Quotes by: Quentin Crisp

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Quentin Crisp
Born Denis Charles Pratt
(1908-12-25)25 December 1908
Sutton, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Died 21 November 1999(1999-11-21) (aged 90)
Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Writer, illustrator, actor, artist's model
Notable works The Naked Civil Servant

For flavor, instant sex will never supersede the stuff you have to peel and cook.
Quentin Crisp
Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation of which the filing system has been lost?
Quentin Crisp
The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.
Quentin Crisp
I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds.
Quentin Crisp
Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone - but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
Quentin Crisp
The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.
Quentin Crisp
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Quentin Crisp
You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.
Quentin Crisp
An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.
Quentin Crisp
The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
Quentin Crisp
Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.
Quentin Crisp
Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
Quentin Crisp
Vice is its own reward. It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal, must carry Green Shield stamps.
Quentin Crisp
There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; the third is that you can't think what to do with the long winter evenings.
Quentin Crisp
Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh.
Quentin Crisp
I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum.
Quentin Crisp
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