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Cyril Connolly Quotes

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

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

"The headmistress was an able instructress in French and history and we learned with her as fast as fear could teach us."

"Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising."

"Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life."

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

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

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

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

"Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs."

"For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?"

"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."

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

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

"The dread of lonliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married."

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

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

"The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet."

"Truth is a river that is always splitting up into arms that reunite. Islanded between the arms the inhabitants argue for a lifetime as to which is the main river."

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