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Cyril Connolly Quotes

26 Cyril Connolly 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."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once"
"Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Reality 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 one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Food Quotes
"The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Past Quotes
"The only happy talkers are dandies who extract pleasure from the very perishability of their material and who would not be able to tolerate the isolation of all other forms of composition; for most good talkers, when they have run down, are miserable; they know that they have betrayed themselves, that they have taken material which should have a life of its own, to dispense it in noises upon the air."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Speech Quotes
"The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife."
"Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Comfort Quotes English Journalist Quotes
"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
"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."
"For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?"
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Action 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?"
"A woman's desire for revenge outlasts all her other emotions"
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Desire Quotes
"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
"The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Food Quotes English Journalist Quotes
"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
"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."
"When writers meet they are truculent, indifferent, or over-polite. Then comes the inevitable moment. A shows B that he has read something of B s. Will B show A? If not, then A hates B, if yes, then all is well. The only other way for writers to meet is to share a quick pee over a common lamp-post."

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