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Quentin Crisp Quote: “Keeping up with the Joneses was a full-time job with my mother and father. It was not until many years later when I lived alone that I realized how much cheaper it was to drag the Joneses down to my level.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Politics are not an instrument for effecting social change; they are the art of making the inevitable appear to be a matter of wise human choice.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “There is no Great Dark Man!!!”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “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 Quote: “I take it to be axiomatic that people are revolted by witnessing the shameless gratification of an appetite they do not share.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “My function in life was to render clear what was already blindingly conspicuous.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Fashion is a way of not having to decide who you are. Style is deciding who you are and being able to perpetuate it.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Exhibitionism is like a drug. Hooked in adolescence I was now taking doses so massive they would have killed a novice.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “You fall out of your mother’s womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically – for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist – but then what isn t?”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “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.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take. This is untrue. Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn’t give enough.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Well, it has done terrifying things. Religious ideas are inflammatory in a way that I find difficult to understand. There are very few wars over the theory of relativity. Very few heated arguments, for that matter. Whereas, in Northern Ireland, they are killing one another over religion.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The trouble with children is that they’re not returnable.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The worst part of being gay in the twentieth century is all that damn disco music to which one has to listen.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Style, in the broadest sense of all, is consciousness. More specifically it is a consistent idiom arising spontaneously from the personality but deliberately maintained.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I don’t hold with abroad and think that foreigners speak English when our backs are turned.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “If you describe things as better than they are, you are considered to be a romantic; if you describe things as worse than they are, you will be called a realist; and if you describe things exactly as they are, you will be thought of as a satirist.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Ask yourself, if there was to be no blame, and if there was to be no praise, who would I be then?”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “What better proof of love can there be than money? A ten-shilling note shows incontrovertibly just how mad about you a man is.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “A gentleman doesn’t pounce he glides. If a woman sits on a piece of furniture which permits your sitting beside her, you are free to regard this as an invitation, though not an unequivocal one.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “If I have any talent at all, it is not for doing but for being.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “To love another person you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “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 Quote: “Men get laid, but women get screwed.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “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 Quote: “This woman did not fly to extremes; she lived there.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The happiest moments in any affair take place after the loved one has learned to accommodate the lover and before the maddening personality of either party has emerged like a jagged rock from the receding tides of lust and curiosity.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The proprietor had hair so red that pigmentation had flowed out into every visible inch of his skin and even into the pinks of his eyes, as the colour of flowering cherry trees stains their leaves.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I became one of the stately homos of England.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as ‘Soho’ poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Any film is at least better than real life.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Other-cheekism is not only a way of purifying the soul, it is also part of every weak person’s survival kit.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “In England, the system is benign and the people are hostile. In America, the people are friendlyand the system is brutal!”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Manners are love in a cool climate.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Whatever has gone on in the outer world has passed me by. But I think if anyone said to me, ‘if you go on like this life will pass you by,’ I would reply, ’thank God for that, I nearly got mixed up in the beastly thing.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation of which the filing system has been lost?”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The idea that He would take his attention away from the universe in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds is just so unlikely I can’t go along with it.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The continued propinquity of another human being cramps the style after a time unless that person is somebody you think you love. Then the burden becomes intolerable at once.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I have come to think that both sex and politics are a mistake and that any attempt to establish a connection between the two is the greatest error of all.”
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