Cyril Connolly

(1903_1974 / Coventry)

Cyril Connolly Quotes

  • ''A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it. A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment, but soon he will watch them filing out.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Enemies of Promise, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1938).
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  • ''There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Enemies of Promise, ch. 14 (1938).
  • ''All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Enemies of Promise, ch. 16 (1938).
  • ''A writer is in danger of allowing his talent to dull who lets more than a year go past without finding himself in his rightful place of composition, the small single unluxurious "retreat" of the twentieth century, the hotel bedroom.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Enemies of Promise, pt. 2, ch. 14 (1938).
  • ''Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Enemies of Promise, ch. 3 (1938).
  • ''It is a mistake to expect good work from expatriates for it is not what they do that matters but what they are not doing.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Enemies of Promise, pt. 2, ch. 13, note (1938).
  • ''We create the world in which we live; if that world becomes unfit for human life, it is because we tire of our responsibility.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Enemies of Promise, pt. 2, ch. 16 (1938).
  • ''As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Enemies of Promise, pt. 2, ch. 10 (1938).
  • ''It is closing time in the gardens of the West and from now on an artist will be judged only by the resonance of his solitude or the quality of his despair.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Horizon (London, Dec. 1949).
  • ''The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Quoted in David Pryce-Jones, Journal and Memoir, ch. 12 (1983).

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