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Quentin Crisp Quote: “People are not heterosexual or homosexual, just sexual.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Flowers are words even a baby can understand.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “If there were no applause and no criticism, who would you be?”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Fear and hatred do not seem to find expression in tears.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “It’s been agony but I couldn’t have done it any other way.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Health consists of having the same diseases as one’s neighbors.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The world now seems a stunningly ignoble place. It has not really grown all that much worse but appears to have done so because we know so much more about it than we did.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “As we all know from witnessing the consuming jealousy of husbands who are never faithful, people do not confine themselves to the emotions to which they are entitled.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “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 Quote: “If one is not going to take the necessary precautions to avoid having parents, one must undertake to bring them up.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Vice is its own reward.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “In Manhattan, every flat surface is a potential stage and every inattentive waiter an unemployed, possibly unemployable, actor.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “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.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “To live in the past is to miss today’s opportunities and tomorrow’s blessings.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “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 Quote: “To lose is not always failure.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The more people one has to love, the more one’s capacity to love stretches.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I recommend limiting one’s involvement in other people’s lives to a pleasantly scant minimum.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The distinction between indoors and outdoors, which in England is usually so marked, was temporarily suspended in a hot gauzy haze.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “God, from whose territory I had withdrawn my ambassadors at the age of fourteen.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.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I was amazed to receive later a substantial sum for sitting in my room and talking about myself. If only I could get some of the back pay!”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Bit by bit, I was becoming the almost acceptable face of homosexuality.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Our clothes are too much a part of us for most of us ever to be entirely indifferent to their condition: it is as though the fabric were indeed a natural extension of the body, or even of the soul.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I started to shed the monstrous aesthetic affectation of my youth so as to make room for the monstrous philistine postures of middle age, but it was some years before I was bold enough to decline an invitation to “Hamlet” on the grounds that I knew who won.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The war between the sexes is the only one in which both sides regularly sleep with the enemy.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “You first have to find who you are. Then, you have to be it like mad.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The court was not previously aware of the prisoner’s many accomplishments. In view of these, we see fit to impose the death penalty.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “What is privacy if not for invading?”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Michelangelo worked from within. He described not the excitements of touching or seeing a man but the excitement of being Man.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Never sweep. After four years the dirt gets no worse.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Posing was the first job I did in which I understood what I was doing.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I don’t have any pets. I’ve got enough dumb friends without them.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “All this cut-price transcendentalism does not prevent California from being a startlingly physical state. This becomes most obvious where Los Angeles saunters down to the sea. The region is called Venice.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I recommend limiting one’s involvement in other people’s lives to a pleasantly scant minimum. This may seem too stoical a position in these madly passionate times, but madly passionate people rarely make good on their madly passionate promises.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I found that I had become so spinsterish that I was made neurotic not only by my life of domesticity but by the slightest derangement of my room. I would burst into a fit of weeping if the kettle was not facing due east.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The place where no harm can come is the place where nothing at all can come.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I never understood music. It seemed to me to be the maximum amount of noise conveying the minimum amount of information.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I did not know that a reputation for wit is earned not by making jokes, but by laughing at the pleasantries of others.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The gymnasiacs of Venice, in California, are so addicted to these practices that there has arisen a nation of men who can no longer put their arms against their sides.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “I now realize that education is a last wild effort on the part of the authorities to prevent an overdose of leisure from driving the world mad. Learning is no longer an improver; it is merely the most expensive time-filler the world has ever known.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Manners are a way of getting what you want without appearing to be an absolute swine.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Humor I think of as the outward sign of the ability to look at events and situations from more than one point of view. It is this gift that keeps us all from living in a perpetual rage.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “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 Quote: “Mr Melly had to be obscene to be believed.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “To say a thing is natural is to condone it, never to praise it.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “Sometimes I wore a fringe so deep it obscured the way ahead. This hardly mattered. There were always others to look where I was going.”
Quentin Crisp Quote: “The monasteries of Bohemia demand more of their brotherhood than some are prepared to give. The daily routine of back-breaking idleness proves too much for certain novices. The self-inflicted orgies that are the inevitable punishment for the slightest deviation into the bourgeois way of life are more than their frail flesh can stand. Many discover to their shame that they have scruples; they have roots, and greatest disadvantage of all, they have hope.”
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