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Cyril Connolly Quotes


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The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.
 

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

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

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
 

The secret of happiness ... is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm, always lucid, always willing "to be joined to the universe without being more conscious of it than an idiot," to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.
[Happiness]
 

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.
[Acceptance]
 

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

The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.
 

The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
 

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

There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.
 

There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.
 

Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action.
 

Those whom the Gods would destroy, they first call promising.
 

Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.
 

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life.
 

We are all serving a life sentence in the dungeon of self.
 

We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.
 

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.
[Illusion]
 

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.
[Begin]
 


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