Cyril Connolly

(1903_1974 / Coventry)

Cyril Connolly Quotes

  • ''Hemingway is great in that alone of living writers he has saturated his work with the memory of physical pleasure, with sunshine and salt water, with food, wine and making love and the remorse which is the shadow of that sun.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, revised 1951).
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  • ''We are all serving a life-sentence in the dungeon of self.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''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 lustre.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, revised 1951).
  • ''Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).
  • ''The boredom of Sunday afternoon, which drove de Quincey to drink laudanum, also gave birth to surrealism: hours propitious for making bombs.''
    Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).

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