Cyril Connolly

(1903_1974 / Coventry)

Cyril Connolly Quotes

  • ''The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, rev. 1951).
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  • ''We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, revised 1951).
  • ''The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''An aesthetic movement with a revolutionary dynamism and no popular appeal should proceed quite otherwise than by public scandal, publicity stunt, noisy expulsion and excommunication.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, rev. 1951). There is a similar observation in George Orwell's Coming Up For Air, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1939): "I'm fat, but I'm thin inside. Has it ever struck you that there's a thin man inside every fat man, just as they say there's a statue inside every block of stone?" For a later variant, see Amis on obesity.
  • ''No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us,—something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, rev. edition 1951).

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