Quentin Crisp

(1908-1999 / Sutton)

Quentin Crisp Quotes

  • ''Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 8 (1968).
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  • ''In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 1 (1968).
  • ''To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 11 (1968).
  • ''It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 28 (1968).
  • ''The young always have the same problem—how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 19 (1968).
  • ''My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 5 (1968).
  • ''An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 29 (1968).
  • ''It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take. This is untrue. Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn't give enough.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. How to Become a Virgin, ch. 4 (1981).
  • ''The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. How to Become a Virgin, ch. 2 (1981).
  • ''The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. first broadcast (Aug. 6, 1991). "Love Lies Bleeding," New Statesman and Society (Aug. 9, 1991).

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