94 Total Quotes

Quentin Crisp Quotes

Quentin Crisp
However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.
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#English Writer #Man

Quentin Crisp
It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take. This is untrue. Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn't give enough.
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#English Writer #Partnership

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I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum.
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#Involvement

Quentin Crisp
I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum. This may seem too stoical a position in these madly passionate times, but madly passionate people rarely make good on their madly passionate promises.
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#Involvement

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Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
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#English Writer

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Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses
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#Character

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When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?
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#English Writer

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The curiosity of the neighbors about you, is a tribute to your individuality, and you should encourage it
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#Curiosity

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You should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster
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#Disaster

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The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
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#English Writer #Problems

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There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.
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#English Writer #Dirt

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If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.
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#English Writer #Failure

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It's no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying, 'Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.' By then, pigs will be your style.
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#English Writer #Running

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You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.
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#English Writer #Country

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Because it is in the nature of things that they become extreme, we have passed down from manliness to cruelty. If I had been told when I was 20 that there was a tavern in the town where the brave and the cruel were gathered together, I would have run all the way and I would have gone up to the largest and leatheriest of the denizens and said: ''If you truly love me, kill the bartender.''
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#Men

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To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.
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#English Writer

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The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster
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#Relationships

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Sex is the last refuge of the miserable
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#Sex

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My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
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#English Writer #Mother

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There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; the third is that you can't think what to do with the long winter evenings.
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#English Writer #Money

Quentin Crisp
If you describe things as better than they are, you are considered to be a romantic; if you describe things as worse than they are, you will be called a realist; and if you describe things exactly as they are, you will be thought of as a satirist.
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#Writers And Writing