Cyril Connolly Quotes

26 Cyril Connolly quotes:

"Except for poverty, incompatibility, opposition of parents, absence of love on one side and of desire to marry on both, nothing stands in the way of our happy union."
"For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?"
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"It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Nature Quotes English Journalist Quotes
"The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Food Quotes English Journalist Quotes
"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."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Art Quotes English Journalist Quotes
"The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife."
"I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up."
"Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Nature Quotes English Journalist Quotes
"Most people do not believe in anything very much and our greatest poetry is given to us by those who do"
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"Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Comfort Quotes English Journalist Quotes
"When I contemplate the accumulation of guilt and remorse which, like a garbage-can, I carry through life, and which is fed not only by the lightest action but by the most harmless pleasure, I feel Man to be of all living things the most biologically incompetent and ill-organized. Why has he acquired a seventy years life-span only to poison it incurably by the mere being of himself? Why has he thrown Conscience, like a dead rat, to putrefy in the well?"
"The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence."
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"A woman's desire for revenge outlasts all her other emotions"
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"All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others."
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"Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Authority Quotes English Journalist Quotes
"Civilization is an active deposit which is formed by the combustion of the present with the past. Neither in countries without a Present nor in those without a Past is it to be encountered. Proust in Venice, Matisse's birdcages overlooking the flower market at Nice, Gide on the seventeenth-century quais of Toulon, Lorca in Granada, Picasso by Saint-Germain-des-PrTs: there lies civilization and for me it can exist only under those liberal regimes in which the Present is alive and therefore capable of assimilating the Past."
"The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes Decadence Quotes
"The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Food Quotes
"There is immunity in reading, immunity in formal society, in office routine, in the company of old friends and in the giving of officious help to strangers, but there is no sanctuary in one bed from the memory of another. The past with its anguish will break through every defense-line of custom and habit; we must sleep and therefore we must dream."
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"Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Reality Quotes

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