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A ceremony of self-wastage - good talkers are miserable, they know that they have betrayed themselves, that they have taken material which should have a life of its own, to disperse it in noises upon the air.
- Cyril Connolly | Conversation Quotes
All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.
- Cyril Connolly | Deception Quotes
The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life.
- Cyril Connolly | Food Quotes
Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.
- Cyril Connolly | Hatred Quotes
We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.
- Cyril Connolly | Illusion Quotes
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
- Cyril Connolly | Literature Quotes
Imprisoned in every fat man, a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out.
- Cyril Connolly | Medicine and Sickness Quotes
Carelessness is not fatal to journalism, nor are cliches, for the eye rests lightly on them. But what is intended to be read once can seldom be read more than once; a journalist has to accept the fact that his work, by its very todayness, is excluded from any share in tomorrow.
A writer who takes up journalism abandons the slow tempo of literature for a faster one and the change will do him harm. By degrees the flippancy of journalism will become a habit and the pleasure of being paid on the nail and more especially of being praised on the nail, grow indispensable.
Most people do not believe in anything very much and our greatest poetry is given to us by those that do.
- Cyril Connolly | Poets and Poetry Quotes
Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first call promising.
- Cyril Connolly | Quips and Comments Quotes
A life based on reason will always require to be balanced by an occasional bout of violent and irrational emotion, for the instinctual tribes must be satisfied.
- Cyril Connolly | Reason Quotes
The man who is master of his passions is Reason's slave.
- Cyril Connolly | Reason Quotes
We are all serving a life sentence in the dungeon of self.
In the sex-war, thoughtlessness is a weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female. Both are reciprocally generated, but a woman's desire for revenge outlasts all other emotion. Yet when every unkind word about women has been said, we have still to admit, with Byron, that they are nicer than men. They are more devoted, more unselfish and more emotionally sincere. When the long fuse of cruelty, deceit and revenge is set alight, it is male thoughtlessness which has fired it.
- Cyril Connolly | Women Quotes
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly | Writers and Writing Quotes
Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.
- Cyril Connolly | Greed Quotes
The secret of happiness ... is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm, always lucid, always willing "to be joined to the universe without being more conscious of it than an idiot," to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.
- Cyril Connolly | Happiness Quotes
Happiness lies in the fulfillment of the spirit through the body.
- Cyril Connolly | Happiness Quotes
The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm ... to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.
- Cyril Connolly | Acceptance Quotes
The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him.
- Cyril Connolly | Friendship Quotes
Optimism and self-pity are the positive and negative poles of modern cowardice.
- Cyril Connolly | Courage Quotes
Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we learn to walk.
Optimism and self-pity are the positive and negative poles of modern cowardice.
- Cyril Connolly | Self-Pity Quotes


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