Quotations From QUENTIN CRISP


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  • Manners are love in a cool climate.
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 2 (1984).

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  • 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 (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 7 (1968).

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  • 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 (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 24 (1968).
  • Masturbation is not only an expression of self-regard: it is also the natural emotional outlet of those who ... have already accepted as inevitable the wide gulf between their real futures and the expectations of their fantasies.
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 2 (1968).
  • 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 (b. 1908), British author. First broadcast August 6, 1991, BBC-TV Channel 4. "Love Lies Bleeding," New Statesman & Society (London, August 9, 1991).

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  • Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 8 (1984).
  • The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 7 (1984).
  • 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 (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 8 (1984).

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  • 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 (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 2 (1968).

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  • Conversation did not flow with the drink; it drowned in it.
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 22 (1968).
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