Anthony Burgess Quotes

We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.

Anthony Burgess

The aura of the theocratic death penalty for adultery still clings to America, even outside New England, and multiple divorce, which looks to the European like serial polygamy, is the moral solution to the problem of the itch.

Anthony Burgess

Novelists are perhaps the last people in the world to be entrusted with opinions. The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly. A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although he may be permitted to be an intellectual."

Anthony Burgess

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.

Anthony Burgess

Novelists are perhaps the last people in the world to be entrusted with opinions. The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly. A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although he may be permitted to be an intellectual.

Anthony Burgess

All art preserves mysteries which aesthetic philosophers tackle in vain.

Anthony Burgess

Men are influenced by big loud empty words, styes which swell the eyelids and impede vision of the truth.

Anthony Burgess

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.

Anthony Burgess

Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.

Anthony Burgess

There is a satisfactory boniness about grammar which the flesh of sheer vocabulary requires before it can become a vertebrate and walk the earth.

Anthony Burgess

In a sense [Lawrence] is the patron saint of all writers who have never had an Oxford or Cambridge education who are somewhat despised by those who have.

Anthony Burgess

Journalism may not dare too much. It can be gently humorous and ironic, very lightly touched by idiosyncrasy, but it must not repel readers by digging too deeply. This is especially true of its approach to language: the conventions are not questioned. The questioning of linguistic conventions is one of the main duties of what we call literature.

Anthony Burgess

Languages never stand still. Modern spelling crystallises lost pronunciations: the visual never quite catches up with the aural.

Anthony Burgess

To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.

Anthony Burgess

The great gift of the southern lands to our civilisation is the simple right to sit at an outside cafe table and look at things.

Anthony Burgess

Writers are not, by nature, respectable: their function is to be subversive.

Anthony Burgess
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