Anthony Burgess Quotes

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

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

Anthony Burgess

[Graham Greenes] ability to encapsulate the essence of an exotic setting in a single book is exemplified in The Heart of the Matter (1948); his contemporary Evelyn Waugh stated that the West Africa of that book replaced the true remembered West Africa of his own experience.

Anthony Burgess

If you reject family - which a mother holds together - as well as the ties of Church and State, is there anything left for you?

Anthony Burgess

Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.

Anthony Burgess

The West is eveningland, the East morningland.

Anthony Burgess

It was all a matter of a Goddess dark, hidden, deadly, horribly desirable.

Anthony Burgess

My darling one....I shall be thinking of you while you are away and hope you will remember to wrap up warm when you go out at night.

Anthony Burgess

I suppose the only real reason for travelling is to learn that all people are the same.

Anthony Burgess

Howarth began to see that, however much it was against ones will and convictions, sides had to be taken, the dreary corrupt world of politics had to be entered by the good and dispassionate, to protect and avenge the weak. But one always entered too late.

Anthony Burgess

Love seems inevitable, necessary, as normal and as easy a process as respiration.

Anthony Burgess

As I walked towards travel, that illusion of liberation, I strangely felt myself walking back into childhood.

Anthony Burgess

I know little about the women of my own race...

Anthony Burgess
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