28 Total Quotes

Kingsley Amis Quotes

There was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.
Kingsley Amis
#English Novelist

He resolved, having done it once, never to move his eyeballs again.
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#English Novelist

No pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two more years in a geriatric home at Weston-super-Mare
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#Home

No wonder people are so horrible when they start life as children.
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#Children #English Novelist

It is no wonder that people are so horrible when they start their life as children.
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#Children #English Novelist

It was no wonder that people were so horrible when they started life as children.
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#Children #English Novelist

If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.
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#English Novelist

Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence
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#Competence

The ideal of brotherhood of man, the building of the Just City, is one that cannot be discarded without lifelong feelings of disappointment and loss. But, if we are to live in the real world, discard it we must. Its very nobility makes the results of its breakdown doubly horrifying, and it breaks down, as it always will, not by some external agency but because it cannot work.
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#Brotherhood #Human Fellowship

One of the great benefits of organised religion is that you can be forgiven your sins, which must be a wonderful thing . .I mean, I carry my sins around with me, there's nobody there to forgive them.
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#Religion

Outside every fat man there was an even fatter man trying to close in
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#Man

I want a dish to taste good, rather than to have been seethed in pig's milk and served wrapped in a rhubarb leaf with grated thistle root.
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#Taste

Self criticism must be my guide to action, and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue, only a procedure.
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#Action #English Novelist

Women don't seem to think it's good enough; They write about it
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#Women

I enjoy talking to you more than anybody else because I never feel I am giving myself away and so can admit to shady, dishonest, crawling, cowardly, unjust, arrogant, snobbish, lecherous, perverted and generally shameful feelings that I don't want anybody else to know about; but most of all because I am always on the verge of violent laughter when talking to you.<br/>If you were here, I keep thinking, we would spend the time in talk and drink and smoke and I should be laughing a lot of the time, and I should be enjoying myself a lot of the time.
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#Life

His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum.
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#English Novelist

Growing older, I have lost the need to be political, which means, in this country, the need to be left. I am driven into grudging toleration of the Conservative Party because it is the party of non-politics, of resistance to politics.
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#Politicians And Politics

He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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#English Novelist

I sometimes feel that more lousy dishes are presented under the banner of pate than any other.
Kingsley Amis
#English Novelist

Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence.
Kingsley Amis
#English Novelist

One of the great benefits of organised religion is that you can be forgiven your sins, which must be a wonderful thing. I mean, I carry my sins around with me, there's nobody there to forgive them.
Kingsley Amis
#English Novelist

Outside every fat man there was an even fatter man trying to close in.
Kingsley Amis
#English Novelist

Sex is a momentary itch, love never lets you go.
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#English Novelist