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Anthony Burgess Quotes

Anthony Burgess Quote: “Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange – meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don’t know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Life is, of course, terrible.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Well, well, well, well. If it isn’t fat, stinking billygoat Billy-Boy in poison. How art thou, thy globby bottle of cheap, stinking chip-oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly thou.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “A word in a dictionary is very much like a car in a mammoth motor show – full of potential but temporarily inactive.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “But what I do I do because I like to do.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “I viddied that thinking is for the gloopy ones and that the oomny ones use like inspiration and what Bog sends. For now it was lovely music that came to my aid.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “I didn’t think; I experimented.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Sanity is a handicap and liability if you’re living in a mad world.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Goodness comes from within... Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “There is, in fact, not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character or characters.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “The not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “I chart a little first-list of names, rough synopsis of chapters, and so on. But one daren’t overplan; so many things are generated by the sheer act of writing.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “I was cured all right.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “The purpose of education is to fit us for life in a civilised community, and it seems to follow from the subjects we study that the two most important things in civilised life are Art and Science.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Any book has behind it all the other books that have been written.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “All human life is here, but the Holy Ghost seems to be somewhere else.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Rome’s just a city like anywhere else. A vastly overrated city, I’d say. It trades on belief just as Stratford trades on Shakespeare.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Colonialism. The enforced spread of the rule of reason. But who is going to spread it among the colonizers?”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “For no man is damned precisely because God hath not chosen him, because he is not elected, but because he is a sinner, and doth wilfully refuse the means of grace offered.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Senseless violence is a prerogative of youth, which has much energy but little talent for the constructive.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “As we are all solipsists, and all die, the world dies with us. Only very minor literature aims at apocalypse.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Eat this sweetish segment or spit it out. You are free.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “This must be a real horrorshow film if you’re so keen on my viddying it.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Art is rare and sacred and hard work, and there ought to be a wall of fire around it.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Each man kills the thing he loves.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Civilised my syphilised yarbles.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “I mean, there’s little enough in this life, really, and you only find it worth living for the odd moments, and if you think you’re going to have those odd moments again, then it makes life wonderful and have a meaning.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “A Haydn symphony had a meaning for the social group that listened to it. A Mahler symphony had a meaning for the man who composed it. Here is the difference between the classical and romantic attitudes to art.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “Delimitation is always difficult. The world is one, life is one. The sweetest and most heavenly of activities partake in some measure of violence – the act of love, for instance; music, for instance.”
Anthony Burgess Quote: “In two thousand years all our generals and politicians may be forgotten, but Einstein and Madame Curie and Bernard Shaw and Stravinsky will keep the memory of our age alive.”
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