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Cyril Connolly
September 10, 1903 - November 26, 1974
Nationality: English
Category: Journalist
Subcategory: English Journalist

A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.


We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.


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


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


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.


Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out.


The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.


There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.


Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.


Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present.


It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.


When we have ceased to love the stench of the human animal, either in others or in ourselves, then are we condemned to misery, and clear thinking can begin.


A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.


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.


The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.


No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.


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


The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.


Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life.


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


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