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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.
Quentin Crisp
#Romance

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The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.
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#English Writer #Desire

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This woman did not fly to extremes; she lived there.
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#Extremes And Extremists

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Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically - for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist - but then what isn't?
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#Lies And Lying

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Men get laid, but women get screwed.
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#English Writer #Men

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Life is a game in which the rules are constantly changing; nothing spoils a game more than those who take it seriously. Adultery? Phooey! You should never subjugate yourself to another nor seek the subjugation of someone else to yourself. If you follow that Crispian principle you will be able to say ''Phooey,'' too, instead of reaching for your gun when you fancy yourself betrayed.
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#Life #Adultery

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Life was a funny thing that occurred on the way to the grave
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#Death

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Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.
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#English Writer #Fashion

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For flavor, instant sex will never supersede the stuff you have to peel and cook.
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#English Writer #Sex

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An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.
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#English Writer #Autobiography

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I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds.
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#English Writer #Force

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In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.
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#English Writer

Quentin Crisp
It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom.
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#English Writer #Facts

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Euphemisms are not, as many young people think, useless verbiage for that which can and should be said bluntly; they are like secret agents on a delicate mission, they must airily pass by a stinking mess with barely so much as a nod of the head
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#People

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Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.
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#Love

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A gentleman doesn't pounce he glides. If a woman sits on a piece of furniture which permits your sitting beside her, you are free to regard this as an invitation, though not an unequivocal one.
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#Seduction #Woman

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The trouble with children is that they are not returnable
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#Children

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The English think incompetence is the same thing as sincerity
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#Incompetence

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Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin.
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#English Writer #Etiquette

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Manners are love in a cool climate.
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#English Writer