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Pen name of Denis Charles Pratt - an English writer, artist's model, actor and raconteur who was known for his memorable and insightful witticisms.
(1908 - 1999)

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A dropout? I was never in, you know.
 

A lifetime of listening to disco music is a high price to pay for one's sexual preference.
 

A pinch of notoriety will do.
 

Abatement in the hostility of one's enemies must never be thought to signify they have been won over. It only means that one has ceased to constitute a threat.
 

All liaisons between homosexuals are conducted as though they were between a chorus girl and a bishop. In some cases both parties think they are bishops.
 

An autobiography is obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.
 

Another friend began to say, "Well, Quentin has a problem of adjusting himself to society and he..." This sentence was never finished. The ballet teacher expostulated, "I don't agree. Quentin does exactly as he pleases. The rest of us have to adapt ourselves to him."
 

As someone remarked, when told the new atomic bombs would explode without a bang, "they can't leave anything alone."
 

Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.
 

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
 

Even a monotonously undeviating path of self-examination does not necessarily lead to self-knowledge. I stumble towards my grave confused and hurt and hungry.
 

Even hooligans marry, though they know that marriage is for a little while. It is alimony that is for ever.
 

Exhibitionism is like a drug. Hooked in adolescence I was now taking doses so massive they would have killed a novice.
 

Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.
 

For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.
 

For flavor, instant sex will never supersede the stuff you have to peel and cook.
 

God, from whose territory I had withdrawn my ambassadors at the age of fourteen. It had become obvious that he was never going to do a thing I said.
 

He explained to me that he wanted a simple boy-meets-girl story with lyrics. This I felt was quite beyond my capabilities. I did not know any boys who met girls.
 

Health consists of having the same diseases as one's neighbors.
 

However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.
 


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