Quotes of Quentin Crisp

“ 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?" ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ Flowers are words even a baby can understand. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ Never keep up with Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ Health consists of having the same diseases as one's neighbors. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ This woman did not fly to extremes; she lived there. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation to which the filing system has been lost? ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ Michelangelo worked from within. He described not the excitements of touching or seeing a man but the excitement of being Man. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ The curiosity of the neighbors about you, is a tribute to your individuality, and you should encourage it. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ Never keep up with Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper. ”

- Quentin Crisp

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

- Quentin Crisp

“ Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ The curiosity of the neighbors about you, is a tribute to your individuality, and you should encourage it. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ Health consists of having the same diseases as one's neighbors. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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?". ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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… ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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? ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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… ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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… ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh. ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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… ”

- Quentin Crisp

“ 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? ”

- Quentin Crisp
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