Quentin Crisp

(1908-1999 / Sutton)

Quentin Crisp Quotes

  • ''In Manhattan, every flat surface is a potential stage and every inattentive waiter an unemployed, possibly unemployable, actor.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. broadcast, Aug. 6, 1991. "Love Lies Bleeding," New Statesman & Society (London, Aug. 9, 1991).
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  • ''Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. First broadcast August 6, 1991, BBC-TV Channel 4. "Love Lies Bleeding," New Statesman & Society (London, August 9, 1991).
  • ''Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 1 (1984).
  • ''A gentleman doesn't pounce ... he glides. If a woman sits on a piece of furniture which permits your sitting beside her, you are free to regard this as an invitation, though not an unequivocal one.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 6 (1984).
  • ''If Mr. Vincent Price were to be co-starred with Miss Bette Davis in a story by Mr. Edgar Allan Poe directed by Mr. Roger Corman, it could not fully express the pent-up violence and depravity of a single day in the life of the average family.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 2 (1984).
  • ''Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically—for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist—but then what isn't?''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 4 (1984).
  • ''The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 7 (1984).
  • ''Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 8 (1984).
  • ''I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum. This may seem too stoical a position in these madly passionate times, but madly passionate people rarely make good on their madly passionate promises.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 8 (1984).
  • ''The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. Manners from Heaven, ch. 8 (1984).

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