Cyril Connolly Quotes

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Born: September 10, 1903, Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UK
Birth Country: UK
Died: Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, UK, November 26, 1974
Occupation: Author

1.
As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.
- Cyril Connolly

2.
Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.
- Cyril Connolly

3.
Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.
- Cyril Connolly

4.
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

5.
In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female.
- Cyril Connolly

6.
It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.
- Cyril Connolly

7.
No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.
- Cyril Connolly

8.
Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.
- Cyril Connolly

9.
The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
- Cyril Connolly

10.
The dread of lonliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.
- Cyril Connolly

11.
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

12.
The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.
- Cyril Connolly

13.
The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
- Cyril Connolly

14.
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say.
- Cyril Connolly

15.
There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.
- Cyril Connolly

16.
Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action.
- Cyril Connolly

17.
Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.
- Cyril Connolly

18.
We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.
- Cyril Connolly

19.
Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.
- Cyril Connolly

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