Cyril Connolly Quotes (82 Quotes)


    The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life.

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

    It is closing time in the gardens of the West and from now on an artist will be judged only by the resonance of his solitude or the quality of his despair.

    I have always disliked myself at any given moment the total of such moments is my life

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


    Most people do not believe in anything very much and our greatest poetry is given to us by those who do


    Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.

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

    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.

    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.

    When writers meet they are truculent, indifferent, or over-polite. Then comes the inevitable moment. A shows B that he has read something of B s. Will B show A If not, then A hates B, if yes, then all is well. The only other way for writers to meet is to share a quick pee over a common lamp-post.

    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 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.


    Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.

    We are all serving a life sentence in the dungeon of the self.

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

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

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

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

    The person who is master of their passions is reason's slave.

    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.

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

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


    When I contemplate the accumulation of guilt and remorse which, like a garbage-can, I carry through life, and which is fed not only by the lightest action but by the most harmless pleasure, I feel Man to be of all living things the most biologically incompetent and ill-organized. Why has he acquired a seventy years life-span only to poison it incurably by the mere being of himself Why has he thrown Conscience, like a dead rat, to putrefy in the well.

    The man who is master of his passions is reason's slave

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

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


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