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 Quotes from Cyril Connolly:If one is too lazy to think, too vain to do a thing badly, too cowardly to admit it, one will never attain wisdom.
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.
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.
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.
A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.
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If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
No one ever goes into battle thinking God is on the other side.
Try not to do too many things at once. Know what you want, the number one thing today and tomorrow. Persevere and get it done.
George Allen, Sr.