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Anthony Burgess Quotes

Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don't know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.
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#English Novelist #Desire

If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.
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#Belief

I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us.
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#Acting And Actors

He said it was artificial respiration, but now I find I am to have his child.
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#English Novelist

Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
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#English Novelist

The aura of the theocratic death penalty for adultery still clings to America, even outside New England, and multiple divorce, which looks to the European like serial polygamy, is the moral solution to the problem of the itch.
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#Adultery

To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.
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#Arts And Artists #Art

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
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#English Novelist #Common Sense

Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.
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#English Novelist

We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.
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#English Novelist #Desperation

The downtrodden, who are the great creators of slang.
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#Slang

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.
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#English Novelist

The adult relation to books is one of absorbing rather than being absorbed
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#Books And Reading

If you write fiction you are, in a sense, corrupted. There's a tremendous corruptibility for the fiction writer because you're dealing mainly with sex and violence. These remain the basic themes, they're the basic themes of Shakespeare whether you like it or not.
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#Fiction

Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
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#English Novelist

Novelists are perhaps the last people in the world to be entrusted with opinions. The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly. A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
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#Fiction

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
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#English Novelist

I didn't think; I experimented.
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#Action

Books in a large university library system: 2,000,000. Books in an average large city library: 10,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30,000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20,000.
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#Books And Reading

We are supposed to be the children of Seth; but Seth is too much of an effete nonentity to deserve ancestral regard. No, we are the sons of Cain, and with violence can be associated the attacks on sound, stone, wood and metal that produced civilization.
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#Violence

The unconscious mind has a habit of asserting itself in the afternoon.
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#English Novelist

All human life is here, but the Holy Ghost seems to be somewhere else.
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#Catholicism

One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.
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#Age And Aging