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Cyril Connolly Quotes

There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.
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While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.

— Cyril Connolly

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice.

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Youth is a period of missed opportunities.

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Neither harsh reviews, the contempt of equals nor the indifference of superiors can affect those who have once tapped the great heart of suffering humanity and found out what a goldmine it is.

— Cyril Connolly

We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.

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Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.

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The artist is a member of the leisured classes who cannot pay for his leisure.

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Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.

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No taste is so acquired as that for someone else's quality of mind.

— Cyril Connolly

There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.

— Cyril Connolly

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

Everyone has the right to express an opinion. No one has the right to be listened to.

— Cyril Connolly

The Expulsion from Eden is an act of vindictive womanish spite; the Fall of Man, as recounted in the Bible, comes nearer to the Fall of God.

— Cyril Connolly

I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.

— Cyril Connolly

The river of truth is always splitting up into arms that reunite. Islanded between them, the inhabitants argue for a lifetime as to which is the mainstream.

— Cyril Connolly

There is no fury like an ex-wife searching for a new lover.

— Cyril Connolly

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