Kingsley Amis

(1922-1995 / England)

Kingsley Amis Quotes

  • ''Outside every fat man there was an even fatter man trying to close in.''
    Kingsley Amis (b. 1922), British novelist. One Fat Englishman, ch. 3 (1963). Roger Micheldene, "a shortish fat Englishman of forty," musing over a particularly heavy lunch. For the probable inspiration of this, see Connolly on obesity.
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  • ''He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.''
    Kingsley Amis (b. 1922), British novelist. One Fat Englishman, ch. 8 (1963). Said of Roger Micheldene.
  • ''Growing older, I have lost the need to be political, which means, in this country, the need to be left. I am driven into grudging toleration of the Conservative Party because it is the party of non-politics, of resistance to politics.''
    Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), British novelist. Sunday Telegraph (London, July 2, 1967).

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A Note On Wyatt

See her come bearing down, a tidy craft!
Gaily her topsails bulge, her sidelights burn!
There's jigging in her rigging fore and aft,
And beauty's self, not name, limned on her stern.

See at her head the Jolly Roger flutters!
"God, is she fully manned? If she's one short..."
Cadet, bargee, longshoreman, shellback mutters;
Drowned is reason that should me comfort.

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