Cyril Connolly Quotes

26 Cyril Connolly quotes:

"Were I to deduce any system from my feelings on leaving Eton, it might be called The Theory of Permanent Adolescence. It is the theory that the experiences undergone by boys at the great public schools, their glories and disappointments, are so intense as to dominate their lives and to arrest their development. From these it results that the greater part of the ruling class remains adolescent, school-minded, self-conscious, cowardly, sentimental, and in the last analysis homosexual."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: School Quotes
"In America every woman has her set of girl-friends; some are cousins, the rest are gained at school. These form a permanent committee who sit on each other's affairs, who ''come out'' together, marry and divorce together, and who end as those groups of bustling, heartless well-informed club-women who govern society. Against them the Couple of Ehepaar is helpless and Man in their eyes but a biological interlude."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Women Quotes
"Most people do not believe in anything very much and our greatest poetry is given to us by those who do"
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Believe Quotes
"For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?"
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Action 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 one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Food 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
"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."
"The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Consequences Quotes English Journalist Quotes
"All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Appreciation 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
"Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear."
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Comfort Quotes English Journalist 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
"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 true index of a man's character is the health of his wife."
"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
"A woman's desire for revenge outlasts all her other emotions"
Author: Connolly Quotes Category: Desire Quotes

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