Quentin Crisp

(1908-1999 / Sutton)

Quentin Crisp Quotes

  • ''Keeping up with the Joneses was a full-time job with my mother and father. It was not until many years later when I lived alone that I realized how much cheaper it was to drag the Joneses down to my level.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 1 (1968).
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  • ''Decency ... must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 9 (1968).
  • ''However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 12 (1968).
  • ''Conversation did not flow with the drink; it drowned in it.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 22 (1968).
  • ''Vice is its own reward. It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal, must carry Green Shield stamps.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 2 (1968).
  • ''Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 29 (1968).
  • ''Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.''
    Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 18 (1968).

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