Cyril Connolly

(1903_1974 / Coventry)

Cyril Connolly Quotes

  • ''When we have ceased to love the stench of the human animal, either in others or in ourselves, then are we condemned to misery, and clear thinking can begin.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).
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  • ''The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence,—luxury, scepticism, weariness and superstition,—are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''In the sex-war thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female. Both are reciprocally generated, but a woman's desire for revenge outlasts all other emotion.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1, Harper (1944).
  • ''A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, revised 1951).
  • ''As bees their sting, so the promiscuous leave behind them in each encounter something of themselves by which they are made to suffer.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, revised 1951).
  • ''No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, revised 1951).
  • ''The Expulsion from Eden is an act of vindictive womanish spite; the Fall of Man, as recounted in the Bible, comes nearer to the Fall of God.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, revised 1951).
  • ''We must select the Illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, revised 1951).
  • ''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 (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''It is only in the country that we can get to know a fellow-being or a book.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, revised 1951).

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