Self, Write, Yourself
There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.Tags: Pain, Strong, Wisdom
The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.Tags: Calm, Life, Success
All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.Tags: Charming, Others, Total
We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.Tags: Happy, Illusion, Passion
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.Tags: Art, Dark, May
When young we are faithful to individuals, when older we grow loyal to situations and to types.Tags: Faithful, Older, Young
Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.Tags: Child, Fear, Hate
The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence.Tags: Task, True, Writer
Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action.Tags: Faith, Lost, Thought
Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.Tags: Apathy, Crime, May
The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.Tags: Forgiven, Life, Likely
In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female.Tags: Female, Sex, War
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.Tags: Expect, Good, Work
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.Tags: Book, Learn, Worth
Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.Tags: Ignorance, Passion, Wisdom