Cyril Connolly

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Cyril Connolly

Cyril Connolly

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.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Green leaves on a dead tree is our epitaph -- green leaves, dear reader, on a dead tree.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There cannot be a personal God without a pessimistic religion. As soon as there is a personal God he is a disappointing God.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A writer is in danger of allowing his talent to dull who lets more than a year go past without finding himself in his rightful place of composition, the small single unluxurious retreat of the twentieth century, the hotel bedroom.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The English masses are lovable: they are kind, decent, tolerant, practical and not stupid. The tragedy is that they are too many of them, and that they are aimless, having outgrown the servile functions for which they were encouraged to multiply. One day these huge crowds will have to seize power because there will be nothing else for them to do, and yet they neither demand power nor are ready to make use of it; they will learn only to be bored in a new way.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are all serving a life sentence in the dungeon of the self.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Imprisoned in every fat man, a thin one is wildly signaling to be let out.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Cyril Connolly [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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