Cyril Connolly Quotes

Cyril Connolly

(1903 - 1974)

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We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.

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The only way for writers to meet is to share a quick peek over a common lamp-post.

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Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

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As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with irrational fear of life become publishers.

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The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.

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There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.

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What grape to keep its place in the sun, taught our ancestors to make wine?

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Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.

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Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.

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Those whom the Gods would destroy, they first call promising.

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Everything is a dangerous drug except reality, which is unendurable.

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All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.

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Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

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Our memories are card indexes consulted, and then put back in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.

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There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.

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