Cyril Connolly Quotes

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

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

The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.

Cyril Connolly

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

No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.

Cyril Connolly

The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him

Cyril Connolly

The only way for writers to meet is to share a quick peek over a common lamp-post.

Cyril Connolly

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

Cyril Connolly

Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.

Cyril Connolly
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