Cyril Connolly Quotes

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once

Cyril Connolly

Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.

Cyril Connolly

Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.

Cyril Connolly

Obesity is a mental state, a disease brought on by boredom and disappointment.

Cyril Connolly

The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.

Cyril Connolly

The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life

Cyril Connolly

When we have ceased to love the stench of the human animal, either in others or in ourselves, then are we condemned to misery, and clear thinking can begin.

Cyril Connolly

There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.

Cyril Connolly

Imagination is nostalgia for the past, the absent; it is the liquid solution in which art develops the snapshot of reality.

Cyril Connolly

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly

All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.

Cyril Connolly

All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.

Cyril Connolly

The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence.

Cyril Connolly

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life.

Cyril Connolly

Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.

Cyril Connolly
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