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Quentin Crisp
Manners are love in a cool climate.
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#Climate

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The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.
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#English Writer #Law

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Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.
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#Desire

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Don't do housework: after a few years the dirt doesn't get any worse.
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#Housework

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It is not a biopic; it is not a trawl through the facts of somebody's life. It is more an evening with a Shakespearean clown who speaks the truth and was whipped for his pains. Writing the play made me love and loathe my country more: love it that it could create, and has always created, one-offs like Quentin; loathe it for its rejection of him.
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#Facts

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Health consists of having the same diseases as one's neighbors.
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#English Writer #Health

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Tears were to me what glass beads are to African traders.
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#Tears

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Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh.
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#English Writer #Journey

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Vice is its own reward. It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal, must carry Green Shield stamps.
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#English Writer

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I told Mr. Hurt it was difficult for actors to play victims, but he has specialized in victims. When he stopped playing me, he played Caligula, which was only me in a sheet. Then he played The Elephant Man, which was only me with a paper bag over my head.
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#Hurt

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Keeping up with the Joneses was a full-time job with my mother and father. It was not until many years later when I lived alone that I realized how much cheaper it was to drag the Joneses down to my level.
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#Neighbors #Mother

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Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation of which the filing system has been lost?
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#English Writer

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Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.
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#English Writer

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This school was on top of a hill so that God could see everything that went on. It looked like a cross between a prison and a church and it was.
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#God

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The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.
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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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#English Writer

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The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as "Soho" poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.
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#English Writer

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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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Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
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#English Writer

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Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
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#American Actress

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Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.
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#English Writer

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The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.
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#English Writer

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The trouble with children is that they're not returnable.
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#English Writer

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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, make their point of constructive criticism and continue on in calm forbearance. Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
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#Tact And Tactfulness

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Abatement in the hostility of one's enemies must never be thought to signify they have been won over. It only means that one has ceased to constitute a threat.
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#English Writer

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For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.
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#English Writer