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

The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.


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


It is a mistake to expect good work from expatriates for it is not what they do that matters but what they are not doing.


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


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


The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.


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.


No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, - something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book.


Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.


A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it. A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment, but soon he will watch them filing out.


Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.


The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.


The artist is a member of the leisured classes who cannot pay for his leisure.


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


Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.


Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.


The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence.


Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.


Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.


No taste is so acquired as that for someone else's quality of mind.


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